Like other Palm Beach Gardens Chiropractors, we hear many questions from new and current Chiropractic patients. Here are some of the most common questions and answers…
Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt and what is the cracking sound?
I’ll take on the cracking sound first… the “cracking sound” is generally air being released from the joint capsules in the area being corrected. Does it hurt? Does it hurt when you crack your knuckle? People are always afraid of things that they don’t understand. There is no need to worry, I use many different Chiropractic techniques in my office and the majority of them do not involve the “air release” which, as stated earlier is responsible for the cracking sound that some people fear.
I’ve heard that Chiropractic treatments do not involve taking medicine. If this is true, then how does your body heal?
Great question! Your Nervous System is what keeps your organs functioning properly. The Nervous system is protected by the bones of the spinal column. A variety of circumstances can cause these bones to mis-align from time to time. In a nutshell, these misalignments can cause our bodies to malfunction. A Palm Beach Gardens Chiropractor’s job is to restore proper function to the Nervous System; and once your body is functioning properly, it does what it is designed/programmed to do… it heals itself.
I’ve heard that once you see a Chiropractor, you have to keep returning, why is that?
Another excellent question! The best way to illustrate this would probably come from the Dentistry model. When your teeth become mis-aligned, are they fixed overnight when “braces” are installed? The short answer is no. It takes time to correct something that is seriously mis-aligned because the muscular tone of the area needs to be return to normal again. Generally speaking… the length of your Chiropractic treatments will depend on your goals as a patient and what your X-rays are showing us. Example: A serious Scoliosis (found by X-rays) will take a good amount of time to correct, where a simple pinched nerve may take as little as one treatment to fix. Each patient’s circumstances are different. However, at my office, the decision is always up to the patient. I will guide you but never pressure you!
What is your greatest achievement in Chiropractic?
I had a 61 year old lady come to see me for excruciating lower back pain. She was told by her medical doctors that she probably would never walk again without the use of a cane. It seemed that the pain this woman was experiencing was being caused by a very small tumor that was in an area too dangerous to operate on. I remember seeing her face and how stressed out she looked. All signs were pointing toward her retiring and that was something she was unprepared for financially.
I used a Chiropractic technique that was very non invasive. Comfortable wedges were inserted under the patients pelvis. The patient lies in a prone position for about 20 – 30 minutes. This technique provides gentle traction to the entire lumbar spine. It is normally used on hot disc patients. It was her last chance, so we did all that we could. I treated her twice a day for 6 straight days, then once a day for an additional 6 days.
She left my office with no pain whatsoever. Her medical doctors were in a state of disbelief at her next check-up. They convinced her to take another MRI on them! The second MRI revealed no signs of any tumors. After comparing her two MRI’s at my office, my patient and I shared a hug and a long smile. I have seen a lot of miracles in my office. I thank God every day for allowing me to become a Palm Beach Gardens FL Chiropractor.
I hope that I have made you a little less apprehensive about coming to visit a Chiropractic office. Given the chance, I’ll do everything in my power to help you. Give us a call at
Dr. Stephen G. Prefer, DC