Our new home, Fort Stockton, Texas, has been a delight. The community has been warm and welcoming. Since moving back I have received all sorts of questions and requests regarding chiropractic. I thought this would be the perfect place to answer some of those questions! I am going to put this in a bit of a Q&A format:
How long did it take you to become a chiropractor?
A doctor of chiropractic is educated not all that unlike a medical doctor. It took me just under 8 years of school to obtain my doctorate degree. The coursework is very similar between the two fields. Medical doctors are trained in the art of medicine. Chiropractors are trained in physical medicine, treating the body via the spine and nervous system.
What exactly is it, that chiropractors do?
Most people know chiropractors as the ladies and gentlemen that you go to for back pain and bone popping. While that is certainly one of the things that we do, there is a lot more to it. Chiropractors treat the body as a whole. Pain is merely one of the symptoms, not the actual problem. Without the nervous system, there is no pain, no movement, no function. That is why it is important to take care of it.
Do you do massage?
Not in the sense that most people are asking. We do not at this time have a licensed massage therapist on staff. I do perform myofascial release and manual therapy sessions. These sessions in addition to your adjustment can improve your muscle function and flexibility.
Do you have to pop me?
The word pop drives me crazy when it comes to what I do. I will never pop you at my clinic. We will adjust you which, depending on the technique, can cause an audible release of air from the joint capsule. (popping). However, for those that dislike the sound and feel that is associated with the audible, there are other methods. Parker University graduates are taught a variety of techniques of both manual and instrument assisted adjusting. Whether you prefer a firm or low impact adjustment, Joint Effort Chiropractic has a technique for you.
How often are you going to make me come for adjustments?
That is a more difficult question. No two bodies are the same, so the answers can be completely different. The goal at Joint Effort Chiropractic is to provide affordable wellness care for every body. Our Membership program allows patients to have regular adjustments without wreaking havoc on your wallet or your schedule. It isn't that you have to come to the chiropractor, but once you feel what it is like to have an adjusted spine, and be performing at your optimum functional level, you will find yourself wanting to come in to maintain that form.
I tried to cover all of the most asked questions, but I'm sure that there may be a few more out there. If there are any others that you would like addressed, let me know in the comment section of this blog.
Thanks for your time, and here's to your health,
Dr. Eric Fierro, D.C.