What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an art, science and philosophy of how spinal function and the nervous system affect one's overall health and well being. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, the body as a whole is designed to resist disease and illness.
What can I expect at my first visit?
Your first visit normally takes 45 minutes to an hour. This allows us to fully evaluate your complaint, take a case history about your health and your condition.
After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken if medically necessary which will help uncover structural and functional problems.
Then, once the examination is complete, Dr. Kim Miley will explain the findings and outline a treatment plan.
I've heard once you go to a chiropractor; you'll always have to go to a chiropractor.
I think this is a misunderstanding. If you are suffering from pain and you finally get relief, do you ever want to suffer that pain again? Some patients return to the office when they have a new problem. Others like to be set up on a maintenance program; they may return every 4-6 weeks just to have a "tune up", like a car, just to make sure that their body is moving properly to avoid pain from sneaking back up on them. As a chiropractor, I will help treat whatever is causing your complaint. However, now that you know what it is like to feel good, you will want to address any issues as soon as they present to avoid any long term problems. It is up to you to take care of your body. You know how to contact us; we will be here to help you.
What type of education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
The program to become a Doctor of Chiropractic is very extensive. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques and related subjects. Before beginning chiropractic school, chiropractic students need to complete 3 years of undergraduate education (some states require an undergraduate degree prior) to obtain the necessary prerequisites. A chiropractic student then completes 4 years of graduate school to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Each candidate must then pass both National and State board examinations in order to receive a license to practice chiropractic. A chiropractic education never ends. In the state of Kansas, chiropractors are required to take 50 hours of continuing education to maintain their license.
Dr. Miley looks like a rather small woman; I'm fairly tall and weigh quite a bit more than she does. Is she really going to be able to adjust and treat me?
Don't worry, it is not how strong an individual is that provides for effective care. Chiropractic care is more of an art; it relies on technique, speed an precision. Individuals from little newborn infants to big, strong football players have all received effective care and enjoyed the benefits to chiropractic care from our practice.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated or not moving properly. An adjustment adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nerve system function, and improved health.
There are several of ways to adjust the spine. To review the techniques that Dr. Miley uses please view the techniques page.
I have a disc herniation; can I still see a chiropractor?
This is a very serious condition. When seeking any healthcare, always go to your appointment prepared. It is important for the provider to know when, how and what happened that lead to this condition. Your doctor needs a full explanation of your current condition and needs to see any films and read any reports that are related to this condition. A well informed chiropractor may be able to assist in decreasing the pain and discomfort that you may suffer from due to a disc injury. Several surgeons have referred patients in for chiropractic care prior to surgery to see if conservative care can help decrease the pain or even avoid surgery.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No, each patient is adjusted according to their complaint, history and size of the individual. No two patients respond the same; therefore, Dr. Miley will make a determination of which technique is best to treat your ailment. Pain is a sign from the body to indicate that something is not right. Many times a patient will experience pain in areas that the nerves will refer pain to. Each case is evaluated individually and treatment is addressed accordingly.
What can I do to help my healing?
I love this question. It is a good indication that an individual is willing to be involved in the healing process. First and foremost, follow your provider's instructions (home therapy, exercises and treatment plan). The information provided to you is based on what we know and have seen to be helpful in your situation. Learn proper posture, ergonomics and exercises to help maintain proper biomechanics. Rest, nutrition, weight and health habits all have an affect on your healing process.
Do children need to be adjusted?
Children are just as prone to injury as you are. Listen to your child, when they tell you they are having problems, they most likely are telling you the truth. Just as with adults, chiropractic can help children with several different problems. Actually, children normally respond faster than adults, because they have not been dealing with the problem near as long and they are younger so their bodies heal at a faster rate. Address their issues now; don't let their problems become a life long issue. Please refer to our Pediatrics page for more information.