Below you will find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Chiropractic Care. If you have additional questions that are not addressed by visiting our website, please call us at the clinic and Dr. Jumana Jarrah D.C. will be happy to address all your concerns.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Prior to meeting with the Chiropractor, you will be asked to complete New Patient Admission Forms. Using this form as a guide, you and the Chiropractor will discuss your health history in detail during your initial consultation. This will be followed by a full physical examination and spinal assessment. Your Chiropractor will then decide if further testing, such as x-rays or blood work, are required. Questions are always welcome. Your first visit includes time to initiate treatment if you decide chiropractic care is right for you. At the close of the visit, you will be given a few specific instructions to help make achieving your goal easier.
What is massage?
Massage is the manual manipulation of soft tissue combining various pressures and techniques to promote a healthier state within the holding elements of the body. When muscles become too tight and overworked, it affects the posture by forcing the body to overcompensate in other areas. When this is allowed to continue it becomes accepted by the body over time, creating chronic imbalance and often pain. A Massage Therapist works to manually stretch out over-tight muscles and promote healing to injured areas through the application of specific techniques. Releasing muscle stress and tension can also release emotional turmoil which can often be associated with painful conditions.
Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Enhances your overall emotional and physical well being as well as your quality of life.
- It is helpful to people of all ages, and it benefits the ill, injured and stressed.
- It is quite helpful in preventing illness and conditions before they develop by boosting the immune system.
- Proven effective in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as: low back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, stress, depression.
- Relieves pain, stiffness and discomfort, as well as increases mobility, detoxifies the system, improves circulation and muscle tone, promotes relaxation, and prevents muscular atrophy resulting from inactivity or illness.
- Stresses and tensions of everyday of living may eventually lead to illness and disease, as the negative effect of many illnesses can be accelerated by stress, but massage can help relieve stress and be a beneficial part of a prevention and/or treatment program.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture promotes natural healing and improves functioning by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation on acupuncture points. Other modalities that also are used are cupping, moxabustion, gua sha, plum blossoming, tui na, bloodletting, and diet therapy.
How does Acupuncture work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that there are meridians of energy (qi) that run through and over the surface of the body. The meridians can be compared to rivers for an easier understanding of the flow of qi. Imagine there are rivers flowing through the body that irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in these rivers is like a dam that can cause a disturbance in the flow.
The meridians can be unblocked and the flow of qi restored by the insertion of acupuncture needles. Acupuncture can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances such as digestion, energy production, and circulation.
The modern view of acupuncture is that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain changing the experience of pain and regulating the hormonal system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.