FAQs

Chiropractic care aims to improve health by restoring structure and function to the spine and other joints. Stress, accidents, repetitive motions, sports injuries, overexertion, or other injuries may cause minor displacement (subluxation) of the spinal vertebra. When a vertebra is displaced or an extremity is affected, irritation to the spinal nerves can result, causing pain (e.g., neck, back, headache, whiplash) and muscle tension/spasms, as well as impairing overall health.

The following are the most common questions we encounter from those who are new to Chiropractic:

FAQs

What is Chiropractic Care?
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?
What Happens on My First Visit?
What is the “Popping” Sound During an Adjustment?
Is Chiropractic Costly?
How Long Will it Take?
Do You Accept My Insurance?
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?
What Training do Chiropractors Have?

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care aims to improve health by restoring structure and function to the spine and other joints. Stress, accidents, repetitive motions, sports injuries, overexertion, or other injuries may cause minor displacement (subluxation) of the spinal vertebra. When a vertebra is displaced or an extremity is affected, irritation to the spinal nerves can result, causing pain (e.g., neck, back, headache, numbness) and muscle tension/spasms, as well as impairing overall health.

The chiropractic adjustment  is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his or her hands–or an instrument–to adjust the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce interference to the nervous system and to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic adjustments are a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following an adjustment. In patients with muscle spasms, chiropractors may use an alternative methods (e.g., assisted stretching, trigger point work) before giving an adjustment to help tight muscles relax.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?

Chiropractic care is a conservative, natural approach to health care. It can help to restore normal function and motion to the joints. Restoring good joint motion is essential for the following:

  • reducing pain
  • reducing muscle spasm or tightness
  • reducing joint inflammation
  • improving muscle balance
  • maintaining healthy discs

Without normal movement, discs and joints can degenerate more quickly. Movement can also reduce the formation of scar tissue that can lead to stiffness and joint degeneration.

That is only the beginning, as Chiropractic does more than just relieve neck and back pain. The benefits can be an improvement of the function of the nervous system and overall health. A combination of Chiropractic Care, Lifestyle changes, and Nutritional supplementation can help improve many conditions such as:

  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • ear infections
  • carpal tunnel
  • sciatica
  • shoulder pain
  • low back pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • sports injuries
  • high blood pressure
  • whiplash
  • parasthesia
  • allergies
  • acid reflux
  • asthma
  • sinus problems
  • and more…

What Happens on My First Visit?

Chiropractors design a treatment plan based on a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical history, and/or neurological or medical reports, X-rays, scans, and laboratory tests.

Our Examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam which includes palpation, postural and spinal analysis using surface EMG and infrared thermographic scans of your spine. Spinal x-rays may be taken depending on your age and health condition.

With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. It also gives us a baseline for future tests so we can accurately measure your progress to see how your spine is correcting and your nervous system is functioning. The spinal adjustment technique varies to best suit the needs of each patient.  If taken, your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings.

Other treatments may be prescribed to perform at home and may include any combination of heat or cold therapies, massage, trigger point therapy, and nutritional advice. Exercises may be recommended to increase strength, flexibility, and balance, and to improve posture.

What is the “Popping” Sound During an Adjustment?

Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. It is the same change in pressure as when you open a can of soda or a jar of pickles and hear a “popping” sound, it is simply a release of gas. Rest assured, no breaking of bones is taking place.

Is Chiropractic Costly?

No. Comparatively speaking, chiropractic is very affordable and can be anywhere between 40-60% less expensive than prescriptive medication and painful surgeries. Low-back pain is a significant public health problem. Up to 85 percent of Americans have back pain at some point in their lives. In addition to its negative effects on employee productivity, back pain accounts for about $50 billion annually in health care costs—making it one of the top 10 most costly conditions treated in the United States. With impending changes in the healthcare system, many families are turning to chiropractic for ongoing assurance in quality of their health and wellness. We offer multiple payment options and work with most insurances.

How Long Will it Take?

The hands-on nature of chiropractic care is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To receive chiropractic care, a patient needs to be in the office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). With that said, the frequency of care depends totally on the patient. Each patient is unique and has different needs. We tailor care to each patient’s individual needs. We are not a “one-size-fits-all” practice. In our office we provide acute/pain relief, rehabilitative, and preventive/wellness care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Depending on your healthcare needs and goals, we strive to achieve optimal health and wellness with all of our patients.

Many patients ask, “do I have to go forever?” The answer is no – once we have achieved your health goals, most patients transition to wellness care and their visits become less frequent. Most patients of chiropractic, however, will tell you that they continue care because they really enjoy the overall health and wellness that comes with keeping their body in balance. After all; healthy joints, muscle flexibility and a healthy nervous system will allow you to continue to exercise and be active for years to come!

Do You Accept My Insurance?

We work with many insurance companies, and depending on your type of coverage and network plans we are happy to verify what benefits coverage is available for you. Please call, email, or fax your insurance information to us (be sure to include both the front and back of your insurance card and copy of drivers license) and we will be happy to check on any benefits that you may have.

What Training do Chiropractors Have?

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. National and state board examinations are required for licensing.