Should I see a Doctor of Chiropractic?
If you are asking this question, the answer is most likely YES. Contact our office for a consultation today!
What kind of conditions do chiropractors help with?
The most common conditions seen are those related to the spine (neck, back, pelvic pain). Chiropractic is also beneficial for a number of other issues. Headaches, TMJ issues, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle, and plantar fascia pain are some examples of where chiropractic care could help. Other conditions which benefit are: constipation, allergy symptoms and sinus congestion, breathing problems, ear infections, bedwetting, and ADD/ADHD.
After the spine and extremity joints receive proper alignment, the nerves, muscles, and soft tissues can function optimally. Restoring the communication from the brain to the body via the nervous system allows the body to heal itself.
Why should I bring my child to a chiropractor?
Some of the earliest subluxation patterns begin in utero or during birth. Babies born with head tilts and stiff necks (torticollis), and/or cranial deformity (aka flat heads), are prime examples. A chiropractic professional specializing in pediatrics should evaluate these conditions, as they range from mild to more severe.
As a child grows, there are factors which can effect proper growth. Anything in which a child is not able to stand independently and is propped into can cause growth issues. Examples include Bouncy swings, Exersaucers and similar devices. These devices can change the alignment of the hips and pelvis.
Not crawling properly, learning to walk (frequent falls), navigating stairs backward, can also impact the alignment of the spine.
Additionally, scoliosis is an aliment that should always be checked for with school age children. Many of the cases I have diagnosed at my practice went unnoticed at the school checks.
Research supports chiropractic care for treatment of ear infections, bed wetting, asthma, and other childhood conditions (see our research links in our blog here).
What is the "popping sound" that sometimes is made with an adjustment?
The name of the actual pop is a cavitation. The joints of the spine are called "synovial joints" and they are filled with synovial fluid which lubricates the joint and nourishes it. When a joint is under pressure, gas bubbles form. Byproducts formed in the production of synovial fluid such as oxygen, nitrogen, and CO2 create these bubbles. When the adjustment opens the joint, the popping sound is heard as gas is released. Once the joint is adjusted, then the synovial fluid re-lubricates the joint surfaces and normal motion is restored.
Do you take insurance?
Balance Chiropractic works with some insurance companies. Although Dr. Hourihan chooses to only be in-network with Medicare, please give us your insurance information and we will verify your coverage.