Chiropractic FAQ


Is chiropractic effective?

Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference caused by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health. 

Why should I see a chiropractor?

Seeing a chiropractor is not only reserved for relieving low back or  neck pain. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body functioning at peak performance through proper nutrition and hydration, chiropractic adjustments, and other natural approaches to wellness. In addition, chiropractic care has been known to help a wide range of conditions from fibromyalgia to plantar fascitis. 

What is a vertebral misalignment/subluxation?

When a vertebra becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to as a misalignment or subluxation. Vertebral misalignments can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebra is fixated or stuck, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.

How does chiropractic care work?

Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the philosophy that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking. 

In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem. 

While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more. 

What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?

A chiropractic adjustment, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident. 

When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak. 

An adjustment is often performed through the application of controlled pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebra back into its proper place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint. 

What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?

Going to the chiropractor is a new experience for many people. Maybe you've heard about it through a friend or have done some research online about chiropractic care. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and it's time to do something about it. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition, and health goals. 

What results can I expect from treatment?

Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to. 

If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear. 

Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak. 

"I just want to come in whenever I feel I need to and I don't want to be on a treatment plan."

You always have a say in the type of treatment you receive.  However, you should understand that chiropractic care that is received on an "as-needed" basis is determined as "not medically necessary" by most insurance companies and therefore will not be covered by insurance.  We will not bill your insurance for such services.  Any patient who receives chiropractic care on an "as-needed" basis in our office will be held financially responsible for all such care.  

"If my insurance won't pay, then how can I afford it?"

A large number of our current patients elect to pay "cash" for their care despite having insurance coverage due to high deductibles, co-pays, or co-insurance.  Unlike most medical care, chiropractic care is very affordable for most people.  We try our best to make sure that chiropractic care and wellness services are affordable so that everyone can get the care they need or desire.  Our maintenance or Wellness Visits range between $21.00 - $34.00.  The Wellness Visit consists of chiropractic adjustments of all pre-examined spinal or extra-spinal (shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, etc) regions.  How we spend our money is all about priorities.  Your health and well-being should be at the top of your priority list!  

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