Dr. Peter Clark is a chiropractor in Charlotte and has answered some questions on Chiropractic Care.
Q. What is chiropractic care?
A. Chiropractic care is the gentle adjusting of vertebrae to remove interference in the nervous system. When vertebrae become misaligned through bumps, accidents, and life in general, they can put pressure on spinal nerves. These nerves feed each and every organ in our body. The weight of a quarter can greatly diminish the nerve flow to an organ creating decreased function in that organ. It is a chiropractor’s job to remove any interference and allow your body to function optimally.
Q. Is chiropractic care safe?
A. Chiropractic is safe and effective. In fact, Dr. Clark has delivered well over 200,000 spinal adjustments to pro athletes, Olympic trainers, 90 year olds, babies just minutes old and people of all ages. He actually pays one of the lowest malpractice rates in the country due to his education and superior service.
Q. Is chiropractic care a permanent cure?
A. Chiropractic is a lifestyle choice for keeping an optimally functioning nervous system, similar to brushing daily and eating healthy.
Q. Why is my neck so stiff when I wake up in the morning, and sore by the end of the day?
A. Usually it is subluxated (misaligned) and not functioning normally. A trained doctor of chiropractic would be able to determine the cause with a spinal examination.
Q. What’s the difference between going to a chiropractor or a massage therapist?
A. Only chiropractic removes interference from spinal subluxations, thus allowing the nerves to function normally.
Q. Can chiropractors help with being overweight?
A. Our office offers dietary and lifestyle counseling for overall health benefits.
Q. What is a have a pinched nerve?
A. A pinched nerve refers to a spinal subluxation. In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
Q. What is more effective Chiropractic or acupuncture treatments?
A. Only chiropractic removes interference from spinal subluxations.
Q. What types of health problems do chiropractors treat effectively?
A. While many patients initially come in to our office with mid or low back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain or sciatica, they quickly learn of the healthy benefits of chiropractic. Our office has had great success in treating headaches and migraines as well as many other ailments. Because chiropractic deals with the function of the nervous system, every cell and organ will receive optimal nerve flow, therefore will receive benefit with chiropractic care.
Q. Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
A. Many of our patients are pregnant; chiropractic is safe and effective during pregnancy. Chiropractic can help with many of the common complaints of pregnancy such as low back pain and sciatica. Specific chiropractic techniques such as the Webster Technique can assist in "turning" a baby from a breach position prior to delivery.
Q. What is the average duration for chiropractic treatment?
A. While each chiropractic adjustment lasts only a couple of minutes, the benefits are long lasting. Additionally, corrective care is likened to having braces on teeth. It may take months (depending on the amount of correction that is needed and how long the patient has had the problem) for the muscles surrounding the vertebrae to hold their position. Once correction has taken place many patients continue to get spinal checks monthly or bi weekly to assure keeping the benefits of a healthy spine and nervous system. Our office works with patients to create a healthcare plan that is both economical and easy to maintain in their lifestyle.
Q. How can patients reach you for more information?
A. Call 704-792-2700 or visit amfamilyspine.com