Frequently Asked Questions
Is chiropractic care expensive? Will my insurance cover it?
Chiropractic has demonstrated itself to be one of the most cost-effective forms of care in all of the health care market. Check out ourInsurance link to view up to date information on what insurance plans we are currently accepting and the payment plans we offer. We are also currently taking cash, check, visa, master card or discover credit cards as forms of payment. Those who pay by cash check or credit card only qualify for our cash discount.
With insurance New Patient exams average approximately $125 and follow up adjustments average about $45. How much of that you are responsible for varies depending on your insurance copay and deductible. For more information on our payment plans see our insurance link.
Without Insurance Patients have the option to pay Cash with the rate of $75 for a New Patient visit and $45 for a followup visit rather than go through insurance.
We are currently applying to various insurance panels in order to further help our care to be available to all patients. We will update the list of insurances we are participating in as they become available.
What is Chiropractic?
It's a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic treats without use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That's because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body. There's nothing mysterious about chiropractic.
What is a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are biomechanics. A chiropractor frees locked joints and restores balanced body motion.
Over time, poor posture and unbalanced joint motion cause joint stress, breakdown, arthritis, and pain. Chiropractors help problems in the musculo-skeletal system (muscles, bones and joints). Pain is reduced when we relieve irritation and stress from nerves, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Our goal is to restore normal motion and relieve pain.
Besides treating patients for back and neck pain, many chiropractors believe improving the body’s motion will relieve irritation of the nervous system. Since the body is controlled by the nerves, a well adjusted body functions better and is healthier.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up," or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to restore the natural biomechanical function of the spine and to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. "Gentle spinal adjustments boost your body's immunity"
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. The doctor evaluates each patient's unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient's care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Once I am adjusted by a Doctor of
Chiropractic, do I have to keep seeing a
NO! We care for problems in one of 3 phases of care. Patients always choose the level of care they desire.
1. AcuteCare Goal - Relieve Pain.
Most patients show improvement within the first 2 to 5 visits. Initial treatment usually works best when a person is seen frequently for a short period of time.
2. RehabCare Goal — Correct Bio-Mechanical Problems
Chiropractors restore pain-free motion and improve strength with continued joint mobilization, muscle therapy and posture exercises. Learning new body motion patterns helps change how you move so you can feel good and be well.
3. WellnessCare Goal - Prevention & Performance
Regular therapy and intelligent life habits help people keep moving, stay active and maximize their health and quality of life.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors' malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.
Do adjustments hurt?
Most patients find chiropractic treatment makes them feel great. Occasionally, there may be soreness similar to how one feels after working out. Soreness from using muscle for the first time in a while is actually a good thing and resolves quickly. The soreness is caused by the stretching of scar tissue and the improved motion of the previously locked joint.
Most people report greater flexibility following an adjustment. A spinal adjustment is extremely safe when performed by a qualified doctor.
What causes the sound during an adjustment?
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal "release," or "popping" sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially, utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?
No, however chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered "back" problems because of improved nerve system function. With a normal nerve supply the body's natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems. Directly we are treating the biomechanical problems associated with your muscles joints and nerves.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Chiropractors base their care on the detection correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional medical therapies and only occasionally use manipulative procedures.