Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get at Healthy Back Chiropractic
#1: What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic medicine focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems of the body. Chiropractic services most often treat neuromusculoskeletal issues in the joints of the body. Chiropractic care is a natural and holistic form of health care that focuses on getting to the root cause of pain, discomfort, and illness. This form of medicine does not treat the symptoms, but rather gets to the bottom of what causes the symptoms in the first place.
#2: What do chiropractors treat? Is their medicine only limited to the spine?
Because the spine houses the central nervous system, there are many benefits to chiropractic care. Some people are surprised at what a chiropractic adjustment can help with. In addition to spinal issues, Dr. Owen has successfully treated:
- Acid Reflux
- Ankle Pain and Injuries
- Bedwetting (for Children)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Digestive Issues
- Dislocation of Shoulders and Elbows
- Ear Infections
- Foot Problems (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Knee Pain and Injuries
- Little League Elbow
- Memory Issues
- Numbness in Arms and Hands
- Pregnancy Issues
- Ringing Ears
- Shoulder Pain and Injuries
- Sinus Infections
- Sleep Issues
- Tennis Elbow
- Vision Problems
- Wrist Pain and Injuries
#3: What type of education and experience does Dr. Owen have?
Dr. Patrick Owen earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from Western States Chiropractic College in 1985. He also has a BA from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Science Degree from Portland Community College.
Dr. Owen has been practicing chiropractic medicine for 30 years and has worked in several chiropractic clinics. He has owned his own clinics, including Healthy Back Chiropractic located in Salem, Oregon.
His special expertise entails work and accident injuries, rehabilitative therapy, and office ergonomics. Dr. Owen has worked with infants and the elderly and provides a healing ministry to all of his patients.
#4: Does chiropractic care hurt? Is it safe?
In general chiropractic care is not painful. When patients get adjusted there can be some mild pressure and minor discomfort, but after the adjustment, there should be no pain. Most patients report feeling better after an adjustment, finding some relief to the pain with which they arrived. If it is a first-time adjustment, it is common to feel sore afterward (like after a workout) once the body’s proper alignment is restored, but soreness is not long lasting and usually less than 24 hours.
Chiropractic care is one of the safest forms of non-invasive and drug-free therapies available and has an excellent safety record. All manipulations of the spine are considered safe if performed by a licensed and experienced Doctor of Chiropractic. It is advised that patients discuss all prior medical history with the chiropractor to ensure the doctor has all of the information needed to perform an even safer adjustment.
#5: What to expect during the first visit
Dr. Owen’s approach to treating patients is very thorough (See our What To Expect page). Prior to treatment, patients provide all prior medical history. Patients are asked about lifestyle, present medical condition, and health goals. In addition to the initial examination, the doctor also conducts a series of neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests with the patient’s consent. For some patients, x-rays might be required to determine the best treatment plan. Once the findings are reported, the doctor develops a treatment plan, determines the frequency of visits for the patient, and the cost of care. Once a treatment plan and schedule are determined, the doctor provides therapies which might include a spinal adjustment, physical therapy, or massage therapy.
#6: Are All Patients Adjusted the Same Way?
No two patients’ treatment plans are the same. Dr. Owen knows that each patient is different, their lifestyles are different, their medical histories are different, and their health goals are different. The doctor develops treatment plans on a patient-by-patient basis and all treatment plans are individualized for each patient.
#7: Can Someone Who Has Had Back Surgery See a Chiropractor?
Yes! Chiropractors are trained to treat all conditions of the spine. Unfortunately, many people who have had back surgery in the past struggle to find the relief the initial surgery promised. This is referred to as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Chiropractic care can help a patient find pain relief and avoid repeat back surgeries. If chiropractic care is used initially it can also prevent patients from needing back surgery in the first place.
#8: Is Chiropractic Care Ongoing?
Chiropractic care is a hands-on medical practice that requires patients to visit the office multiple times. The length of chiropractic care depends on the injury, the patient, and the treatment plan. Dr. Owen discusses frequency of visits with all patients. The frequency and number of visits depends upon whether a patient seeks treatment for acute or chronic injuries/pain or preventative care.
#9: Is Chiropractic Care Addictive?
Chiropractic care is not addictive, but good health is. Chiropractic care provides relief from pain, stress, and injury. It also leaves patients feeling better overall, more energetic, and balanced.
#10: What is the Popping Sound During an Adjustment?
The sound that is sometimes heard during and adjustment is gas slipping out from between a joint. This is similar to the sound that can be heard when a person “pops” their knuckles. The noise is not bones crunching or cracking but the escape of the gas bubble, which usually does not cause any discomfort or pain.
For additional questions, contact us today at (503) 589-0700 and we’ll be happy to answer them!