Many new patients have questions about chiropractic and the type of treatment that they will receive at Ruggiero Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center, LLC. Below are answers to the most common questions asked. Feel free to call the office to speak to Dr. Brian Ruggiero directly for further clarification, or if your question is not asked below.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the art, science and philosophy of correcting problems that affect the function of the human spine. The spinal column consists of 24 individual vertebra. In between those vertebra are the intervertebral disc and spinal nerves. A misalignment of the disc or vertebrae would be an improper change in spinal alignment resulting in abnormal spinal biomechanics. The end result remains the same: pain, muscle spasms and a host of other symptoms. Since "the nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of the body" (Gray's Anatomy, 29th Edition, Page 4), misalignments can lead to a host of symptoms, even leading away from the spine. For example headaches, arm pain and even lower leg pain. Of all the members of the health care field, chiropractors are the only professional that have the specialized training to diagnose and treat these spinal misalignments and biomechanical imbalances.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment usually involves a specific, gentle, and quick thrust that helps to add motion to joints that are not moving properly. An adjustment helps to decrease muscle tightness and pain, as well as improve ranges of motion within the restricted joints. Dr. Brian Ruggiero is skilled in providing adjustments which involve utilizing a variety of techniques that include using his hands, instruments, or special tables.
Chiropractic adjustments--how safe are they?
Chiropractic adjustments are very safe. During the first visit, Dr. Brian Ruggiero will perform a thorough history and examination to determine if chiropractic is an appropriate form of treatment. Dr. Brian Ruggiero will refer the patient to an appropriate specialist if warrented. As stated in the previous question, there are a variety of chiropractic adjustment techniques that are very gentle and effective for patients of all ages and conditions.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Joints are usually restricted due to muscular tightness and pain. Therefore, most patients feel relief after an adjustment as the muscular tightness and pain quickly decreases. Dr. Brian Ruggiero evaluates each patient just prior to administering an adjustment in a specific region in order to provide the most specific and gentle adjustment, while avoiding movements that would trigger more pain. Some patients note some residual tightness and ache the following day after an adjustment (similar to the feeling after performing a work out at the gym), which is normal and usually resolves with the use of ice/heat.
What is the sound that is heard during a chiropractic adjustment?
All of the joints of the body are surrounded by lubricating fluids that contain gasses in order to help them to move properly. Some chiropractic adjustments cause the release of the gas from the joint which is a similar concept of hearing the "popping" sound when opening a can of soda. Chiropractic adjustments allow restricted joints that were triggering pain to go back into their proper position, which can offer relief of pain.
Is it ok to adjust my joints myself?
When someone is able to "pop" his/her own joints, they are moving the joints that move too much. Dr. Brian Ruggiero palpates the joints that are not moving enough, and by performing an adjustment, helps the joint to move properly again. People that adjust their own joints are setting themselves up for musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis in the future.
Should newborns have chiropractic adjustments?
Definitely. The birthing process is a traumatic one typically for the neck region of newborns. Dr. Brian Ruggiero has found that by utilizing specific and gentle adjusting techniques, he is able to provide relief for many newborns/infants/children that suffer from such conditions as colic, ear infections, and bed wetting.
How long will it take in order to feel better?
Many patients notice at least 50% relief of their pain following their first adjustment. The major factors that influence the time table for pain relief includes how long the pain has been present, how severe the condition is, whether or not the patient is getting proper nutrition, rest, and exercise, the overall physical condition of the patient, and if the patient is following through with the recommended treatment schedule in the office as well as the recommendations made when out of the office by Dr. Brian Ruggiero.
What is the typical length of a chiropractic treatment program?
At Ruggiero Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center, LLC, the first goal is to help the patient to obtain relief from his/her pain and improve ranges of motion through the utilization of massage therapy, physiotherapy modalities including ice/heat/tens unit/electomuscle stimulation, and chiropractic adjustments. The second goal of care is to learn rehabilitation techniques that will strengthen the core musculature of the back and stomach, in order to stabilize the spine and decrease the chance of the pain returning in the future.
Does your office take health insurance or a letter of protection if I am involved in a car accident or slip and fall accident?
Yes, Ruggiero Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center, LLC participates in numerous health insurance panels and also takes letters of protection. Dr. Brian Ruggiero also has connections with other specialist doctors in the area including neurologists and orthopedic surgeons who also honor health insurance and/or letters of protection. Should you find that your health insurance plan is not honored in our office, there are many ways that can make chiropractic care affordable in order to help relieve your pain and improve your health.
Will I experience pain again in the future?
As stated above, many factors determine how well patients will respond to chiropractic treatment. Many people respond very well, noting relief of pain and an improved quality of life. The patients that have neglected and/or delayed treatment will typically respond at a slower rate. Many patients note that after properly healing from an injury, periodic chiropractic treatments and continued performance of stretches and exercises as instructed at home help to avoid triggering an exacerbation in the future.