Chiropractic FAQs

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We've got answers for your most common chiropractic care questions. We're also available to talk with you about any questions, concerns, and/or ideas you may have via appointment or telephone call. If you're looking for advice or a chiropractor in Raleigh, then please take some time to review what Falls Chiropractic and Injury can offer you and your family.

We offer a holistic approach to chiropractic care and wellness. We focus on you, your issues/needs, and your overall health. There's a reason why we've been in business for more than 35 years. It's called trust. We work hard to get it and do our very best to ensure you have no reason to look elsewhere for care. It's not a trade secret. It's just what we do. So when you're looking for a trusted chiropractor in Raleigh, Falls Chiropractic and Injury should be on your list. We take great pride in the relationships we have with our patients. Give us a call, and see for yourself.

Chiropractic and Wellness Services

  • Corrective exercises
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Spinal and postural screening
  • Physiotherapy


What is chiropractic?


Chiropractic is a system of manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column. It is based on the scientific fact that our bodies are self-regulating and self-healing organisms.

The self-healing functions are all controlled by nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. Your skull protects your brain’s delicate tissue while the spine protects nerve roots and the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord.

If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunctions throughout the body. This is called Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral means the bones of the spine, Subluxation means less than a total dislocation and complex means consisting of more than one.

Chiropractic is the science of locating injured spinal structures; the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system; the philosophy of all things natural.


What is an adjustment?


A chiropractic adjustment uses specific force in a precise direction that is applied to a fixated joint. A fixated joint means it is locked up and not moving properly.

An adjustment restores motion to the effected joints helping the bones slowly return to a more normal position. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and the procedure improves spinal function, nervous system function, and overall health.

There are many ways to adjust the spine.

Typically the doctor’s hands, or a specially designed instrument, will deliver a brief and highly accurate thrust to the affected area. Some methods are quick where others require a slow and constant pressure.

After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in delivering a variety of adjusting techniques. Our goal is to correct structural alignments that will improve the body’s physical function.


How does chiropractic work?


Chiropractic works by jump starting your body's ability to heal itself.

When your nervous system is operating correctly, all the cells, tissues, and organs are working to resist disease and ill health. A chiropractor can have a positive effect on many common health conditions that is not normally thought of as back problems. The chiropractic better health approach is to locate and remove the interferences that inhibit your natural state of good health.

A common interference to the nervous system is dysfunction of the bones in spinal column. A loss of motion or position of these bones can irritate and impair various functions of the nervous system disrupting the transmission of controlling nerve impulses.

Our primary focus is improving your nervous system function.

With improved spinal function comes improved nervous system function. Your chiropractor can help eliminate these interferences that impair normal health.


Is chiropractic care safe?


In the words of the US government: chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.”

Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is proven safe and effective.

Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record and is the result of a conservative approach to health. This type of care avoids invasive procedures and addictive drugs.

A thorough spinal examination help reveal areas that may be causing malfunctions to your nervous system. This helps to determine our best course of care for each patient.


What do chiropractors do?


Chiropractors restore proper spinal mechanics that improves nervous system functions.

First, a review of your health background, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your current health help us diagnose your symptoms.

Next, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with your spine.

Our findings are discussed and we might develop a wellness plan of adjustments depending on your situation. Progress is then monitored with periodic examinations and follow ups.


Can I trust any chiropractor?


Chiropractors today, are well educated and trained.

The science behind chiropractic care requires special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, and pathology combined with studies in neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects.

Chiropractors must complete a demanding curriculum. This prepares chiropractic doctors to locate subluxations and correct the dysfunctions in the nervous system.

To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate must pass a demanding National Board Examination.
Then the doctor applies to a governmental or professional licensing board and must pass a more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice in that state.

A chiropractor’s education never ends as one must complete post graduate instructions for license renewal. This allows chiropractic doctors to stay current on the latest scientific research. However, just as with any health care field, choose your chiropractor carefully.

Ask about Falls Chiropractic and Injury as Dr. Rick has a pretty strong local reputation.


How long do I need chiropractic care?


If you have neglected spinal troubles from early childhood, you may require continuing chiropractic care for optimal spinal function.

Long term spinal problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine itself. Regular chiropractic adjustments keep your spine in tip-top shape.

Patients that are active or have stressful jobs want to be at their very best and find that schedules of preventive visits are vital in maintaining good health. Unfortunately, most patients only seek chiropractic care only when their aches and pains become unbearable.

While understandable, this type of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time consuming compared to preventive care. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you but please consult Dr. Rick before taking drastic measures.


Am I too old to see a chiropractor?


The short answer is simply “no”.

The simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious as we get older and each day, more and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors.

With growing concerns about over medicating, medication abuse and side effects of combining various prescription drugs … safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity each year.

Restoring better spinal function has been proven to improve mobility, vitality, endurance, patient appetite and overall quality of life. Many of our patients report that regular adjustments have improved their arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments associated with aging. Since everyone is different, our adjusting techniques are modified for maximum comfort and results.