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What is Chiropractic?

      Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

-American Chiropractic Association

Who are Chiropractors?

      Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

      Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.  Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

-American Chiropractic Association

Why the Adjustment?

      The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.”   The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

-American Chiropractic Association

Will treatments hurt?

      Chiropractic treatments rarely cause pain or discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment. Think of it as exercising for the first time after an extended period of inactivity. This soreness usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours and typically occurs only in the first few treatments. Also, keep in mind the condition and pain with which you present to our office. Compare this to how you feel as time progresses. 

-American Chiropractic Association

Can I afford Chiropractic Care?

      We have structured our fee schedule to be simple and comprehensive so that finances may be less of a burden when it comes to receiving the care that you need. Our charges are simple and affordable. We are out-of-network with most providers, which both allows us to be more flexible with billing and not be retrained by third party limitations in regards to your treatment. The only exception is in the case of Medicare, which we follow strict federal guidelines and billing practices.

How many times will I have to come in?

      Each patient case will be different and dependent on a number of factors. Utilizing the information gathered from your initial physical exam and history, treatment approach and duration will be determined. Most patients will undergo an initial 2 week trial of care. This allows us to observe progress and response the treatments being rendered. If no progress is made in those two weeks, treatment will be altered or a referral will be made. Some patients may find that they feel entirely better after a week of care, while others may require several weeks to reach their goals. Regardless of time, our main objective is to help you achieve your goals. For example, if your only goal is to reduce your pain level from a 7/10 to a 4/10, then once you reach that goal you may opt to be released. Of course, you may also realize how good you can feel and decide to push a little further in hopes of getting to a 0/10. Your choice.

Can chiropractic help with xyz?

We all go through various aches and pains in our life and most of the time we resort to the quickest and easiest route to feeling better. However, instead of just “patching” up the problem let’s instead work on correcting the underlying issue and work towards actual resolution. Below are listed some of the conditions we see regularly with our patients, many of which have excellent response to treatment by either fully resolving or by noticeable pain reduction and functional improvement.

  • Headaches / Migraines

  • Neck pain and stiffness

  • Shoulder pain and stiffness

  • Lateral epicondylitis

  • Intercostal neuralgia

  • Degenerative joint disease / Degenerative disc disease

  • Muscle spasm / joint stiffness

  • Disc bulges / herniations

  • Hip and knee pain

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • And so much more!