10 Important Things To Know About Chiropractic in Urbandale IA
Many of our chiropractic patients in Urbandale IA have questions about what we do. We hope this article will help you to gain a better understanding of the amazing things that chiropractic can do.
Chiropractic Care in Urbandale IA
After an adjustment, most people feel "lighter" or relieved. Some patients that began care with no complaints say that they didn't realize that they could feel better. Meier Family Chiropractic provides a different kind of care. We use the most analytical technique that looks at the structure of your entire body. We also work with the soft tissue and use active therapies to treat every aspect of the body.
1. The first sign of a problem is NOT pain.
The human body is very strong and can get by for months or even years before pain presents. Unfortunately, most people in Urbandale IA don't come to our office until the pain has arrived. Also, it is also not true to say that if you're not experiencing pain then you are healthy. If you are taking medication to handle pain, you are only masking a problem that might not just go away. Dysfunctions in the body present in different ways but a headache, diarrhea, asthma, allergies, and much more are all ways of your body letting you know that something is wrong.
2. Many athletes use chiropractic to maximize their body's true potential.
Chiropractors are experts in fixing causes of pain and increasing motion in the body. At this point, all NFL teams, except the Oakland Raiders, have publicly admitted to utilizing a chiropractor. Some of the world's best athletes swear by their chiropractic including Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose, Tiger Woods, Gerald Wilkins, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rogers, and Terrell Owens. This list can continue for a long time but I think I made my point. It's becoming normal for chiropractors to be kept close by for teams and athletes to use to help prevent injuries, maintain flexibility, keep the lungs functioning at their max potential and improve coordination.
3. The body runs of off actions and reactions rather than random, spontaneous events. These actions and reactions are all maintained by a properly functioning nervous system.
The brain is what the command center for your entire body and the spinal cord is how your brain communicates with the rest of the body. The nerves that spread through the body branch off the spinal cord. If those nerves are pinched off then the messages are not getting sent properly. This break in communication and nervous integrity that creates malfunctions within the body is what chiropractors call a subluxation. This is why chiropractors don't just treat a patient with low back pain but also treat a woman's menstrual cramps or irritable bowel. This is why a chiropractor doesn't just treat someone's neck pain but their allergies or migraines. Thankfully chiropractors get a lot more education in diagnosing, anatomy and radiology to they are trained to know what the source of a problem is.
4. There is no such thing as "magic hands". It's all because of the magic inside your body!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but chiropractors don't "fix" your pain. It is their job to assist your body by restoring movement in joints and take pressure off of nerves so your body can heal itself the way it's designed to. We refer to this design as it innate intelligence. Chiropractic is developed through scientific research that has proven that the body is capable of healing and fighting illness when it is in its natural state. It has been proven that a chiropractic adjustment frees the stress off your nervous system which impairs the body's ability to do its job. It is not our job to treat disease. It is our job to treat the nervous system so your body can fight with its innate intelligence naturally.
5. There are no age restrictions in chiropractic.
From newborns to seniors, everyone can benefit from chiropractic care because everyone should want to prevent bad things from happening to their body. Newborn babies endure unparalleled amounts of physical stress during the birthing process. Studies have found that 95% of newborns have subluxations in their necks and that removing these subluxations can prevent the development of several types of disease including, but not limited to, bedwetting, allergies, and asthma. It's also never too late to get started. Seniors have much to benefit from chiropractic care. Improving their quality of life without medications is something that we, at Meier Family Chiropractic, love to give to our patients. Regular adjustments can give independence to seniors who want to take care of themselves by restoring proper nervous system function, increasing joint mobility, and improving coordination.
6. Chiropractors care for more than your back!
It may shock you to know that chiropractic in Urbandale IA is more than just treatment for back pain. Chiropractic is a lifestyle that revolves around taking care of your body. A Doctor of Chiropractic is trained in nutrition, physical therapy, fitness, reading x-rays, and diagnostic procedures. There are also specialists in the chiropractic field that can gain extra education and certification in pediatrics, pregnancy, sports rehabilitation, addictions, and compulsive disorders. The education and clinical hours that a Doctor of Chiropractic and a medical doctor is similar but where a medical doctor spends time learning about medications to prescribe, a chiropractic student learns how the body can take care of itself and fix the problem.
7. Your health is a job. 50% is our responsibility but 50% is your responsibility.
You have probably heard someone say that chiropractic didn't work but have you ever asked them if they did what the doctor told them today? Yes, there are some cases that are more complicated and more difficult than others.
8. You would have a life with little to no colds, flus, etc.
Scientific and medical studies have found that regular adjustments and a well-maintained spine can decrease to frequency and duration of illnesses. Since the early 1900s, the chiropractic community has seen a trend in their patients. This trend was first brought to attention during the flu pandemic in 1917-1918 when their chiropractors saw fewer fatalities with their regular patients compared to the general population. The findings were published in osteopathic journals because, compared to the 6-7% death rate of Western medical medicine, people receiving chiropractic adjustments only had a death rate of 0.25%. There are a number of healthy choices that you can make to keep your body healthy on the inside and out. Meier Family Chiropractic is here to help you get healthy and stay healthy!
9. "You go once and they tell you that you have to come back every week" This is NOT the case.
After their first, second, or third adjustment some people decide that they never want to stop seeing a chiropractor, especially once they notice how much better they feel all the time. If you go into an office when your body is in a moderate or severe condition, then there is a chance that your initial care plan might call for frequent visits. An important thing to remember is that the chiropractor is trying to help fix the misalignments in your spine! This is a delicate, specific process. There are also the lifestyle choices that your doctor is combating against including poor posture, sleeping position, stress, etc. Just like when you go to a dentist for a check-up on your teeth, it is recommended that you see your chiropractor for checkups on your spine. We will find the root causes of your problem(s), treat the cause, and help prevent further problems.
10. Quick and painless is what an adjustment feels like.
A chiropractor is not a "bone crusher" and does not "pop" bones. A chiropractor doesn't "crack" or "snap" your neck. An adjustment is not about strength and force but rather about speed. So when you are getting your neck adjusted for the first time, try to take a deep breath and relax. I know it is easier said than done but the doctor is contacting a specific point on a specific vertebra and quickly giving it a little thrust back to where it should be. There is also a little sound that may or may not occur called cavitation. This occurs when gases are released from a capsule in the joint. Some people are under the impression that an adjustment can cause damage because the sound is like the one you hear when you "crack your knuckles" but that is not the case.
If you are looking for a chiropractor in Urbandale IA call our team at Meier Family Chiropractic today for a no-obligation consultation and find out what possibilities lay ahead for you!
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