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Wellness 4 Life Chiropractic
11202 Highland Rd. Hartland, Michigan 48353
Phone: (810) 632-5252
Fax: (810) 632-7575
Email: info@Wellness4LifeChiro.com

www.chiropractorshartlandmichigan.com
Wellness 4 Life Chiropractic - Hartland, Michigan
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If you have any questions that were unanswered, please feel free to use the contact form provided. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific condition with Dr. Rosner, please call us at 810-632-5252.

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What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. Your brain controls every cell in your body. The brain communicates with the body by sending messages down the spinal cord and out to the body through your nerves.  With a normal functioning spine and healthy nervous system, your body is better able to heal itself. A chiropractor will make sure that there is no interference and that your nervous system is functioning optimally. This is done without expensive medication and surgery and without the side effects.

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How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's innate ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

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What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation [suhb-luhk-sey-shuhn], as defined by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges is: "a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health."   In other words, a subluxation is when two bones that form a joint are misaligned or out of place and not moving properly. This puts pressure on the joint and irritates surrounding nerves. The joint and nerves will not function properly.

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What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up," or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and gentle procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.

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Is chiropractic safe?

Yes. Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential risks. This being said, you should consult with your chiropractic physician if you have any specific concerns.

The risks associated with chiropractic care are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they would after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain -- prescription and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) -- as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.

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Is chiropractic treatment safe for children? Do children need chiropractic care?

Yes and Yes. Chiropractic is safe for children of all ages. Chiropractic care is important for everyone. Different techniques are used for children and the elderly due to their spine's delicate nature. Children need chiropractic care so they do not develop similar problems we see in most adults, like nerve compression and arthritis. There are many conditions that have a genetic or hereditary component such as scoliosis or abnormal curvature of the spine.   It is especially important to have children checked by the doctor after they have had a fall. Chiropractic care can help the elderly from developing more serious complications from their longstanding spinal and nerve related conditions. Personally I have treated babies a few days old to patients over 100 years old.

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Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?

No. However chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health conditions not necessarily considered "back" or “neck” problems because of improved nerve system function. With a normal nerve supply the body's natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health conditions.

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What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care removes subluxations so that the nervous system can function optimally and therefore your body’s inherent ability to heal itself can be fully expressed. Chiropractic care does not fix or cure disease. Chiropractic care does not cure cancer. Many of the symptoms associated with diseases may decrease or even disappear with chiropractic care as subluxations are removed, the spine becomes more stable and the body begins to heal. Chiropractic care is not just for back and neck pain.

If you have any of the following you may be a good candidate for chiropractic care.

  • Neck, Shoulder, or Chest Pain
  • Low-Back Pain or Sciatica
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Joint Pain or Stiffness
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprained or Pulled Muscles
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Chronic Fatigue

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Does my insurance cover chiropractic?

The majority of all insured American workers have coverage for chiropractic services in their health care plans.  Every insurance plan is different. Depending on your insurance plan will determine what amount of coverage you have.

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When can I expect to start feeling better?

Every patient is different. There are many factors that must be taken into consideration when it comes to healing times. Many patients experience some degree of relief within the first 2 weeks. Some patients experience some decrease in their symptoms within the first 24 hours! Others may take longer to start to show signs of improvement. Healing is dependent on the length of time a patient has had the subluxations and the severity of their problem.

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How long does each appointment take?

The first visit is usually the longest. The first visit may take up to an hour depending on how complicated your case may be. On your first visit, you will fill out some basic forms including a history of your specific problem. An exam will be performed and X-rays may be taken if clinically indicated. On your second visit you will review the doctor’s findings and begin your treatment plan. This may take about 30 minutes. After your first two appointments, each subsequent appointment generally takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on your treatment.

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When should I see a chiropractor?

Now! The best time to see a chiropractor is before you develop a problem. Eight out of ten Americans will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one third of people will have back pain at any given time. If you have never had any back pain before, chances are you know of someone who had or currently has back pain.  For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school, or even their day-to-day activities. If you are proactive about your spinal health and receive regular wellness care, you can help prevent pain and suffering later in life. In the long run, wellness care is also more affordable than acute care.

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How do I know if or when I am subluxated?

It's not easy to know when you are subluxated, although pain can be a clue. Abnormal posture including one shoulder higher than the other, hips not level or a head forward past the shoulders can also be indicative of a subluxation. Often, the nerves that are negatively affected because of the misalignment in the spine do not carry pain signals. This means that you can suffer from subluxations for years without any painful warning signs. However, allowing subluxations to exist in your body can negatively impact the functions of the organs in your body, which leads to a deterioration of your health. A chiropractor can detect the subluxations using specifically designed examination protocols.

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Does the adjustment hurt?

The adjustment is a painless procedure. If a person is already in pain any movement of course can be uncomfortable, but the adjustments are designed to ultimately reduce and eliminate the pain.

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Are all patients adjusted in the same way?

No.  The doctor evaluates each patient's unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient's care is uniquely different from every other patient.

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What causes the “popping” sound during an adjustment?

Adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal "release," or "popping" sound. This release is called a Cavitation. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

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Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!

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I had back surgery, can I and should I see a chiropractor?

Yes.  Depending on the type of back surgery and when it was performed, chiropractic care may be contraindicated for the area of the spine where the surgery was performed. Chiropractic care would not be contraindicated in the other areas of the spine. In fact, with many types of back surgeries, especially spinal fusion, the degenerative process begins more rapidly at the areas above and below surgery because the biomechanical stress on the spine has changed. The spinal joints above and below the area of surgery have to take on an extra burden and deal with added stress that the normally fused spinal joints would not have to deal with.

It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This way too common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

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I’m Pregnant, can I be adjusted? Will it hurt my baby?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Chiropractic treatment is safe for both pregnant mothers and their babies. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.  If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, make sure you tell you chiropractic physician right away.

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Why do I need X-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal degeneration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. If you have an underlying condition you may also need to be referred to another medical specialty for a multi-disciplinary treatment approach. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

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If I just workout instead of getting adjusted isn’t that okay?

Exercise is a very important part of good health, yet it does not take the place of an adjustment.  Without normal spinal function, a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints. It is similar to suggesting that if you brush your teeth daily you won’t need to go to a dentist.

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Can I come in whenever I feel like it and not stick to a regular schedule?

The doctor will recommend a treatment plan specifically designed for you and your specific condition. For you to obtain the best results from chiropractic care, it is important that you stick to the schedule the doctor recommends.

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Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

No. A patient does not need a referral by an MD before visiting a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in Federal and State Regulations.  Following a consultation and examination, your chiropractic physician will arrive at a diagnosis under chiropractic care, or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.

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What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care can:

  • Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
  • Improve your posture
  • Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
  • Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
  • Lead to enhanced athletic performance
  • Improve your flexibility and range of motion
  • Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
  • Decrease or eliminate numbness and tingling in hands and feet
  • Increase energy levels
  • Help normalize blood pressure
  • Get a better night sleep

This is only a small representation of some of the benefits patients realize while being under chiropractic care.

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I’ve heard that once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to continue for the rest of your life. Is this true?

No! In our office we have three types of care: relief care, corrective care, and maintenance care. Depending on the type of care you require will determine the type and length of treatment needed. You have the option of discontinuing care when the pain subsides, when you complete the corrective procedure, or you can continue with what we call maintenance care. The purpose of maintenance care is to keep your spine healthy and to avoid a reoccurrence of a spinal-related problem.

It is always you, the patient who chooses whether or not to continue your care. The best way to address this question is to propose a series of questions. If you were to go to your dentist for a check up and the dentist said “everything looks good” would you decide never to go back for another cleaning or checkup? Would you allow your car to go without fuel your first fill-up and never fill up again? Would you let your car go without an oil change every 3000 miles or 3 months? Would you let your eyes go without an exam after initial glasses or contacts? Would you let your furnace go without changing the air filter after the initial installation?  Would you let your body go without a physical at aged 40 or 50 because at 20 you had a clean bill of health? Hopefully the answer is no. All of the above including your spine and nervous system require maintenance. Maintenance on your car, maintenance on your teeth, maintenance on your house, maintenance on your spine and nervous system.

Ultimately, the answer to the question “once you start going to a chiropractor, do you have to continue for the rest of your life?” is of course not.

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If you have any questions that were unanswered, please feel free to use the contact form provided. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific condition with Dr. Rosner, please call us at 810-632-5252.
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