Frequently Asked Questions


About Dr. Sanders...
What is your educational background?
I graduated from  the University of California at Riverside in 1992 with B.A. degree in Psychology.   I completed four years of graduate-level instruction and internship and received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C.) from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1996.  In 2001, I completed a course and test that designated me as a Qualified Medical Examiner (Q.M.E.), which authorizes me to provide medical opinions in work related injuries.  In order to maintain my chiropractic license, I complete 12 hours of continuing education every year.
What made you decide to become a chiropractor?
When I was a junior at the University of California at Riverside, I was still undecided as to what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.  I always felt that I wanted a profession where I could help people.  Over one of the school breaks that year, I went home to visit my parents.  My mother was in a great deal of pain and was unable to walk.  I was very concerned and felt powerless to help her.  We made an appointment for her with a chiropractor.  My father carried her into the office.  After the chiropractor's  treatment, she walked out on her own and was relieved of the pain.  From that moment on, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!
Do you adjust children?
Yes!  I have 2 young children who were both adjusted a few minutes after they were born.  I adjust them regularly.  I feel that it is very important that children's spines are aligned while they are growing and developing.  Since I am a father, I try to be sensitive to a child's feelings of uncertainty during the treatment.
About Chiropractic...
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a hands-on, holistic, health care approach to better health and increased livelihood through diet, exercise and manipulation of the spine and extremities.  When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous and blood vascular systems, which may contribute to stress in the body.  Chiropractic care is dedicated to reducing the misalignments (subluxations) through adjustments.
What is a subluxation?
According to the International Chriopractors Association (ICA), "A subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue as well as imbalance in the normal body processes."

Still don't understand what a subluxation is?  Think of your nerves as a garden hose, and the water flowing through it as nerve impulses.  (Nerve impulses are the instructions to your body from your brain.)  If the hose does not have any kinks, the water flows freely.  If the hose is bent or has something placed on it, the water flow is decreased or even completely stopped.  The interference with the flow (the kink) is the subluxation.  If the subluxation is small enough, you might not even be aware of it.  If it is severe, you may experience pain, tingling,  or weakness.  Think of how it feels when the nerve impulses are limited when your arm "falls asleep".

How is a subluxation corrected? / What is an adjustment?
Subluxations are corrected using the chiropractic procedure known as "spinal adjustment."  According to the International Chriopractors Association (ICA), "Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column.  Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae."

To put it in simple terms, the doctor "cracks your back".  Dr. Sanders will conduct tests and evaluate the area with his hands to determine where the misalignment is.  He may perform one of many manual techniques to move the bones back in to place, which should relieve the pressure on the nerves.  For most people, this simple procedure relieves pain without any surgery or drugs!

Does the adjustment hurt?
Typically, the adjustment is painless.  Occasionally there is minor discomfort or even pain.  The pain usually stems from stiff muscles or inflammation due to a recent injury.  The discomfort that you may feel is very often related to how long you waited before you sought treatment for your pain or illness. The sooner we can start the manipulations after onset, the less discomfort you will feel and the fewer treatments you will need for your continued good health.
How will I feel after my adjustment?
Hopefully great!  Many people feel pain relief immediately after an adjustment.  For some, they progressively feel the benefit over the next 24 hours.  Some patients experience mild inflammation or tightening of muscles similar to how you might feel after starting a new exercise program.
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