Starkey Chiropractic


Can We Help? 

 Our office policy statement is a simple one: If we can help you we will tell you. If we can't help you, we will tell you that as well and make the appropriate referral. After we form the diagnosis and agree to accept you as a new patient, we will fully explain your condition in a "Report of Findings". Once we are satisfied we can effectively and safely treat you, your condition is explained in a way you understand, and you agree to treatment; you will be given your first chiropractic adjustment, a safe gentle manipulation of the spine. If you present with a non-spinal related condition, other treatment provided at this office will be discussed (ex. Nutrition, fibromyalgia treatment, extremity treatment, etc.) If it is not a condition we normally treat or if a second opinion or further testing is necessary, we will make a referral to the appropriate health care specialist.
What's Wrong? 

 You have both the right, and need, to know what is causing your problem. Before any treatment is provided we will first obtain a thorough history, then perform a complete orthopedic/neurological examination, followed by x-rays if necessary (we don't x-ray every patient and we don't x-ray in the office) to properly diagnose your condition. Only after we are satisfied that you are a chiropractic candidate will you be accepted for treatment.

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Does the Chiropractic adjustment hurt?

 Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. Any discomfort felt during the adjustment lasts only seconds. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle, and effective movements of the spine used to stop the pain-spasm cycle.

Why does it take more than one adjustment if the bone is simply "out of place"?

Because bones do not move out of place. That is a very old theory. When you feel "out", you are in reality simply "tight". Joints tighten for one of three reasons: (1) major trauma, like a car accident, (2) minor trauma, like bad posture daily at your computer screen, and (3) stress…although stress won't cause your problem, it will definitely make an existing problem worse. When joints of the spine tighten, they produce pain due to neurological interference. A well-placed adjustment loosens those stiff painful joints, thus blocking the pain signal traveling to your head, thus breaking the pain-spasm cycle. Bottom line: Loose joints are healthy joints, and like getting in shape, it is a "process" to restore normal spinal mobility.

What is chiropractic? 

 Chiropractic is a clinical science based on the following:

  • Law of Biology/Homeostasis: The body is always attempting to return to "normal". The body has the power to heal itself if given the chance. The power that made the body can heal the body. If you get cut, you heal. If you break a bone, you heal. The body "innately" knows what to do.
  • Theory of the Nervous System: There is a system in your body comprised of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), special sensory organs (eyes, etc) and spinal nerves (peripheral nervous system) that functions to control and coordinate all the other organs, tissues, and cells in the body and related to the internal and external environments.
  • Premise of the Relationship between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems: The musculoskeletal system, comprised of 24 movable vertebrae and six layers of muscle, functions to protect the delicate spinal cord and spinal nerves. "Dysfunction" of the spine can result in irritation of the nervous system.
  • Hypothesis of the Relationship between nervous system and health: The nerves, joints, and discs, are all so close together, that dysfunction of the spine, can cause irritation to the nerves, which cause ill health in the body. Remember, the nerves control and coordinate all organs, tissues, and cells of the body. If the nerves don't work right, you don't work right!

"What is the benefit of "maintenance" care?" 

 Maintenance care is no different than periodic visits to your dentist. Once you start eating right, do you always have to eat right? Once you start exercising, do you always have to exercise? Answer: It totally depends upon your personal goals. The care of your spine and nervous system is no different. We will help you meet whatever goals you set for yourself and help you understand the merits of your choice. Remember, your doctor works for you. It is not the other way around.

"How safe is Chiropractic care?" 

 Unequivocally, Chiropractic care is one of the safest forms of health care available for the treatment of spinal conditions. Compared to the risks of taking medication and the complications of surgery, risks associated with Chiropractic care are minimal. Are you aware that approximately 16,500 people in this country die every year from the side effects of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)? Add another 20,000 deaths due to Tylenol. Tylenol mixed with alcohol can produce a deadly cocktail. Chiropractic is safer and more effective than most all forms of healthcare!
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