Q: What do Chiropractic doctors do?

Chiropractors take a natural and preventative approach to all musculoskeletal conditions. They pay particular attention to the spine, extremities, and muscles. They perform a detailed history, physical exam, neurological exam, and treatment plan to resolve the condition diagnosed. If the final diagnosis is something we can not treat, we will refer you to the proper physician who can help you with the condition. Chiropractors’ purpose is to decrease pain, increase mobility, restore function, and stabilize the injury.

At Summit Chiropractic & Sports Institute, our goal is to get you better as quickly as possible so you can get back to enjoying life.


Q: What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that has been restricted or not functioning properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches. The objective of this safe chiropractic treatment is to reduce the restriction, with the goals of increasing range of motion, reducing nerve irritability, and improving function.

At Summit Chiropractic & Sports Institute, while we believe the adjustment is important for restoring motion in joint, we also believe manual therapy and rehabilitation exercise plays a crucial role in restoring motion.


Q: What does an adjustment feel like?

Adjustments are usually pain-free but can become uncomfortable depending on the amount of inflammation and tension in the affected area. Some patients notice mild tenderness and/or tension as their body’s alignment is restored; these feelings of tenderness are normal. Other clients experience immediate relief from their symptoms.


Q: Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic adjustments are safe when it’s performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.


Q: Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in a release of pressure and gas from within the joint.


Q: How many adjustments will I need?

The number of adjustments will vary depending on each patient and their individual health needs. Many patients sense some progress within four to six visits.


Q: Can I adjust myself?

No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment. Adjustments take years of careful training to master.


Q: Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?

Yes. During care, the surgically modified areas of your spine will be avoided. However, surgery may produce compensatory reactions either above or below the involved level. If necessary, these other areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.