Frequently Asked Questions

 

What can I expect in terms of treatment?

Our patients typically experience three phases of treatment.  The first phase is Relief Care.  Our goal during this phase is to quickly alleviate your pain and reduce overall symptoms.  Sometimes this will require more than one visit a week for a period of time.  Once we get the pain under control, we begin the Corrective Phase of your care.  Most conditions are caused by musculoskeletal imbalances.  By correcting these issues, we can help reduce the chances of your condition recurring.  You might experience mild flare-ups during this phase, as your body is still healing.  Finally, once the body has healed, you enter the Maintenance Phase.  During this phase you visit periodically to help ensure your problems do not return.  Much like a tune up for your car, periodic visits can help ensure your health in the long-term.

Why do I need to come back if my pain is gone?

Pain is a poor indicator of health.  Pain is usually the last symptom to appear when the body is in crisis.  Think of people who “feel fine” but have cancer, or a tooth that has a cavity, but doesn’t hurt yet.  While pain might be the first symptom to disappear during your treatment, the musculoskeletal imbalances that are causing the root problem need to be addressed to ensure a full recovery.

Once I begin care with you, will I have to go forever?

No.  Many people choose to continue care because they appreciate the results.  They feel better and are able to enjoy activities without suffering through them as they had before.  Once the aches and pains are gone, many patients want to ensure they do not return.  Ideally, patients reach a Maintenance Phase of their treatment where treatment happens on a spaced out schedule.

What is muscle testing?

Muscle testing is a technique called Applied Kinesiology.  Kinesiology locates weaknesses in specific muscles that reflect imbalances throughout the body.  This is the method by which our doctors determine exactly what part of your body to adjust.  The results are quickly seen, and it becomes obvious to the patient and doctor when corrections have been made.  What was a weak muscle test before the adjustment is stronger after spinal correction.

How do I come out of alignment?

Misalignments, or subluxations, are the result of stress be it chemical stress from foods or medicines, emotional stress, mental stress or physical stress.  Falls, car accidents, long plane rides, wearing the wrong shoes, picking up grandkids or children, uncomfortable car seats and golf are just a few of the things that can have a negative effect on spinal alignment.  It is important to get misalignments corrected early.  If not, pain and discomfort will soon follow.

Why doesn’t the adjustment stay once you put it in line?

Unlike a traditional chiropractor, we work with the soft tissue of the area we adjust.  The key to getting adjustments to “hold” is by retraining the soft tissue of the area.  The ligaments that are loose have to tighten and the tight tissues have to loosen.  It’s a balancing act.  Just like when you go to the gym, results are not seen in the first visit or two, but that doesn’t mean change isn’t happening.  Once the tissues are strengthened, the adjustment holds.  Our goal is to get our patients feeling good and participating in the activities they want to do, then checking their spine every four to five weeks to make sure things are still in alignment.  We need to see our patients frequently in the beginning to correct any misalignments as soon as they happen so the tissues tighten in the correct positions.  Everyone progresses on a different level, and we create a care plan specifically for each patient’s needs.

How do I know the instrument you use does the same thing as a manual adjustment, especially if I don’t hear any popping sounds?

Popping noises, or audibles, are merely the sounds of gas escaping a joint, such as when you crack your knuckles.  The sound of gas escaping is not the sound of healing occurring in all situations.  Our practice is the only one in the area that utilizes instrument adjustments to realign the spine and restore joint mobility.  By using an instrument called an arthrostim, our doctors are able to realign the spine in a gentle, precise manner that yields results without “cracking,” “popping,” pain or discomfort.

I had a hip/knee replacement or spinal surgery.  Can I still get adjusted?

Yes!  That’s another benefit of utilizing an instrument adjustment.  There is no twisting or additional pressure to the area, so we can align the spine or joint without risking injury.

When you adjust my child, are you going to “pop” or “crack” her neck?

No.  Children are not adjusted in the same way as adults.  Their bones are not yet completely formed and solid.  There are many different ways to adjust the neck without audible sounds.  We use an adjusting instrument that is specific, gentle and highly effective at removing misalignments in the spine.

Is the golf swing bad for the back?

Not if you swing correctly.  In order to do this, you must have flexible hips.  If you have tight hips, which most people do, it can cause degeneration of the spine over time.  This usually occurs in the lower back.  The proper golf swing starts with the hips.  If the hips are not in the correct position during the swing, the rest of your back will follow suit and you will, most likely, develop back pain at some point.

How will regular adjustments help my golf game?

The golf swing places a lot of force on the spine.  It uses motions of rotation, lateral bending and extension all at once, combined with a high rate of speed.  If the spine and hips are not properly aligned, you will greatly decrease these motions and not be in the proper position needed to execute a strong, consistent golf swing.

Do you accept insurance?

No, but we will help you file your own.  Medicare will reimburse you for your chiropractic adjustment.  We will file that paperwork for you when you pay at the time of service.  If you have questions, please call the office at 706-454-2040.