Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should everyone be checked for a misalignment?
A. Yes. Checking the nervous systems performance to uncover and remove problems can help prevent many conditions from developing. This care is preventative and is beneficial for all ages.
Q: Can children benefit from NUCCA care?
A: Yes, we believe all children should have the benefit of a properly balanced body. Children can be adjusted using the NUCCA procedure right from birth. Due to the tendency for a child's misalignment to have been present for a relatively short period of time the misalignment is typically less complex. Children also generally respond more quickly to adjustments and usually require fewer adjustments to attain spinal stability.
Q: Why am I adjusted in the neck when my dysfunction or pain is elsewhere?
A: The atlas vertebrae encompasses the bottom portion of the brain, which when balanced allows proper neurological function, and when misaligned impedes neurological function within the body. The atlas is unique from other vertebrae in that it does not have any attached discs or interlocking joints, thereby when it moves in a specific direction, the body must compensate accordingly.
Q: Do I get adjusted each visit?
A: If there is no neurological or structural dysfunction found during an examination, then an adjustment should not be given. This can be compared to making a visit to your dentist. If you do not have cavities, the dentist does not need to take any further action.
Q. How long will it take for me to get well?
A. Recovery is dependent upon:
· The length of time your body has been misaligned.
· The extent of damage to your nerves
· The degree of correction obtained.
· The active care you as a patient take in following the recommended care plan of the chiropractor.
Q. How does the chiropractor determine if I am making progress?
A. Progress is determined by checking your neck temperature, postural balancing, hip level, leg length, and relaxation of your spinal muscles.
Q. Why is an alignment not given on the basis of how I feel?
A. When a correction is made, the nervous system may become more sensitive, making you more aware of your body’s dysfunction. This is part of the healing process and is usually quite temporary. Adjustments are given only when the nervous system exhibits leg length disparity, postural and atlas temperature imbalance or when x-ray measurements so indicate.
Q. Does the chiropractor adjust every case alike?
A. No two subluxations/misalignments are identical. Therefore, every adjustment is different and calculated specifically to the patients x-ray analysis.
Q. Should the chiropractor still check my alignment after my symptoms improve?
A: Yes. The procedure used in our office is preventative and not only intended for relief of your symptoms. However, the longer you hold your adjustment and do not need an adjustment, the less often you will be seen in our office.
Q: Is it possible to feel fine, yet have a misalignment causing interference within my nervous system?
A: Yes. Just as you can have a cavity in your tooth and not feel it, or have cancer and not know it, you can also have a misalignment and not be aware of it. The body does it's best to camouflage symptoms which usually only surface when the problem becomes severe.
Q: How can I tell if I need an adjustment?
A. Some people are able to check their posture themselves after being under care for some time, and see a visible difference when they are imbalanced; however the only sure way is to have your chiropractor check you for measurable neurological and physical signs of misalignment.
Q: After I have held my adjustment for a period of time and suddenly another adjustment is required, what has happened if there has been no injury or apparent cause?
A: Healing of the nerves and remodeling of the spinal balance takes time. Initially, there is a tendency for the body to shift back to it's old imbalanced position until it stabilizes in the new balanced posture. Periodic office visits are necessary to maintain balance and continue the healing process. The time intervals of the healing process are somewhat unpredictable, as each individual's misalignment is unique.
Q: Why do some patients take longer to heal than others?
A: Some misalignments are complex and can require months to correct. Other misalignments are relatively easy to reduce. Factors such as the length of time you have had your problem, the number of falls, auto accidents, etc., can contribute to the healing time. Healing is broken into two parts: the first is the shorter period of getting your body balanced, the second is maintaining balance and only coming in to check the integrity of your alignment.
Q. After being adjusted, why do I notice more changes in my body in addition to the ones originally expected?
A. It is very common to experience healing in areas not thought to be associated with your chief complaint. Many dysfunctions of the body may occur which the patient does not perceive as being related to the correction of their nervous system. The optimal performance of the nervous system results in the improvement of all your body’s functions.
Q. When my spine misaligns again, will I always feel the same symptoms right away?
A. No. After holding your adjustment for a considerable amount of time, it will require time for the symptoms to recur when your body misaligns. Just as it takes time to get well, it takes time to get sick. This is the reason that you cannot trust your symptoms to tell you when you need to be adjusted.
Q. Can my misalignment correct itself?
A. Almost impossible. Patients who suggest this are judging their alignment by their symptoms, which are not reliable predictors of health. Frequently, an increase in your misalignment will temporarily reduce symptoms. When doubt arises as to whether you are balanced, have yourself checked as soon as possible by a NUCCA chiropractor.
Q. Does an aligned spine promote healing?
A. The body has an inherent ability to heal itself if it is working normally, under the control of a healthy functioning nervous system. The adjustment restores the misaligned vertebrae toward normal position, which re-establishes the pathways of nerve tracts. This creates better performance in your nervous system and promotes healing.
Q: How do I become a patient?
A: Please call 360.597.4784 to schedule your first appointment. We will conduct a thorough exam, address your health concerns, and discuss your individual care needs.
Q: Can I talk to the Doctor?
A: Yes! You may call Dr. Perin at 360.597.4784, or you may reach him by email at DrJoePerin@gmail.com
Q: How can I find out more about NUCCA?
A: We are happy to provide brochures, DVD's, and Newsletters to give you the information you need to better understand the NUCCA technique and Balanced Living Chiropractic, and help you find out how it can help you and your family. There are also a number of websites full of information on NUCCA and Upper Cervical Chiropractic such as:
National Upper Cervical Chriopractic Association (NUCCA) - NUCCA.org
Upper Cervical Spine - UpCSpine.com
Q: Will my insurance cover care?
We accept and bill most Insurance Plans. Please call our office at 360.597.4784 and we will help you find out what your policy covers.