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 if you have questions after reading on...
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 headaches, TMJ issues, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle, and plantar fascia pain. Other conditions which benefit are: constipation, allergy symptoms and sinus congestion, breathing problems, ear infections, bedwetting, and ADD/ADHD.
When proper alignment is restored to the spine and extremity joints, 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. These conditions range from mild to severe and should always be evaluated by a chiropractor who specializes in pediatrics.
As a child grows, there are factors which can effect proper growth. Bouncy swings, Exersaucers, and anything in which a child who is not able to stand independently but is propped into these devices, can change the alignment of the hips and pelvis.
Not crawling properly, learning to walk (frequent falls), navigating stairs backward, all can impact the alignment of the spine.
School age children should always be checked for scoliosis. In my practice I have diagnosed many cases which were not noticed 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 actual pop is referred to as 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 are oxygen, nitrogen, and CO2). When a joint is opened up via the adjustment, the gas is released and a popping sound is heard. Once the joint is adjusted, 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.