Hello and welcome to Sergeant Jones Chiropractic & Natural Therapy!

The following information is to address questions and concerns I am frequently asked.

"Is that cracking sound my bones?"     
NO!  Put simply, joints are where bones meet. Between the bones is a joint capsule. It is space filled with fluid that allows the joint to easily move without grinding the bones together. When you open up or close a joint quickly it changes the pressure in the capsule. With a sudden change in pressure, gas that is in the liquid escapes causing a popping sound. It is very similar to the release of gas bubbles when you cork a champagne bottle. Once the joint is opened up, the synovial fluids re-lubricate the joint surfaces and normal motion is restored.

Anybody who has ever had a stuck joint and has been unable to move properly knows exactly what follows the adjustment – relief.  How severe the subluxation is, how long it has been festering, and how “hot” or acute it is all determine how complete the relief will be, but  most people feel better almost immediately.

"What is chiropractic?"  
Chiropractic as a healing art was introduced to the world in the late 19th century and is the largest natural healing art in the world, practiced in over 35 countries worldwide. Although some form of it was utilized as far back as in ancient China, it was not until founder D.D. Palmer observed a connection between spinal misalignment and organic disease (in that case, deafness) that the modern-day practice of chiropractic was born.

 It is based on the premise that the body is a self-healing organism and that the nervous system is the master control system of the body. The spine encases your nervous system, protecting it.  Minor displacements of the spinal bones, known as vertebral subluxations, can cause endangering stress to the spinal cord which acts as the main line of intelligence for the whole body. These displacements, are the cause of many of the unwanted health conditions that people suffer from every day.       

"Do Chiropractors have medical degrees?"   
Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees granted from chiropractic colleges. My degree was earned from Palmer West Chiropractor College in San Jose, CA.  Chiropractors complete an intense four-year training program that is comparable to the education provided in American medical colleges. In fact, the chiropractic education exceeds the medical education in hours dedicated to anatomy and nutrition.       

"What is a subluxation?"
In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.           

"Is it bad to crack your neck or back?"          
This question is frequently asked because people associate the "cracking" or "popping" of one's back or neck with a chiropractic adjustment. The two are not the same thing. If a person has a desire to "crack" his/her neck or back it is often because one area of their spine is fixated or jammed causing another area to move too much and "pop", sometimes by itself. It's the fixated or jammed area that needs to be properly adjusted by a chiropractor so that the other parts of the spine will not be hyper-mobile and noisy. When you "crack" your back you may be relieving the tension for a little while, but do you notice how it keeps coming back? That is because you are not giving yourself a specific chiropractic adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed (subluxated) vertebrae, has not been corrected. Any person who makes a habit out of "cracking" or "popping" their back or neck needs to go to a Doctor of Chiropractic to have their spine checked. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself.  

"What is an adjustment?"           
Spinal adjustments or spinal manipulation is the process of applying a quick but gentle pressure to "subluxated" vertebrae in a corrective manner. The adjustments are not and should not be painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their chiropractic adjustments as they usually provide immediate relief from discomfort and increase one's sense of well being. Many years of study and practice are necessary to acquire the skills of providing an effective and safe spinal adjustment.

“How often should I have you adjust me?”
Some people come in when they feel pain or they just feel off.  In fact, that is when most people finally try chiropractic…when they cannot get relief from their pain.  Because I can achieve relief, they “become believers”!  They have experienced it.  My goal in the beginning is to help your body/spine to remember where it was designed to “stay”.  Once it responds, a monthly visit seems to be optimum so as not to wait for pain to erupt before seeking help, as it then takes more visits to eliminate that pain.

"Should I have my kids checked?"        
The birth process is often the cause of your child's first subluxation. A very soft and undeveloped spine of an infant can suffer trauma during delivery. It is estimated that as much as 80 lbs of pulling pressure can be exerted to remove a baby from the birth canal.  Then as children grow and become more adventurous, the number of injuries to their spines are a common occurrence. The repeated falls as children learn to walk, run, jump, twist, bump and fall all over the place while playing in the yard or on an athletic field will often cause your child to become subluxated. However, often children do not show any signs or symptoms until later in life. Chiropractic care offers your child a more responsive body, a more balanced flow of energy and overall increased performance as she/he passes through their windows of development.

Many of the children I see here in this office insist that they are the FIRST on my table....before Mom or Dad!  They love it here.

 “I have a friend who was in a car accident.  Can you help him?”
If left untreated, injuries from auto accidents can lead to chronic problems like headaches, neck pain, numbness and tingling, dizziness, insomnia, low back pain, & sciatica, just to name a few.  Once chronic, these problems become very difficult to treat, sometimes even necessitating surgery.  Chiropractic is a safe, natural solution and I can help them avoid future chronic pain they are destined to endure if the injury is not treated.  Bring them in here!

"I take vitamins everyday.  Can you tell me which ones are quality?"    
Many health problems stem from poor nutrition.   Everyone has heard this and so run out to purchase vitamins.  Beware that not all vitamins are created equal.  It is a lucrative industry and companies want your money.  I can consult you pertaining to assessing and personalizing your nutritional deficiencies and needs.  Please feel free to ask me about my "system survey" which is a good starting point.        

"What is that you are doing when you work on my abdomen?"    
I have found that organ massage coupled with chiropractic speeds the body's healing.  Healthy organs = healthy patient. Patients' sense of well-being is enhanced when I use massage in their treatment.  Before I studied Chiropractic, I owned the first seated-massage company here in Salt Lake City in the 90’s called "The Rub Club".  I believe in healing massage so I use it in the most effective way for total health.       

Post Treatment      
It is very important to drink 16 ounces of water within an hour of your treatment so that any toxins released can be washed out of your system instead of settling into a new spot and causing trouble. 

I am dedicated to your health and am always grateful when you refer others who are dealing with issues and may be open to natural solutions. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.  I am grateful for you.