Common Questions

1. What is chiropractic?
2. What is a subluxation?
3. What is an adjustment?
4. Does it hurt to get adjusted?
5. Is chiropractic care safe?
6. What type of education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
7. Why do my children need chiropractic care?
8. Can I adjust myself?
9. What causes the sound made during a chiropractic adjustment?
10. Is it bad to "crack" your back or neck a lot?
11. Can someone with arthritis in his or her spine receive chiropractic care?
12. Once you see a chiropractor, do you have to go for the rest of your life?
13. Is chiropractic good for children or elderly people?
14. Will my insurance cover chiropractic?
15. Is chiropractic care addictive?
16. Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
17. Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
18. Can a person with a broken back or neck see a chiropractor?
19. I am not in pain or sick. Should I see a chiropractor?
20. Does The doctors at New Century Spine Centers get adjusted?
21. Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
22. What is the ABS Spinal Decompression System?
23. How does the ABS Spinal Decompression table treat a patient?
24. What is the difference between the ABS Spinal Decompression System and traction?
25. What results can I expect from ABS Spinal Decompression?
26. How does the ABS compare to other systems, like the DRX 9000, Triton, Lordex, Vax D, and other decompression systems?

1. What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, and organ of the body. The brain and the spinal cord are protected by bones, specifically the skull protects the brain and the vertebra protects the spinal cord. When the vertebrae lose their normal position or move improperly (subluxation), they can pinch on a nerve and irritate the normal function and supply to the organ that is associated to the pinched nerve. Soreness and pain may be felt at the misaligned vertebra. When left untreated, pain continues and degeneration begins. Chiropractors locate and correct the areas of the spine not functioning properly. The correction is done through a procedure called an adjustment. An adjustment describes a specific movement that is directed with specific gentle force. This force allows the vertebrae to return to a more normal position and movement. As a result, nerves are also free of irritation and interference, allowing for normal healthy function of cells, tissues, and organs.
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2. What is a subluxation?
A misalignment of one or more of your spinal bones (vertebrae), which causes interference to your nervous system. If your nervous system is interfered with, your body's natural ability to heal itself and function at its optimum potential becomes impaired. A subluxation is a perfect example of how structure affects function.
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3. What is an adjustment?
A gentle, specific movement delivered by hand or instrument in order to correct a spinal subluxation(s). This allows for a healthy spine and nervous system.
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4. Does it hurt to get adjusted?
No. Adjustments at New Century Spine Centers do not hurt. Most people feel immediate relief from the irritated area. Also, many people report feeling an increase in energy and just overall feeling of great. When you allow the vertebrae in your spine to return to their proper position, you will notice much less stress and tension.
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5. Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes. Statistics prove that chiropractic care is one of the safest types of healthcare in the world. You only need to compare the malpractice premiums paid by chiropractors to those paid by medical doctors. Doctors of Chiropractic pay only a small fraction (approx. 1/20) of the price medical doctors pay in malpractice premiums. 250,000 people will die this year as a result of bad medicine, making this the third leading cause of death in the United States of America (The Journal of The American Medical Association, JAMA; Vol.284, July 26, 2000). When adjustments are delivered by a skilled chiropractor, complaints are rarely made.
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6. What type of education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Chiropractors must receive a minimum of 6-7 years of college education. The basic science and clinical coursework includes anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physical and laboratory diagnostics, radiology, physiology, pathology, nutrition, biomechanics, and spinal manipulation techniques. Chiropractic education is similar to medical education except the focus is on prevention of disease, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of musculo-skeletal and nervous system disorders rather than drugs or surgery. The doctors at New Century Spine Centers are extremely skilled in chiropractic therapy. The doctors at New Century Spine Centers has an extensive education in postgraduate chiropractic neurology and also graduated top of his class as valedictorian. Dr. Leah Parsenko is a specialist in active release therapy. All of the doctors are the top in their field.
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7. Why do my children need chiropractic care?
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 pounds of pulling pressure can be exerted to remove a baby from the birth canal. Then, as children grow up and become more adventurous, the number of injuries to their spines becomes countless. The repeated falls as children learn to walk, the running, jumping, twisting, bumping and falling all over the place while playing in the yard or on an athletic field will often cause your child's vertebrae to become subluxated. However, often children do not show any signs or symptoms of having subluxations until later on in life when back pain begins to interfere with lifestyle activities. 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. A subluxation free child also minimizes the risk of future health challenges.
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8. Can I adjust myself?
Definitely not. Chiropractic adjustments are applied to a specific spinal segment with a specific force in a specific direction. "Self-adjusting" yourself is detrimental, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unstable or hypermobile. It takes a skilled and experienced chiropractor to locate which part of the spine needs to be adjusted and the direction that the adjustment needs to go. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself.
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9. What causes the sound made during a chiropractic adjustment?
That sound is not your spine "cracking" or "popping" like most people think. That sound is created by gas (in this case, nitrogen) rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. Another example of this phenomenon would be the "pop" sound you hear when the cork is taken out of a champagne bottle. Not all chiropractic-adjusting techniques produce this noise. In fact, some adjusting techniques use little force and thus produce no noise at all.
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10. Is it bad to "crack" your back or neck a lot?
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 hypermobile and noisy. When you "crack" your back you may be relieving the tension for a little while. Do you notice how it keeps coming back? That's 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.
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11. Can someone with arthritis in his or her spine receive chiropractic care?
Most certainly. While there are various types of arthritis, the most common type occurring in the spine is called osteoarthritis. With few exceptions, people with degenerative osteoarthritis find chiropractic adjustments a great help in relieving their symptoms and improving their overall body movement.
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12. Once you see a chiropractor, do you have to go for the rest of your life?
No. The extent to which you choose to benefit from your chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. When you consider the profile image of a person's back at age 20-30 and then at age 50-60 and again at 70-80, you will see a marked difference in the curvature of his/her spine. Can you imagine the limited activities this individual will enjoy? The pain that will be felt as a part of every day life? This CAN be prevented with proper exercise and regular chiropractic visits. Each vertebra on your back is no less important than each tooth in your mouth.
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13. Is chiropractic good for children or elderly people?
Chiropractic is good for all patients because chiropractic care focuses on the health of the spine and nervous system. Different techniques are used for children and the elderly due to their spine's delicate nature. Children need chiropractic care so they do not develop the problems we see in most adults, like nerve compression and arthritis. It is especially important to have children checked by the doctor after they have had a fall. Chiropractic care can help the elderly from developing more serious complications from their longstanding spinal and nerve related conditions.
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14. Will my insurance cover chiropractic?
Many insurance plans cover chiropractic. We will verify your benefits when you come to our office for the first visit. In OUR office, we accept most PPO, HMO, and Medicare plans.
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15. Is chiropractic care addictive?
It's not at all addictive, just good for you when done periodically. Chiropractors recommend getting your spine checked for subluxations periodically throughout your lifetime because it is healthy for you to do so. Patients under long-term chiropractic care report an overall sense of health and well being, far beyond diet and exercise alone.
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16. Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
Most surgical cases originated with spinal subluxations which chiropractic can often correct. If a condition is detected soon enough, generally, back surgery would rarely be needed.
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17. Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. We have cared for numerous patients who have had various types of spinal surgeries with good results. It's an unfortunate fact that half of those who have spinal surgery discover a return of their original problems months or years later. This all too-common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." We offer chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Therapy, which can often help avoid repeated operations.
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18. Can a person with a broken back or neck see a chiropractor?
In the majority of cases, yes. In fact, a broken bone forms a callus or bone scar when it heals that is stronger than the rest of the bone. People who have had broken bones in particular need chiropractic check-ups because accidents usually cause spinal subluxations.
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19. I am not in pain or sick. Should I see a chiropractor?
Most people that have their first heart attack had no idea they had a problem before. In the same way symptoms or the lack thereof are not a good way to judge one's health. Pain and other symptoms often show up only after years of body malfunction. Subluxations are not even felt in many cases. Most people maintain their automobiles much better than they do their own bodies. Chiropractic is a preventative proactive type of health care.
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20. Does The doctors at New Century Spine Centers get adjusted?
Yes. As a practitioner of chiropractic, the doctor is also a patient of chiropractic.
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21. Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Pregnant women frequently get amazing results from chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained in special techniques for adjusting pregnant women. Because of their inability to take medication for pain, the natural approaches of chiropractic are the logical choice for pregnant women. More and more, obstetricians are referring to chiropractors due to the effectiveness of spinal adjustments for pain relief when the weight of a baby begins to affect the spine. Also, techniques designed to naturally turn a Breech baby are safe and effective. Lastly, women under chiropractic care may have a significantly faster delivery than those who are not.
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22. What is the ABS Spinal Decompression System?
At New Century Spine Centers Chiropractic therapy, patients are fitted with unique chest and pelvic harnesses designed to target distraction to the lumbar region of the spine. Depending on the individual's metrics, a decompression program is selected that considers the diagnosis and spinal tolerance of the patient. Negative inter-discal pressure is rendered allowing herniated discs to begin recovery from acute and chronic trauma. The nature of the diagnosis will determine the treatment regiment thereafter. Call New Century Spine Centers today to make an appointment for a consult visit with the doctor to see if you would benefit from ABS Spinal Decompression Therapy, Triton Spinal decompression Therapy, DRX-9000 Spinal decompression therapy and more..
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23. How does the ABS Spinal Decompression table treat a patient?
At New Century Spine Centers, patients are fitted with unique chest and pelvic harnesses designed to target distraction to the lumbar region of the spine. Depending on the individual's metrics, a decompression program is selected that considers the diagnosis and spinal tolerance of the patient. Negative inter-discal pressure is rendered allowing herniated discs to begin recovery from acute and chronic trauma. The nature of the diagnosis will determine the treatment regiment thereafter. Call New Century Spine Centers today to make an appointment for a consult visit with The doctors at New Century Spine Centers to see if you would benefit from ABS Spinal Decompression Therapy.
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24. What is the difference between the ABS Spinal Decompression System and traction?
With traction, you can't isolate the exact disc on the spine that you want to correct. The pressure instead is dispersed throughout the entire spine. With ABS decompression however, the exact problem disc can be located while also applying the necessary amount of force to the particular disc in need of correction.
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25. What results can I expect from ABS Spinal Decompression?
Most patients are scheduled for 20-minute treatments over a 4-5 week period. Most see relief as fast as the first 6 treatments. Pre and Post treatment MRIs have shown a 50% reduction in the size and extent of herniations after 4 weeks of treatments. Over 85% of patients report significant relief of back pain with the ABS Spinal Decompression system.
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26. How does the ABS compare to other systems like the DRX 9000, Triton, Lordex, Vax D, and other decompression systems?
The main question should focus upon the skill and experience of the doctor operating the system. Our doctors have more experience with spinal decompression therapy than any other doctors practicing in San Diego. We offer the latest technology and the most experience when it comes to spinal decompression therapy treatment and chiropractic treatment.
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In the Mission Valley area of San Diego, the doctor's at New Century Spine Centers are well-known chiropractors that provides effective chiropractic care for people suffering from: whiplash injuries, sports injuries, low back pain, neck pain, joint pain, sciatica, leg pain, muscle spasms, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, hip pain, arthritis, shin splints, running injuries, and more. The chiropractic doctors were featured on San Diego's Channel 10 News for offering revolutionary treatment of low back and leg pain by incorporating ABS Spinal Decompression Therapy with effective chiropractic care. Browse through this chiropractic website to learn more about how chiropractic care and ABS Spinal Decompression Therapy can eliminate your back pain and help you enjoy an active, happy life again. If you're looking for a San Diego chiropractor, you can contact Doctor chiropractic care center in the San Diego or Rancho Bernardo area at (619) 630-9153 or request a free report on ABS Spinal Decompression Therapy.