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  • What does a chiropractor do?
    The chiropractor assesses, prevents, and treats issues related to the spine and other body joints. Through physical, orthopedic, neurological tests, postural evaluation, and anamnesis - the initial interview - they gather all the necessary data to safely commence corrective procedures
  • Is chiropractic safe?
    Chiropractic care is safe when administered by a qualified professional. To attain sufficient knowledge, it requires five years of study to obtain a bachelor's degree in chiropractic science. This is because the professional needs to acquire knowledge about differential diagnosis, physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests, anatomy and physiology as well as safe correction procedures tailored to various patient conditions. All of that enable the chiropractor to manage the client's need in a safe and effective way.
  • What will happen in my first appointment?
    In the first appointment, Eduardo will interview you to discover your current and past issues. He will ask questions such as the location of pain and its characteristics, whether it is a focal point or if it radiates to other areas. This is important to identify patterns and will help choose the best approach to the treatment. It is important that the patient details past issues as well because the body might have compensated for previous injuries, which could be related to the current ones. Every event is important: falls from motorcycles, slips resulting in a bump on the floor, surgeries, accidents, rapid weight gain or loss, allergies, cesareans, broken bones, etc. The more information you provide, the better the professional will understand your body and the more effective the approach will be. Sometimes, minor conditions such as wrist pain or limited movement can be easily addressed while we work on a deeper level to improve your body's overall function. As the session progresses, Eduardo will perform a variety of physical, orthopedic, and, if necessary, neurological tests. Afterward, the corrective procedures will commence and each vertebra will be analyzed individually to identify misalignments or lack of mobility to be corrected.
  • How chiropractic can help in sports injuries?
    1- Prevention. When you have an aligned, flexible, and strong body, the chances of developing an injury are significantly lower. Chiropractic care works by bringing alignment and proper movement to various joints in the body, correcting any small misalignments or loss of motion in specific areas. Additionally, the information sent to your brain during this process indicates that the joint is intact, triggering a response of muscle relaxation. This allows you to maintain a more upright posture and feel less tired for longer periods of time. 2- Treatment. After an injury occurs, it is crucial to carefully assess what happened in order to take the appropriate corrective measures. Some injuries are even contraindications for treatment, such as fractures that have not yet fully healed (when the bone fragments have not completely fused). Once the fracture has healed, chiropractic treatment (along with myofascial therapies) helps the body regain its pre-injury condition as much as possible. There will likely be a loss of motion in the joints that may have been affected or even if nothing happened to the joint itself, the mere fact of immobilizing it for a period of time can lead to tissue alterations. Muscle strains are another example. Fibrosis can develop among the injured fibers (small "scars" that form within the muscles, similar to keloids), which prevent the muscle fibers from contracting properly. This can be due to the presence of inadequate tissue in that area and the generation of pain. In this case, the treatment aims to guide the fibers and break down the harmful tissue, allowing for smooth and painless muscle contractions. This helps accelerate the recovery and healing process.
  • Is chiropractic effective for herniated discs?
    Yes, chiropractic care is a safe and recommended way to treat disc bulges, disc herniations and neurological symptoms such as sciatic nerve pain and radiculopathy. Typically, disc herniations involve a lack of movement in the affected area (often the lower back and neck, the most common spots). Providing movement and alignment to these spinal vertebrae helps reduce the pressure that compresses the disc, allowing the internal material to be expelled. Additionally, since intervertebral discs lack direct blood suply and are instead nourished by peripheral blood vessels, they greatly benefit from movement. This aids in the exchange of nutrients and waste products, which, over the long term, can assist in rehydrating the disc. With chiropractic care, these exchanges are facilitated, contributing to improved disc health and in consequence, reducing pain.
  • How often should I get adjusted by a chiropractor?
    It all depends on your health condition. Some individuals seek chiropractic care for preventive reasons, recognizing the benefits of enhancing their performance during physical exercises, improving their posture, overall well-being, and vitality. Others, dealing with degenerative conditions and chronic pain, may require more frequent adjustments until their condition stabilizes, sometimes as often as twice a week. The chiropractor always evaluates each case individually and discusses the frequency with the patient. It's common for the time between appointments to increase as the patient's condition improves. However, it is generally recommended to have treatment once a week or every two weeks to maintain a boosted immune system, well-lubricated joints, and proper alignment of the posture.
  • When should I not see a chiropractor?
    While chiropractic care encompasses a wide range of conditions that are treated, there are some in which treatment is contraindicated. For instance, when the area requiring treatment has a fracture, it is not possible to address THAT PART OF THE BODY. In such cases, immobilization or minimal stress is necessary to allow the bone to heal properly. Another example is rib fractures, often caused by trauma or accidents, leading to pain in the region and discomfort during breathing. In this scenario, procedures cannot be performed directly on the fractured area. However, many patients benefit from myofascial releases AROUND the affected region, which is usually tense. By performing procedures that release, relax and loosen fascia and muscles, patients experience improved mobility and, at the very least, reduced discomfort while breathing.
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