Frequently Asked Questions
Why does chiropractic treatment work?

Human beings are designed to be self-regulating and self-healing. Our nervous systems are amazing pathways that run our bodies and let us know things are working correctly.

When these signals experience interference from improper motion or bone position, it’s called a subluxation. This can reduce the nervous system’s ability to function, and can impact:

  • Organs
  • Muscles
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Many other parts of the body

Chiropractic care adjusts the position and movement of these problem bones. It can relieve specific pains and problems, and improve how our bodies work overall.

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation occurs when 1 or more bones of the spine move out of position. This creates pressure or irritation on the nerves, then causing the nerves to malfunction. It can also interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.

Your nervous system controls all the functions of the body. So, if the signals traveling through the system can’t get where they need to go, your body won’t function at 100%.

Subluxations can be caused by:

  • Injuries, like those from falls or car accidents
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Repetitive motion
  • Stress
  • Illness
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Poor nutrition
  • Genetic defects
How do I know if I have a subluxation?

Many people mistake subluxations for normal aches and pains. Others have minor subluxations, which produce no obvious symptoms.

The only truly effective way to identify a subluxation is through a chiropractic exam.

Will subluxations go away if left untreated?

Sometimes. Our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch. Sleep is can also be effective in getting our bodies back to normal.

However, if you have chronic aches or pains, a visit to a chiropractic doctor is definitely in order.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment involves quick, focused movement to correct spinal subluxation. The goal is to move bones into their proper alignment.

The exact adjustment depends on the patient and the subluxation. The chiropractic doctor will use a combination of methods and tools, including:

  • The doctor’s hands
  • Special instruments
  • Gravity
  • Special tables
Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No. Each patient — and any subluxations they might have — is different.

When determining how to adjust you, your doctor will evaluate:

  • Your body type
  • The types of subluxations
  • The severity of your misalignment
  • Location of subluxations
Can I adjust myself?

No. Making your joints “pop” isn’t an adjustment. It’s likely only movement of flexible joints around a subluxation. This continued movement can even cause damage.

Chiropractic adjustments take years to master. Even then, they are virtually impossible to perform on yourself. Chiropractic doctors consult each other for adjustments.

How many adjustments will I need?

The number of visits you need depends on:

  • Your condition and subluxations
  • Your personal goals

Many patients feel better within a week or so of frequent visits. However, to maintain proper spine positioning, additional adjustments are usually needed.

Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?

Yes. However, it’s important that you share information about your surgery. Your chiropractic doctor will avoid the affected areas, and will focus on the areas above and below. These areas are often indirectly affected by back surgery.

Can I have chiropractic care if I have osteoporosis?

Absolutely. Your doctor will evaluate your specific health issues and create a personalized treatment plan.

How long until I’ll feel better?

Many patients feel improvement very early in their treatment. However, healing varies from person to person.

Whether your ultimate goal is increasing range of motion or decreasing pain, the time needed to reach that goal depends on:

  • The severity of your subluxation
  • The length of time you’ve had the condition
  • Your overall health
How long will I need chiropractic care?

It’s up to you. Many people seek chiropractic care on a regular basis as part of their preventative health care. Others patients seek care for a specific goal, then decide to continue occasional treatment to maintain the gains they’ve achieved. Still others reach their goals and discontinue treatment.

Experience shows that patients who receive at least occasional ongoing treatment:

  • Better maintain their gains
  • Are able to identify future problems earlier and so need less treatment later on

No matter your goals, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

What insurance do you accept?

We accept most insurance plans. However, the coverage for chiropractic care varies between individual plans.

We’ll work with you to see if your insurance will cover your care. We also have flexible payment options to accommodate you. In addition, we accept cases from:

  • Auto accident
  • Personal injury
  • Worker’s compensation