Chiropractic FAQ

Dr. Gil Center for Back, Neck, and Chronic Pain Relief


What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is a holistic health system, which means that it looks at every part of your body, and even your mind, as a whole. This is different than some medical specialties that only look at one part of the body or a symptom, without looking at how that part or symptom is intertwined with the rest of the body. Chiropractic care follows the notion that your body can heal itself. We try to put your body in the best state to help it carry out its work.

In chiropractic care, we will not recommend drugs or many other forms of conventional medicine. We believe many of these treatments only help the symptom and not the underlying problem. We strive to increase the health of the body through techniques like aligning the spine, spinal decompression and other means. We use these methods to ease neck and back pain, sciatica and other types of pain, but that’s not all we do. We can help a vast array of health problems, including allergies, headaches and trouble sleeping. We also provide preventative medicine to prevent certain conditions and pain from occurring in the first place, and to keep your body as healthy as it can be.


Does chiropractic care actually work?

Chiropractic is not an alternative health care method with nothing to back up its effectiveness; instead, there is science behind what we do. Chiropractic care works by aligning and balancing your body, which can help your body’s ability to maintain its health. We focus on the nervous system, which is an integral part of the health of your body. The nerves are connected to your brain through the spinal cord. By performing adjustments, we align vertebrae that were putting pressure on your nerves; this can relieve pain and take away problems interfering with a healthy nervous system to help it work at its optimum level.


But is a chiropractor right for me?

If you’re experiencing back, neck, hip or other pain in your body, a highly educated and trained chiropractor can ease your pain and get you feeling better again. Oftentimes, the causes of these types of pain also affect the rest of your body because it is overcompensating for the affected area. We can help your body become aligned and balanced again through numerous professional techniques.

We might also be able to help if you have any of a number of health conditions from diabetes or fibromyalgia to allergies or headaches. The best way to know if a chiropractor can help your health condition is to come in for a consultation. Call us today at (615) 794-0900 to make an appointment.

In addition, we would recommend you come see us simply to ensure that your body is at its best. A chiropractor is a central part of an overall wellness plan that includes proper nutrition, exercise and other healthy goals and preventative health measures.


What does subluxation mean?

Many things can cause a subluxation, from a slip to a trauma like a car accident. Basically, this term refers to your vertebrae that have moved out of place. A subluxation is serious because it adds pressure to your nerves, causing interference in the pathways to your brain, in addition to pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help subluxations by moving the vertebrae back in place and aligning the spine.


Is a chiropractic adjustment safe?

Many people are nervous about chiropractic adjustments before experiencing them for the first time, especially with an adjustment of the neck. But there is no need to worry. During an adjustment, we push on certain areas of your spine with our hands or an instrument. What this does is align vertebrae that are out of place from everyday movements or from an injury.

You will often hear a popping sound when the adjustment takes place. This sound might scare you, but it is perfectly normal and is simply the sound of oxygen and nitrogen leaving the joint. This phenomenon is no different than when you crack your knuckles.

An adjustment generally won’t hurt, and in fact, it typically eases pain, pressure or discomfort you were feeling so it tends to be a relieving experience. Chiropractors go through many years of schooling to learn proper adjustment techniques, so we can adjust your body without harm.


What will my chiropractic visits be like?

On your first visit to the chiropractor, we will perform an evaluation similar to going to a specialist for the first time. This usually involves going over your case history, a physical exam and one or more scans depending on your situation. We often perform X-rays so we can get a better idea of the shape of your spine and joints. We might also perform an MRI, an ultra sound or a CAT scan.

After we have done your evaluation, we will work with you to determine your customized treatment plan. This might include spinal and joint adjustments, spinal decompression, electrical muscle stimulation, massage therapy, ice or heat therapy, therapeutic exercises and other treatments. We will usually also give you advice on nutrition and your overall wellness, since chiropractic is a holistic treatment that looks at your overall well-being.

Call us today at (615)794-0800 to schedule an evaluation.