Dr.Zoidberg's

Spinal Clinic

Provides specialist assessment and treatment for the full range of spinal problems.

Heartland Chiropractic

& Rehabiliation Center

Providing a full range of services including

Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy

1611-B Lurlyn Rd.

Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Telephone: (573) 778-0144 ©Heartland Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center. All Rights Reserved

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What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on the relationship between the spine and nervous system. When the bones in your spine are not moving properly, or are out of their proper position, irritation to the nerve of joint may occur. This can manifest in the form of numbness, tingling, pain or burning. Chiropractic care and the adjustment/manipulation of the spine restores the proper position and movement of the bones and joints within the spinal column and/or extremities.

Chiropractic is a drug-free method of health care that emphasizes locating and treating areas of spinal misalignment, improving the functioning of the body, thereby eliminating pain. The symptom of pain is how your body communicates to let you know that something is wrong. Chiropractors deliver 94% of all spinal manipulations/adjustments in the United States.

Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually, utilizing the chiropractic procedure known as the "spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation." Usually, we will use our hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae.

Are X-Rays required?

Not every patient needs to have x-rays taken. It will depend on your condition and information obtained from your examination. If there has been a recent injury such as a car accident, or fall, x-rays will usually be taken to make sure nothing has been broken.

Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?

Yes. Rest assured that your chiropractic doctor will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.

How old should a person be before he or she begins chiropractic care

Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. The spinal adjustment and treatment approaches are tailored to each individual patient. For example, a 300 pound truck driver's treatment will differ form a treatment to an elderly person. Chiropractors are well trained to tailor their approach based on the individual.

How does chiropractic care help during pregnancy?

Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices.

Will I have to keep going to the chiropractor forever?

No. Most cases seen by doctors of chiropractic will respond in a relatively short period of time. In certain cases, longer treatment will be recommended, but on average it may take 12-16 visits. Once the original condition that caused the pain and discomfort has been resolved, it may still be necessary for you to return from time to time for supportive care. Our goal is to get you out of the office and to return you to the activities you were doing prior to your injury. Some conditions however, which have been present years may take longer to heal and correct. An example of this may be the person who has a 20-year history of low back pain with arthritic changes in that region. Four weeks of care will not be able to "undue" the years of damage, hence, a longer period of treatment may be prescribed. The fact is, some people have neglected their ailment for years and hence, their condition may take a while to correct.

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