Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic care?
A Chiropractor’s approach is very simple-we provide a natural method of health care that focuses on addressing the causes of the physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. With a healthy spine and nervous system, your body has better capabilities to heal itself. The reason is because your spine is the basis of your nervous system which gives you feeling, movement, and function throughout your body.
How does chiropractic work?
The goal of chiropractic is to remove any interference that may be limiting normal health. Chiropractic care involves correcting the interference through specific adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are very important factors for living the best quality of life possible.
What to expect on my first visit?
New patients can expect to be greeted by our friendly staff as you walk through the door. You will also be greeted by name on returning visits. You will need to complete new patient intake forms, and please bring a picture ID and your insurance card so that we may verify your chiropractic benefits.
Once you have completed your new patient forms, you will be given an office tour by one our staff and then seated in an exam room. The doctor will perform a consultation and examination consisting of a thorough case history as well as various orthopedic and neurological tests. X-rays may be taken if needed to gain a better perspective of your condition. After the consultation and exam, will then discuss your condition and how chiropractic can help you. Depending on the amount of questions you have for the doctor, a new exam and consultation may take 45 to 60 minutes.
Do you accept health insurance?
We accept most health insurances and during your first visit, we will verify your benefits before any out of pocket charges apply such as co-pays, deductibles, and etc.
Can my child benefit from chiropractic care?
Significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, and therefore many parents have their newborns checked for misalignments in the spine. Health problems that surface in adulthood could often be prevented by having your child’s spine checked at an early age. Most parents report that their children enjoy being adjusted and are generally healthier than their peers.
Do all patients get the same adjustment/treatment?
No. The doctor evaluates each patient’s case and develops a specific plan of care for every patient. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before, therefore, recommendations on an individual’s treatment plan is based upon experience. Each patient’s care is different depending on the case and goals.
I’m pregnant; can I still see my chiropractor?
Pregnant mothers discover that chiropractic adjustments helps improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby due to improved nerve function and mobility in the spine. Adjusting methods are always adapted to each patient, especially when pregnant.
Is chiropractic care beneficial for all health problems?
No. Chiropractic care is known to be successful with a very wide variety of health problems; however, like any other health care, there may be a better alternative.
Please discuss with your doctor.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. When comparing drugs or risky surgery, chiropractic adjustments are remarkably safe. During the exam, the doctor will be able to identify whether or not in a rare instance, chiropractic care may not be for you.
Can I adjust myself?
No. For example, hearing your joints “crack” is not an adjustment! Adjustments are specific and takes years of training to master. There is a purpose to your adjustments-ask your doctor.
What does an adjustment feel like?
Most patients report a sense of peace as well as immediate relief. Chiropractors are experts at making adjustments feel good, therefore on your way to the road to recovery.
How many adjustments will I need?
The number of adjustments can vary depending on the case and goals of the individual. Many patients can progress to feeling better after two weeks of consistent visits. Visits are less often as your spine gains stability; however, some difficult cases can take months for healing.
Can my back or neck pain be a normal part of my life?
Any type of pain is not normal. Your body is giving you the message of pain to let you know something is not right. While pain may go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem can slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve. It is always best to address the pain right away.