is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic was born in 1895 – the same year as medicine. There's
nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It's a natural method of health
care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather
than just treating the symptoms.
Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: Central to chiropractic
is the focus on the nervous system and "subluxations" or spinal misalignments.
There are many factors that can cause a spinal misalignment: Physical,
chemical, and emotional stress can cause spinal misalignments. Physical
would include how you sit, sleep, and work plus previous accidents and
injuries. Chemical refers to the food you eat, air you breathe, and the
drugs or improper supplements you take. Mental includes emotional stress
that affects the nerve system functions. The key to chiropractic is understanding
that your nervous system controls and coordinates the physical, chemical
and emotional well being of all your body's living cells.
Basically, when spinal bones misalign, this causes the nervous system
to malfunction. The misalignment of spinal bones is called a "subluxation."
Subluxations affect the normal coordination capabilities of your nervous
system creating actual static within the nervous system - similar to not
being able to adequately hear the other party when on a telephone line.
As you know, this can be a frustrating experience! The chiropractic approach
is to reduce or eliminate this "neurological interference." With a normally
functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to
heal itself because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system;
it controls feeling, movement, and all functions throughout your body.
Can I tell if I have a subluxation?
Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity--you may have it for
a long time before symptoms appear. While it may be possible to know you
have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don't. That's
why periodic spinal check-ups are so important. They promote good health
from the inside out.
does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your body's innate ability to be healthy.
Under optimal conditions with a healthy nervous system, all the cells,
tissues, and organs of the body are designed to resist disease. These
same cells, tissues and organs create your body's hormones and cellular
physiology. This means any impairment of the nervous system will directly
impact proper body physiology and chemistry.
The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences
(subluxations) to your nervous system. With improved spinal functions,
the nervous system functions better and all your physiologic functions
improve, for example: blood sugar, blood pressure, and thyroid functions.
Dr. Kerew, D.C.'s goal in making adjustments is to provide your body with
the best chance at healing itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle
are your keys to optimal health!
type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?
Doctors of Chiropractic are well-educated health professionals. Chiropractic
education and medical education are similar in many respects but differ
in that Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery while
medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations.
After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate
passes the demanding four-part National Board Examinations. Then doctors
apply to a governmental or professional licensing board where they must
pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to
practice. A Chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors
complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay
current on the latest research and adjustment techniques. At Lynn Kerew Chiropractic A.P.C,
Dr. Lynn Kerew, D.C. also has a Baccalaureate degree in Nutrition from
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Masters of Public Health
(M.P.H.) degree from U.C.L.A. in Health Education. Utilizing this background,
she complements patient care with health information, education, and clinical
is a chiropractic adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment applies a specific force in a precise direction
to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up," or not moving properly.
The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference
to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. Gentle
spinal adjustments boost your body's immune system.
children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have
newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting
procedures are adapted when treating small infants or children. Many childhood
health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to problems with
the spine. Having your child evaluated by a Chiropractor can often prevent
health problems that emerge in adulthood. Most parents report that their
children enjoy their Chiropractic adjustments and as a result, are healthier
than their peers.
all patients adjusted the same way?
No, Dr. Kerew, D.C. evaluates each patient's unique spinal problem, developing
an individual course of care. Each Chiropractic adjustment builds on the
previous one, restoring your health on a gradual basis.
Yes, Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of
a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures
or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates
between Chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors'
malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.
causes the sound during an adjustment?
Actually, some adjustments do not produce a sound. However, other adjustments
create the sound of spinal "release" or "popping"
sound. This sound is caused by nitrogen gas rushing in to fill the partial
vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated and is painless
and totally harmless.
I adjust myself?
No, since a Chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific
direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself
correctly and accurately. It is possible for you to turn or bend or twist
in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sounds like
an actual Chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation
is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even
more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is
not for amateurs!
Is chiropractic care addictive?
No, but if it were, there would be more healthy people around and Chiropractors
would not get patients who last saw a Chiropractor "a few years ago
when their back went out." It is possible to get used to feeling
more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular
Chiropractic care. While Chiropractic is not addictive, good health is.
a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal
surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later.
They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too-common occurrence
is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may
help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if Chiropractic care is
utilized initially, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
chiropractic work for all types of health problems?
Chiropractic's approach is not entirely based on a specific treatment
of your condition yet, it will address your specific needs. This is how:
Our goal is to objectively locate areas of nerve impingement that is either
contributing to or actually causing your problem. There is numerous research
to support that Chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety
of health problems. That is why our office's motto is "Chiropractic –
it is not just about your back and neck – it is about your life."
Please visit www.jvsr.com
for research information on Chiropractic care and specific health conditions.
By improving or eliminating spinal neurological dysfunction, your physiology
improves and thus your health status is closer to normal. Our goal of
course, is to reduce pain and optimize your health potential. With a normal
nerve supply, the body's natural healing capacity can improve a variety
of health problems. If the doctor feels you need a referral to another
practitioner for further treatment or evaluation, you will receive the
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better-functioning nervous system. Pregnant
mothers find that Chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and
make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods
are always adapted to a patient's size, weight, age, and condition of
health. Dr. Kerew, D.C. has additional years of experience and training
with both pregnant and infant adjustments.
is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Chiropractors base their care on the detection, correction, and prevention
of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal
adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions and
reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths, though trained in "manipulation"
techniques, often resort to an allopathic administration of drugs, surgery,
and other traditional medical therapies. Therefore, their approach is
usually not oriented to the spine and wellness model characteristic of
Chiropractic health care. Also, Chiropractors utilize an entirely different
analysis system than Osteopaths in approaching and removing vertebral
subluxation. Results vary depending upon the practitioners approach.
do chiropractors take x-rays?
Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment
of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes
and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of
the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors, and
spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for restoring the spine
to optimal health and alignment.
Even if an x-ray taken by a medical provider is "normal," Dr.
Kerew, D.C. is trained to evaluate the alignment and balance of the spine
using specific Chiropractic radiographic analysis. The results can provide
the difference between being sick and being well.
Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?
No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal
function, a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly
functioning spinal joints. Regular exercise will not replace Chiropractic
care, just as regular Chiropractic care will not replace the importance
of regular exercise.
Dr. Kerew, D.C. utilizes health tips on exercise, posture and work ergonomics
in her recommendations to maintain proper spinal health.
Still have a question not answered here?
Just give us a call!