Frequently asked questions 

What is chiropractic care?  

It's a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care in which the Doctor of Chiropractic performs patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. In addition to recommending therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, Chiropractors can also provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The body is designed to heal itself. The nerves in your body are connected to your brain through your spinal column. If you hurt your foot, the pain message travels up the nerves and through your spinal column to your brain. The brain then sends a response back through the spinal column to your foot. If the foot is cut, the brain will send the message to marshal the body's resources to help fight infection. The same communication goes on millions of times a day between your brain and your heart, your kidneys, your stomach, all your organs and extremities.

Imagine your nerve system is like a road system and the spinal column is a major throughway.  Even a small problem on the freeway can slow traffic down, or even bring it to a standstill. In your spinal column, vertebrae can be slightly out of alignment, causing slight pressure on the nerves, and messages to and from the brain can be slowed down or stopped. And that can affect your body's ability to heal itself. 
Chiropractic care is designed to bring the vertebrae back into alignment to restore the efficiency of your body's nerve system.

What type of training do doctors of chiropractic have?

After completing an undergraduate program, doctors of chiropractic must then complete an additional four to five years at an accredited chiropractic college. The complete curriculum includes thousands of hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Hundreds of hours are devoted specifically to learning about adjustive techniques and spinal analysis. In medical schools, training to become proficient in manipulation is generally not required of, or offered to, students. The Council on Chiropractic Education requires that students have 90 hours of undergraduate courses with science as the focus.

Those intending to become doctors of chiropractic must also pass the national board exam and all exams required by the state in which the individual wishes to practice. The individual must also meet all individual state licensing requirements in order to become a doctor of chiropractic.

What conditions are treated by doctors of chiropractic?

While chiropractic care is most commonly thought of as a treatment just for back or neck pain, many patients report a noticeable improvement in other medical conditions once they begin receiving adjustments and the “freeway system” of nerves is better able to carry messages back and forth between the brain and the rest of your body.

What can I expect in a visit to a doctor of chiropractic?

In most cases, your initial visit will include a health questionnaire, a physical examination and x-rays to see if there are any physical limitations that need to be taken into account during your treatment. Your chiropractic physician will then sit down with you to go over the results of these examinations and discuss a course of treatment with you. Initially, your doctor of chiropractic may suggest two to three visits a week, gradually reducing the number of visits and frequency of visits as the muscles around your spine become “trained” to stay in the proper position and hold your spine in place.

How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

The doctor of chiropractic typically uses his/her hands to quickly manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, back into proper alignment. The procedure is adapted to meet the specific needs of each patient and patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it sounds the same as when you “crack” your knuckles.  The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released. Both “cracking” one’s knuckles and adjustment may make the same type of sound, but the adjustment involves and highly trained and skilled movement to shift the misaligned vertebrae back into proper alignment, while “cracking” knuckles separates the joints slightly and momentarily before settling back into the same place.

I have a friend who twists his back and neck around to get the same popping sound and says it keeps him from needing a chiropractic physician. Can’t I adjust myself, too?

Your friend is not adjusting a subluxation (putting a vertebrae that is out of place, back into its proper alignment). Your friend is doing the equivalent of cracking his knuckles , which is a release of gas bubbles in the lubricant between joints when the joints are separate slightly. Imagine there has been a slight earthquake and a heavy piece of furniture shifted and you want to shift it back into place by yourself. You may be able to lift it ever so slightly and the floor may creak, but then you drop it back to the floor without actually moving it so it’s still out of place. Now imagine you seek help to lift the furniture and shift it back into its pre-earthquake position. The floor may still creak, but this time, the furniture would be back in the proper position. Even a chiropractic physician cannot adjust his or her own back or neck, but visits another doctor of chiropractic to maintain their own health.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

No, a patient does not need referral by an MD before visiting a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations.  Following a consultation and examination, the doctor of chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis under chiropractic care, or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.

The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

As with any healthcare treatment, patients should ask questions and discuss any potential risks.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and impacts from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. These types of injuries may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient and in the case of children, the treatment is very gentle.

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Most do, but it’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider to find out.

How can I find out more?

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