Is it okay for me to crack my own neck or back?

NO! Self-manipulation is not recommended and is never a good idea to perform on oneself. Regular self-manipulation can actually lead to ligament laxity and an increase in muscle tension leading to imbalances in spinal musculature.

When you self-manipulate, or “crack” your own back, you are actually mobilizing your joints. While this can provide temporary relief of muscle tension, it can also lead to hypermobility or too much movement of the joint.

Hypermobility of a joint may then lead to the muscles having to work harder to stabilize the joint, which usually results in the tendency to feel like you need to “crack” or mobilize the joint over and over again. This vicious cycle of repeated mobilization will further prolong joint instability and muscle tension.

Many patients who come into the office with pain are actually causing some of their pain by cracking their spine/joints.

Doesn’t chiropractic only help with back pain?

It is a common misconception that Chiropractors only treat patients with neck or back pain. This is very far from the truth. Neck and back pain may be the main reason that the majority of patients seek out Chiropractic care but the actual scope of care for a Chiropractor is much wider than just spinal pain.

Every single cell in your body receives information and is in a sense “controlled” by your central nervous system. Digesting your food, releasing the proper hormones, controlling your foot, even taking a nice deep breath, all of these functions are dependent on proper communication with your central nervous system. The quality of communication between the body and brain is dependent on the existence of or lack of impedance on the nerve signal. This means that if someone has a shoulder, hip, knee or even a jaw issue, Chiropractic care can help with those issues.

Think of it this way, if an area of your body has a nerve supply, Chiropractic can help.

If I start getting adjusted I will have to continue for my whole life?

Think of it this way:

If you were trying to lose weight, would it make sense to quit trying after losing only one pound and expect the rest to disappear on its own?

If you start brushing your teeth as a young child, doesn’t it make sense to continue for the rest of your life?

If you got your car’s oil changed at the first 3000 miles, doesn’t it make sense that you will have to change it again at 6000 miles?

If you are trying to build muscle would you only need to go to the gym one time or would you have to continue going?

If you were trying to grow vegetables, would it make sense to only water them once or twice and expect maximum production?

So, if you started feeling better and reaching higher levels of health, you could stop, but doesn’t it make sense to continue?

At Excel Chiropractic we spend a lot of time educating you on how spinal subluxations are caused by Thoughts, Traumas and Toxins and how we all are surrounded by these things everyday. So, doesn’t it make sense to see your chiropractor on a regular basis?

Once our Doctors begin educating you, you will start to understand what it means to be TRULY HEALTHY. The Excel Chiropractic team of doctors take a different approach to health and wellness, and encourage their patients to discover this new paradigm of health through education and responsibility.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractors spend years learning to evaluate and assess tissue and joint function and understand the complex motions of each joint whether it be in the spine, pelvis, or extremities. The Chiropractic adjustment may be done by hand or with assisted devices to apply a specific force to joints that are restricted or not moving as they should. The adjustment restores motion allowing your joint to move freely and function as it should.

Does an Adjustment hurt?

NO! Our goal is to provide relief and make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Does my insurance cover Chiropractic care?

We are in network with nearly every major insurance company and most insurances cover Chiropractic care. We are alway happy to check your benefits for you ahead of time.

What should I expect on my first visit?

You can expect to be in our office for 30-40 minutes on your first day. You will meet with the doctor for a consultation and examination including orthopedic, neurologic, and functional tests. Based on the findings, the doctor may recommend digital X-rays. Once completed the doctor will need time to study the results and prepare a report of findings and treatment plan to be discussed on your next visit.

What is Active Release Technique?

Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) is a hands-on procedure that allows the chiropractor to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries related to muscle, tendon, fascia, and nerves. 

Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor to see a Chiropractor?

NO! Doctors of Chiropractic are Portal of Entry physicians and are trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions. 

Can kids be adjusted?

Yes!  “As a limb is bent the tree will grow”  is a saying that relates to kids receiving Chiropractic care. We experience more falls, bumps, and bruises in the first 10 years of our life than we do the rest of it. Combined with the fact that technology use at earlier and earlier ages had created such diagnoses as “Tech Neck” there are a number of reasons for children to be evaluated and treated. 

Can I get Chiropractic care if I'm pregnant?

Absolutely and we encourage it! Chiropractic care can be great to help manage pain and discomfort through each phase of pregnancy. It also can be beneficial to help prepare the body and pelvis for the delivery of the baby.

Do I have to be in pain to see a Chiropractor?

Absolutely not! Many patients come to our office in pain but Chiropractic care isn’t just about pain. Chiropractic care is about improving and maintaining one’s overall function to allow each and every system in the body to work as it is supposed to. When we can maintain a healthy functional state we are far less likely to have the frequent bouts of pain so many people are used to living with.