Camarillo Chiropractic Associates and Massage Therapy Center

805-482-9836

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions:


What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment.
It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and changing harmful stimuli to the nerves, muscles or skeleton which can cause the body to function improperly.

What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic is used frequently to relieve low back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine and other chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, even infantile colic.

Does Chiropractic hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Dr. Wexler uses very gentle techniques and will work to find the adjusting technique most comfortable and effective for you.

Is Chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk of a bad adjustment outcome is estimated to be the same odds as being killed by a lightning bolt...twice! Far better odds than when taking even over-the-counter medicines!

What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training. Dr. Wexler spent four years at Occidental College in Los Angeles before completing his five-year course of doctoral study at Southern California University of Health Sciences.

Have any studies been published showing what chiropractic is effective for?
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back pain. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic and migraine headaches.

What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing the doctor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. He may also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your profession, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.

A physical examination will be performed in accordance with the DC's clinical judgement, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.

What other services do you offer besides chiropractic?
Our office offers a variety of alternative health treatments, including therapeutic massage, many physiotherapy modalities, and nutritional counseling and supplements.

Is anyone too old, young, or ill to benefit from chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care, in one form or another, has been in use since the ancient Egyptians and ancient Chinese peoples discovered its benefits thousands of years ago. All of our patients are treated as
individuals
, so while Dr. Wexler has treated patients from 97 years old to 90 minutes old, each patient's care is custom-made to best address the individual's health problems and concerns.