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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care system that improves a person's overall health by improving the communication in his or her nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for controlling, coordinating and processing, all functions and actions of the body. If this system has disturbances, SUBLUXATIONS, it will not function as well as it was designed to. Although chiropractic does not directly treat any disease or symptom, many diseases and symptoms will disappear when a person is under chiropractic care because the body becomes better able to repair itself. Chiropractic care is for anyone (young or old sick or healthy) that wants to dramatically improve the quality of their life.

What is chiropractic for?

Chiropractic care is for anyone (young or old sick or healthy) who wants to improve the quality of their life. Your central nervous system (brain and spine) control everything in your body including hormone release, your immune system, digestion, how you think, etc. When there are disturbances in the nervous system nothing works as well as it was designed to. This could impact your life in an infinite number of ways. You might get sick frequently or just not fight infections or repair injuries as fast as you could. You may have severe digestive problems or just not be utilizing all the nutrients that you put in your body as well as you could be. You may be severely depressed or simply not sleeping as deeply or thinking as clearly as you could be. Severe disturbances can even cause pain. Chiropractic is about getting you to work at your absolute best. The biggest misconception is that chiropractic is for treating back pain, neck pain, headaches or any type of pain. The reason that chiropractic has this reputation is because these type of symptoms subside almost immediately when a person begins getting adjusted and insurance companies decided to pay for this small aspect of the service.

Chiropractic is in no way designed to treat or hide symptoms. Many times, chiropractic care may initially cause symptoms to get worse. This is a very good thing!



When the body is allowed to go through the healing process it will permanently repair problems, and symptoms will go away indefinitely, however this is a process and all processes take time no matter what route you decide to take.


Will chiropractic care help my back pain, neck pain or headaches?

Absolutely. Chiropractic has become incredibly well known over the years for helping neck pain, back pain and headaches. However contrary to popular belief chiropractic is not a treatment for any of these conditions. Many types of conditions go away as a side effect of the true purpose of chiropractic care. The point of chiropractic care is to improve the ability of your nervous system to send, receive and process information. Your nervous system runs EVERYTHING in your body and relates you to your environment. If there are disturbances in this communications system it will cause dys-ease (part of your body not working quite right) if this is left uncorrected it eventually can turn into a variety of health problems or diseases. Once you begin care you will be amazed at all the positive changes you notice in your health.

"Saying chiropractic is a good treatment for back pain is like describing Gandhi as a bald vegetarian."

Gandhi was bald and a vegetarian, but describing him as only that sort of misses the bigger more important picture.

At what age can I bring my child to a chiropractor?

The International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA) recommends that children should have their nervous system checked right after birth and with each major milestone. Even the most natural births are somewhat traumatic to the infant and may have caused nerve system interference, which if left uncorrected can have serious effects later in life. Stress and strain can also be placed on their delicate nerve system as a child learns to lift their head, crawl, walk, ride a bike, and play sports.

In my years of seeing many pediatric patients I have had parents bring children in at all ages. Some literally on the way home from the hospital after being born and some much later. When I examine a child if they have no problems I let the parents know that things are going great and to bring the child back to get checked again at their next milestone, barring a trauma. If we do find a problem it is usually easily corrected.

Read more information on chiropractic and children.

Is chiropractic safe?

This is a chiropractic website, so you would probably expect me to say it is totally safe. This is absolutely true. I have personally done extensive research on this topic and I have published papers on the topic of the safety of chiropractic. To view these papers, please click on the links below. The bottom line when looking at a profession's safety is how much they pay for malpractice insurance. The safest tier of medicine and therefore the cheapest malpractice premiums in medicine is a family practice doctor who does not perform any surgery. In New Jersey chiropractors pay on average one tenth as much as this type of medical doctor.

Read research paper by Dr. Cohn

Read published study by Dr. Cohn

Is chiropractic addictive?

This concern is a very common one. Many people hear stories of a person going to a chiropractor once and then continuing to go for the rest of their lives. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help prevent addictive behavior ranging from cigarette smoking to heroin use. Chiropractic adjustments balance nervous system function and by doing so help balance body chemistry. When a person's body chemistry is balanced it allows a person, with even a severe addiction, to have a greater sense of physical and emotional stability which helps them to stop relying on outside influences to give them a sense of balance. An addiction is a dependence on a substance or action that is outside a person's voluntary control. Many people make a conscious voluntary decision to continue going to the chiropractor for one simple reason. Chiropractic care helps improve health over time and once people experience a higher level of health many of them want to maintain it or continue to develop it. This is not an addiction or an obsession this is a desire to be as healthy as possible over the course of a lifetime.

What are the side effects of chiropractic?

The purpose of chiropractic care is to improve a person's overall health by improving the clarity of communication in his or her nervous system. Some of the side effects that people can expect from improved health of the nervous system are:


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