1. What is Holistic Primary Care?
Holistic primary care is an alternative to allopathic primary care. Holistic primary care can provide the alternative to many ailments that are simply managed by medications. There is a large grey area between the absence of symptoms and having a disease. Many people do not feel well however the answer they get form their doctor is “there is nothing wrong” or “it is all in your head”. Here we understand that you don’t need a disease to feel terrible. That is why we investigate all avenues of imbalance and help people get well no matter how bad they feel. As long as you are alive you have the power to heal. It is our job to help you find that balance and help you along your journey to a better quality of life.
2. Can a Chiropractor be a primary care physician?
While most chiropractors are trained in diagnostic and thorough evaluation methods, many treat only musculoskeletal complaints. At Frontier Spine and Health Care our primary care doctors are DABCI chiropractors. This means they have completed 300 post graduate hours in primary care training as well as passed national boards giving them the unique distinguishment of a larger scope of practice that includes all aspects of primary care minus the prescription of medications. We use all natural substances here at Frontier. You can read more about DABCI training at www.dabci.org.
3. What kind of education do Chiropractors have?
Answer: Like most other health care professionals Chiropractors must attain a bachelors degree in the sciences with the same pre-requisite required for medical school. Recently introduced was the CCAT exam which has drawn comparison to the MCAT in order to distinguish more qualified students as the demand for chiropractors is increasing steadily.
Once in chiropractic school it is 3-4 years of post graduate study averaging about 30 credit hours every 3-4 months depending on the curriculum. The final year of school is accompanied by clinical rotations in which the student must complete a certain number of x-rays, adjustments, and physical therapy modalities with real patients in order to qualify for licensure.
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Additionally each chiropractic student must pass 4 different national boards exams given by the NBCE to qualify for national licensure. Each state also has individual requirements for state licensure. Florida requires that a student score exceptionally well on part 4 of the national boards which is mostly clinical in order to attain licensure.
Once licensed each chiropractor must have 40 hours of continuing education in chiropractic each biennium. These hours can be attained at seminars, conferences, or even through further programs of study for more credentials but they must be recognized by the NBCE to qualify.
4. What is the difference between medical doctors (MD’s) and doctors of chiropractic (DC’s)?
Answer: as far as education goes both doctors are very similar. Where medical doctors spend more hours of study in pharmacology and toxicology, chiropractors spend those hours in the subjects of radiology and learning the different adjustment techniques. The major difference between the doctors is approach taken to “heal” the patient. While both doctors would like to help the patient the medical approach or allopathic approach is based upon symptomatology. A diagnosis is formed and a drug is added to the body in order to change a symptom. Surgery can also be used to remove tissues that may not longer be functional or may be problematic to the body.
The chiropractic approach is to find out why the symptom is present within the body. Many people relate symptoms to sickness. In actuality a symptom is your body signaling that there may be something wrong within, similar to a check engine light in a car. Instead of trying to cover the symptom with a drug, or remove body parts with surgery, chiropractic gently removes interference in the nervous system that may have allowed the symptom to manifest in the first place.
5. What is the sound you hear during an adjustment?
Answer: the “crack” or audible is NOT bones cracking or breaking. The sound is actually built up air inside of the joint space (where the bones meet). As the adjustment happens the trapped air escapes and creates the audible sound one hears.
6. Does it hurt?
Answer: This can depend on the technique used to adjust. If a bone is severely displaced there may be some discomfort while placing it in the correct position. Many spinal misalignments however are slightly misaligned and normally illicit immediate relief or a feeling of “release” that is therapeutic in nature.
7. How safe is Chiropractic?
Answer: Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care because there are no side effects. There are no chemical interactions with the body or attempts to alter biological readings such as cholesterol or blood pressure using a third party medium (medication). Chiropractic unlocks the body’s natural healing ability, it does not add anything to it. There are some old wives tales that adjustments can cause stroke. However researched has shown that one have more of a chance having a stroke walking down the street than after an adjustment. Regular adjustments also decrease the risk for stroke by improving communication between the autonomic nervous system and the involuntary control center of the body.
8. Do all chiropractors do the same thing?
Answer: this is a tough question because all chiropractors take the same approach in removing interference of the nervous system to better their patients healing ability, however the technique that chiropractors use can vary. Techniques range from types of adjustment to types of therapy. The technique used here is Upper Cervical Chiropractic.
9. Why is upper cervical different than other techniques?
Answer: This technique focuses on removal of pressure around the brainstem specifically. The reason upper cervical care is so powerful is that the brainstem controls the bodies ability to heal. The first bone of the neck, known as the atlas, surrounds the brainstem . Stress (physical, chemical, or emotional) builds interference in this area creating a block between the body and what is keeping it alive and healthy. This can be very detrimental to involuntary processes of the body and also negatively impact ones posture. Through gentle upper cervical adjustments patients begin healing from all different types of symptoms on their own with no therapies or drugs.
10. What conditions can chiropractic help with?
Answer: Most conditions can be helped with chiropractic. The same nerves that allow us to feel pain also give instructive information to our vital organs.This is why numerous aches and pains, menstrual problems, digestive disorders, weak immune systems, and many other symptoms begin to disappear with chiropractic care. A lot of symptoms that people deal with on a daily basis come from chronic misalignment and degeneration of the spine. As we become stressed our spines begin to misalign and the rate at which we heal ourselves does not equal the rate at which we break our bodies down through daily activity. This is because the misalignments create blocks from our spinal cord to our tissues. The nerves that are blocked are what allow these tissues to regenerate. No communication, no healing. Chiropractic helps improve this communication thus unlocking the bodies natural healing ability. Here are some conditions and testimonials.
11. How long untiI start feeling better?
Answer: This is one of the hardest question to answer as a chiropractor. Everyone has a different genetic make-up and everyone responds differently to care. Generally the length of time of which the symptom or condition is present will give a general idea of whether you will feel good very soon or if it may take a little while. The main factor however is the severity of the disruption in communication within the body. This is measured each visit using thermographic technology. When the body responds to the adjustments and the interference is kept to a minimum changes occur very quickly.
12. Does everyone need chiropractic care?
Answer: Short answer is yes. The same way everyone sees a dentist to maintain their teeth or a mechanic to maintain their car, everyone should see a chiropractor to maintain their spines. Maintenance is much cheaper than corrective care can also help you avoid a lot of problems with immunity and nagging aches and pains. Regular adjustments have even been shown to help prevent cancer. Cancer is something that affects a large amount of the population. A lot of money is being donated in order to find a cure. In the mean time we should spend our time focusing on ways to prevent cancer from ever occurring. Chiropractic helps the body get rid of waste and “clean out” those damaged cells that lose their functionality and can become neoplastic or cancerous.
13. If I go to the chiropractor once, will I get “hooked”?
Answer: This is another question that is hard to answer. In no way do you become dependant upon adjustments once you have been adjusted. However, maintenance of the spine is something that is not currently common knowledge and it very well should be. Visiting a chiropractor will enlighten you to many different ways in which to keep yourself healthy and feeling good, even if you choose not to continue maintaining your spine with chiropractic care.
14. Does chiropractic benefit children?
Answer: Very much so. Children can be misaligned from their first stressful experience….BIRTH! Yes being born is a trauma to the child. Especially if there are complications it is recommended that children be checked moments after being born to ensure that the atlas is situated correctly and there is no pressure around the brainstem. This has been shown to decrease the chances of SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome.
15. At what age should someone start seeing a chiropractor?
Answer: From birth! Children that start chiropractic care and maintain there spines grow very fast and develop very quickly. Speech and motor skills respond as the brainstem is also responsible for the growth and development of children. Interference surrounding the brainstem can inhibit the child’s ability to respond to environmental stimuli and even not allow reflexes to fully develop.
16. Do chiropractors prescribe drugs?
Answer: With a Doctorate of Chiropractic or DC it is unlawful and unethical for chiropractors to prescribe any drugs. Most chiropractors can however give good advice on nutritional changes or even natural remedies that can help one to feel better.
17. How do misaligned bones affect my body?
Answer: Misaligned bones can be a big detriment to your health especially when they are in the spinal column. The bones in your spine protect your nervous system but also create the pathways that these nerves flow in and out of through their articulations. The bottom of one bone and the top of another create what are called inter vertebral foramina, or holes in between the vertebrae. It is through these foramina that the nerves pass. When the bones misalign these passages can become partially blocked and irritate the nerve. The longer a nerve is irritated the more chance of seeing a symptom. Also the severity of the irritation can affect symptoms as well. A herniated disc that “comes out of nowhere” is a great example of chronic misalignment causing nerve pressure and susceptibility for injury.
Another area of concern for misalignments is arthritis. When the wheels of a car become misaligned, the tires wear away. Your spine reacts similarly. Misalign of the bones in the spine can lead to early degeneration and spinal arthritis. This is another reason spinal maintenance is so important.
18. How do these misalignments happen?
Answer: STRESS! Know anybody that doesn’t have stress? That is exactly why everyone should be maintaining their spine. There are three different types of stress. Physical stress can be exemplified by a fall, strenuous activities of daily living, or bad posture. There is also chemical stress. This type of stress is identified as preservatives and hormones in our foods, air pollution, high fat and high sugar diets, as well as coming in contact with chemicals such as dry cleaning chemicals, pool chemicals, and even hair dyes! The last and probably the most familiar type of stress is Not many people correlate emotional stress with their health but oddly enough seem to feel symptoms more when they are “very stressed out”. Coincidence? I think not. Stress no matter in what form is what breaks our body down. We build ourselves back up through the communication of the nervous system. However if that stress has caused misalignments to occur we never reach our optimal health potential.
19. How can I make my appointment?
Answer: Feel free to use the contacts found in this website to get in contact with us through whichever medium you prefer. E-mail, fax, or phone there will always be a prompt response with someone waiting to help you get started on your journey towards better health and well being.