WHAT IS YOUR NEW PATIENT PROCEDURE?
Your first appointment will usually take up to one hour. Dr. Guild will go through an extensive health history with you and follow this with a thorough exam of your joints, muscles and range of motion. She will explain everything she does, as she does it and is very gentle. No treatment will be done until she has reviewed your history and, possibly, your xrays.
WILL I NEED X-RAYS?
Often, xrays are recommended as a way for Dr. Guild to see the whole picture as to how to best treat you. She will be able to tell you if this is necessary during your first visit.
WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?
A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle maniupulation of the vertabrae. Sometimes this is done with the hands and sometimes this is done with a special instrument called an activator.
DOES A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT HURT?
It really doesn’t. People often describe the feeling of ‘release’ after an adjustment. In fact, when working with babies, they don't even cry!
IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?
According to recent research and the history of the profession: the answer is yes. If it weren’t safe, we wouldn’t do it.
WHY DO PEOPLE SEE CHIROPRACTORS FOR YEARS?
Many people come in for wellness care and disease prevention. Some come in for relief of chronic conditions, such as migraines, neck pain and repetitive motion injuries. Some find that when the spine is well aligned, when subluxations are few, that the nerve pathways are not blocked, the body functions better. If an injury or illness arises, the body tends to deal with it more efficiently.
WHAT IS THE CRACKING SOUND?
When you apply a small bit of force to a joint, like your knuckles, there is sometimes a sound that sounds like cracking or popping. It is thought to be caused by the gases rapidly coming out allowing the joint to stretch a little further. This gas increases the joint volume by 15 to 20 percent; it consists mostly (about 80 percent) of carbon dioxide. The joint cannot be cracked again until the gases have dissolved, which explains why you cannot crack the same knuckle repeatedly. The joints around the vertabrae act very similarily.
Another source of popping and cracking sounds is the tendons and ligaments near the joint. Tendons must cross at least one joint in order to cause motion. But when a joint moves, the tendon’s position with respect to the joint is forced to change. It is not uncommon for a tendon to shift to a slightly different position, followed by a sudden snap as the tendon returns to its original location with respect to the joint.
WHY DO PREGNANT WOMEN SEE CHIROPRACTORS?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
Managing back pain due to weight gain or a shift in gravity
Controlling symptoms of nausea
Reducing the time of labour and delivery
Relieving back, neck or joint pain
Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
Turning a malpositioned baby to vertex presentation
WHY DO BABIES SEE CHIROPRACTORS? DO THEY HAVE BACK PAIN?
Consider the circumstance of birth and the neck. Was it pulled on during a cesarean, were forceps used, was there a lot of compression at the point of birth because of size or positioning? Some problems kids experience can stem from birth.
Again, chiropractic is not only about back pain. A lot of kids see chiropractors for wellness care after falls, trauma during play and sports, to help improve their posture and to improve their overall health. Worth noting, is that the usual bumps, falls and accidents of childhood, left uncorrected, can sometimes lead to the problems that surface as a result of the body compensating until adulthood.