Frequently Asked Questions in Apex NC
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a licensed healthcare professional who focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system - the bones, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Our Omega chiropractic doctors use joint mobility, tissue work and rehab to reduce pain and inflammation and improve the body’s mechanics. Proper alignment and reduction of nerve interference gives your body an ability to heal itself. They may also offer functional exercises, nutritional counseling, and other therapies to help patients with their health. A chiropractic doctor does not perform surgery or prescribe medication.
What is the history of chiropractic care?
William Harvey Lillard was the first chiropractic patient. He was an African-American janitor who worked in the Ryan Building in Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa. He was partially deaf and had lost his hearing 17 years before. Daniel David Palmer of Iowa performed the first chiropractic adjustment on him in 1895. Mr. Lillard’s hearing came back. Dr. Palmer thought he found the cure for deafness. Started to treat patients with hearing loss, but found out that was not the cause for all deafness. But did see other areas improve in the patients. That started the research into chiropractic treatment.
How many chiropractic sessions do you need?
Chiropractic care is typically great for quick results on pain levels. But improving the functional movement, posture, stability of the joints takes time and repetition. Just like the gym or dieting, you feel better at the beginning but the body takes time to respond and to get the results you want. And improving function in the body is the goal, not chasing pain. If you just focus on the pain levels and not the function, the moment you stress the body again the tissue will break down.
Why should you choose your office?
One of the primary differences that sets us apart from other chiropractors in the area is our diagnostic approach. We use the principle of Patterns vs. Sources. It is not realistic to look at an individual "source" of injury (ie, knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain) and fail to consider what other joints could be influenced by the area that hurts (ie. knee, lower back, etc) or that are influencing the injury itself. When we evaluate patterns, we can effectively consider how each individual joint is functioning, and how our joints are functioning together as a whole: this yields a more accurate diagnosis, a faster recovery and return to activity with longer-lasting results.
What does a chiropractor treat?
Chiropractors treat conditions related to your body’s structure. Their goal is to relieve pain and improve function. The process for improving function is with the chiropractic adjustment of your spine and other body parts to get them in the right position, or proper alignment. Chiropractic care is based on the idea that when your body is in proper alignment, you have a better chance of healing yourself.
How do chiropractors relieve pain from injuries or accidents?
When an injury occurs, either acute or chronic, your body's joint alignment and soft tissue is affected. This will cause the body to compensate, due to trying to take pressure off the injured site, but due to this compensation the body will tighten up and have irritation on the new area as a result. As chiropractors, we improve the joint function, tissue dysfunction, and stability of the joint. Making your body move and function the way it is designed. Which will help your body heal and move pain free.
What other conditions can be treated by chiropractic care?
Due to movement issues and compensation patterns, your body will have areas that are tight and have restricted movement, but then other areas above and below the restricted areas you will have areas of too much motion. This excessive motion will lead to tissue breakdown. Resulting in pain, inflammation, tendonitis, bursitis, tears, disc injuries, nerve irritation, etc. So improving mobility and stability is crucial for this diagnosis to be resolved.
Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Yes you can get chiropractic care during all stages of pregnancy. We have pillows, tools, etc to help with the chiropractic treatment no matter how far along you are. The pelvic position changes, due to the baby's growth, will result in added stress to the lower back, hips, knees, and ankles. Spinal and pelvic alignment, muscle work, and core exercises are highly recommended.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt and what is the popping sound?
Chiropractic adjustments are generally not painful, but you may feel some soreness after the treatment. The soreness is usually mild and temporary. Ice for 20 minutes and gentle stretches help with this discomfort. The popping sound is caused by the release of gas from the joint fluid when the joint is stretched during the adjustment. The sound is normal and healthy.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
During the examination, the doctors will determine your root cause of the problem based on your joints lack of mobility and instability areas. Each person has different movement pattern problems and past injuries. But certain joints are designed to move and others are more for stability. Our treatment is tailored to your individual issues.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors go to a 4 year undergraduate school (health related degree) to complete all of their prerequisites to be eligible for chiropractic doctorate program. The doctorate program is an additional 3-4 years of training. Chiropractic school is around 3000 class hours, with an additional hours of anatomy and biomechanics labs, nutrition, adjusting technique, clinical practice, etc. Totaling 4500 hours for completion.
How does a chiropractor help treat carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers. It is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is performed by adjustments to the wrist and hand to relieve pressure on the median nerve. Chiropractors may also recommend exercises and stretching to help reduce symptoms. If you are looking for a chiropractor in Apex, NC that can help treat your carpal tunnel syndrome, please contact Omega Chiropractic Center - Sports Performance & Nutrition today at (919) 267-9771.
What is the best way to treat a herniated disc?
A herniated disc is a condition that causes pain in the back or neck. It occurs when the inner layer of the disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer. A chiropractor can help treat a herniated disc by performing adjustments to the spine. Adjustments help realign the spine and take pressure off the herniated disc. For chiropractic treatment for a herniated disc in Apex, NC, please contact Omega Chiropractic Centre at (919) 267-9771.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an orthopedist?
An orthopedist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of conditions that affect the bones, joints, and muscles. A chiropractor is a healthcare professional specializing in treating conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Both types of providers can provide care for back pain, but chiropractors focus on treating the cause of the pain, while orthopedists focus on treating the symptoms. If you are seeking back pain treatment in Apex, NC, you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor at Omega Chiropractic Centre.
What are custom orthotics used for?
Custom orthotics are devices that are worn in shoes to support the feet and ankles. They are made from casts or impressions of the feet and are designed to fit the specific needs of the individual. Custom orthotics can be used to treat conditions such as bunions, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, and flat feet. They can also be used to prevent injuries during activities such as running and walking. If you are looking for custom orthotics in Apex, NC, feel free to contact Omega Chiropractic Center - Sports Performance & Nutrition today at (919) 267-9771.
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