Absolutely. Compared to other medical treatments, which include medication and surgery, chiropractic is by far the safest. It is estimated that 140,000 people in the USA die each year from drug-related reactions and nearly 100,000 people die as result of medical errors. Insurance companies evaluate the risks of all professions and charge premiums bases on those risks. Chiropractors have by far the lowest insurance premium compared to all medical providers. Even though millions of chiropractic adjustments are made each year, only a few complaints are registered.
We listed here the questions we are asked most often. If you should have a question not answered here, please call our office or email your question to Dr. Brandt.
Adjustments are the method a chiropractor utilizes to re-align any misalignments that are discovered in the body. Dr. Brandt will use a hands-on gentle approach to nudge your misalignments back to where they are supposed to be. Most of the time, adjustments and realignments are achieved without the need for forceful “cracking” types of adjustments.
The gentle adjusting techniques utilized at Brandt Chiropractic are designed in a way as to minimize the likelihood of any adjustment being painful. You are encouraged to communicate any discomforts or fears. He will listen to your likes and dislikes and will use gentle care in easing your aches and pains away.
This one is simple. No, changes can most definitely be made without a joint making a sound.
There is no evidence to suggest that manipulation of the spine or application of physiotherapies can lead to arthritis or wear bones out. On the contrary, chiropractors often care for people with arthritis by mobilizing their joints. By aligning the bones properly, chiropractic care also reduces the wear on bones. Remember, motion is life. Decreased range of motion in joint leads to degenerative changes and aging. Chiropractic adjustments enhance your overall health and enable you to continue doing the things you love to do.
This question is often posed to chiropractors. While people might have the right idea by trying to relieve pressure on the joints through cracking their neck or popping their back, it is not the same as a chiropractic adjustment. The problem usually keeps coming back, and often is made worse, which should be a clear indication that there has been no real change. Until the cause of the spinal tension has been corrected, the fixated or painful vertebrae will never be corrected. There are several other ways you can help yourself other than cracking your own neck or back. These simple self-help techniques are taught to you when you come for care. They offer amazing results when done properly.
Dr. Brandt sees patients from the very young to the very old to the very pregnant. There are no age exclusions. Even babies can have interferences due to the rigors of birth. In Denmark, for example, chiropractors are part of the birthing team. Has your child or grandchild been checked? Children's spinal problems should be treated early, as they interfere with nerves that control developing muscles, organs and particularly, cartilage growth centers. Imbalance of a rapidly developing spine, as well as joint dysfunction, can cause postural change and needless pain or irritability. The earlier problems are detected, the easier they are corrected. On the other hand, patients in their 90's have less pain, more flexion and mobility when their aging spines, joints and surrounding muscles are gently given a chiropractic adjustment, too.
Chiropractors are part of a network of health-care professionals. Like other doctors, they will make referrals for patients when necessary. Chiropractors are trained to recognize risk factors and signs of disease that are outside their scope of practice and they will not hesitate to make a referral when it's in a patient's best interest. If Dr. Brandt cannot help you, he will tell you.
Although medicine and surgery have their place in our healthcare system, especially at those critical times of dire emergency, chiropractors take a more conservative approach in manually manipulating the spine. They neither have the license nor training to prescribe drugs or do surgery. On the other hand, chiropractors have been very successful in enhancing the body's ability to heal itself. By removing any interference to the body's right to self-restoration, they are able to gracefully restore, maintain and preserve an overall wellness or life in the body. Chiropractors honor the perfection created at birth. Whether you have neck pain or a pain in your toe, chiropractic adjustments go far beyond those aches or pains to affect a change in your body as a whole with as little dependence on unnatural drugs or surgeries as possible.
Chiropractors are trained to detect problem areas in your spine before they develop into conditions or symptoms. Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your problem is corrected. There are several factors, which can influence how well your spine heals. Your weight, age, prior surgeries, traumatic events, chronic, lack of caring, diet, occupation, stress management, among others, all affect your spinal health to continue to be challenged. Regular adjustments help to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system. If your spine wears out, there is no solution. Because your spine directly influences the function of your nervous system, spinal decay permanently damages the nerves and spinal cord. Nearly everyone flosses and brushes their teeth even though their teeth don't hurt. Spinal adjustments are like flossing the spine. Lifetime care of the spine should be a priority!