Frequently Asked Question

Understanding chiropractic care

WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE?

Chiropractic care is a natural, drug-free health care profession based on the principle that structure (alignment of the spine and extremities) dictates function (as controlled by the nervous system via the brain and spinal cord).

ARE CHIROPRACTORS DOCTORS?

Yes. All chiropractors have completed a minimum of 8 years of school. They are required to obtain a Bachelor’s degree prior to embarking upon the 4-year graduate program. The education and licensing process to become a Doctor of Chiropractic is among the most stringent of any healthcare profession.

WHAT TYPES OF CONDITIONS DO CHIROPRACTORS TREAT?

Chiropractors are known for their expertise in treating back pain, neck pain and headaches. But did you know that we treat a huge variety of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries including tendonitis, bursitis, sprain/strain injuries and more? The important thing to remember is that chiropractic does not cure ailments. Your body heals itself, chiropractic simply enhances your body’s ability to do so.

WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT?

An adjustment is the skillful delivery of a controlled force in a precise direction to a joint that is not moving properly. The purpose of this specific and natural procedure is to restore proper alignment and eliminate interference to the nervous system. The outcome is improved motion, joint function and reduction in pain. Ultimately, this leads to overall improvement in health and wellness.

DOES AN ADJUSTMENT HURT?

An adjustment is a specific and controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and pressure is utilized. Most patients feel relief immediately after the adjustment is delivered. In acute patients or first time chiropractic patients, any post-adjustment discomfort can be similar what you experience after starting a new exercise program. As with any manual therapy, we recommend drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack and stretching after your first visit to decrease discomfort and promote healing.

IS AN ADJUSTMENT SAFE?

Chiropractic care is widely recognized as a safe, effective, drug free approach to treating musculoskeletal conditions. Your Doctor will determine if you are a candidate for Chiropractic care based on your history and symptoms. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.

WHAT IS THE "POP" OR "CRACK" THAT I HEAR DURING THE ADJUSTMENT?

The sounds that you hear during an adjustment are the release of tiny air pockets from the connective tissue that holds the joints together. This is called a cavitation. Not all adjustments create this sound. If the joint does not “pop”, this does not mean that you did not receive an adjustment.

DOES EVERY PATIENT GET THE SAME TREATMENT?

Chiropractic treatments are individualized to each patient. Your care plan will reflect the necessary treatment for your specific condition. Additionally, your Doctors will determine if you are a candidate for manual manipulation, drop adjustments or instrument adjusting based on your history and symptoms. Additional therapies may be prescribed to manage pain and promote healing.

HOW QUICKLY WILL MY PAIN GO AWAY?

There are many factors affecting your response to treatment. The length of time that you have experienced your symptoms is a strong factor in your recovery. Remember, if you’ve had symptoms for 6 months, it may take several treatments before your body is able to begin healing.

WILL I NEED TO REMOVE MY CLOTHING AT MY APPOINTMENT?

Certain treatments may require you to remove some pieces of clothing, however most do not. Our practice will supply patient gowns for certain modalities. If you have any concerns or questions, please bring them up immediately with your chiropractor.

CAN I ADJUST MYSELF?

Chiropractors are trained to deliver specific adjustments. It is nearly impossible to recreate this treatment on oneself and can result in injury or increased joint laxity.

IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?

Many women find chiropractic treatments improve the pregnancy and/or birthing experience. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and to meet the specific needs of each patient.

CAN CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM CHIROPRACTIC?

Since the birthing process can be rather traumatic to the spine, many parents choose to have their children checked for misalignments. Often chiropractic treatments can help alleviate colic, ear discomfort and even latching difficulties. Getting your children checked early may prevent many common childhood complaints.

DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM AN M.D.?

It is best to check with your health insurance carrier to determine coverage options and if there are referral requirements for chiropractic treatments.

IF I SEE A CHIROPRACTOR ONCE, WILL I HAVE TO SEE THEM FOREVER?

You absolutely do not have to continue seeing a chiropractor forever. Once your spine is aligned and you are holding your adjustments, you may only need to return once a month or less for wellness care and maintenance. Our goal is to get you pain free and functioning optimally.

CAN SOMEONE WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY HAD BACK SURGERY SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?

Yes, a patient who has had back surgery is still a candidate for chiropractic care. Unfortunately, many people who have spinal surgery find that their symptoms return over time. This can be due to increased stress on the segments that were not operated on. Often, chiropractic care can help prevent repeated back surgeries. Sometimes Chiropractic care as an initial treatment can help to prevent surgery in the first place.