1. I've heard chiropractors keep you coming back forever, is that true?

There are different phases of care from pain relief, to correction of the problem, all the way to prevention and maintenance. How far you decide to go with your care is entirely up to you. Our first priority is to get you feeling better and back doing what you want and need to do. After that if more correction is needed and wanted; then we can continue with some supportive care. Remember, there can still be some underlying problems although the symptoms have been resolved. This is true not only in your spine but in all areas of health. Cancer, cavities, heart disease and the list goes on, of conditions that can be present in the absence of obvious symptoms. One thing that is sad is that this misconception is brought about not by greed but by former doctors not explaining the situation and letting the patient decide what is best for them.

Another aspect of this question is that some think that by getting an adjustment this will mean their spine will be loose now and will need continued treatment. Not true at all. Getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist office doesn't mean you will need continued cleanings does it? You may need to have your teeth cleaned again but the cleaning itself will not be the cause. Same concept applies to getting your spine adjusted.

2. Can I adjust myself?

No. While some people can make their spine "pop" this is not an adjustment. Adjustments are done at a specific level in a precise direction. Haphazardly twisting and bending your spine to produce a sound is the furthest thing from an adjustment. “Popping” your spine many times a day is not a healthy habit.

3. How long will it take to get better?

Just as the answer to the first question stated, there are different phases of care and each patient needs to decide what is best for them. For pain relief some cases will resolve with just a few treatments whereas some who have had their problem for months and years will take longer. There are many factors to consider which makes each patient different. How much spinal degeneration is present? Is there any permanent damage? Are you doing something on a daily basis that is contributing to the problem? Are you eating an inflammatory diet that may be increasing your pain? Are you getting any exercise? What's the status of your mattress? How much stress are you under? The list goes on and as you can see many factors come into play. After we discuss your problem, find out what is wrong, and get some answers to these questions we can more accurately address how long it will take to get you feeling better and your spine healthier.

4. Why would children get adjusted?

Children have a spine and a nervous system like anyone else. Children are susceptible to stressing their spines just as adults are. Falls, too much screen time, and injuries from athletics are the most common reasons we see kids. Of course the technique and force required to adjust a little spine is different from a grown-up. My two sons have been checked and adjusted since they were very little.

5. Is chiropractic safe?

Yes, very safe. I just got through saying I adjust my two sons. I also adjust my wife, my mom, my sister, you get the picture. It’s not really mentioned, but you have to go no further than look at malpractice rates of chiropractors, very cheap. Why? Because there is very little risk of injury, no health care intervention can be 100% safe but chiropractic comes real close.

6. Why do Chiropractors and Medical Doctors not get along?

I am happy to say relationships are changing and it's for the better. In the past there has been much animosity between the two professional groups mainly over misunderstandings and a court case where chiropractic was victorious over the AMA. The court case is ancient history but some misunderstandings still exist. These misunderstandings can be blamed on both medical doctors and chiropractors. Medical doctors as a whole have been very skeptical of certain health benefits from getting adjusted that chiropractors have claimed. Research and better understanding of spinal and brain physiology has greatly helped the chiropractic profession in recent years. The problem with that is, just as I don't read up on the latest liver research, most medical doctors aren't sitting around reading spinal and chiropractic research. There is a gap in understanding that is hard to close. The sad part is when attempting to inform or when I give the patient research articles, etc. and they in turn show their medical doctor, some of them will not even want to see it. I guess they will continue to have the earth is flat syndrome.

7. Do I need a medical referral to see a Chiropractor?

Usually not. There are a few insurance policies that require a medical referral and that would be the only reason for a referral. You don't need a referral to see a chiropractor no more than you need one to go to the dentist.

8. Does it hurt?

Rarely. The number one response I get from patients who were afraid it was going to hurt is "if I would have known that is all there is to it I would have seen a chiropractor a long time ago". There are different ways to adjust the spine and the correct technique will be used to offer you the greatest comfort with the best result.

9. Does insurance cover chiropractic?

Most insurance benefits include chiropractic coverage. We are participating providers with many insurance companies as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Call our office and Sabrina or Amy will go over our fees and they can call and check your insurance coverage if you like.

10. Can I get adjusted if I have had back surgery?

Yes, in most cases. If two vertebrae were fused then of course we will not adjust into that segment. In your consultation we will go over everything so you and I know it is safe and we can expect some benefit from treatment.