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Understanding Chiropractic Care
What IS Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a natural, drug-free health care profession based on the principle that structure (alignment of the spine and extremities) dictates function (as controlled by the nervous system via the brain and spinal cord).
Are Chiropractors Doctors?
Yes. All Chiropractors have completed a minimum of 8 years of school. They are required to obtain a Bachelor’s degree prior to embarking upon the 4-year graduate program. The education and licensing process to become a Doctor of Chiropractic is among the most stringent of any healthcare profession.
What Types Of Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?
Chiropractors are known for their expertise in treating back pain, neck pain and headaches. But did you know that we treat a huge variety of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries including tendonitis, bursitis, sprain/strain injuries and more? The important thing to remember is that chiropractic does not cure ailments. Your body heals itself, chiropractic simply enhances your body’s ability to do so.
What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?
An adjustment is the skillful delivery of a controlled force in a precise direction to a joint that is not moving properly. The purpose of this specific and natural procedure is to restore proper alignment and eliminate interference to the nervous system. The outcome is improved motion, joint function and reduction in pain. Ultimately, this leads to overall improvement in health and wellness.
Does An Adjustment Hurt?
An adjustment is a specific and controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and pressure is utilized. Most patients feel relief immediately after the adjustment is delivered. In acute patients or first time chiropractic patients, any post-adjustment discomfort can be similar what you experience after starting a new exercise program. As with any manual therapy, we recommend drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack and stretching after your first visit to decrease discomfort and promote healing.
Is An Adjustment Safe?
Chiropractic care is widely recognized as a safe, effective, drug free approach to treating musculoskeletal conditions. Your Doctor will determine if you are a candidate for Chiropractic care based on your history and symptoms. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.
What Is the "POP" Or "CRACK" That I Hear During The Adjustment?
The sounds that you hear during an adjustment are the release of tiny air pockets from the connective tissue that holds the joints together. This is called a cavitation. Not all adjustments create this sound. If the joint does not “pop”, this does not mean that you did not receive an adjustment.
Does Every Patient Get The Same Treatment?
Chiropractic treatments are individualized to each patient. Your care plan will reflect the necessary treatment for your specific condition. Additionally, your Doctors will determine if you are a candidate for manual manipulation, drop adjustments or instrument adjusting based on your history and symptoms. Additional therapies may be prescribed to manage pain and promote healing.
How Quickly Will My Pain Go Away?
There are many factors affecting your response to treatment. The length of time that you have experienced your symptoms is a strong factor in your recovery. Remember, if you’ve had symptoms for 6 months, it may take several treatments before your body is able to begin healing.
Will I Need To Remove My Clothing At My Appointment?
Certain treatments may require you to remove some pieces of clothing, however most do not. Our practice will supply patient gowns for certain modalities. If you have any concerns or questions, please bring them up immediately with your chiropractor.
Can I Adjust Myself?
Chiropractors are trained to deliver specific adjustments. It is nearly impossible to recreate this treatment on oneself and can result in injury or increased joint laxity.
Is Chiropractic Safe For Pregnant Women?
Many women find chiropractic treatments improve the pregnancy and/or birthing experience. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and to meet the specific needs of each patient.
Can Children Benefit From Chiropractic?
Since the birthing process can be rather traumatic to the spine, many parents choose to have their children checked for misalignments. Often chiropractic treatments can help alleviate colic, ear discomfort and even latching difficulties. Getting your children checked early may prevent many common childhood complaints.Do I Need A Referral From An M.D.?
It is best to check with your health insurance carrier to determine coverage options and if there are referral requirements for chiropractic treatments.
If I See A Chiropractor Once, Will I Have To See Them Forever?
You absolutely do not have to continue seeing a chiropractor forever. Once your spine is aligned and you are holding your adjustments, you may only need to return once a month or less for wellness care and maintenance. Our goal is to get you pain-free and functioning optimally.
Can Someone Who Has Previously Had Back Surgery See A Chiropractor?
Yes, a patient who has had back surgery is still a candidate for chiropractic care. Unfortunately, many people who have spinal surgery find that their symptoms return over time. This can be due to increased stress on the segments that were not operated on. Often, chiropractic care can help prevent repeated back surgeries. Sometimes Chiropractic care as an initial treatment can help to prevent surgery in the first place.
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Great doctors and staff. Very attentive and friendly.
Gulfside Chiropractic Health Center has made an amazing impact on my health and well-being. The doctors are all very well-trained and empathic to your concerns. They treat the whole person, not just isolated aches and pains. Dr. Flynn helped me significantly with weight loss issues, and I've lost 20 pounds since going to her practice, and all of my joint pain has been completely eliminated. I've been to other chiropractors who were just interested in your money, but not this practice. They all really do care and take pride in your accomplishments. Karen their receptionist is always cheery and smiling. It's just a great overall experience!!
I woke up one morning this week in severe neck and shoulder pain, I called several Chiropractor offices in my Bonita Springs area and this one price wise was the most reasonable, I arrived and was greeted as soon as I stepped foot in the door feeling the way I was feeling my pain was a level 10! Dr.Sherman put me at ease and helped me relieve my pain, I highly recommend this Chiropractic office everyone is very knowlegable and mostly very helpful and Kind.
Oh wow!!! They fixed my shoulder!!! They are so nice and encourage you to live healthy!! Love this place! Dr Em is amazing.
Wonderful experience and great atmosphere, I would highly recommend!!
Dr. Kreg Sherman knows his thing, he didn't buy those 2 letters in front of his name. I had back pain for several years and I always had been scared of chiropractic services - BUT I decided to try it out and it was the best decision of my life. My back doesn't hurt anymore, I got a lot more mobility in my neck (no more stiff neck) and overall it makes my life that much better. I've since referred my mother who has been seeing Dr. Kim Sanborn for Chiropractic Services and Dr. Kreg Sherman for acupuncture. Dr. Kim definitely went above and beyond to help my mother recover from a knee injury. Without hesitation, I would strongly recommend any of the 3 chiropractors at this office to anyone I know. What are you waiting for? Give them a visit NOW!
Attention to detail and individualized care. No locked in plans, and focused on patient recovery. Best Chiropractors I've found.
I would highly recommend Gulfside Chiropractic. The doctors at this practice truly care about the needs of each and every one of their patients. They are very knowledgable and friendly doctors! The office is modern and clean yet makes you feel at home and at ease the minute you walk through the door.
I don't usually spend the time to write reviews, but thought this office deserved a positive note of recommendation for others. I went to Dr. Sherman with elbow pain that turned out to be 'tennis elbow'. It was painful... annoying... and frustrating to have, and it just wouldn't get better. I honestly thought I was going to need surgery or something to fix it. Dr. Sherman was informative in describing what the condition was and how it happened to me (it wasn't playing tennis btw). After asking me a few questions and doing some exercise-like tests, he provided a thorough and successful plan to fix it, that actually included acupuncture as part of the therapy. Very professional environment and staff, and everybody is so friendly. I'm confident you'll be pleased with their results as well. Thank you Dr. Sherman !!
Everyone in our house sees a different doctor in the office so we can come in together and get taken care of. We can't say enough about the personal and individualized service and treatment we receive. Myself and our two year old see Dr Flynn. When I first started going to her I suffered from neck headaches. I had constant pain in my neck that resulted in having horrible headaches 3-4 times a week. Dr Flynn went above and beyond the normal adjustment. She used everything at her disposal to fix the issue. After one session I had only 2 headaches, the next just one and now it has been well over a month since my last headache. My 2 year old daughter suffers from constipation. While every pediatrician gave me the standard solutions and "keep doing what you're doing", Dr Flynn made it her mission to help her not suffer anymore. It is still a work in progress, but Dr Flynn regularly checks in to see how she is doing in between appointments and is constantly researching to come up with ideas and solutions to help. I have never met anyone, let alone an entire office, that is more caring and invested in their patients than these Doctors.
Have been seeing Dr Sherman and after the first visit, problems were gone/lessened. A lot of different techniques with solid knowledge and a welcoming team make it 5 stars.
I have been searching for 7 years for the right Chiropractor in SW Florida and today I found her. This practice is amazing! Gentle adjustments and I love the therapies they offer. Can't wait for my next appointment. Thank you Dr. Emily Flynn.
Amazing doctors and such a beautiful practice! They are all so professional and have great bedside manner! I tell everyone I know about this place! Absolutely fantastic!
If you're looking for a Chiropractic office with exceptional service that welcomes you and makes you feel at home- this is it. The doctors here are extremely knowledgeable and they go above and beyond to ensure that your individual needs are met. You can feel their sincere passion and positive energy the second you walk in the door - that alone is hard to come by. Outside of the incredible staff, the office itself is gorgeous - you don't feel like you're in a doctors office at all. Slick and soothing decor - a vibe that makes you want to stay awhile. Next time I am back in the area, I will for sure visit again. HIGHLY recommend!
Great Place, Great Docs, Great Experience!
The doctors there are vibrant, excited and really care about their patients.
Gulfside chiropractic has some of the most outgoing and intelligent doctors. They make the visit a positive experience every single time and really get to know their patients. I would highly recommend them!
The doctors at Gulfside chiropractic are truly amazing! They care about each individual patient and their needs. The office is beautiful too! I highly recommend seeing them if you're in the area and need a new doctor or even a tune up!
Definitely the office you want to go to! All 3 docs are incredible and will take the absolute best care of you!
FIRST CLASS SERVICE WITH FIRST CLASS DOCTORS!
These three doctors are fantastic at what they do. Their dedication for each patient shines through the extreme knowledge and professionalism they possess.
World Class Staff and Service. Fortunate to have found such a wonderful team and facility.
I highly recommend Gulfside Chiropractic! I was in need of an adjustment while I was down here on vacation and was lucky enough to come across this great office. The doctors here are extremely knowledgeable and give great adjustments. They were very friendly and treated me like I was a long term patient even though I was only in town for a few days. The office is beautiful and it shows that they really care about your experience and time while you're there. Go see them! You won't regret it!
Highly recommend Dr. Flynn
Have had a wonderful experience with Dr. Flynn and Dr. Sherman. Great attitude and positive vibes. Love how they all work together as a team. They have made my injury so much better and made me feel welcome each and every time i walk in their office. They have flexible appointments and they will see you at the time of your appointment not 3 hours later. I highly recommend them.
Dr. Sherman has definitely help with my pain with the use of acupuncture and cupping massage. My shoulder mobility has improved along with the pain levels. Trigger points in my shoulder have become less painful and my shoulder function is slowly improving.
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