Frequently Asked Questions in Macomb MI

Find out the answers Macomb MI Chiropractors frequently give to patients seeking to learn more about chiropractic care at their office. Learning more about chiropractic and its benefits can help you find the best chiropractor for you. If you have a question you don't see answered below, reach out to your team at Vital Family Chiropractic at (586) 738-6088.

What is a chiropractor?

A Gonstead chiropractor is a neuromuscular specialist, focusing on the intricate relationship between your nervous system and musculoskeletal system. We see the spine as the cornerstone of health, and misalignments in its delicate vertebrae can disrupt nerve signals and cause pain, dysfunction, and even disease.

What is chiropractic care?

Gonstead chiropractic care is a precise and scientific approach to restoring proper nerve function and spinal alignment. We utilize specific, gentle adjustments to remove nerve interference caused by misaligned vertebrae, allowing your body's innate healing powers to take over.

Are chiropractors doctors?

Yes, Gonstead chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs). We undergo rigorous academic training and clinical experience, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. While not medical doctors, we work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to ensure optimal patient care.

What is the history of chiropractic care?

Founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer, chiropractic care has evolved significantly. Gonstead chiropractic, developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead in the 1920s, emphasizes precise analysis and adjustments based on neurophysiological principles.

What does a Gonstead Chiropractor do differently than the "Average" chiropractor?

Gonstead chiropractors, known for their meticulous biomechanical analysis, believe even slight spinal misalignments can disrupt the nervous system. Diagnosis involves precise palpation and X-ray confirmation, but also often utilizes the Nervoscope or Delta-T, a special tool that detects temperature differences along the spine. These tools help pinpoint areas of inflammation, a potential sign of nerve interference caused by misalignments. Treatment then focuses on targeted adjustments to restore proper alignment and nerve function, minimizing force and discomfort. Patient education about posture and healthy habits rounds out their philosophy, aiming to prevent future misalignments. While Gonstead care is just one approach in the diverse field of chiropractic, its emphasis on precise analysis, inflammation detection, and targeted adjustments sets it apart.

Does chiropractic work?

Extensive research and clinical evidence support the effectiveness of Gonstead chiropractic care for various neuromusculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sciatica!

Are chiropractors safe?

Worries about chiropractic are natural. But Gonstead care prioritizes your comfort, just like a gentle breeze guiding leaves back to their branches. We use precise, controlled adjustments, not forceful cracks, to coax misaligned vertebrae into their natural flow, fostering your body's own healing potential. Side effects, if any, are temporary whispers compared to the relief you might find from pain, headaches, or even fatigue. Trust your body's amazing resilience, and know that a good Gonstead chiropractor is a patient guide on your path to wellness.

How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

The number of sessions varies depending on individual needs and the severity of the condition. We typically recommend a series of adjustments initially, followed by maintenance care to prevent recurrence.

What does a Gonstead chiropractor treat?

Gonstead chiropractic care addresses a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal issues, including:

  • Back pain (upper, mid, and lower)
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Vertigo
  • Digestive issues
  • Sleep disturbances

How do Gonstead chiropractors relieve pain from injuries or accidents?

Picture your spine as a vital water pipe. Nerves, as the smaller hoses, carry life-giving signals. A pinched nerve, like a kink in the hose, disrupts the flow, causing pain and discomfort. Gonstead chiropractors, like expert hose “unkinkers”, gently nudge misaligned vertebrae back into place, freeing the flow and relieving pressure. It's a targeted, gentle process, not forceful cracks, allowing your body to heal and reclaim its natural rhythm, one unkinked nerve at a time. So, if pain holds you back, consider seeking a Gonstead chiropractor and see if they can help you turn the tide and embrace a healthier, happier flow.

What other conditions can be treated by chiropractic care?

Research suggests Gonstead chiropractic may positively impact various conditions beyond pain, such as asthma, allergies, and high blood pressure.

Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Yes, Gonstead chiropractic care is generally safe and effective for pregnant women, helping alleviate back pain, sciatica, and other pregnancy-related discomforts.

How does a Gonstead chiropractor help lower back pain?

We focus on identifying and correcting subluxations in the lumbar spine, particularly the sacroiliac joints, which can significantly contribute to lower back pain.

How does a Gonstead chiropractor help neck pain?

We address misalignments in the cervical spine, especially the atlas (C1) vertebra, which can cause headaches, neck pain, and even dizziness, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. What sets gonstead doctors apart is their ability to decipher whether the foundation of the spine is related to the neck pain. This is why the traditional approach of just working on the problematic area may not result in drastic change in the condition because oftentimes the symptomatic area is a compensation for a bigger issue below.

How does a Gonstead chiropractor help sciatica?

We aim to restore proper nerve function in the lower back and pelvis by restoring normal function to both allowing inflammation to subside and alleviating sciatic pain radiating down the leg.

What types of pain do Gonstead chiropractors treat?

We primarily treat pain stemming from neuromusculoskeletal issues, including nerve compression, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

Gonstead adjustments are typically gentle and painless. However, some patients may experience slight discomfort or soreness afterward, which is usually temporary.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

The popping sound, known as cavitation, is the release of gas from a joint capsule when the adjustment restores proper alignment. It's harmless and often signifies a successful adjustment.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No, Gonstead chiropractors tailor adjustments to each patient's unique needs and spinal anatomy, ensuring optimal effectiveness and safety.

Can I learn to adjust myself?

While some people practice, “self-adjusting techniques”, it's crucial to understand the inherent risks. The spine is a delicate structure, and misdirected adjustments can worsen existing problems. As a Gonstead chiropractor, I prioritize precise and individualized care based on neurophysiological principles. My trained hands can identify and correct subluxations with greater accuracy and safety than self-adjusting allows.

Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?

We have gowns for our patients to change into! Everything from the waist down stays on, pants, shoes, socks, undergarments, etc. Men have the option to be shirtless should they choose to do so. Women can keep their bra on as long as it’s a thin strap regular bra vs a sports bra that takes up the majority of the back. Reason being, we use an instrument to measure heat alongside the spine to properly analyze the spine and give the best care possible.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Absolutely! Gonstead chiropractic care can be highly beneficial for children, addressing issues like posture problems, scoliosis, and even ear infections. Our gentle adjustments are adapted to suit their delicate spines, promoting healthy development and preventing future problems.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Gonstead chiropractors undergo rigorous academic and clinical training. We earn Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degrees, completing extensive coursework in anatomy, physiology, neurology, and chiropractic principles. Additionally, Gonstead-specific training emphasizes precise analysis and low-force adjustments, ensuring the highest standards of care for our patients.


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Vital Family Chiropractic

17949 Hall Rd
Macomb, MI 48044

(586) 738-6088