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Chiropractic FAQs

common questions about chiropractic

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural way of reducing pain and improving quality of life. It is a proven method for helping people to recover from spine-related health problems. Chiropractic is the largest, drug free and non-surgical health care profession in the country.

How Do Chiropractic Services Work?

Accidents, sports injuries, home stress, and repetitive work alter the function of the body’s natural nervous system. The body just cannot adapt to these changes and the joints in the spine lock up. This restriction, also known as a misalignment, often results in pressure on the spinal nerve. 

With chiropractic care, our goal is to determine what structural distortions are occurring, called subluxations, and restore the proper alignment in an effort to improve function. If you have pain, swelling, numbness, tingling or spasms of the spine, neck, and back, you may benefit from this type of treatment.

How Does a Chiropractor Help?

Chiropractors are specially trained to first evaluate and then provide treatment for spinal conditions like these. Hospitals and private practice doctors frequently recommend the services of a chiropractor to address these types of chronic back, neck, spine, and other nerve-related pain. 

The goal of a chiropractor is to treat not just the pain, but the underlying cause of it without the use of surgery or medications. The benefits extend beyond this and may include reduction of headaches, improvement of jaw pain, improvement of carpal tunnel syndrome, reduction of tingling in the legs and arms, and pain reduction for sciatica sufferers. And, overall, your wellbeing can improve through the help of chiropractic care.

When Should You See a Chiropractor?

Our Austin, TX chiropractor is available to help you at any time. We work with people of all ages and those facing many types of ailments. This includes back and neck pain, recovery after accidents and support for illness improvement. Our highly trained professionals can help you determine if chiropractic care can help in your situation.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Yes. This is a natural and non-surgical approach to healing and improving quality of life. It is one of the safest types of medical treatment care available to patients today. Chiropractors have one of the lowest malpractice rates in all health care professions because of this high level of safety.

What does chiropractic have to do with my immune system? 


The human body is controlled by nerves.  In fact your nervous system controls all the other systems of your body.  Your nervous system controls your circulation, your immune system, your lungs and your breathing)   When you have 100 percent function from your brain to your body you are most capable of having healthy function.    However, when the bones of your spine, your vertebrae are no longer in normal alignment, delicate nerve tissues that communicate vital information from the brain to the body are interrupted.    

Upper cervical chiropractic is effective because studies show that when the upper two bones of the neck are out of alignment and they are restored to the normal position, your immune fighting cells increase.  In fact Men’s Health magazine said this year instead of getting a flu vaccine get your atlas aligned.  If your neck vertebrae aren’t aligned properly, the major nerves that control your immune system will not be receiving the instructions they need in order to do their jobs properly.

How does this affect my immune system?

In 1917-1918 there was a major flu epidemic.   Chiropractors got fantastic results from influenza patients while those under medical care died like flies all around.” “Statistics reflect a most amazing, almost miraculous state of affairs. The medical profession was practically helpless with the flu victims but chiropractors seemed able to do no wrong.” “In Davenport, Iowa, 50 medical doctors treated 4,953 cases, with 274 deaths. In the same city, 150 chiropractors including students and faculty of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, treated 1,635 cases with only one death.”

 In fact, several studies have been carried out in recent years that have shown that Upper Cervical Chiropractic treatments on a regular basis can significantly reduce ear infections, colds, and other common winter ailments by nearly 200%.

 

How does that happen?

Chiropractors do not treat the flu or other diseases.    Chiropractors restore the normal function to your nervous system by re-aligning your spine.   This allows your body to have optimum health and function.  Upper Cervical Chiropractors take precise x-rays of your spine and measure your misalignment to the millimeter.   Dr. Whitehead will precisely and gently re-align your spine and allow your body to function at its highest potential. 


Do all chiropractors know upper cervical? 

Not all chiropractors practice upper cervical care. NUCCA chiropractic is a specialized technique that involves no cracking or thrusting. Dr. Wendee Whitehead D.C.  has invested over 200 hours of advanced training in Orthospinolgy and specific upper cervical.   According to Dr. Whitehead” I am committed to being precise and specific with upper cervical care.  My patients depend on me to provide them the best care possible and that is what we strive to do with each patient.    I know when we remove the interference to the brain stem, my patient is most capable of having maximum health potential.”

How Can You Get Help? 

Whitehead Chiropractic is available to answer any and all of your questions. Please visit our Austin, TX office to learn more about our chiropractic services like those from Dr. Whitehead can help you. Our chiropractor can help you learn more about the adjustments and treatment options that can benefit your wellbeing while reducing your pain and discomfort.

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