Frequently Asked Questions in Columbia

Find the answers below to the most frequently asked questions about chiropractors in Columbia. Having the answers to these key questions can help you choose the right Columbia chiropractor for you. If you don't see the answer below to a question you have, reach out to Pro Active Chiropractic Center - Columbia at (573) 607-2727 and our team can help!

What is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system through correcting misalignments of the joints of the spine.   In addition to neck and back pain, which is the focus of most chiropractors, Dr. Scott Stiffey helps patients improve function with knees and shoulders.  He also focuses on improving the nervous system.

Are chiropractors safe?

Yes, Chiropractic care is recognized as one of the safest, drug-free options for many health conditions.  Chiropractic care should only be practiced by a trained and licensed chiropractor. This type of treatment improves quality of life through non-invasive therapies which help patients avoid dangerous surgeries and addictive pain medicine.

What does a chiropractor treat?

Chiropractors treat many things such as: Misalignments of the spine in which the position, restricted mobility, and physiological functions are compromised due to functional, structural, and/or pathological articular changes.

As well as:

  • Back Pain
  • Car Accident Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Migraines, Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

Just like everybody is different, the method to adjust a patient will be different based on their age, condition, and overall health.  Dr. Stiffey is trained in Gonstead and many other techniques. Dr. Stiffey also uses the Activator and other gentle adjustment methods.

Can I learn to adjust myself?

It is absolutely not advised to adjust yourself or anyone else.  Chiropractic adjustments should only be done by trained and licensed chiropractors in order to avoid serious injury.

What is the history of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic started in 1895 by D.D. Palmer who is considered the father of chiropractic.  He started the first school, Palmer Chiropractic, which is where Dr. Stiffey earned his degree in 2001.

How does chiropractic work?

Your body is a self-healing organism that is controlled and regulated by your nervous system. Information flows from your brain, down the spinal cord, and out to every organ and tissue. The brain then receives signals to confirm your body is working properly.  If the bones in the spine are not in the proper position, this may cause irritation to the nerves and tissues they control. Chiropractic adjustments improve the nervous system’s control of the body.

Do I have a slipped disc?

Discs are jelly-like tissue that separates each spinal bone. Think of this as a "ball bearing" for joint movement. The discs attach above and below the vertebrae which can cause the disc to bulge, tear, herniate, thin, prolapse and dry out.  The discs do not slip, but they can herniate and bulge.  Even if that happens many times surgery can be prevented with proper conservative treatment.

Do I have a pinched nerve?

Spinal bones may irritate, stretch or rub a nearby nerve root causing a subluxation which is more common than pinched nerves. A subluxation will distort nerve signals from and to the brain causing a variance in the way affected organs and tissues are able to function.

How do you get subluxations?

Physical, emotional or chemical stresses can cause subluxations. Accidents, repetitive motions, falls or improper lifting are examples of physical stress that can cause subluxations. When a person experiences anger, depression, or grief, this can also cause subluxations.  Chemical stress is caused by preservatives, alcohol or drugs.

How do I know if I have a subluxation?

When a chiropractor does a thorough exam, he or she will determine the location and severity of your subluxations if they exist.  Just like decay in a tooth, you may have subluxations without any symptoms.