FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

One of my passions is knowledge and supporting discernment. I love being able to educate my patients when it comes to their health and sharing the latest research. This page will be continuously updated with common questions and research when it comes to chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, and other health-related topics. Please do not hesitate to ask questions in the contact box below. Your questions submitted will guide future topics addressed on the webpage. I want to be able to be that resource for my patients.

 

  • Dr. Shelby Lee, DC

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can chiropractic help?


From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, children to seniors, chiropractic care has been able to help improve health and wellness. Some individuals find that regular visits to their chiropractor help keep them in peak condition for sports and other day to day activities.

Chiropractic can help individuals with the following:

  • Neck/Mid-Back/Low Back Pain
  • Extremity Pain
  • Headaches
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tingling or Numbness
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis




What is chiropractic?


Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal (i.e. nervous, muscular, and skeletal) system. Chiropractors use a manual approach to provide a diagnosis, treatment, and preventive care for issues relating to the spine, pelvis, extremities, nervous system, muscles, and joints.

Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are based on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include chiropractic manipulations of joints, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation, and lifestyle/nutritional advice.




What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. It is used to encourage natural healing, reduce/relieve pain, improve mood, and to promote general health.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, acupuncture is based on the flow and balance of Qi, Blood, and the Yin-Yang systems. Qi is the energy life force of the body, whereas Blood is the liquid life force of the body. When both are flowing properly, they nourish the body and promote health. When these different Yin-Yang systems are in harmony, the body is healthy, but when there is disharmony, illness arises. Acupuncture is a procedure that aims to correct imbalances in the flow of Qi and Blood and Yin and Yang by stimulation of specific acupuncture points.




What should I expect DURING an acupuncture treatment?


During your appointment, I will complete a relevant history and physical examination in order to determine which Eastern Medicine diagnosis is relevant to your condition. From that intake, I will use certain acupuncture point combination that best fits. There are over 360 acupuncture points to pick from on the human body. With my advanced schooling in Chinese Medicine, I have been trained on which ones to use and in which combination.

Treatments vary in the number of needles and the amount of time depending on the condition and are determined by the acupuncturist. The amount of time with the needles can vary between 1 to 30 minutes. More needles are not necessarily “better” nor is more time. It all depends on the person and the condition being treated. The needles used are pre-sterilized and individually wrapped and are immediately disposed of after one use. They vary in size but in general are VERY small.

In some cases, I may choose to use electrical acupuncture attached to the acupuncture needles. This is used to increase stimulation to the needles and help with pain relieve. Because of the increase in stimulation, this is usually not done of the first visit and is explained to the patient before use.




How does acupuncture work?


The insertion of acupuncture needles causes a release of endorphins (the ‘feel good’ hormones), serotonin, norepinephrine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid which results in a decrease in pain. It also increases blood flow in the body which aids in the reparative healing process by causing ‘micro-trauma’ or inflammatory response in the area. Acupuncture restores proper nerve to brain communication and balances the nervous system.

When it comes to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the body consists of 4 very important ideas/substances (there are more but these are the “more important”).

- Qi

- Blood

- Yin

- Yang

Thousands of years ago when the Chinese where using this medicine, they did not know about endorphins, serotonin, norepinephrine, and different hormones. All they knew was there was “Blood” because they saw it when people had a cut and some sort of energy force in the body in which they called Qi. Qi is the energy life force of the body, whereas Blood is the liquid life force of the body. It was important for the body to have enough Qi and Blood to flow and nourish the body to promote health. When there is not enough Qi or Blood, or they are not flowing properly is when illness arises.

Yin and Yang are not really a substance but rather an idea. Yin and Yang represent balance. You may have seen them represented as the black and white circle. When Yin and Yang are balanced, they are in what the Western world calls “Homeostasis”. Not too hot but not too cold, not too soft but not too hard, not too light but not too dark. Perfect balance. Well, having that perfect balance is very difficult to achieve. When these different Yin-Yang systems are in harmony, the body is healthy, but when there is disharmony, illness arises. Acupuncture can help correct imbalances in the flow of Qi and Blood and Yin and Yang by stimulation of specific acupuncture points.




What conditions acupuncture can help?


Here are just a FEW conditions acupuncture can help with. This list continues to grow!

  • Neck/Mid-Back/Low Back Pain
  • Extremity Pain
  • Headaches
  • Sports Injuries
  • Muscle Pain – Tension/Trigger Points
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Tingling or Numbness
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Digestive Issues
  • Menstrual Issues




What should I expect AFTER an acupuncture treatment?


There can be a wide variety of responses after an acupuncture treatment depending on what condition is being treatment. After, it is important to drink lot of water and stay hydrated. Acupuncture is an inflammatory response to promote healing in the body and hydration helps with that healing and “flushing” out any toxins released from that inflammatory response. It is also important not to “overdo it” after a treatment. Because of the inflammatory response, the body is trying to heal so by taxing the body more, it will have a harder time recovering. Acupuncture is also very relaxing, so you may feel fatigued and unable to perform certain actives such as working out. However, everybody has a different recovery, so it depends on the person. When it comes to responses to treatment, 3 things can happen.

- You stay the same

- You feel better

- You feel worse

Now, don’t be too scared about the last one because it all depends on the condition we are treating. Most of the time, people end up feeling better at least a little bit if not a lot. Depending on condition and how long the patient has had it, it may take a few visits to start feeling some difference. The longer someone has had a condition, the longer it may take to treat it. When it comes to getting worse, that goes back to that inflammatory response. If we “poke the bear”, it may get mad at us for a day but then it should calm down. Same goes for this treatment. A lot of times I have seen this when it comes to treating knees. The knee gets all this extra blood flow to the area after treatment it doesn’t know what to do so it goes into guard mode and stiffens. It is important that if that happens, to continue to move it and eventually it will calm down and feel better.

After an acupuncture treatment, if you are having any question about how you are feeling and if it is “normal”, please do not hesitate to call. We would be happy to answer any questions you have.




Do you take my insurance?


We are currently not accepting any insurances. We require payment upfront for services, however, we can print a receipt for you to submit to your insurance if you wish.





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