Frequently Asked Questions

October 1, 2015



We are very enthusiastic about questions, especially to do with chiropractic and you!  Ask us that question you have been meaning to ask, either at your next adjustment or email us.  In the meantime, here are some frequently asked questions and common situations and terms:


CHIROPRACTIC: From Greek, meaning ‘done by hand’

The science & art concerned with the relationship between the spinal column & the nervous system as it affects the maintenance & restoration of health.  The hands are used to correct & adjust malfunctioning or misaligned vertebrae or joints.



A fixation, malfunction, or structural misalignment of the vertebrae or joints that results in an alteration of the normal mechanical and neurological functions of the body.  A subluxation may not always produce pain or discomfort, but is always an unhealthy condition.



The chiropractic procedure used to eliminate or reduce a subluxation.  An adjustment restores proper position and normal mechanical and neurological function to the vertebrae and joints of the body.  Adjustments are vital for the optimal health of the body.



The characteristic sound produced when an adjustment is made.  It is the result of compressed gases being released from the abnormal pressures inside the fixated and malfunctioning vertebrae or joints.  Rather than being called a ‘pop’ or ‘crack’, it is correctly referred to as a ‘release’



Should I put heat on my back or neck for pain relief?

The answer is NO!  Pain or discomfort is very often caused by inflammation of tissues.  Ice is used to decrease the inflammation in the painful areas.  If you are experiencing pain, discomfort or headaches, apply an ice pack directly on the skin for 10 - 20 minutes.  You can do this several times in one day by applying the ice for 20 minutes every hour.

Caution:  If your skin is sensitive to cold, use a thin cloth between the ice pack and your skin.


It feels like I need to stretch, is this okay?

It sure is!  The urge to stretch is one of your body’s ways of telling you there is a problem.  Stretching can also relieve pain and discomfort.  Please consult Dr. Nelson for some appropriate stretches for you.

Remember to breathe out whenever stretching.  And always stretch before, not after you ice, to neutralize any potential aggravation.


How should I change my activities now that I am a chiropractic client?

This depends on your own body and particular situation.  Exercise and chiropractic are complementary.  Stay active and keep doing all of the activities you were doing before you started getting adjusted (unless Dr. Nelson has directed you to do otherwise). 


After an adjustment it is a good idea to go for a short walk (i.e., around the block) before you get into your car.  This gives your body some time to get used to the adjustment and the adjustment will tend to last longer.


I was in a lot of discomfort after my last adjustment.

Discomfort may be normal and is usually a good indication that the body is now healing and adapting to the new changes.

If you are in a significant amount of discomfort after an adjustment, please let us know as soon as possible by calling us or returning to the office.  For example, although headaches, numbness and dizziness may also be indicators of significant change and adaptations by the body, use your best judgment and call us if you are concerned.


Can I skip my adjustment when I am sick?

Not if you want to get better faster!  When the body is sick or fighting dis-ease, it requires optimum functioning of the nervous system (immune system) even more so than when it is not sick.

At the first sign of sickness (symptoms), call the office for an extra preventative adjustment.


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