Chiropractic FAQ

How does chiropractic treatment work?

It works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Your nerves run signals back and forth between your body and your brain. Improper motion or position of the moving bones can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of the affected organs and tissues. Specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve the mind/body communications so the body can function at its true potential

Why should I see a Chiropractor?

From professional athletes to homemakers, children to seniors, chiropractic has been helped achieve optimum health. Many people see a chiropractor for back and neck problems. Chiropractic has also given proven results for a variety of problems you wouldn’t associate with the spine. Many people find that with regular chiropractic visits they can stay in peak condition.

We get our teeth checked by a dentist and eyes checked by the optometrist. Yet, most of us take our spine for granted. Regular checkups of the spine can help you maintain better health

Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. From today’s childbirth methods to falls from daily living as well as from participating in sports can affect a child’s spine. Studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are very gentle.

Do chiropractors only work on the spine?

No, chiropractors can also effectively treat conditions of the joints in the extremities and muscles in the affected area. Chiropractors are trained to perform orthopedic evaluations before working on the extremities.

Does it hurt to be adjusted by a chiropractor?

Sometimes there is some discomfort when an individual is in a great deal of pain, but there is not a lot of discomfort associated with chiropractic treatments. Chiropractors adapt their techniques to meet the patient’s level of comfort.

What kind of education do chiropractors receive? 

Generally, chiropractors have completed a Bachelor’s degree at a four (4) year college/university. They then complete their five (5) year Doctor of Chiropractic program, which consists of lengthy basic science studies (eg. anatomy/physiology), chiropractic philosophy, diagnosis, radiology, chiropractic techniques and much more. The first two years of chiropractic school are actually quite similar to the first two years of medical school. Medical students traditionally go on to study drugs and surgery. However, chiropractic students move on in their studies, focusing on radiology, diagnostics, orthopedics, neurology and chiropractic adjusting techniques . They are also required to complete a 12 month clinical internship. Throughout their course of study, they must pass a four-part series of National Boards to become licensed.

What should I expect on my first chiropractic visit?

You will spend at least an hour face-to-face with Dr. Huynh. She will conduct a thorough medical history and go over the documents that you downloaded from this site and filled out before your arrival. She will listen to your concerns and will answer your questions. Subsequently she will perform a detailed exam including orthopedic, neurologic, and chiropractic exams. Xrays or other diagnostic testing may be ordered. If Dr Huynh thinks she can help you, an outline of a treatment plan will be discussed. If she feels that your condition is not within the chiropractic scope of practice, she will refer you out appropriately. During your treatment, she will explain what she is doing and why and answer any new questions that come up.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious or symptomatic.