Commonly asked questions and answers for chiropractic care in West Palm Beach (Part II) can help educate you on the truth about chiropractic.  Chiropractic can treat acute or chronic back/extremity pain, chronic fatigue, stress, help with digestive issues, and a variety of other health problems. You need to make an informed decision about the care you need. Read below about the benefits and realities about chiropractic.



  1. What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor is a Physician also known as a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). Moreover, a Chiropractor diagnoses and treats a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous and skeletal system problems.

Doctors of chiropractic are extensively educated in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the spinal and extremity joints and associated neurology. Furthermore, based on examination findings and indication for care, the chiropractor will recommend a course of care.  This will relieve your pain and improve your function.


  1. What Symptoms Can Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractors treat a wide range of symptoms that impact your physical and emotional well-being. Your chiropractor in West Palm Beach will help you effectively manage the following symptoms and more:

  • Pain
  • Cramping
  • Tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Inflammation
  • Limited range of mobility
  • Exhaustion

Many patients also notice their mental health improves after a chiropractic treatment. Reason being, living with chronic pain can trigger bouts of depression and anxiety.  In fact, many patients confess they felt hopeless about the future until they visited our office. Indeed, we help alleviate your discomfort so you can get back to living life to the fullest!


  1. What Conditions Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care?

Patients visit us for a variety of conditions, ranging from minor ailments to severe conditions that haven’t benefited from conventional medicine. The following are some conditions your chiropractor in West Palm Beach can help you with:

  • Neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, thumb, TMJ, knee, leg, and foot pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Asthma
  • Neuralgia
  • Herniated discs
  • Fibromyalgia

The above is not a full list of ailments we treat.  Please contact us with any questions.


  1. What is an Adjustment?

The chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure applying a gentle yet firm thrust, typically delivered in the direction of reduced joint motion to restore normal motion and alignment. Spinal or extremity joint dysfunction, termed subluxation (chiropractic subluxation complex), can adversely affect nerve function, and the body’s ability to regulate and maintain health. Lastly, Chiropractic adjustments address disturbed joint biomechanics and the associated effects on nervous system function.


  1. Can I Perform My Own Spinal Adjustments?

The answer is No. Only Chiropractors are trained to diagnosis chiropractic joint fixations/ “subluxations” and correct them. A Joint Subluxation/Dysfunction Syndrome diagnosis is actually a clinical diagnosis.  There are certain signs and symptoms that are assumed to identity dysfunction of spinal, pelvic, or peripheral (arms, legs, TMJ) joints.

For example, in most cases when a person has a restricted joint, it will make the spinal joint or vertebrae above and below become hypermobile (increase movement).  This is due to the fixated vertebrae in the middle. So when you twist/ lean back in a chair to “adjust” yourself, you are moving the hypermobile segments instead of the fixated/“subluxated” vertebrae. Furthermore, this could worsen the degeneration or whatever present damage exists in that area. In conclusion, it’s dangerous to adjust your own neck or back if you don’t have training in chiropractic care.


  1. Are the benefits one can receive from chiropractic care be life changing?

    Yes! Chiropractic has shown benefits for all ages and various problems. Some benefits include: better sleeping, increased energy, increased movement, ability to perform things that use to be challenging in sports and activities of daily living, better bowel movements and much more. 


  1. Can You Receive Chiropractic Care at any age or during Pregnancy?

Firstly, chiropractors see patients that range from an infant to elderly in their 80s and up. Using gentle adjustments for infants can help them with the following: Ear infections, Colic, Tonsillitis, and Reflux to name a few. Afterall, the birthing process itself can be traumatic for an infant’s spine!

Secondly, pregnant women have so much to gain from chiropractic care. During pregnancy the pelvis can get misaligned or “subluxated” making a pregnancy more difficult than it needs to be. With a protruding abdomen and an increase in the lumbar spine curve, it is possible to see postural changes take effect on the mother.

Thirdly, while Chiropractic care is generally safe during pregnancy, it’s a good idea to double check with your OB/GYN before scheduling an appointment. Many patients find that chiropractic treatments are a great drug-free and natural way to alleviate the aches and pains associated with pregnancy.


  1. Can I Request Chiropractic Care Without a Referral?

We treat patients who do not have referrals from their primary care physicians or other medical providers. And Chiropractors are portal of entry providers which means you can visit us before any other doctor. As chiropractic physicians, we examine, diagnose and then treat you.


  1. How do I get started with chiropractic care in West Palm Beach?

Contact our West Palm Beach office at 561-253-8984 for further information on Commonly asked questions and answers for chiropractic care in West Palm Beach (Part II). We will be glad to schedule an appointment for you and get you on your way from injury repair to peak performance naturally.



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