Frequently Asked Questions – Chiropractic Care
What is chiropractic?
The body has a biological ability to heal within limits. The biological ability to heal is regulated by the nervous system.
The nerves that come from the brain go into the spinal column and exit out between spinal bones. When the bones get out of position they pinch spinal nerves. This is called a subluxation.
Every cell, tissue and organ in our body is controlled by nerves. Most of the nerves that go to the body pass through the spine. When the nerves get pinched, we have interrupted communication between the brain and the body. I have found by personal experience and research that neurology has a tremendous influence on biology. My job is to take pressure off of nerves and restore communication so the biology can do its job. I can think of no other type of doctor that focuses on the nervous system like we do.
What conditions have been successfully treated with chiropractic care?
Treatable conditions include migraines and tension headaches, back pain, neck pain, and lumbo-pelvic sprains and strains. Patients can also receive care for neuropathy, including arm pains, the carpal tunnel syndrome, the thoracic outlet syndrome, and leg pains such as sciatica.
Dr. Grant also has a specific program for non-surgical reduction of lumbar and cervical disc bulges and herniations.
Because the nervous system is so vast, we have also seen improvements in digestion, respiration, and other neurologically caused problems. Many non-back pain problems either improve or resolve once the nervous system is healthy.
Does chiropractic hurt?
Dr. Grant uses gentle adjusting techniques to make adjusting as pain-free as possible.
Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one; similar to the chance of getting hit by lightning. It is so safe that even newborns can receive chiropractic adjustments.
What types of formal education and training does Dr. Grant have?
Dr. Grant started his pre-medicine studies at Dixie College in St. George, Utah. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in human biology in Los Angeles. In 1990, Dr. Grant graduated with his Doctorate in Chiropractic, or D.C., at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (now part of the Southern California University of Health Sciences). This school is accredited by WASU-Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of the most prestigious accrediting boards from the federal government and the same accrediting board as UCLA, University of Utah and Brigham Young University. The school has also received federal accreditation from CCE, the Council on Chiropractic Education.
In addition to undergraduate studies, chiropractic education consists of first professional degree training of 10 trimesters (five academic years). This includes a one year internship.
Curriculum professors are selected for their specialties as medical doctors, PhDs and chiropractic physicians.
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neurology’s influence on biology, neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated in three areas of learning with basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis), which is the same as general physicians. As such, Dr. Grant is recognized as a primary care physician.
He has specialty training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications) and extensive clinical training.
In addition to his doctorate training, Dr. Grant regularly attends continuing education seminars each year. He is certified in Motor Vehicle Occupant Injuries and in integrative medicine. He has a strong interest in neurology and the physics of spinal function.
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 we will do is ask you about the health complaints with which you are chiefly concerned. Next, a thorough and detailed current and past general physical history, including your blood pressure, temperature, and palpation of related lymph nodes will be taken. We will listen to your heart and lungs. This helps us to get a baseline of your health and helps us rule out other possible causes of your pain, such as an infection.
Once we have conducted a thorough general physical exam, we will focus on your main complaints. A chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological evaluation is performed. If needed, Dr. Grant will order x-rays, MRIs, CTs, and laboratory testing.
Dr. Grant has a network of other healthcare specialists that are utilized when needed.