WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?

Chirorpractic is the science, art and philosophy of well being.  Well being is the result of
optimal health and healing.  Chiropractic realizes the same power that made the body
continues heal the body as long as there is no  interference.  Interference comes from
misalignments of the spine called subluxations.  This puts endangering stress on your spinal
cord, which acts as the intelligence line for the whole body.  Since all cells, tissues and
organs are under the direct control of your nervous system, this inhibits healing and
prevents optimal health.

For over a century, doctors of chiropractic have successfully helped millions of individuals
recover from spine-related health problems. As a result, chiropractic has earned its place as
the largest drugless and non-surgical health care profession in the United States.

Chiropractic is a holistic approach towards optimal health.  Chiropactic does not treat
symptoms or disease, and does not cure anything.  Chiropractic removes interference,
releasing the bodies inborn healing potential.

Chiropractic is drugless, noninvasive and actively promotes health by correcting vertebral
subluxations.

HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC WORK?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's inborn ability to be healthy. When under the
proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are
designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to
locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous
system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal
of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through
specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a
healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

WHAT IS SUBLUXATION?

A subluxation occurs when adjacent spinal bones are "out of place" in relation to each
other.  This sets off a chain reaction affecting the spinal bones, muscles and soft tissue.  
This results in degenerative changes (see subluxation degeneration below) and nerve
interference.

Subluxations are often due to poor sleeping habits, poor posture, strenuous exercise,
injuries stemming from poor work conditions, automobile accidents, sports, slips or falls,
even the birthing process itself.

WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to
a joint that is subluxated, "locked up," or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and
natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal
function and overall health. "Gentle spinal adjustments boosts your body's immunity."

WHO SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC?

Nerve interference can affect anyone, which is why people of all ages experience relief and
improved health through chiropractic care. A qualified doctor of chiropractic will best
determine the appropriateness of care for you or your family.

IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?

YES. Its non-surgical, drug-free approach to health places chiropractic among the safest of
all health care practices. Remember, chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts
nothing in. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health
care professionals.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?

Your initial visit will begin with a consultation. The doctor will take a history and ask about
your health concerns.  Next, the doctor will perform an examination to evaluate the nature of
your problem. This examination includes a series of specialized chiropractic tests, including
palpation, evaluation of spinal movement and posture. If necessary, X-rays will also be
taken.  A second visit will be scheduled so the doctor can explain the examination findings.

WHY DO CHIROPRACTORS TAKE X-RAYS?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are
also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as
spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc
disorders, and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine
back to optimal health and alignment.

IS A GOOD WORK-OUT THE SAME AS GETTING ADJUSTED?
No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a
physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.

IS IT OK TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR IF I'M PREGNANT?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that
chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves
and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and
condition of health.

CAN CHILDREN SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
Yes!  It is easier to correct subluxation the sooner it happens, like after slips and falls as a
child.

CAN A PERSON WHO HAD BACK SURGERY SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a
return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of
additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as "Failed Back Surgery
Syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic
care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
SUBLUXATION DEGENERATION
Spinal Misaligment or Subluxation causes rapid decay of spinal
bones, simular to poor car alignment causes tires to wear out more
quickly.
Normal Cervical X-Ray:  SPINAL GRADE = A
Research has shown us that a normal, healthy spine
maintains an arc of approximately 60 degrees.  This
arc offers the strongest defense against the destructive
forces of gravity.  
PHASE I:  SPINAL GRADE = B
Straightening of the normal curve.  Chronic
misalignments, normal bone & discs.  Some soft tissue
changes.  Lowered resistance, vague & intermittent
symptoms becoming acute.  
Total Correction
Possible.
PHASE II:  SPINAL GRADE = C
Forward head carrage, reversed curve.  Joint, disc &
bony tissue changes.  Significant fibrosis.  Acute
functional disturbances becoming chronic.  
Significant
Correction Possible.
PHASE III:  SPINAL GRADE = D
Major degenerative changes.   Significant disc
degereration & bone spurring.  Loss of bone mass,
vertebral collapse, beginning fusion.  Chronic & severe
health problems.
 Some Correction Possible.
PHASE IV:  SPINAL GRADE = F
Vertebral fusion.  Spinal collapse and permanent
subluxations.  Permanent lack of function and ill health.
No Correction Possible.
PLEASE, PLEASE, Get checked for subluxation NOW and
find out what phase you are in.  If there is a problem, lets
correct it now, while we can.  We've had great success
correcting Subluxation in our office!
DOLAK FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Joseph Dolak

"Our Purpose is to Educate & Adjust as Many Families as Possible Towards Optimal Health,
Using Natural Chiropractic Care."