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The Healthpraxis

Question: Is a good workout or yoga the same as getting adjusted?

No. There is no substitute for chiropractic care. 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. Exercise, as beneficial and important as it is, does not correct spinal subluxations. Neither does massage, good nutrition, cleansing, golfing, yoga, pilates, etc.

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Any time is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers often find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy, can improve the baby’s health, and may make the delivery easier for mother and baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor or NetworkSpinal practitioner?

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, is a common occurrence that is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic and NetworkSpinal may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if our care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place. 

Is Chiropractic care or NetworkSpinal addictive?

No. If only it were! There would be more healthy people around, and you would not have people who last “saw a chiropractor a few years ago when their back went out.” 

When people begin health-promoting choices, activities, and behaviors, they begin to thrive on continuing to feel better than they did before. Once people start eating healthy, it’s very common for them to enjoy those benefits and continue on a healthy eating path. The same occurs with our spine and our body. People frequently are excited about feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular care. 

Excellent health and feeling good is just as with most other things you do for your well-being. Brushing your teeth, exercise, eating healthy, once you experience the benefits, you usually want to continue to feel/perceive and receive those benefits.

What causes the popping sound during an adjustment?

At The Healthpraxis, adjustments seldom produce a sound, and with NetworkSpinal entrainments, an audible pop is rare. 

At times, however, you will have more movement, and as your body unwinds, there can be a reliving sound of a spinal “release,” or “popping” sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

Is chiropractic safe?

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 tiny fraction of those for medical doctors.

Are all patients cared for in the same way?

No. The Chiropractor or Practitioner evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Do children need chiropractic or NetworkSpinal?

Absolutely! Since significant spinal trauma almost always occurs at birth, we recommend that every parent have their newborns immediately checked. 

Naturally, procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood and adult health problems can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having a child’s spine checked at an early age. And, most parents report that their children are far healthier than their peers.

Can I tell if I have a subluxation?

Most of the time, no. A subluxation is like a dental cavity; you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although in some instances, it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside.

What type of education did Nina Martin and James Maufe receive?

Chiropractors and NetworkSpinal Practitioners are well-educated. To practice either of these techniques, you must have a Chiropractic Degree. 

In the UK, the Chiropractic Master’s Degree is a four-year pathway. The education received and medical education is similar in many respects they are long and intense; the rewards of helping others is great. 

Education, however, never ends. Most clinicians complete regular continued professional development for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment/entrainment techniques.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on correcting the causes of poor health, rather than just addressing symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: with a properly functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the life-line of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, all function, and healing through your body. “A Healthy Spine Means a Healthier You!”

How often will I need to come in?

Once Nina Martin or James Maufe assess the state of health of your spine, he/she will make recommendations appropriate for your needs. It’s hard to say how often one patient will need to be seen, as this can vary on the severity of pain, subluxations, and overall spinal health. 

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a specific joint. It’s manually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies an 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. What we can do is work on people in such a way that the condition of their spine becomes more self-corrective in nature.

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