Q & A


What types of problems do Chiropractors typically treat?

Chiropractors or Doctors of Chiropractic treat many different problems but primarily we center on conditions that impact your nerves, muscles and joints. Commonly we encounter symptoms like low headaches, neck pain, back pain, pain into your extremities, and injuries following a work related matter or car accidents. Dr. Bassel insists on performing a thorough examination that to determine if chiropractic is right for you. After completing an examination Dr. Bassel will review his findings and discuss treatment options. If Chiropractic is right for you, he will begin treatment. If it is not, he will make recommendations of alternative treatments that are available.

What is a Chiropractic adjustment and will it be painful?

Chiropractic adjustments are gentle, effective and safe movements of your joints by a chiropractor's hands and it is one of several methods used for the purpose of movement of those joints and restoring those joints to their normal position. Once the bones of the spine or vertebrae are returned to their proper position, the spinal cord and its nerves are no longer irritated and can work as they were intended to. The spinal cord is the link between the brain and the rest of your body. The Spinal Column is designed to protect the spinal cord. Chiropractic Adjustments serve to maintain the freedom with which information flows from the brain to the rest of the body. By maintaining proper alignment, the nerves and spinal cord allow the brain's input to flow readily so that the body can be healthy, strong and whenever injured, heal efficiently.

Is it true that I will hear some noise while receiving an adjustment?

The "popping" noise that is commonly heard is likened to when you crack your knuckles. It is referred to as "Cavitation". Cavitation describes the scenario when gases (Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen and Oxygen) in our environment are allowed to rapidly escape. When receiving an adjustment, gases that are trapped within the adjusted joint are allowed to rapidly escape. When the gases are released, you hear that familiar popping sound. There is no need to be concerned as there are no harmful effects to an adjustment.

What happens if I have had prior surgery on my spine or have been diagnosed with a spinal condition, can I see a Chiropractor?

Every clinical situation is unique. When undergoing a comprehensive evaluation with a Chiropractor, many of these issues are discussed. Dr. Bassel works with many orthopedists, orthopedic spine specialists and neurosurgeons. The purpose of performing an examination is to help determine if Chiropractic care is right for you. While gathering all information important to your case, if Dr. Bassel thinks he can help you, he will indicate that at the conclusion of your evaluation.

Are X-rays necessary?

X-rays are generally ordered to get a better understanding of your spine. Occasionally signs of certain conditions may show up on a radiograph, such as scoliosis, old fractures, or arthritis. This generally helps Dr. Bassel render a complete opinion about a diagnosis and helps to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

How does a Chiropractic Education differ from a Medical Doctor?

During the first two years of study to be a medical doctor or a chiropractor, the curricula are very similar. The minimum number of hours for medical students studying classes like anatomy, pathology, chemistry, etc is around 2750 hours. For chiropractors it is 2900 hours. During the final two years of medical school, students spend more time studying classes like pharmacology (prescription drugs), general surgery and immunology while chiropractors learn more about adjusting the spine, nutrition and holistic approaches to health.

What other methods do Chiropractors use to treat patients?

In most Chiropractic Colleges students are taught a variety of techniques to address spinal concerns. Some chiropractors use manual techniques (use of the hands) to move the bones while some use mechanical tools to adjust the vertebrae. All approaches provide results, however certain techniques work better for some people and others work better for others. Dr. Bassel is trained in a variety of techniques to help treat a wide range of people and conditions.

Do Chiropractors provide supplements or herbal remedies as part of their treatment?

Some Chiropractors do and some don't. It has been Dr. Bassel's experience at that you get out of life what invest into your health. The use of good vitamins, supplements and minerals into our body is a healthy choice. Dr. Bassel can recommend various supplements and herbal remedies that will help you make the most of your health.

Is chiropractic effective?

Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health.

Why should I see a Chiropractor?

Seeing a chiropractor is not only for back pain and neck pain. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance through nutrition, adjustment and overall wellness. In addition, chiropractic care has been known to help a wide range of conditions from fibromyalgia to diabetes.

What is Subluxation?

When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.

How does chiropractic care work?

Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.

In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.

While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.

What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?

Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.

When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.

An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.

What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?

Going to the Chiropractor is a new experience for many of us. Maybe we've heard through a friend or have done some research online. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and it's time to do something about it. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition and goals.

What results can I expect from treatment?

Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.

If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear.

Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak.

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