Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is chiropractic care?

A: Chiropractic care is a natural method of healthcare that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than the symptoms.

Q: What conditions can chiropractic treat?  

A: It is generally known that chiropractic has been proven effective in the treatment of low back pain and various musculoskeletal ailments. However, people are becoming increasingly aware that chiropractic relieves many additional conditions, including headaches, neck pain, muscle spasms, bulging or herniated discs, arthritis, pinched nerves, numbness or tingling to the arms or legs, and injuries to extremities such as shoulders, wrists, knees and ankles.

Q: Is chiropractic safe?

A: The risks associated with chiropractic are very small. When side effects do occur, they are typically very mild and temporary. The risks and benefits of any suggested treatment will be discussed with you in advance, so that you can make an informed decision about your care.  

Acupuncture

Q: What does an acupuncture treatment consist of?

A: The initial visit requires approximately 60 to 90 minutes, during which a thorough intake is done. During treatment, the patient usually lies comfortably on a table, although treatment may also be done in a sitting position. The number of needles used varies, depending on the patient's condition. Patient comfort is emphasized throughout the process.

Patients often report a general feeling of tranquility and well being during and after treatment, and/or report feeling energized and alert. Each patient is unique as is his/her response to treatment. The practitioner and patient discuss a treatment plan, and depending on the condition, herbs, dietary, and/or lifestyle suggestions may also be recommended.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?

A: Acupuncture treatment - in the hands of a licensed acupuncturist - is very safe. The sterilized, disposable needles are extremely fine, and manipulations are very gentle.  

Q: What if I'm currently receiving medical treatment?

A: Acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment serves as an effective complement to Western medicine treatment. We advise all patients to receive a full medical evaluation before they begin any complementary therapies. Do not discontinue prescribed medications or other established medical care without consulting your physician. Throughout the course of acupuncture, herbal or other adjunctive therapies, keep your physician informed of any changes in your health status.

Because acupuncture therapy addresses the whole body, patients often notice improvements in aspects of their health that were not the intended area of treatment. Acupuncture and herbs may help to manage side effects of pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy or post-surgical pain.

Massage

Q: What Is therapeutic massage?

A: Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of soft tissue throughout the body in order to bring about generalized improvements in health, increased relaxation, relief from stress, and reduction in muscle discomfort.

Q: Can therapeutic massage address and alleviate chronic pain?

A: Yes, in many instances. Chronic cycles of unrelenting pain plague millions of people. This frequency of pain leaves the body vulnerable to additional pain and dysfunction and little time for the body to respond to its own natural healing.   These types of pain derive from several etiologies, including repetitive strain injuries, diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, and even emotional stress overload.   A chronic pain injury can lead to decreased range of motion, further reduction in circulation, fatigue, inefficient posture, headaches and anxiety.  

Therapeutic massage is an effective tool for prevention of and recovery from this type of pain. Massage can decrease the intensity of chronic pain by increasing the pliability of overly tight muscles and scar tissue. An increase in blood and lymph circulation, another benefit of massage therapy, will also aid in the recovery of pain by delivering oxygen and fresh nutrients throughout the body.

Q: Isn't stress relief one of the areas that massage addresses?

A: Massage therapy is a remarkable tool for helping people effectively deal with stress. A short-term goal of a relaxing massage is that it provides a physical and mental break from life's stressful situations. Over time, massage therapy may be utilized to help develop healthy and productive responses to stress.

The healthiest and most effective people are those who respond well to stress.   Stress is a normal and unavoidable part of everyday life. Therefore, understanding how to cope with stress is an important strategy for a healthy lifestyle. Stress stimulates your nervous system, which then tightens muscles and increases blood pressure and heart rate; breathing becomes shallow and digestive processes are slowed. When the amount of stress overrides rest and recovery time, physical and emotional disturbances arise. Headaches, shoulder and back pain, and insomnia are common culprits of highly stressed individuals.

Q: Can therapeutic massage aid in sports injuries or other conditions?

A: Many sports and fitness enthusiasts rely on regular massage as an important part of their health maintenance regime. A variety of massage techniques can aid in the recovery of muscle fatigue after a strenuous workout, facilitate recovery after an injury, and provide maintenance for a fit body through an exercise routine. Therapeutic massage will enable muscles to reach their fullest potential by increasing circulation, decreasing swelling, and increasing flexibility. Massage therapy may also be utilized as a tool in the development of body self-awareness.

Q: Does therapeutic massage provide advantages for conditions unique to women?

A: Yes, therapeutic massage is a wonderful way to relax and to move through life's challenges more gracefully. Physical and emotional stress from premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy and menopause may all be alleviated with the aid of therapeutic massage. Massage can help calm emotions and ease muscle tension, thereby decreasing pain and increasing one's overall state of well being. Therapeutic massage offers a balanced and positive association with your body that will enable you to experience enhanced vitality.   Furthermore, the caring touch of massage can help restore energy and boost feelings of self-confidence.