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How Does Chiropractic Work?

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Do Adjustments Hurt?

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Are Adjustments Dangerous?

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Must I Have X-Rays?

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How Long Will It Take To Fix Me?

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What's An Adjustment?

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Can I Have Chiropractic Care After Back Surgery?

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Can Patients With Osteoporosis Get Chiropractic Care?

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Why Don't Medical Practitioners And Chiropractic Doctors Get Along?

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What if Chiropractic doesn’t work?

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Can Chiropractic Prevent Back Surgery?

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Do Chiropractors Believe In Medicine And Surgery?

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works because the human body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system.  Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue.  Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right.  Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine called a subluxation can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues.  Dr. Bartholet states that specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications.  Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.

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 Do Adjustments Hurt?

Dr. Bartholet says it is possible to feel discomfort after an adjustment. The adjustment does not hurt, but muscles may be sore for a short time after the treatment.

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Are Adjustments Dangerous?

Dr. Bartholet says that adjustments are very safe as long as your chiropractor does a comprehensive exam. Some sources say that adjusting the highest bones of the neck may cause damage to arteries in the area and cause a stroke. The estimated risk of serious injury after neck manipulation is 1 in 2 million manipulations (Dabbs V, Lauretti WJ. J Manip Physiol Ther 1995 (oct); 18 (8): 530-6). To make a comparison, in the year 2000 a study by the Institute of Medicine found that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year from medical mistakes (Charatan F. Brit Med J 2000 (4 mar); 320:597). A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are "remarkably safe."  By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record.  A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.  Compare the statistics.  Adjustments are about 100 times safer than taking and over-the-counter pain reliever.

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The answer is NO. When clinically indicated x-rays may make treatment safer, or help diagnose a condition that may be causing problems. X-rays are almost always necessary after an accident; in this case they are used to rule out fracture, confirm injury based on other tests, and make treatment safer. Many times x-rays are not necessary, and anyone who requires x-rays without explanation should make you think twice about keeping them as your Doctor. Dr. Bartholet x-rays about 10-15% of his patients only as needed.

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Typically pain relief is pretty quick. Dr. Bartholet says the number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals.  Many of his patients sense progress within a week or two of frequent visits.  Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes.  In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.  It is also important to remember that all people are different and respond at different rates. Dr. Bartholet says a lifetime wear and tear on your body cannot be corrected overnight, it takes time to function at maximal capacity.

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Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren't moving right.  Dr. Bartholet uses his hands, instrumentation, a special table or the force of gravity to name a few.  There are many ways to adjust the spine.

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Yes.  Rest assured that your chiropractic doctor will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine.  Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level.  These areas will be Dr. Bartholet’s focus for your chiropractic care.

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Of course.  When developing a care plan, Dr. Bartholet considers the unique circumstances of each patient.  There are many ways to adjust the spine.  The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.

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Why Don't Medical Practitioners And Chiropractic Doctors Get Along?

That's changing.  Years of prejudice and bias are giving way to research showing the benefits of chiropractic care.  Attitudes are slow to change.  However, as the public demands alternatives to drugs and surgery, more and more medical practitioners are referring their patients to chiropractors.

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What if Chiropractic doesn’t work?

If we're unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help.  Your health is our primary goal.

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Can Chiropractic Prevent Back Surgery?

In a majority of cases the answer is a resounding "Yes."

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Do Chiropractors Believe In Medicine And Surgery?

Certainly!  Dr. Bartholet says there is a time and place for everything.  Chiropractic should strongly be considered prior to surgery.

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If you have questions I haven't answered here, please call or email.  I know that the more you learn about chiropractic, the more confidence you'll have that it will work for you.  It's safe.  It's natural.  And it works.  It's a simple idea that has stood the test of time and helped millions enjoy relief and better health.
 

 
Body In Motion Chiropractic Clinic, PC
Dr. John E. Bartholet
108 N. 49th Street
Suite 206
Omaha, NE 68132
402-341-2216

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