Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I hear if I see a Chiropractor once, I’ll have to see a Chiropractor forever. Is that true?
A: No, this isn’t true. Just like going to the Dentist, your spinal health is YOUR CHOICE. It’s a good idea to maintain the health of your spine, just like your teeth. We will never recommend more care than is needed or wanted.
Q: I’ve heard loud cracking noises when patients are being adjusted. Is this their bones cracking?
A: This is a common misconception. The truth of the matter is – its not bones that you’re hearing “pop” or “crack.” The sound you’re hearing is actually gas bubbles popping when you move a stuck joint. When a joint becomes restricted, nitrogen gas bubbles build up within that joint. When the joint is moved those bubbles pop or release.
Q: Will it hurt?
A: Adjustments should never hurt. They may feel weird or uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be a painful experience. Chiropractic adjustments are very gentle, specific and rely on speed rather than force.
Q: I’m able to pop my neck and my back myself. Why do I need a Chiropractor to do it?
A: It is physically impossible to relax then move a fixated joint at the same time by yourself. You can pop joints that are already moving, but that means there is an instability there which will lead to arthritis.
Q: Is a Chiropractor a REAL DOCTOR?
A: Yes, Chiropractors are real Doctors! Instead of focusing on medicine, their training is specific to the spine and nervous system. Doctors of Chiropractic are actually required 3,065 class hours in school. A doctor of medicine is only required 2,710.
Q: What if I come in for an exam and you find that you’re not able to treat my condition?
A: If this is the case we will refer you to the appropriate healthcare practitioner.
Q: I was told my only hope is surgery. Why is it important for me to get a second opinion first?
A: Research indicates that if your first point of contact is a surgeon then 42.7% of the time you will end up in surgery. If you’re first point of contact is a Chiropractor, only 1.5% of the time is surgery truly necessary. Surgery is irreversible – which is why we always recommended conservative care first, and surgery as a last resort.
Q: I’ve been taking medication to treat my problem. The problem is gone, but I don’t like the way the medicine makes me feel. Do I have alternatives?
A: You always have alternatives! Although medicine may decrease or improve your symptoms, rarely does it address the actual problem. If the only reason your symptoms are improved or gone is because you’re taking medicine, then the problem is still there.
Q: Should my child get adjusted?
A: Chiropractic care has been proven to be safe and effective for children of all ages. Our spinal health should be maintained from birth. It’s easier to prevent a problem from happening than it is to fix the problem later on.
Q: I’m pregnant, is it possible for me to get adjusted? Will it hurt the baby?
A: Not only is it possible for you to get adjusted, it is beneficial and, in some cases, necessary for a woman to get adjusted during pregnancy. Women that have been adjusted throughout their pregnancies have been shown to have easier and less painful deliveries.
Q: I’m in physical therapy right now, could getting adjusted be beneficial too?
A: A physical therapist works on the muscles and ligaments while a Chiropractor focuses on the spine and nerves. They can be very beneficial together.
Q: Do you take my insurance?
A: Most insurance policies cover Chiropractic Care. Each individual insurance policy may be different, which is why we provide complimentary insurance verifications as part of every new patient appointment. We will go over your individual policy with you so that you understand exactly how it can contribute to your care.
Q: I don’t have insurance, is this something I can afford?
A: We will work with you to come up with an affordable payment option that best suits your needs.