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Many people around the world use chiropractors and chiropractic to treat injuries and for preventative and maintenance care.  However, many of these current patients as well as those in the general public and even some medical doctors actually know little about what chiropractic is and exactly what a chiropractor does.

Below we have listed some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about chiropractic in general.

We have also listed a number of video’s courtesy of you-tube postings to help explain what chiropractic is and what a chiropractor does.  Click here to view these

Of course, the best explanation about chiropractic will come from your own chiropractor so feel free to ask Dr Wilkinson at your first or next appointment.



Chiropractors  don’t just treat pain, they work to correct its causes. If a primary misalignment (know as a chiropractic subluxation) is the cause of the pain, then that’s what should be cared for.   Chiropractors adjust your spine to remove or reduce your subluxations.   This adjustment is designed to restore the normal function and range of motion  to the joints of your spine.

Too often,  conventional medicine just covers up symptoms while the underlying problem  worsens.  Chiropractic works on several different levels including basic body biomechanics and the most important component, the nervous system which controls every single cell, tissue, organ and system of the body.  That is why chiropractic treatment is so effective in treating a wide variety of conditions and ailments.

To find out more about what chiropractors do and what conditions we may be able to help you care for and manage, see our “WHAT WE TREAT” page.


How Does  It Work?

Like an experienced piano  tuner. your chiropractic doctor has become a master at fine tuning the way your  spine works

Spinal joints that are  "locked up," fixated or not moving right can affect your health by "choking" or  irritating nearby nerve tissue. Chiropractic adjustments add motion to these  areas. This helps restore nervous system integrity and can improve the healing  process.

There are many ways to  adjust the spine.

Sometimes the doctor's  hands deliver a quick, highly accurate thrust. Or an instrument directs a  repeatable force to a fixated spinal joint.

Other times a slow,  constant pressure is used. Some chiropractic doctors use special tables with  moving sections. Several areas of the spine may be adjusted or just  one.

The key is to use the  precise amount of energy - at the exact spot - in the right direction - at just  the right time, to get spinal joints moving again. Chiropractic is truly an art.  Your chiropractic doctor has become a master at one or more adjusting  techniques. Adjustments help reduce nervous system interference and  reconnect' the vital communication link between your brain and your  body

Just about anyone can be  adjusted. Newborns, infants, children, seniors and even failed back surgery  patients can benefit. Naturally, your doctor tailors your chiropractic care to  your size, age and unique health problem.

With the intent of  reducing nervous system irritation, chiropractic adjustments are specific.  Targeted. Focused. And more precise than spinal "manipulations" or  "mobilization:" It is this precision, combined with the purpose of reducing  nervous system irritation, which has helped so many people.

What do adjustments  feel like?

After the brief thrust,  many patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Others feel  improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive  effects. Chiropractic doctors excel at making adjustments comfortable and  effective.

Will adjustments make  my spine too loose?

No. Only the spinal  joints that are "locked up" receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles  and ligaments to stabilize and heal.

What makes the  sound?

Lubricating fluids  separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a  sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It's Like opening a soda can  or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but isn't a guide to the  quality or value of the adjustment.  Many times, a a very good adjustment will produce little or no sound at all!

Can I adjust  myself?
No. Some patients can make their joints "pop" but that's not an  adjustment! Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit  from chiropractic care.


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