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What is chiropractic?
The following information was furnished by
Dr. Cynthia Riley. Dr. Riley graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in
1990 with a B.S. degree in Human Biology and a doctorate of
chiropractic degree. After graduating from chiropractic
college, Dr. Riley, through post graduate studies, became a
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.
Dr. Cynthia Riley
2871 Trent Rd.
New Bern, NC 28562
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Chiropractic is the fastest growing natural health care
profession in the world. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC's),
specialize in finding, locating and removing a common
condition known as Vertebral Subluxation.
A Vertebral Subluxation is a condition in which one or more
of the twenty-four moveable bones of the spinal column is
misaligned and interferes with the delicate nerves that exit
between the spinal bones. This causes irritation to the
nerve and impairs its ability to transmit or receive vital
nerve messages from various parts of the body.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body
is a self regulating, self healing organism. These important
functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all
the nerves of the body.
Subluxations are commonly caused by stress from poor
posture, poor sleeping habits, slips and falls, vehicular
accidents, sports impacts, strenuous exercise, work
injuries, childhood falls, medication and substance abuse,
and even the birth process.
Chiropractic treatments, called spinal adjustments, are
comfortable, safe, and highly effective. People of all ages,
including infants and the elderly, can receive chiropractic
care to get healthy and stay healthy.
Years of education, training, and experience enable your
chiropractor to determine if chiropractic care can benefit
you and/or members of your family. Chiropractors are highly
educated, caring professionals who are sensitive to your
natural health care needs.
Many people don't realize that chiropractic care has an
excellent record of success in helping not only neck and
back pain, but in conditions such as headaches, allergies,
asthma, digestive disorders, and other organic health
conditions, as well. Maintaining a healthy, well-aligned
spine and normally functioning nervous system, is perhaps
the most overlooked key to worldwide health.
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Frequently asked questions about Chiropractic
How do you get Subluxations?
There are three basic causes of Vertebral
stresses on the spine and nervous system may include slips
and falls, motor vehicle accidents, repetitive motion, and
improper sleeping. Chemical stress includes smoking, alcohol
abuse, not drinking enough water, improper diet, or the
overuse of drugs or medications. Finally, emotional stress
is a major cause of subluxation due to its effect on the
hormonal and muscular systems of the body. Regardless of the
cause, these subluxations need to be detected and removed.
Can I tell if I have a subluxation?
Actually, you can have subluxations and not even know it. Like
the early stages of tooth decay, subluxations can be present
long before any symptoms emerge. Only chiropractors have the
specific training to detect subluxation. Using special
techniques like x-ray, surface electromyography, thermal
scanning, and postural analysis, chiropractors can determine
whether or not subluxations are present.
What is an Adjustment?
Adjustments are used by chiropractors to reposition the
bones that are out of proper alignment, or subluxated. There
are various techniques of adjusting the vertebrae. Depending
on the patient's age, condition, and the doctor's training
and experience, any of these techniques may be used. The
purpose of the adjustments is to remove any interference to
the nervous system, which improves spinal function and
overall health. Adjustments are safe for all ages and are
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific
force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is
fixated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. This adds
motion to the joint, helping the bone gradually return to a
more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe
and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved
nervous system function, and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually the
doctor's hands, or a specifically designed instrument,
delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting
methods are quick, whereas others require a slow and
How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to
be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous
system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are
designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic
approach to better health is to locate and help remove
interferences to your natural state of being healthy.
A common interference to the nervous system are the 24
moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion
or position of these bones can irritate or impair the
function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the
transmission of controlling nerve impulses.
With improved spinal function, there is often improved
nervous system function. Your chiropractic doctor can help
remove interferences that may be impairing normal health.
Since the primary focus of your care is improved nervous
system function, chiropractic can have a positive effect on
many health conditions not normally thought of as “back or
neck” problems. That’s why people can initially go to
chiropractors for back pain and in the course of being seen
for that their menstrual cramps, sinus, heartburn, and a
multitude of other conditions go away.
Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. A New Zealand
government study found that adjustments are "remarkably
safe." It is the result of chiropractic's conservative and
natural approach that makes it so safe and helps millions of
satisfied patients avoid harmful drugs or unnecessary
surgery. Chiropractic care is safer than back surgery,
muscle relaxers, and even common aspirin.
What makes the sound during
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. However,
some techniques do create a "popping" sound. This audible
release is the result of gas shifting in the joint; similar
to the noise created by "cracking" your knuckles. This sound
is painless and causes no harm.
Will I receive any medication for my pain?
Because chiropractors rely on the natural recuperative powers of
the body, medication is not commonly used with chiropractic
care. Typically, chiropractors use ice or moist heat to help
control pain or muscle spasm. When properly applied, these
methods can have an analgesic affect without the unwanted
side effects of many medications. Chiropractors and medical
doctors now enjoy strong working relationships. In severe
cases, referrals may be made to other health care
professionals if services outside of the scope of
chiropractic are needed.
Why do Chiropractors take x-rays?
In order to properly diagnose a patient's condition, x-rays
are commonly taken. These x-rays are used to check vertebral
alignment, disc degeneration, proper curvature, scoliosis,
and other serious pathology. Many chiropractors use x-rays
to document a patient's progress as well. With the
advancement of high-speed film and limited exposure, the
amount of radiation used is far outweighed by the useful
information gained by actually seeing the patient's spine.
Is Chiropractic care addictive?
Chiropractic is no more addictive than exercise, proper diet, or
brushing your teeth. Chiropractors recommend getting your
spine checked for subluxations periodically throughout your
lifetime, because it is healthy for you to do so. Patients
under long-term chiropractic care report an overall sense of
health and well-being, far beyond diet and exercise alone.
Most people initially come to chiropractors in pain and then
choose to continue when they see how much better they feel
and the better quality of life they enjoy.
Can patients with arthritis receive Chiropractor care?
Patients who suffer from the various forms of arthritis may get
significant results from chiropractic. Depending on the
patient, results may vary; however, by keeping the spinal
joints moving freely, the stiffness and pain associated with
arthritis can be minimized. If your doctor deems necessary,
a referral to another health care provider may be suggested.
Additionally, studies show that those who enjoy chiropractic
from a younger age reduce their risk of osteoarthritis later
Can a person with previous back surgery see a
Unfortunately, research shows that up to one-half of those who
have spinal surgery report a relapse of their original
symptoms within months or years. This common occurrence is
known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome," and usually results
in the necessity of additional procedures. Chiropractic care
may prevent repetitive surgeries, or better yet, if used
initially, may help avoid surgery in the first place.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Pregnant women frequently get amazing results from chiropractic.
Chiropractors are trained in special techniques for
adjusting pregnant women. Because of the inability to take
medication for pain, the natural approaches of chiropractic
are the logical choice for pregnant women. More and more,
obstetricians are referring to chiropractors due to the
effectiveness of spinal adjustments for pain relief. Also,
techniques designed to naturally turn a Breech baby are safe
and effective. Lastly, women under chiropractic care have a
significantly faster delivery than those who are not.
Do I have a Slipped Disk?
Discs are known as the "shock absorbers" of the spine and are
made up of a fibrous outer ring with a jelly-like center.
Commonly, a variety of disc problems throughout the spine
may be referred to as a "slipped disc." A disc cannot
actually slip because of the way it attaches into the bones
above and below. Discs can tear, decay, bulge, or dehydrate,
all of which can be serious problems. However, discs cannot
slip. While results can not be guaranteed, many patients have
avoided needles, surgery or a dependency on pain pills by
choosing chiropractic care for their disc-related health
Do I have a Pinched Nerve?
A pinched nerve is a rare occurrence. Most likely, the pain
you are experiencing is an adjacent spinal bone out of its
proper alignment, causing irritation, slight compression, or
stretching of a nerve. These misalignments, called Vertebral
Subluxations, can distort the impulses being sent between
the brain and the body. Any interference to these nerve
signals can produce disorders in the tissues and organs.
Numbness and tingling, like the feeling that your foot has
gone to sleep, is a sign of a pinched nerve.
What’s the difference between medical doctors and
The biggest difference between chiropractors and medical doctors
lies not in their level of education, but in their preferred
method of caring for people. Medical doctors are trained in
the use of medicines (chemicals that affect your internal
biochemistry) and surgery. Consequently, if you have a
chemical problem, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or an
infection, medical doctors can be very helpful. However, if
your problem is that your spine is mis-aligned or you have
soft tissue damage causing pain, there is no chemical in
existence that can fix it. You need a physical solution to
correct a physical problem. That is where chiropractic
really shines. Chiropractors provide physical solutions --
adjustments, exercises, stretches, muscle therapy -- to help
the body heal from conditions that are physical in origin,
such as back pain, muscle spasms, headaches, and poor
posture. Another distinction is the fact that it is
completely appropriate to receive chiropractic care even if
you do not have symptoms. Unlike standard medical doctors,
whom you visit when you have a symptom to be treated,
chiropractors offer adjustments to improve spinal alignment
and overall well-being before symptoms develop. The ideal
health plan would include a medical doctor and a
chiropractor. That way you get the best of both worlds. No
health profession is the “be all, end all” to all your
health care concerns.
What to expect on your first visit. Upon entering our office, our receptionist will greet you and
welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that
you fill out our new patient forms. The paperwork provides
us with general information about yourself and your
you will have a consultation with Dr. Riley to discuss your
health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential
treatment options. Your first visit is designed for Dr.
Riley to learn more about you, your condition, and your
expectations to determine whether yours is a chiropractic
case or not. If Dr. Riley believes she can help you, she
will tell you. If not, she will tell you that too and refer
you to someone who she believes can best serve you.
After your consultation, Dr. Riley will perform a complete
chiropractic, neurologic, orthopedic, postural, and physical
examination to diagnose your problem and determine if you
are a chiropractic case.
Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays. Not to see
is to guess, and we won’t guess about your health. X-rays
help us rule out more serious conditions or assist us in
developing the most effective treatment plan for you. Most
people are amazed once they see their x-rays and can often
immediately identify their misalignments and degeneration
Report of Findings. Once all the information and examinations have been performed, Dr.
Riley will give you a report of findings to answer the 4
most popular questions:
2.Can you help me?
3.How long will it take to correct and get better?
4.How much is it going to cost?
After discussing with you your history and your goals,
examining your spine and reviewing any x-rays or tests, Dr.
Riley will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a
condition that requires care with other providers, the
doctor will tell you. If Dr. Riley believes we can help you,
she will recommend treatment and a wellness program.
Patients will generally be provided with their first treatment at
the conclusion of the appointment. This may include spinal
adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue therapies.
Treatment is interactive with you, so you can express any
concerns you have about the style of adjustment you will be
most comfortable with.
Prior to leaving, patients will be instructed on a wellness
program to be conducted at home. If you are in pain when you
first come into our office, this may include ice or heat
application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or
positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. If
you desire an overall wellness lifestyle, our wellness team
will work with you to create good habits and routines that
support your success. Every body is unique and different and
therefore everyone requires a unique and customized wellness
plan. The foundation of our overall wellness lifestyle is
maintaining healthy posture and good spinal alignment,
eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, keeping your
weight under control and stress relief.
Dr. Cynthia Riley
2871 Trent Rd.
New Bern, NC 28562
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