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Frequently Asked Questions

What is health?

According to the World Health Organization, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." In Webster’s Dictionary, it states, "Health is a condition of WHOLENESS in which the organs are functioning at 100% at all times."

What is chiropractic?

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges’ definition of chiropractic is: "Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health."

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation is a problem in the spine where abnormal position and/or movement of the spinal bones (vertebrae) disturb communication within the nervous system causing abnormal function in the body.

How do you get subluxations?

Your first subluxation probably occurred from the birth process. Childbirth methods can put tremendous pressure on an infant’s spine. Beyond that, there are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes include slips, falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Stress, anger and fear are examples of emotional causes of subluxations. Alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet can be chemical causes of subluxations.

How do I know if I have a subluxation?

You may suffer from vertebral subluxations for years before symptoms appear. You may feel no overt symptoms while nerves are damaged and the bones surrounding the nerves begin degenerating. By the time the first symptoms appear, your health may have already been badly compromised. A thorough chiropractic examination can show the location and severity of any subluxations you may have even if you have no symptoms at this time.

Who can chiropractic help?

Improved nerve communications between your brain and your body can help everyone. The intent is to restore your body’s ability to be self-healing and self-regulating. Patients commonly seek care initially because they suffer from neck or back pain. Other conditions include headaches; migraines; knee pain; hip pain; numbness/tingling in the arms or legs; carpal tunnel syndrome; tennis elbow; jaw problems; shoulder problems; fibromyalgia and so on. Many people seek chiropractic care simply to stay well and active over the course of their life. In other words, just about anyone can benefit from regular chiropractic care.

What is an adjustment?

There are many methods a chiropractor can use to "adjust" your spine or extremities. The key to an adjustment is to use a precise amount of force in the right place at the right time and in the right direction in order to improve normal positioning, movement, and function of the spinal bones and joints with the intent of reducing nerve interference. Adjustments are remarkably safe and are modified to suit the needs of each individual patient from infant to geriatric. In contrast, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky than a specific chiropractic adjustment.

What can I expect on my first visit?

You’ll meet Dr. Roelofsen after filling out some brief paperwork describing you, your health history and you health goals. We offer this initial consultation so we can get to know each other. If you are a good candidate for chiropractic care and we think we can help, a thorough examination follows including physical, orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic tests, which will help locate the source of your health problem. X-rays and other types of diagnostic imaging are often helpful to complete the examination. The initial visit will require about an hour of your time.

Then what?

Next, Dr. Roelofsen will give you his report of findings telling you what he has found and what he can do to help you regain your health. If he finds you might better benefit from a different practitioner, the proper referral will be made. Otherwise, he’ll present you with a recommended action plan designed to fulfill your health goals and offer you some choices. This is followed by your first adjustment. Subsequent visits will require only a few minutes of your time. Each adjustment builds on the ones before. Therefore, we recommend you keep your appointments in order to obtain the best results.

How should I feel after an adjustment?

The chiropractic adjustment to remove pressure on your nerves and rebalance your body structure is a very powerful procedure. Hundreds of bodily functions and activities are affected. Many people experience a feeling of deepening peace and relaxation; others report a soothing, warm feeling flowing to sundry parts of their bodies. Some patients experience almost instant relief while others find that the healing process can take weeks, months, sometimes years. Every patient recovers at his/her own pace depending on age, overall health condition, diet, exercise regimen, muscle tone and even attitude.

Will I have to go for the rest of my life?

Like Dr. Roelofsen, many patients opt to continue with some type of regular chiropractic care. Their interest in wellness and prevention helps make sure that once they get well, they stay well. Maintenance care plans are designed to help you stay well and active over the course of your life. But it’s up to you as to how long you wish to benefit from chiropractic care. Regardless of your decision, we will help you achieve your individual health goals.

Why spinal checkups?

Just as periodic dental checkups can help detect early signs of decay before painful symptoms appear, regular chiropractic checkups can help identify and correct little problems before they become serious. Among the many things contributing to your health (eating nutritious foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising, getting plenty of rest and relaxation, handling emotional stress, and so on) having your spine and nervous system working at their best is essential for good health. Include monthly chiropractic checkups as part of your routine!