A medical doctor (MD) and a chiropractor (DC) have both received a degree from a government accredited medical school or chiropractic college and are licensed to practice. Chiropractors undergo 4700 hours of training, with the addition of adjusting technique, nutrition, physiotherapy, and radiology. Medical doctors undergo 4550 hours of training, with the addition of pharmacology, immunology, and general surgery. Although both types of doctors receive similar training, they differ in their approach to healing. Medical doctors lean primarily on drugs and surgeries while chiropractors look to address the cause of dysfunction by improving the nervous system.

Since chiropractic services improve your overall health and well-being, much like eating well and exercising, many people choose to continue going.

Vertebral subluxations arise in people of all ages. The common question is actually “how do my kids get a subluxation?”
There are several answers to this question:

    • The birth process
    • Slips and falls
    • Not crawling properly
    • Not walking properly
    • Sleeping in the wrong position
    • Sports and activities
    • Text neck
For all the parents out there – you know this list is endless. However, since children have such an adaptive capacity, these problems are often brushed off as “growing pains” or just a “phase they’re going through.” However, vertebral subluxations are actually more harmful in a child than they are in an adult. This is because the skeletal system is still growing and developing and has not yet ossified. Therefore, a simple subluxation, when not correct in a child, can become a permanent abnormality in the spine. Like the saying goes “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” The concern that many parents have is that chiropractic adjustments will be too forceful. They mistakenly think that their child will receive adjustments like ones they receive.
Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This allows a child’s chiropractic adjustment to be just as effective with less force. Newborns and infants are adjusted with no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato. You will not hear any sound or see any twisting motion with infant adjusting. It is a simple contact with the index or 5th finger coupled with light pressure application. Many parents have testified that they see almost instant improvements in the well-being of their child.

Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it's performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care.

The important thing to understand is that pain is a symptom – it is your body’s way of telling you that there is a problem. In a vertebral subluxation, the joint will lose 60% function before pain ever surfaces. With consistent chiropractic care, you can correct any issues that arise before they get severe.

There is little to no pain involved in an adjustment. You may feel pops and cracks, but you should not feel any intense pain. Some chiropractic patients do experience some mild soreness or minor aches after a visit.

It is true that you can create a popping sound by twisting your neck or rotating your torso. This release of pressure may even feel good! However, it is crucial to understand that these “self-adjustments” are very destructive to your spine. The reason you feel like you need to crack your back is because there is a vertebral subluxation present; there is a joint or bone that is “stuck” and causing a problem. When you try to fix this yourself, it is actually creating more issues and not solving the primary problem; the popping sound is coming from the joints above and below the problem area. When you receive an adjustment from a chiropractor, the true vertebral subluxation will be corrected without creating any other problems.

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