Chiropractic treatments are known as adjustments and they can correct spinal misalignment and restore movement to fixated spinal joints. Almost anyone is a candidate: newborns, infants, children, seniors, and everyone in between (even most patients who have had spinal surgery). Often areas below or above the surgical site will become fixated and lose movement and determining if adjustments are contraindicated is a clinical call Dr. Steve or Dr. Paula will make. If you are not a candidate, they will refer you to a specialist who can help with your particular situation.
The process is extremely safe; in fact, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky. Most patients do not find this process uncomfortable or painful. Most look forward to the sense of release and relief of pressure that is often felt and patients report a sense of well being, and improved mobility immediately following their treatment. Sometimes the patient gets immediate relief, but most often they get relief over time through a series of adjustments.
Corrective care is a series of more frequent adjustments (usually 2 - 3 times a week, for several weeks, and tapering after that). Your specific schedule is designed for you to produce the greatest results in the shortest amount of time. If we don’t see you often enough our ability to reduce negative patterns in your spine is impaired. The amount of time you spend for these adjustments is dependent on many factors. Again this in specific to the individual patient and their condition/symptoms.
Regular Maintenance is also encouraged and is usually determined between patient and doctor. With maximum restoration of spinal function a regular chiropractic checkup can save time and money by helping prevent little problems from becoming serious.
In order to actually correct the problem, rather than simply alleviate the symptoms, a series of treatments is usually necessary.
After your initial visit, the doctor will discuss with you a specific chiropractic care plan best suited to your individual needs. In most cases, the doctor will use the classic technique developed by D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic in the United States. This is a motion palpation, full spine technique that allows for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine.
As part of our multidisciplinary approach to health care the doctors will often also use some type of modality to help alleviate your pain and progress your care. These may include massage therapy, intersegmental traction, one of several forms of electrical muscle stimulation (IFC or TENS for example), ice or heat or any of the other therapies offered at Radovich Chiropractic (please see Our Services section for everything that is available). They will also give you advice on some strategies you may incorporate at home to help you feel better faster. Our office also provides specific stretching or strength training exercises to help improve your range of motion and/or increase the muscular support of certain joints. The doctors will provide each patient with a stretching and/or strengthening program that will be sent via WebCare 3D to the individual patient's email. This program is easy to use and very convenient.
It is best to follow the doctor's advice to get the most out of your adjustments and progress as quickly as possible towards better health.