Is Chiropractic safe?
Every now and then you may hear that Chiropractic is not safe. This is not true. Even risk-adverse insurance companies recognize the safety of today's chiropractic care.
( highlighted box) The premiums for malpractice insurance paid by chiropractors are a mere fraction of what medical practitioners must pay.
Safey is Important!
Many Miami patients often wonder if they should crack their own back. This question is often posed to chiropractors and concern has been raised over its safety. While people might have the right idea by trying to relieve pressure on the joints, the "cracking" or "popping" of one's back or neck is not the same as a chiropractic adjustment. The problem usually keeps coming back, which should be a clear indication that there has been no real adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed vertebrae, has not been corrected. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself. You should not try to do it yourself, either.
What is the “cracking” sound during an adjustment?
The sound is no reason to be concerned. The sound is not coming from the bones themselves. It's coming from a lubricant called synovial fluid that's found in every joint. That fluid contains dissolved gases. During the adjustment the joints are slightly separated to move into proper position. This releases the built-up pressure on the fluid and gases and creates a “pop” similar to the release of pressure when the cork comes off a bottle of Champagne. Not all patients "pop" and not all adjusting techniques produce the noise, which means an adjustment can be proper and effective, even if you do not hear any noise.
What should I expect during my first visit and treatment?
When you call the office, we will schedule an Evaluation appointment. During the Evaluation, you can expect a thorough exam, x-rays, and postural pictures. Typically, a Report of Findings appointment is made for the following day. The doctor will cover your results and any findings with you. He will recommend treatment specific to your needs and current situation. A Stress View X-Ray might also be taken at this time. Treatment often begins immediately following the Report of Findings appointment.
How long does a treatment visit take?
Using the Pettibon System, the typical warm-up, exercises, and therapies take 40 to 60 minutes. We have evening hours so you are able to complete your treatments throughout the week.
How many treatments will I need to complete?
There is a wide range of lengths based on your individual needs. A timeframe will be discussed with you in your Report of Findings appointment.