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1. What is Chiropractic?
2. How do I know if chiropractic is right for me?
3. Will I need X-rays?
4. How much does it cost?
5. Does insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most insurance companies do make provision for chiropractic care, although we cannot guarantee that yours does. The amount of coverage granted by an insurance company varies significantly depending on the policy. For more information, please see the Insurance Section of our New Patient page.
6. Are chiropractors real doctors?
7. Do chiropractors write prescriptions?
8. Do chiropractors do massage?
9. What makes the popping noise heard during an adjustment?
10. Do adjustments hurt?
Most patients describe the adjustment as “momentary pressure.” In general, the adjustment itself does not hurt. Most patients enjoy being adjusted and feel immense relief afterwards. If it is your first adjustment you may experience minor soreness in the 12-24 hours following, if at all. Remember, you have probably been out of alignment for quite some time, which creates adhesions in the soft tissues around the joint, restricting its motion. So it’s natural to feel changes as your body adapts and begins to normalize.
Some patients are highly symptomatic due to an existing injury and are tender to the touch. In these cases, the adjustment may create temporary discomfort. This is both safe and normal, as the body works through the inflammatory response in order to heal the affected area.
11. Why would anyone get adjusted if they’re not experiencing pain?
12. If I come in, will I need to keep coming back?
The same is true in chiropractic. We are establishing a “new normal” for your body, which cannot be done in a single visit. Initially, several adjustments are needed in a smaller timeframe, and as the body responds, the visits become spaced out. At this point, we recommend that patients return every 4-6 weeks for maintenance care in order to keep the nervous system in tip top shape, reduce the chance of re-injury, and prevent the onset of new problems. Because we encourage our patients to be active participants in their own health, we highly recommend, but do not force, maintenance care.
13. Can I adjust myself?
When you attempt to adjust yourself, you will actually move the adjacent vertebrae that are already hypermobile, which need to be left alone. While thinking you are fixing the problem, your self-adjustment may instead lead to chronic issues. This is why people who crack their own neck or back feel the need to do it constantly. Your chiropractor, however, identifies the subluxation and adjusts only that vertebra. Please come in to the office if you feel the urge to self-adjust and your body will thank you for it later.
14. I heard chiropractors cause strokes, is that true?
The fear that chiropractors cause strokes is one backed by unsubstantiated claims often made by chiropractic skeptics. Statistically, the New England Journal of Medicine found the risk of stroke following a chiropractic manipulation to be 3 in 165 million. Did you know the risk of stroke from going for a haircut is estimated at 3 in 100,000 and that routine treadmill-based cardiac stress tests produce a heart attack in 1 in 5,000 cases1? In light of the statistical evidence, it seems unfair to give the topic of stroke and chiropractic such a disproportionate amount of attention.
In strokes that reportedly follow manipulation, many cases followed gross manipulations performed by healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic field. Additionally, it is the opinion of this office that those who report a stroke from cervical manipulation had pre-existing vascular complications, putting them on the verge of having a stroke. Specific adjustments made by a chiropractor should not lead to stroke in an otherwise healthy individual. The fact that risk-adverse insurance companies charge chiropractors very little for malpractice insurance compared to their medical counterparts attests to the safety of chiropractic.
15. Are there any age restrictions for chiropractic care?
Absolutely not. Chiropractic is safe for newborns and elderly alike; not only safe, but recommended. A baby needs a healthy nervous system perhaps more than anyone since their body is rapidly developing, especially the immune system. Children commonly have subluxations from the birth process, repeated falls while learning to walk, or wrestling with siblings. Adjustments given to children and infants are extremely gentle and completely different than those received by adults. Chiropractic has been shown to help manage ear infections, bed wetting, ADHD, and fevers. See the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association for evidence-based literature.
Adults likewise stand to gain from regular chiropractic care. This is even true for the elderly. Subluxations occur in everyone and always have a negative effect on the body. Consistent visits to your chiropractor can mitigate these negative effects, helping to prevent or slow down joint degeneration, reduce the risk of injury, and improve range of motion and balance so you can live the life you love.