Wellness Care FAQ
1. What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the science, art, and philosophy of locating and correcting vertebral subluxations through gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments, thus allowing your body to function at its optimum potential.
2. What are subluxations?
A subluxation is a misalignment of one or more of the twenty-four vertebrae (spinal bones). Subluxations can interfere with your nervous systems, which impairs your bodys ability to heal itself and function at its optimum level.
3. Do chiropractors prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures?
Chiropractors dont prescribe drugs and do not perform surgeries. The doctor focuses on drug-free, non-invasive procedures for restoring proper function as a way of pain relief and brings optimal health.
4. Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most chiropractic care is covered by your insurance company, who recognize the value of chiropractic care. The Journal for Managed Care published that chiropractic care was more cost effective than conventional medical therapies in treating low back pain. No matter who is at fault in an auto accident, the responsible insurance company almost certainly will cover 100 % of the cost of chiropractic care. Many studies have shown that most injuries, especially those related to lower back injuries, respond quicker with chiropractic care than with any other type of treatment. If youre not sure whether your insurance company will cover treatment by our office, we will be happy to call them for you. Either call our office to make an appointment for your free consultation, or send us an email.
5. What if I dont have insurance or if my insurance company offers little or no chiropractic coverage?
Our office provides very affordable, no-interest payment plans. Following your free consultation, we will provide you with a plan that describes in detail how much our treatment will cost, and how long it will take. It will also describe the various options available to you.
6. Medical doctors couldnt cure me, so why should I believe that a chiropractic doctor would help?
A misalignment of one or more of the 24 moveable bones or vertebrae of your spine can irritate your spinal nerves by pinching or pressing on them, resulting in severe impairment of your nervous system, which in turn can cause pain, as well as lower your bodys resistance and make you susceptible to a wide variety of diseases. If your ailment is caused by spinal misalignment only chiropractic care may be the answer.
7. How long does the initial examination take?
The initial exam will take about 45 minutes, maybe a little more if x-rays or any other diagnostic procedures are necessary. We are very thorough and take the necessary time to examine each individual patient.
8. Does the examination hurt?
Its virtually painless. We know you are already in pain and will do everything to make you comfortable. The doctor is especially trained in the identification and diagnosis of misaligned vertebrae and related disorders and can accomplish this without harsh manipulation or invasive testing.
9. What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a gentle, specific movement of part of your body, the purpose of which is the correction of your spinal subluxation(s), which in turn will alleviate the impairment of nerve function in your body. After your adjustment, your vertebrae are back in their proper position; you will feel much less stress and tension.
10. Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes. Statistics prove that chiropractic care is one of the safest types of healthcare in the world. You only need to compare the malpractice premiums paid by chiropractors to those paid by medical doctors. Doctors of Chiropractic pay only one-twentieth of what medical doctors pay in malpractice premiums. About 250,000 people will die this year as a result of bad medical practice on the part of medical doctors, while fewer than a dozen patients will make complaints or suffer injuries following chiropractic care.
11. What causes the cracking or popping sound made during a chiropractic adjustment?
Its not your spine making that noise. Its just like the sound made when you crack your knuckles. The sound is caused by nitrogen gas rushing in between joints in your spine when they are partially separated during adjustment.
12. Should I continue chiropractic care if I dont have any symptoms and I feel better?
This is like asking, should I continue to strive to maintain good health my whole life? The answer is obvious. Your spine is constantly being subjected to subversive impulsive forces- forces delivered in falls, bumps, and even while sleeping. Even though your last ailment may have disappeared after treatment, there may be symptoms unrecognized by you that are even now doing long-term damage to your body. Just like it is important for you to visit the dentist periodically for a check up. You go even if you dont have any pain. It is important for you to visit the chiropractor periodically too. This will help improve your overall nervous system which in turn will lead to a healthier lifestyle, improved health and be less likely to have injuries.