Reston Healing Center Chiropractor FAQ's
WHY SO MANY VISITS?
Have you ever had braces on your teeth, or known someone who has? How long did it take to achieve a corrected, straight set of teeth? 2 years? 3 years? Maybe 4? The good news is, the time it takes to achieve a correction in your spine is a "drop in the bucket" compared to the orthodontist--in most cases taking only 30-40 visits for a full correction. Of course, you alone have the option of choosing between relief care, corrective care, or wellness care. With teeth, constant, steady pressure over time is what initially corrects them back too normal. The same holds true for the spine.
You must remember that the body WANTS to be healthy and subluxation-free. However, it is much like a tug of war between how your muscles, ligaments and tendons of your spine have been improperly trained and the way they should be.
The adjustment pushes the bone in the right direction to help the body get back to normal. If reinforcement occurs on a regular basis (to prevent slippage or "tugging" of the vertebra back to its original position) the spine achieves a state of correction, and your body is able to restore its health.
A subluxation (a vertebra out of normal alignment interfering with nerves) is like any other injury. It involves pulled, stretched or torn muscles and ligaments, and, in severe cases such as automobile injury, even ruptured joints. This takes time to heal. Studies show that damage to the nerves themselves takes even longer. However, problem may be, complicated by old injuries, arthritis, age, improper nutrition, less than adequate exercise -- and STRESS. These cause minor "re-injuries", complicates the healing process slowing it down. Also, please understand that your spinal muscles have a physical memory. It became used to a certain position of the spine and it will want to return to that position. To re-train this muscle takes time and effort.
Once this process is completed, you will want to consider maintenance care. You maintain you car by changing the oil and getting your tires aligned don't you? If you don't you know what will happen to your car. The same applies to you.
Contact us to discuss relief, corrective or maintenance care.
I FEEL GREAT I THINK I'M CURED!
Ever hear of someone who never had a sick day in his or her life drop dead from a heart attack, stroke, or some other sudden illness? Unfortunately, many people are walking "time bombs"... they are on the verge of collapse. Yet, today they may feel "just fine." Many automobiles that "ran just great" yesterday sit in the engine overhaul shop today due to an overlooked maintenance item.
It's wonderful when you are feeling better. Please share that with us!! Just don't make the mistake of letting the symptoms "be your guide." Many sudden health crises today could have been prevented yesterday. Most importantly, remember that a symptom is the last thing to appear in a disease process. Someone who just found out they "got" cancer, has had it for over 5 years before they "found out".
Many patients quit their care before they are corrected. This is due to them not realizing that their symptoms are the first thing that disappears, and the underlying cause is not corrected. Don't make that mistake.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN I'M DONE?
Basically, your body exhibits certain signs which alert us that your spine is stabilized and healing. Practical experience, routine clinical examinations, re-examinations, x-rays, and special instrumentation all provide us with data to track your progress. We will constantly keep you informed how you're doing.
Remember....don't let symptoms, or the absence of them, be your guide as to how you are doing. Many cancer patients never have a symptom until the first tumor is detected. By then, for many, it is already too late.
WHY IS IT WHEN PEOPLE START GOING TO CHIROPRACTORS, THEY CAN NEVER STOP GOING? MY HUSBAND WON'T START BECAUSE HE "DOESN'T WANT TO GET HOOKED."
Do you shower or bathe regularly? Would you consider yourself an "addict"? "Hooked"? What about brushing your teeth? How often do you do that? Why do we do these things? BECAUSE WE LIKE THE BENEFITS!!
It is interesting about anything positive about health such as: exercise, good nutrition, daily intake of vitamins, minerals and herbs, proper rest, showering, etc.; that the more regular you are with it, the better you feel, the better they are for you and the less sick you become.
We term these habits health "maintenance". You can stop anytime you choose!! What tends to happen, though, is that most folks like the benefits of regular chiropractic care so they choose not to quit. Spinal maintenance, through chiropractic care, helps keep a body well so that you get sick less often.
Does that sound like an addiction? It will be your choice to chose what type of plan you want. You can either chose relief care, corrective care, or a maintenance plan.
I FEEL WORSE AFTER MY TREATMENT. HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS IS WORKING?
Change is seldom comfortable. When you begin an exercise program after years of non-activity, how are you going to feel a few days after your first workout? Maybe a bit sore?
The body responds this way to healing change as well. Correcting subluxations changes the structure of the spine and also opens up nerve pathways that may have been obstructed for years. Known in natural health-care as "healing crisis", headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, soreness, etc. are prime indicators that your body is, in fact, making a change for the better.
This usually lasts no more than 1-2 weeks, maybe 3-4 weeks in cases of severe accident trauma. We will, however, monitor your progress and if we have a concern other than this we will certainly let you know.
In the meantime, be patient: Through chiropractic care, you are moving in the "right direction."
AM I FIXED WHEN THE PAIN IS GONE?
A body can malfunction for half a lifetime in some people before a symptom shows up, signaling them to have something is wrong. If that first symptom is serious, like a heart attack, stroke or major cancer growth, it may be too late to help the patient.
Pain and symptoms are usually the last to show up when there is a body malfunction, and the first to disappear. This is especially common in cases where spinal pain is present. Once the spinal adjustment is made, the joint pressure is removed, nerves work better and the pain stops. The nerves, ligaments and muscles, however, have just begun to heal. To "patch up" the problem and not correct the underlying cause will normally result in a reoccurrence of the condition soon after; sometimes worse than before.
Don't make the mistake of letting your symptoms, or the absence of them, dictate how healthy you are. We will be monitoring you for the indications of stabilizing, and will then recommend less frequent adjustments. You will know that you are getting healthier when your subluxations (nerve interference) are reducing, or better yet, when after a check up, we determine that you don't need to be adjusted.
Then you know your body is working at its best!
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN I'M PROGRESSING?
On your very first visit, we do x-rays, tests, instrumentation, measurements, and use observation to constantly compare and update your progress. This way there is no guess-work. We know what you know. Our goal is for you to be free of of subluxations and on a preventative care program.
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER DOCTORS?
In essence, what differs are our objectives, or purpose. Conventional medicines goal is the relief of symptoms. This is done using drugs, surgery and any other method which effectively accomplishes this goal.
Chiropractic is different. Our goal is to allow your body to function at its maximum potential by getting to the CAUSE of your problem. At the core of chiropractic is the removal of interference to your nervous system, through spinal adjustments, because nerves control, power, and heal every part of your body.
An example: You have a lawn which is dying and turning brown. Treat the symptom by painting the grass green (medicine). It seems ok, for awhile. But the dying grass will soon disappear, leaving holes in your lawn. Treat the CAUSE by turning on the water supply to the grass. Result? Healthy grass, which becomes green.
IS THERE MORE TO CHIROPRACTIC THAN LOW BACK PAIN AND WHIPLASH INJURIES?
You bet. As a matter of fact, back pain is merely the "tip of the iceberg", usually indicating deeper nerve problems. In years past, people with all imaginable ailments-stomach problems, menstrual difficulties, asthma, blood disease, ringing in the ears, irritability, mood swings, bursitis, arthritis, fatigue, anxiety, high blood pressure-and many, many other difficulties sought the services of chiropractors, and got well.
Is that because chiropractic treats these diseases? Not at all! The chiropractic adjustment frees up your body's own defenses and healing capabilities by removing nerve interference. When the "power" has been turned back on, the body is once again free to function as it should; and a properly functioning body cannot be sick!
WHAT IS A SUBLUXATION?
Your nerve system controls and powers every single part of your body. Not some parts... ALL OF THEM!. Would you say that would be important?
The main "cable" running from the brain (the "master control organ") is the spinal cord, and it travels through the core of your spine. Nerve roots ("wires") branch off from the spinal cord and feed into every organ and cell of your body. A spinal bone (vertebra) which has lost its proper alignment relative to the rest of the spine can interfere with the proper flow of nerve signals to the body by irritating these nerves or spinal cord.
This causes malfunction, and ultimately, disease. These misaligned vertebrae are termed subluxations, and adjusting them is your chiropractor's job. By the way, sometimes subluxations can cause pain in the back (most do not).
MY INSURANCE ONLY PAYS FOR 10 VISITS; YOU RECOMMEND 35. THEY MUST BASE THEIR 10 ON SOME SCIENTIFIC REASONING. WHAT'S YOURS? CAN I TRUST YOU? I'M CONFUSED. 10 OR 35 VISITS?
Insurance companies pay for sickness care, not wellness care. As long as symptoms exist, the insurance company will pay for your treatment. The number of treatments they will pay for is usually just enough to relieve your symptoms. However, in order for you to become truly well, you will need CORRECTIVE care that will actually FIX the problem. Sure you can keep putting air in a leaky tire, but the smarter thing would be to fix it... wouldn't you agree?
Most insurance policies are created with "crisis" care in mind, that is, as with the medical model, once the symptom is gone, coverage stops and you're done. As we've explained, there's a lot more to getting you well than just treating your symptoms. We encourage preventable ongoing maintenance, but the choice is yours. Unfortunately, most insurance today isn't set up to accommodate this kind of health care. It is disease-care oriented
WHY IS IT THAT NO 2 CHIROPRACTORS THINK ALIKE??
Have you ever met 2 medical doctors or dentists who thought alike? How many people in general deal with problems in the same way? Each of us approaches problems from our own unique perspective.
There are alone dozens of chiropractic techniques, each designed to effectively treat different patients as the individual doctor sees fit. And, in the hands of a highly trained doctor, they all have their place. We, during our training, selected our techniques because we felt they were the most effective.
If you are not responding to our care, we will definitely refer you to another chiropractor with a different approach. WE know that chiropracTIC works but sometimes the chiropracTOR can fail.
MY INSURANCE IS MUCH MORE ACCOMMODATING WITH ALL MY OTHER DOCTORS.. WHY NOT MY CHIROPRACTOR?
It all boils down to the kind of policy you have purchased. Some cover more extensively for chiropractic care than others. Also remember: insurance companies have been associated with medicine and its procedures dealing in crisis care and medication for much longer than with chiropractic.
They generally avoid paying for "maintenance care" if there are no symptoms. They view the body from an outdated perspective: NO SYMPTOMS = NO PROBLEM. Always ask about specific coverage when buying any insurance.
NO ONE KNOWS I AM GOING TO A CHIROPRACTOR. I DON'T THINK THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND.
Lack of understanding concerning chiropractic, what it is and how it works, is the basis of this concern. Certainly, this thinking is rooted in fear and skepticism. Fear of the unknown and skepticism of anything new has repressed people for generations; probably as long as people have existed on this earth.
As difficult as it may be to believe by today's standards, doctors in the last century were not required to scrub their hands between doing an autopsy and examining a living patient. As a result, many patients contracted infections and died. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, at the time a young physician, suggested that washing of the hands might help keep many patients from infection and death. For this he was not only "misunderstood", but ridiculed as well, and finally dismissed from his position. Only after germs and bacteria were actually proven to exist did people realize how right he was. The hand washing recommendation became standard procedure, and many lives have been saved.
There are many people today seeking a solution to health problems that seem to have no solution, yet many can be solved through chiropractic care. By taking the step towards knowledge about chiropractic, you will not become such a statistic.
The knowledge you now possess about chiropractic can be lifesaving to someone. Please, don't keep it a secret. Educate them on what we do.
I HEAR THAT YOU ADJUST KIDS... ISN'T THAT DANGEROUS?!
The first question we would ask is, "If we could hurt a child, do you think we would be doing it?"
We have had training (over 85 hours) in the care of the pediatric patient, and we have been specially trained for over 3 years in the most gentle and safe means (Logan Basic) to adjust the pediatric spine as it needs it.
It is VITAL for their health. Infants and children who begin chiropractic care early grow up healthy and avoid spinal misalignments with its accompanying complications. They don't grow up having the same problems that adults complain about!!!!
WHY WOULD MY "REAL DOCTOR" BE DEAD SET AGAINST ME GOING TO A CHIROPRACTOR?
More and more medical doctors today are beginning to understand the importance of chiropractic spinal care, but sadly, many are still of the mind set that the body is best treated by drugs and surgery.
Every day, I am confronted with patients who chose drugs or surgery first because an orthopedic surgeon told them that chiropractic care was harmful. In fact, I had one "Real Doctor" tell one of my patients that he would not treat her if she saw me again.
Unfortunately, there is an economic side to this issue as well: if your body is getting well under natural chiropractic care, you are avoiding drugs and requiring less medical care as well. Understand that drugs are a multi-BILLION dollar industry in our country, so the medical profession has a vested interest in promoting drug products or surgery.
Try this: If a physician tells you anything disparaging about chiropractic, just ask him or her: "Exactly what is chiropractic, and what does a chiropractor do?" The answer to that question will tell you plenty.
Your doctor in most cases is sincere and has your well-being in mind. Many times, though, he or she just has been misinformed regarding chiropractic.
In Europe, many doctors are referring their patients to chiropractors and doing research into chiropractic. One article published in "Manual Medicine" recommended that all children be checked for subluxations by a chiropractor after the traumatic birth process!!! Pretty amazing recommendation coming from a medical doctor!
WHY IS IT THAT I FIND MYSELF NOT REFERRING TO YOU AS MY PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR?
As a patient relatively new to this office, and possibly to chiropractic in general, this is understandable. Many people see a chiropractic office as a place to go to find relief from "strain, pain, low back pain and an occasional migraine".
Diseases such as asthma, allergies, ear infections, etc. and other chronic illnesses are not seen as chiropractic concerns until a person becomes knowledgeable about chiropractic. Most people growing up in the United States are trained to go to a medical doctor when they have a symptom or health problem. However, once our patients understand the role chiropractic plays in overall health, many accept their chiropractor as their primary health provider.
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CHIROPRACTORS? WHY SHOULD I SEE YOU?
GOOD QUESTION!!! I practice what can be called Classic Chiropractic. Over the years, over 25 different techniques have been developed. Of those 25 techniques, the majority of them have been developed as either something totally different or a hybrid from the original techniques.
Although we agree that it is always good to experiment and find new ways to do things, we must not forget the fundamentals of chiropractic. That is why we have chosen to use the techniques that we use. They are the classics. They have been proven over time, similar to classical music.
Secondly, I trained under the masters. For each technique that I practice, I learned them from the masters in chiropractic. Similar to the Judo or Aikido Masters, I sought out the masters in our profession, and for three techniques, they were my instructors.
Have you ever played the game where one person makes up a simple sentence and passes it on to the next person. By the time it gets to the sixth person or so, how distorted did the message get?
That is why I chose to learn directly from the masters.
I DON'T WANT TO GET MY NECK ADJUSTED. HAVE NOT PEOPLE DIED FROM CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
The answer is YES. 200 people have died from neck adjustments over the past 80 years.
However, you need to put this into perspective. Out of the 200 neck adjustments cited, CHIROPRACTORS were involved in only 10 of these accidents. Barbers, massage therapists, physical therapists and MEDICAL DOCTORS were responsible for the remaining 190 deaths.
Now lets get real and do some other comparisons:
By comparison, serious medical complications involving common drugs in the ibuprofen family (called NSAIDs) are far more common. Among people using them for arthritis, NSAIDs result in hospitalizations at a rate of about 4 in 1,000 and death at a rate of 4 in 10,000.