Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for considering chiropractic care at our practice. We've put together a list of frequently asked questions about our clinic over the years. If you have any additional inquiries or need more information about our clinic, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We eagerly anticipate hearing from you in the near future.
1) Are all patients treated the same way?
No, each patient's spinal issues are assessed individually, and a personalized course of care is developed. Chiropractic adjustments are tailored to each patient's unique needs based on extensive training and experience.
2) Can someone who has had back surgery consult a chiropractor?
Yes, unfortunately, many individuals who undergo spinal surgery experience a return of their initial symptoms later on, known as "failed back surgery syndrome." Chiropractic care may help prevent the need for further surgeries and can even be a first-line treatment to avoid surgery altogether.
3) Is it possible to adjust oneself?
No, due to the specific nature of chiropractic adjustments, attempting to self-adjust is virtually impossible and can be counterproductive, potentially worsening spinal stability. Chiropractic adjustments should be performed by a trained professional.
4) Can one detect a subluxation without symptoms?
Not always. Similar to a dental cavity, subluxations may exist without noticeable symptoms for an extended period. Regular spinal checkups are recommended to ensure optimal spinal health.
5) Do children require chiropractic care?
Yes, since significant spinal trauma can occur during birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments are adapted for children, and addressing spinal issues early can prevent health problems in adulthood.
6) Does chiropractic work for all health problems?
No, but chiropractic care can be successful in addressing a wide range of health issues beyond back problems by improving nerve system function, allowing the body's natural healing capacity to work more effectively.
7) How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic aims to restore the body's innate ability to maintain health by removing interference (subluxations) in the nervous system through specific adjustments, enabling the body to heal itself.
8) Can government insurance recipients avail of promotional offers?
Patients with government insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, etc.) cannot access promotional offers for evaluations. It's advisable to schedule a free appointment to discuss coverage and evaluation costs with the doctor.
9) Is exercising equivalent to getting adjusted?
No, exercise is important for health, but without proper spinal function, it can strain improperly functioning spinal joints.
10) Is chiropractic care addictive?
No, chiropractic care is not addictive, but it can lead to improved balance, reduced stress, and increased energy, promoting overall well-being.
11) Is chiropractic safe?
Yes, chiropractic has an excellent safety record, employing natural and non-invasive methods.
12) Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
Yes, chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy and can provide relief from discomfort associated with pregnancy.
13) What causes the sound during an adjustment?
Adjustments may produce a "popping" sound due to gas filling a partial vacuum in the joints, which is harmless.
14) What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a precise force applied to a subluxated joint to eliminate nervous system interference, improving spinal function and overall health.
15) What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic is a natural healthcare approach that focuses on addressing the root causes of physical problems rather than just their symptoms, emphasizing a normally functioning spine and a healthy nervous system.
16) What distinguishes a chiropractor from an osteopath?
Chiropractors focus on detecting, correcting, and preventing spinal misalignments (subluxations) through specific adjustments, while osteopaths may use drugs, surgery, and other medical treatments alongside manipulative procedures.
17) What education do chiropractic doctors receive?
Chiropractors undergo rigorous education, including four-part National Board Examinations, followed by further testing for licensure. They also pursue ongoing postgraduate education to stay current with research and techniques.
18) Why do chiropractors use X-rays?
X-rays help reveal the spine's internal structure and alignment, detect underlying spinal disorders, and provide a blueprint for optimizing spinal health through adjustments.