Frequently Asked Questions
People have many questions when it comes to chiropractic care. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we answer at Higgins Chiropractic.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. Chiropractic is recognized as one of the safest treatments available for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Chiropractic treatments are drug-free and non-invasive therapies with a superb track record for safety.
Is every patients adjusted the same way?
No. There are different ways to adjust patients including manual techniques, drop-assisted techniques, and instrument-assisted techniques. We take into consideration many factors and use treatment methods that will be most effective for each patient.
Do you adjust extremities?
Yes. Chiropractors are trained doctors that evaluate and manipulate every joint in the body. The joints of the extremities can become locked up and not function properly. Adjustments and therapeutic exercises can help restore function to these joints.
Can I adjust myself?
You can contort your body in certain ways to get “cracks” and “pops”; however, this is not considered to be a chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment targets specific segments and applies specific forces in specific directions. While you get temporary relief from “self-adjusting,” you are rarely restoring motion to the joints that aren’t functioning properly. That is why this relief is so short-term.
How many treatments will it take?
The number of treatments it takes varies from person to person. The treatment duration will depend on a variety of factors, including the patient’s age, health status, chronicity of condition and severity of the condition. Higgins Chiropractic offers a Six Visit Promise, which declares that we will find the most efficient means of getting every patient the care he or she needs by their sixth appointment.
Do you incorporate exercises or stretches in treatment?
Yes. Nearly every patient will have some sort of exercise or stretch added to his or her treatment plan. Most exercises are simple. Adding exercises or stretches to care helps support the chiropractic adjustment and give the patient a better chance for long-term results.
Do you prescribe medication?
No. It is not within the chiropractic scope of practice to prescribe any medications.
Can you adjust pregnant women?
Yes. Pregnancy changes the biomechanics of the body and puts many different stresses on a woman. Chiropractic adjustments are great for keeping the mom-to-be on track and feeling great despite these changes.
Can you adjust babies?
Yes! Babies can be adjusted, even newborns can! Treating a baby uses the same basic principles as adjusting adults, but the adjustment itself is incredibly different. Rather than a quick and accurate thrust, we use adjust by applying specific amounts of pressure to precise points. Some common conditions we treat in babies are colic, torticollis, and earaches.
Can you adjust patients after surgery?
Yes. We do not adjust the areas directly involved in the surgery, rather we adjust the areas around it. The areas around a surgery are required to take on more work. These areas, in turn, are stressed more. This makes those areas more prone to degeneration. Chiropractic manipulations can help combat that degeneration process.
What is an activator?
An activator is a spring-loaded device used to adjust patients. Activators are handheld and provide a high-velocity low-amplitude force to specific segments. This technique is considered to be less aggressive than manual adjustments. The activator was created by Dr. Arlan Fuhr as an alternative option to manual adjusting techniques. It is commonly used on the following patients:
- Osteoporotic patients
- Elderly patients
- Patients who prefer alternative adjusting methods
- Acute patients
- Post-surgical patients