Chiropractic FAQ with Dr. Pete Borboa

a picture of Dr. Pete BorboaHave you heard? The Joint in Glendale has a new weekend chiropractor. His name is Dr. Pete Borboa and patients have had nothing but good things to say about him. We thought the best way to introduce Dr. Pete is to have him answer some chiropractic questions so that patients can understand his approach to health and wellness. If you would like to meet Dr. Pete and receive an adjustment, he works Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm at The Joint in Glendale, California.

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Do adjustments hurt?

I get that question a lot. For most people, not at all. But, some people come see me when their bodies are really talking to them, well more like screaming at them, “Hellooo! I’m in a little pain here! And I’m going to keep on yelling until you do something about it!” As you can imagine, if there are parts of your body that are already tender or painful, an adjustment will probably be a little uncomfortable. But, the great thing about it is that the adjustment will jump start your bodies natural healing ability to take away that inflammation and pain. It also depends on how long you have had the problem. If there is a part of your body that hasn’t moved properly in many, many, many years and I deliver an incredible adjustment, restoring the natural motion that it has been robbed of, it might bite a bit. Think about it. If you have been channel surfing for years and decide to go to the gym for your New Years Resolution, how are you going to feel during your sweatfest? How are you going to feel the day after? A little sore maybe? It’s all part of the healing process.

How long will the adjustment last before another is needed?

Great question! The quick answer is within seven days. The adjustment is a powerful treatment that impacts the body on several levels. There are neurological effects that begin to wane after 1 to 2 days. What I like to use as a guideline is the time it takes for restrictions to come back, for scar tissue to begin to form, and that is less than a week! Restrictions begin to come back for many reasons: old injuries, sedentary jobs, work with repetitive physical stress, activity level (to little or too much ), how well we eat, emotional stress, postural problems (where our muscles have adapted and hold us is positions that are not the best for us), you get my point.

How soon after an adjustment will back pain begin to feel better?

The truthful answer is, I don’t know. Some people have immediate relief. For others, it can take several weeks or months. Your state of health when you step into the office, has so much to do with how your body will respond to chiropractic care. Your bodies natural abilities to heal depend on many factors: how you eat, move and think. A person who is eating five to eight servings of fresh fruits and veggies and walking thirty minutes a day is going to respond much differently, than someone who isn’t. Someone who comes in with an issue that they have been dealing with for five, ten or fifteen years is going to respond incredibly different to someone who comes in within days of an injury or problem.

Are x-rays needed before receiving an adjustment?

The quick answer is no. As Doctors of Chiropractic, we are trained to analyze the body through posture, palpation, passive ranges of motion, active ranges of motion, orthopedic and neurologic tests. This, plus years of experience, allows us to determine whether you need an x-ray before we treat you. Having said that, x-rays are extremely valuable. They can guide us in how we treat you or assist us in determining if you would benefit from other types of treatment. If you have been in a car accident, slip or fall, or any other type of injury that may have caused serious damage to bone or other soft tissues, imaging diagnostics (x-rays, MRI, CT, etc.) are critical before any type of treatment. Sometimes serious injuries are not as painful as you might think.

How long has Dr. Pete been a chiropractor?

Let’s see. I graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2004. I began working and training with a lead instructor for the Pettibon System, which is chiropractic system of care that focuses on the rehabilitation of spinal soft tissues (discs, ligaments, & muscles) and the restoration of the critical curves of the spine. I received my chiropractic license in 2005, so I have been practicing for over 9 years. How time flies when you are doing what you love and getting people back to their lives. Man I’m old.

Is it bad if the body pops and cracks during the adjustment?

Not at all. All that is, is a release of gas from joints we are adjusting. Similar to when you “pop” your knuckles. This sound means absolutely nothing. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, what I am concerned with is restoring motion back to the joint that is not moving correctly (which is called a subluxation) and not the “popping”. The motion that the adjustment restore allows your body to do what it does best, which is to restore balance and heal.

Is it safe to crack one’s own back, neck, fingers, wrist, etc?

Lets get to the nitty gritty… NO! You do this because you feel as though that particular part of your body needs to move. “It wants to crack” is what I have been told for years, and you are not necessarily wrong. There are probably joints of your spine (arms and legs) that are subluxated and need to move. The problem with when you do it, is that you don’t know which one actually needs the motion restored. And the one you “crack” is probably a joint that moves too much already, which is called hypermobility. All you are doing is putting more motion in a joint that is moving too much as it is and neglecting the ones that need it. So, come in and leave it to the professionals.

Is it safe for a friend to crack another’s back?

This falls under “Is it safe to crack one’s own back, neck, fingers, wrist, etc?” Unless your friend is a Doctor of Chiropractic and actually went to school and spent years learning how to evaluate and adjust the spine, the answer is still NO! But nice try. Please leave it to the professionals.

Can chiropractors adjusted other joints in the body other than the spine?

Yes we can. We can evaluate and adjust the joints of the spine, pelvis and extremities. I know, we are amazing 😉

Can chiropractic care help with migraines and headaches?

Just like any health problem, there are many factors that contribute to them (toxicities and deficiencies in the realms of eating, moving and thinking). Biomechanical stressors, such as Subluxations, can definitely be a contributing factor to both migraines and headaches. So, if you are suffering with these conditions don’t wait another day. Go see your friendly neighborhood chiropractor and get get checked out.

Do Chiropractors go to medical school?

No. The courses we take are very similar, but the way in which medical doctors and Doctors of Chiropractic are trained on how they see the body is very different. MD’s are taught that people are genetically predisposed for disease and their jobs are to recognize the particular disease processes and treat the symptoms with drugs and surgery. Chiropractors are taught that people are genetically programmed for health and the only reason that people get sick is due to toxicity and deficiency. We are taught that the body is self healing and regulating, so if we just remove the cause/s of illness the body will heal itself. In short, MD’s focus on emergency care (after someone is hurt or sick) and chiropractors focus on prevention (with natural remedies).

Once adjusted, will a person always need to be adjusted?

The answer is IT DEPENDS. Let me ask you this, “Once you eat well, will you always have to eat well?” or “Once you exercise, will you always need to exercise?” The answer is IT DEPENDS. It depends on what kind of life you want? Health is a means to an end. Being healthy allows you to live the life you want. Sickness, disease, pain stops us from living the life we want. So, the question really is what do you love? What makes life worth living? What brings happiness to your life? All the answers are why we strive for health. Health allows us more opportunities, more time to experience all of these things. Chiropractic is merely a piece of the puzzle. A powerful tool you have to strive towards health. So, I will answer the question by saying, “It depends on the kind of life you want?”

Can chiropractic help with sciatica pain?

Just like any health problem, there are many factors that contribute to them (toxicities and deficiencies in the realms of eating, moving and thinking). Biomechanical stresses can definitely be a contributing factor to both migraines and headaches. So, if you are suffering with these conditions don’t wait another day. Go see your friendly neighborhood Chiropractor and get get checked out.

What does chiropractic treat?

Interesting question. Let me say this. Chiropractic only “treats” one thing and that is movement (proprioception) deficiency or subluxation (which is basically a joint that lacks proper motion). This lack of motion can be a factor which leads to headache, migraines, neck/mid/lower back pain, DJD (Degenerative Disc Disease), arthritis, pain in the joints of your arms and legs, bursitis, you name it. But what most people don’t know is that movement (proprioception) is the most important nutrient for our nervous system, which controls and regulates every cell, every organ, every system of the body. Having subluxations can diminish this nutrient, which can impact how your nervous system does it’s job, which can affect your overall health.

If one stops feeling pain due to chiropractic care, should they continue care?

That depends. Do you always want to just try to put out “fires” and only come in when you are in pain or do you have a bigger game in mind? Are you simply looking for relief, which gets harder and harder to achieve as we get older, especially when we have neglected our bodies for many years. Or are you striving for greater overall health so that you can do the things you love in life. This is a question on what kind of future you want for yourself? So, to answer your question, I say YES!

How many adjustments does a typical person need?

I assume you are asking how many are needed to resolve the problem they came in with. And the answer is I don’t know. Some people have immediate relief. For others, it can take several weeks or months. Your state of health when you step into the office, has so much to do with how your body will respond to chiropractic care. Your bodies natural abilities to heal depend on many factors: how you eat, move and think. A person who is eating five to eight servings of fresh fruits and veggies and walking thirty minutes a day is going to respond much differently, than someone who isn’t. Someone who comes in with an issue that they have been dealing with for five, ten or fifteen years is going to respond incredibly different to someone who comes in within days of an injury or problem.

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