Chiropractic FAQsWhat about insurance coverage and money issues?
Most insurance plans cover chiropractic care to some degree.  You may have to check with your insurance plan, or we would be happy to check for you.  If you have a managed care plan (HMO), you may require a referral which is difficult, if not impossible to get.  Please do not let this stop you from starting your care.  We will be happy to work with you financially, so that you can begin your care immediately.  If you do not have any insurance coverage, we will establish a payment plan you can afford.

Why should I go to a chiropractor?
Because having a healthy spinal column makes good common sense. If you are sick, you should go to strengthen your natural healing ability. If you are feeling fine, you should remember that vertebral subluxations are painless “silent killers”. You and your family should get your spines checked periodically to make sure you are living free from hidden vertebral subluxations, and are functioning at your fullest. Why wait for disease to happen before you begin to improve your health?

Should I go to a chiropractor if I am suffering from a disease?
Absolutely! Chiropractic care will help turn on your body’s natural healer and improve your self healing ability. You will be better able to fight whatever disease or condition you are suffering from.

Can I go to a chiropractor if I am under medical care?
Yes. Having your vertebral subluxations corrected is important, no matter what other type of care you are receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy or medicine. M.D.’s and other healers cannot tell if you are suffering from vertebral subluxations and are not trained in correcting them.

What causes the noise of an adjustment?
That is a loaded question, because not all adjusting techniques that chiropractors use produce the popping noise we associate with “cracking our knuckles”. Some chiropractic adjusting techniques make no sound at all, but many chiropractors do use techniques that create in many instances the popping sound of a spinal “release”. So what causes the noise? A few years ago the mystery may have been solved. A British research team took X-ray movies of a person “popping” his knuckles and found that gas (carbon dioxide) rushes in to fill a partial vacuum created when the joint surfaces are slightly separated. It is this displacement of joint fluid which some believe to be the cause of the noise.

Is it harmful to twist and pop your neck or back?
Yes, if you have a desire to twist and pop your own neck or back, it is harmful, because there is a fixation or jamming of the spinal joints (subluxation) causing pain and discomfort.  These problems can only be corrected by a specific chiropractic adjustment. If you continue to twist and pop your own neck, the spinal joint fixations (subluxation) will continue to get worse and create more severe problems in the future.

Can you tell if you need a chiropractic adjustment on your own?
Generally, no. A subluxation can be likened to a dental cavity: you may have one developing for a long time with no noticeable symptoms. That is why periodic spinal examinations by a chiropractor is often recommended. However, after a period of time under chiropractic care, some people become much more spine conscious and can actually be able to tell when they need an adjustment. The effects of spinal subluxations are often gradual and slowly eat away at your well being in tiny increments. For that reason, we recommend a chiropractic consultation and examination.

How long does a spinal adjustment take?
After the initial consultation and examination, a schedule of care will be established to correct the problem.  Once this has been completed, the spinal adjustments will only take a few minutes.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. Many people who have had various kinds of spinal surgery often discover a return to their same back problems months or years later. There are so many of these people around, that the condition has a special name ” Failed Back Surgery Syndrome”. These people can usually receive chiropractic care without undue worry. It is best to check with your chiropractor on a case-to-case basis.

Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
In a majority of cases the answer is a resounding “yes”!  Chiropractic adjustments correct many spinal problems that in time would require surgery.

How often do I need to be adjusted?
While you are in acute pain and discomfort, you will be seen quite frequently, to eliminate your pain and stabilize your spine. Your doctor will then evaluate your progress and reduce your schedule accordingly.