Inside Chiropractic FAQ
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- What is chiropractic?
- Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the
understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally
functioning nervous system (especially your spine, and the nerves
extending from your spine to the rest of the body).
- "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos,
meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic
stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins
with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to
address these diseases not by the use of drugs, chemicals, or
surgery, but by locating and adjusting an area of the body (the
spine and/or extremities) which is functioning improperly. In
those cases where cooperative care is necessary, Dr. Lommell has a
valuable referral network of medical doctors and other specialists
that he refers to, and refer patients to him.
- According to Dr. Lommell, "The only competition we have is
with sickness and disease. My primary goal is to get our
patients back to a healthy and pain-free lifestyle as soon as
possible, and I know that working with the medical profession is the
best way to do that".
- What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
- Although chiropractic is traditionally thought of to relieve low
back pain, research studies have found it to be effective for a
variety of conditions, such as whiplash injuries, migraine
headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome,
fibromyalgia, and thoracic outlet syndrome; among many others.
- Does Chiropractic hurt?
- Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. You may
experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which
lasts only seconds, and also hear several 'cracks' as the
pressure/stress is relieved from the joints. One treatment
that can cause some discomfort - trigger point management - is
required in certain cases, but the necessity of this treatment, and
the results that it provides, will be discussed in detail before
- Is Chiropractic safe?
- Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The
risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one.
Recent studies have demonstrated that chiropractic manipulation is
600-2,000 times safer than over the counter anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS
like ibuprofen) and over 10,000 times safer than surgery.
Current research calculates the risk of serious complications from a
neck adjustment at 1.5 in 1 million treatments.
- What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic
- Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular
diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of
chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic
training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology,
histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis);
specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical
studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive
- What can I expect on my first visit?
- The first thing we will do is have you complete some paperwork to
ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly
concerned. We will also ask about your family history, dietary
habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic,
medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help
determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about
treating the problem. Once the paperwork is completed, Dr.
Lommell will sit down with you and discuss in more detail those
things he finds may contribute to your present condition.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with Dr.
Lommell's clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory
analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a spinal
examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural
abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition.
Additional tests, depending on your condition or suspected problems,
may be performed, including leg length x-rays, foot/ankle tests,
range-of-motion or strength examinations, grip strength, or
hand/foot sensory tests. All of these elements are important
components of your total health profile, and vital for us to
evaluate your problem and provide you with the information you need
to decide on the proper care path you should take.
- What other services do you offer besides chiropractic?
- Lommell Chiropractic also offers nutritional supplements for a
number of maladies (see Nutritional Supplements). Also, we
offer post-surgical rehabilitation, trigger point management,
customized rehabilitation programs, impairment ratings for
attorneys, and health-education workshops for businesses by request.