• First Health Associates
  • 415 E Golf Rd, Suite 120, Arlington Hts, IL
  • 1-847-593-3330
  • What is Chiropractic?

    Chiropractic is a health care profession based on interactions of the spine and nervous system, as well as the surrounding muscles. Chiropractic care is a natural treatment that focuses on maintaining a balance among all of the body’s systems, and addresses the way these systems work together to heal the body.

  • What is the premise behind Chiropractic?

    Chiropractic comes from the Greek word, chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.”  Chiropractic is based on the premise that good health depends in part on a normally functioning nervous system and that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment.  It particularly addresses issues with the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body. Chiropractic care locates and adjusts the musculoskeletal area of the body that is functioning improperly. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.

  • Is Chiropractic effective?

    Chiropractic is a safe alternative treatment with a non-invasive approach to managing pain that does not require medication or surgery. Chiropractic adjustments are effective because they address the underlying musculoskeletal misalignments that are triggering a person’s pain, rather than covering up symptoms with medication. Our chiropractors follow evidenced-based treatment protocols that start with diagnostic exams to precisely determine the cause of your pain.

  • How does Chiropractic work?

    Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to the restricted joint. The goal of chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is to correct structural alignment and improve your body’s physical function. Regular adjustments correct spinal alignment and increase your body’s efficiency and function.

  • Does a Chiropractic adjustment hurt?

    Chiropractic adjustments typically do not hurt and many patients experience immediate relief after an adjustment. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness after an adjustment, but it is usually only temporary. While there are other professionals that can perform spinal manipulations (adjustments), chiropractors are by far the most highly trained in this type of treatment.

  • What is the "popping" sound I sometimes hear during an adjustment?

    Manual adjustments that are performed to release restricted joints often produce a “popping” sound. This occurs when there is a sudden release of joint pressure. Dissolved gasses such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oxygen get released within the joint. In patients who do not prefer this type of adjustment, instrument or table-assisted adjustments can be performed as an alternative.

  • Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?

    Yes, if the adjustment is performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) who has received extensive training.  Side effects or complications are rare, with the exception of temporary soreness in some cases.  A well-trained chiropractor can determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you need to see another health care professional.

  • What conditions benefit from Chiropractic?

    Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches. They also treat sports injuries and other disorders that involve muscles, ligaments and joints. Its benefits also go beyond those conditions and extend into general health, as core body structure affects overall function and health.

  • What education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?

    Doctors of Chiropractic, also known as chiropractors, are not medical doctors but go through a similar education process to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. After completing undergraduate studies, chiropractic doctors receive another four years of post-graduate college education. Before practicing, they pass a rigorous series of National Board Examinations and meet stringent licensing requirements. To stay current with the latest research, doctors also attend seminars, scientific symposia and they must fulfill continuing education requirements.