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Chiropractic Services

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a natural, safe, drug free, hands-on form of health care. The basis of chiropractic is that the nervous system directly or indirectly controls every cell in the body. The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The brain communicates through the spinal cord and nerves, and the nerves branch away from the cord between each vertebra. A misaligned bone may cause irritation of the nerve. The nerves go to the muscles and organs and influence the cells in your body. So when the nerves are irritated it may lead to pain, muscle tightness or other health problems. This misaligned bone is called a subluxation.

A chiropractor specializes in detection and correction of subluxations. A chiropractor corrects a subluxation by realigning the bone so that the irritation to the nerve is gone. This decreases pain and increases movement. Benefits may be immediate or take some time. The speed of recovery may depend on overall health, diet, exercise, lifestyle and compliance with the doctor’s recommendations. Realignment is done by moving the bone back, either with the doctor’s hands or a tool, using a brief and accurate thrust. This realignment is called a chiropractic adjustment and uses a specific force in a precise direction to achieve the realignment. Subluxations can be caused by stress, trauma, posture and/or repetitive behaviors.

There are many methods of adjusting. The chiropractor selects the adjustment method(s) he/she prefers and becomes an expert in using them. The chiropractor will choose a technique that is appropriate for each patient. Some techniques use less force, most are done with the doctor’s hands, but sometimes a special tool is used that taps on the bone. They all have the same goal of correcting the subluxation. Adjustments are done on both new and chronic problems.

What can I expect of a visit to the Chiropractor?

On your first visit you will begin by filling out paperwork.  You can find forms located in the left hand side bar on this page.   Those forms may ask about any current health problems, past health history, family history, and request information that is used for billing purposes. Your doctor will review the paperwork and then ask you questions regarding this information and any additional information he/she may need to determine your health problem. The doctor will then do a physical examination that involves various tests to help determine your diagnosis. This may include x-rays and/or lab work. After reviewing all the information, the doctor will determine if chiropractic care can help with your health concerns. They will discuss your diagnosis and the treatment plan they recommend for you. If you are comfortable with this plan, the chiropractic treatment will be performed. This treatment usually involves a chiropractic adjustment. It may also include heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, exercise recommendations, massage therapy, and/or stretches.

If the doctor determines that chiropractic care is not the most appropriate form of treatment for your health condition, they will refer you to an appropriate health care provider. Also, if you do not find relief from your health condition or it is worsening after a short course of treatment, the doctor may either recommend another form of treatment or refer you to another health care provider.

Which forms do I use for my appointment?

We have provided forms for you to print and complete prior to your appointment.  See the left side bar for those forms.  If you cannot or choose not to print forms but want to review what information you will need at your appointment you can do so.  If you have never been a patient in our clinic you will need to complete the new patient appointment forms.  If you have been a patient in our clinic in the past and it has been more than 4 months since you have been seen, you will need to complete the update patient appointment forms. If you were involved in an auto accident or work related injury you will also need to complete the applicable form for the type of accident you were involved in.  If you print and complete forms be sure to bring them along with you to your appointment.  Please do not e-mail forms to our office.

What conditions does chiropractic help with?

Chiropractic removes irritation to nerves. These nerves influence all areas of your body, so removing irritation to the nerves helps put your body into a healthier state to deal with any condition. Although chiropractic helps by putting your body in a healthier state, it may not be the only form of health care needed to treat your condition. If this is the case, your chiropractor will recommend that you see another healthcare professional for evaluation and treatment in addition to your chiropractic care. Some common conditions that patients seek chiropractic care for are headaches, back and neck pain, pain or numbness in the arms and legs, sports injuries, work injuries and auto injuries.

Who should see a chiropractor?

People of all ages, babies to the elderly, benefit from chiropractic care. Sometimes different techniques are used to treat certain ages. Babies and small children are adjusted using less forceful techniques. Children usually respond quickly to light adjustments where a gentle pressure is applied to the bone out of alignment. Small babies may have subluxations from the trauma of birth, or as they learn to walk and run; children fall, and can suffer strains and sprains like adults, and as they get older many deal with sports injuries. Chiropractic care has been known to have a positive influence on such conditions as colic, chronic ear infections, bed wetting, headaches, asthma as well as neck and back pain.

The elderly can also benefit from chiropractic care, which may give relief for many chronic conditions. Chiropractic care may not cure all conditions, but it may make chronic symptoms more tolerable. If needed, the doctor will do a less forceful adjustment on those that may not be able to tolerate a typical adjustment, especially those patients that have osteoporosis or extreme degeneration in their joints. Most chiropractors have tables that go from standing to lying, to assist those patients that are not able to move well into a lying position.

Another part of the population that benefits from chiropractic care is pregnant women. Chiropractic is safe for pregnant women and many benefit with decreased pain during their pregnancy and their delivery. The muscles and joints of a woman undergo many changes during pregnancy. Hormones cause the ligaments to relax, increasing mobility in the joints. The center of gravity changes with the weight gain and this alters the woman’s posture, putting strain on the back and neck. Chiropractic treatments help relieve these aches and pains and keep the bones in proper alignment.

What is that noise you hear when you get adjusted?

The noise you sometimes hear when getting adjusted is gas in the joint releasing, which makes a “cracking” noise. Like when you open a can of soda or popping bubble wrap bubbles, the air or gas is released and you hear a “pop” or “crack” noise.

Are adjustments painful?

Generally adjustments are not painful, and some patients even receive immediate relief. For some patients, there is initial discomfort that usually subsides within a very short amount of time. Sometimes when seeking treatment after a recent injury, surrounding tissues are inflamed or irritated. If you receive an adjustment to this area you may experience some discomfort, but this should improve as your condition improves.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is considered a safe option for neuromusculoskeletal conditions, even safer than many other treatment options, but as with any healthcare procedure, complications are possible. These complications are considered rare. Some complications that are possible include fractures to bones, strain/sprains and minor stiffness or soreness. Some people are concerned about the connection between a neck adjustment and a stroke. Cervical artery dissection (CAD) is when blood flow through an artery in the neck is disrupted, which decreases the blood going to the brain and may lead to stroke symptoms. A direct connection between chiropractic neck adjustments and CAD has not been made. A sudden movement could also include looking over your shoulder. Reportedly, CAD has been associated with a neck adjustment 1 time for every 1 to 4 million neck adjustments. The risk of death from gastrointestinal complications after taking non-steroid antinflammitory drugs (aspirin and ibuprofen) is 400 times greater. No matter how little the risk, your chiropractor will evaluate you to determine if it is safe to adjust you. If there is a risk of any injury, other treatment options will be discussed with you.

Doctors Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00am to 6:00pm

Tuesday and Thursday
9:30am to 5:30pm

9:00am to 2:00pm

Massage Hours:

Monday – Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Office Address:

31 Navaho Avenue Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-345-4035 | Fax: 507-345-4122

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