Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: with a healthy lifestyle and normally functioning nerves and spine, your body is better able to heal itself. The spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls movement, feeling, and function throughout your body.

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a carefully directed and controlled pressure applied to a spinal joint that is subluxated, or not moving properly. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations and restores motion to the joints, helping the bones of the spine gradually return to a more normal position and motion. With improved position and motion, there is decreased interference with the nervous system, increased communication within the body, and improved overall balance. After many years of training, a chiropractor is an expert at using the correct amount of force in the correct direction. Some adjustments may require a quick movement, and others involve slow and constant pressure. After a thorough examination, we determine which technique will work best for you.

Can I adjust myself?

It is virtually impossible to adjust yourself because a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to one area in the spine. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him or herself. It is possible to bend or twist and hear and feel a “popping” along the spine. This is a general movement, however, that may help release pressure but is usually counterproductive and can create areas of instability. The best way to adjust the spine is to see a doctor of chiropractic. There is a reason they went through all of that schooling!

Is chiropractic care safe?

Chiropractic care is considered conservative treatment. It should be the first choice in treatment because it will do the least amount of harm. This is illustrated by the significantly lower cost of malpractice insurance for chiropractors. Research shows that spinal manipulation is safe and effective for treating lower back pain.

Can chiropractic care help headaches?

A 1995 clinical study of patients suffering from tension headaches found that 6 weeks of spinal manipulation by chiropractors was an effective treatment. It relieved pain longer and with fewer side effects than treatment for the same period with antidepressant medication. Other studies are looking at the effectiveness of chiropractic care for other kinds of headaches, as well as neck pain.

How Much Does it Cost?

Chiropractic care is covered under most insurance policies and we can verify your benefits before you start care. Many patients who don't have insurance pay cash for treatments which can cost as little as $38 per visit.

How Long Will it Take?

Chiropractic care can be used for relief of symptoms or for wellness care. Relief care requires a series of treatments to correct the cause of the pain. Most conditions are resolved in approximately 10-20 treatments.

Wellness care is recommended after relief care to maintain the correction and to prevent a reoccurrence of the original condition. This treatment is provided at a frequency of from 2 times per month to once every two months depending on your level of health and fitness. Wellness care is more like exercise and good nutrition.

How does a chiropractor improve my health?

After locating any misaligned vertebrae in your spine, your chiropractor manually applies gentle pressure and repositions the vertebrae. By reducing pressure on nerves, these adjustments can help restore alignment, improve mobility, and relieve pain and stiffness.

Your chiropractor can help you understand the importance of healthy movement, proper posture, and strengthening exercises. Methods such as moist heat, ice packs, massage, and traction may also be used. These can reduce pain, swelling, and irritation, or help restore your spine's alignment.

Aren’t chiropractors “back doctors”?

No, chiropractors are technically nervous system doctors. Due to the fact the nervous system runs down the spine, this is our main area of concern. The spine is our focus in that it is the main area in the body to misalign and cause resultant nerve pressure.

Can Chiropractic help with Disc Herniations?

Each vertebrae are separated from each other by discs. These are cushions between the bones. They act like jelly doughnuts in that there is a jelly inside and a surrounding cover outside. People often hear about bulging or herniated discs. To make it simple, discs are in either one of three stages:

  1. Normal
  2. Contained herniation (bulged)
  3. Non-contained herniation (ruptured)

With a bulged disc (contained herniation), chiropractic care has shown to be very effective. Chiropractic adjustments along with Mechanical Traction Therapy can reduce the bulge of the disc and remove sciatica, numbness & tingling.

What conditions can chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors do not treat conditions, nor do they cure disease! Chiropractors adjust vertebral subluxations to remove interference from the nervous system. With a properly functioning nervous system, your body is able to heal itself. Chiropractors do not chase symptoms; they look for the cause of the problem so the symptoms do not return. From sports injuries to prenatal care, our goal is always the same – to adjust spinal subluxations allowing the body to heal itself and function more efficiently.

Do you have to be a certain age to see a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic is safe and effective for people of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens. Each person is unique, so we will design a care program specific for your age, condition, and lifestyle. We have adjusted newborns minutes after birth.

How much education do Doctors of Chiropractic need?

After completing their undergraduate education, chiropractors receive an additional four years of post-graduate education and a one-year internship to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Their education curriculum is similar to medical school and there is special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, neurology, biomechanics, nutrition, X-ray, and spinal adjusting techniques. To become a licensed chiropractor, he or she must pass a demanding four-part National Board Examination and then a State Board examination for the state in which they wish to practice. A chiropractor’s education never stops, as yearly continuing education is required for license renewal.

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