Whether it be from her patients or general encounters with people, Dr. Libatique gets asked common questions about chiropractic care. Here are the facts and what she has to say:
No. This decision is up to the patient and is based on the patient’s needs. Some patients choose to come in for pain relief while others rely on the benefits of maintenance care to manage chronic injuries. Like a checkup from your dentist, getting checkups from chiropractors will reduce your chance of injury and/or chronic pain.
Generally, adjustments do not hurt. Patients may experience soreness after a treatment but in most cases, adjustments provide immediate relief.
Dr. Libatique hears this question a lot where a patient will come in and say “I had previous chiropractic care and I think it made it worse.” This is not usually the case. She educates all her patients on what to expect after a treatment and she emphasizes that with chronic problems, your first treatment may make you feel worse initially but it is just your body’s response to adapting to a new treatment and with appropriate follow up, the condition usually gets better.
Each patient presents with a different condition that requires an individual treatment plan. While some chronic conditions may require multiple visits in a week initially, many do not. As a condition improves, the frequency of visits greatly decreases.
Dr. Libatique compares this to someone that wants to lose weight or be more active. Going to the gym once a month initially is not going to be enough for you to reach your goals. You have to work out more frequently so your body can be exposed to new routines. Once you’ve reached your ideal weight goal, missing one gym session is not going to completely revert you back to your old weight. This is like chiropractic care. It requires a cumulative effect and as the condition improves, the frequency of treatments is reduced.
No. The “cracking” sounds produced by the adjustments are not bones breaking. The sound often heard is called cavitation. the release of gas when the joint is pushed a short distance past its passive range of motion of the joint is what causes that “cracking” sensation. Fun fact: Some YouTube videos that you see on adjustments will use microphones to enhance the “cracking” sound for the video.
Yes. The changes the female body goes through during pregnancy to accommodate the growing fetus can result in physical stress on the woman.
Particularly in the pelvic region, Dr. Libatique can perform Webster Technique to her pregnant patients with low back pain, which is a safe and effective adjustment to alleviate pain.
There are many causes of tight muscles. More often than not, a “tight” muscle is a symptom and not the root cause of your problem. It is important to have it assessed by a chiropractor, especially if it does not go away with simple stretches, as it is usually something more than “just tight muscles”.