Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is a natural health care method that promotes wellness and relieves back pain. Chiropractic is the largest non-surgical and non-drug health care profession in the United States.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic corrects structural misalignments, called subluxations, and restores the body to its proper form and function. When the joints of the spine lock up, range of motion is limited and may cause pressure and irritation on the spinal cord and nerves. When the nervous system is impaired, it restricts the body from communicating with and healing itself. Chiropractic care clears these pathways and removes irritation so that they body can function normally and maintain its health.
How can chiropractic care help me?
Chiropractic care reaches beyond back and neck pain relief, and is proven to reduce the severity of headaches, jaw pain, sciatica, joint pain, arthritis, and tingling in the extremities. Many hospitals and private practices work with chiropractors to help with patients with spine-related injuries.
Who should see a doctor of chiropractic?
Individuals experiencing back and neck pain can find effective relief through chiropractic care. Doctors of chiropractic are also qualified in evaluating and caring for a variety of other health problems, particularly those related to the nervous system.
Is chiropractic safe?
Absolutely. Chiropractic care is a non-surgical and drug-free approach to health care and wellness, and therefore is one of the safest of all health care fields.
How are doctors of chiropractic educated?
Like any other health care provider, chiropractors are extensively educated and trained prior to being licensed professionals. A heavy focus in sciences including biochemistry, pathology, physiology and anatomy are required at a very detailed level. Other studies include advanced clinical sciences like differential diagnosis, neurology, and orthopedics are also required in the continuing education. A chiropractor's skills are refined through specific technique classes and internships. Ultimately, all chiropractors must pass both national board and state exams before becoming a licensed practitioner n the field.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Each initial visit begins with a consultation where your chiropractor will ask you questions regarding your health history and any current problems or conditions, followed by an examination to evaluate the problem you are experiencing. The examination is a series of physical tests including evaluation of posture and spinal movement. Following the examination, your chiropractor will explain any issues and create a customized plan for continued care.
How does chiropractic correct neck, back, and spinal problems?
Chiropractic care is designed to restore spinal alignment and motion, which ultimately relieves pressure and irritation of the nervous system that causes pain.
How much chiropractic treatment will I need?
The extent of chiropractic care you will need will largely depend on your particular condition and your personal health care goals. While many use chiropractic care as a preventative method, others seek out chiropractic care strictly for pain relief or treatment of a condition.
Is chiropractic care expensive? Will my insurance cover it?
Chiropractic care is one of the most cost-effective health care methods, however, fees do vary by provider and location. While many insurance plans cover chiropractic care, it is best to check with your insurance company and also consult with your chiropractic provider to learn what payment options are offered.
How can I find the right chiropractor for me?
The best way to find the right chiropractor for you is by evaluating your own needs and health care goals. Find out whom your friends and family recommend for chiropractic care.
What problems do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors generally treat problems that affect the muscles, joints and nerves including lower back pain, neck pain, pain in the extremities, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and injuries following car accidents such as whiplash.
What exactly does an adjustment do? Does it hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, effective, and gentle movement of your joints to help restore them to their proper positioning. When bones and vertebrae are out of alignment, the spinal cord undergoes stress and irritation, causing your body to not function properly. The body's nervous system needs to be working correctly for everything else in your body to work.
What is the noise I hear during an adjustment?
The noises you hear during an adjustment is comparable to when you crack your knuckles. The noise is what it sounds like when gases are being released from a joint when an adjustment is made. It is normal and is not harmful to the body in any way.
Can I have adjustments if I have had back surgery or other serious conditions?
Most of the time, yes, you can receive adjustments if you have had back surgery or a serious condition involving your spine. However, it is important that chiropractors have as much information about the condition as possible to evaluate if chiropractic care is right for you.
How do chiropractors integrate technology into their hands-on techniques?
Chiropractors use different methods to perform adjustments and all techniques are largely based on the individual patients needs. A chiropractor may have various mechanical tools to help him perform an adjustment.
Once I start going, will I have to go forever?
Periodic check-ups are essential in helping you feel your best. If you stop going to the chiropractor, stress in the spine and nerves may build up to the way they were prior to treatment, eventually causing your body discomfort.
Why would a young child need chiropractic care?
Sometimes newborns experience difficult or traumatic births and spinal adjustments are beneficial to a normal growth and development. Children learning to walk often fall many times on a daily basis. The traumas their little bodies experience can cause their vertebrae to move out of alignment in what is called a subluxation. Unfortunately, if these go unchecked and unmonitored, larger problems can develop later in life.
What is Applied Kinesiology?
Applied Kinesiology combines various treatment therapies including chiropractic, nutrition, and meridian to help balance body structure, body chemistry, and mental wellness and promote better health. Applied Kinesiology helps to determine the root cause of health problems and devising a plan for care and recovery.
Who performs Applied Kinesiology?
Applied Kinesiologists are doctors who are licensed to diagnose and treat patients and have certification as an Applied Kinesiologist. Applied Kinesiology restores balance to the structural, chemical and mental systems of the body.
How does EB Cellular Cleanse Therapy (Ionic Footbath) work? How often can I use it?
Ionic footbath therapy is a safe, non-invasive detoxifying and rebalancing system. A patient places bare feet into a tub of water with a component called an array. The array uses a direct current to create an ion field in a tub. After a specified amount of time, the patient may notice the water change colors and densities as toxins are released from the body. Individuals between the ages of 10 and 65 may use ionic footbath therapy every other day. For seniors over age 65, it is recommended every third day. Ionic footbath therapy can relieve chronic fatigue, allergies, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and chemical sensitivities.
What should I expect during a EB Cellular Cleanse Therapy (Ionic Footbath) treatment?
During a treatment, the water will change colors as toxins are released from the body and the ion field interacts with the metal array. Cellular debris is released from the body through meridians in the feet. The color of the water is indicative of what areas of the body are releasing toxins. Many people also feel tired following a treatment. This is normal. The body has just undergone a detoxification and is fatigued, but the body will rebalance and re-energize itself as the body continues to remove toxins and regenerates itself.