Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic Care

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: with a healthy lifestyle and normally functioning nerves and spine, your body is better able to heal itself. The spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls movement, feeling, and function throughout your body.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Chiropractic care is considered conservative treatment.  It should be the first choice in treatment because it will do the least amount of harm.  This is illustrated by the significantly lower cost of malpractice insurance for chiropractors.  Research shows that spinal manipulation is safe and effective for treating lower back pain.

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Can Chiropractic Care Help Headaches?

A 1995 clinical study of patients suffering from tension headaches found that 6 weeks of spinal manipulation by chiropractors was an effective treatment. It relieved pain longer and with fewer side effects than treatment for the same period with antidepressant medication. Other studies are looking at the effectiveness of chiropractic care for other kinds of headaches, as well as neck pain.

How Much Does Chiropractic Care Cost?

Chiropractic care is covered under most insurance policies and we can verify your benefits before you start care.  Many patients who don’t have insurance pay cash for treatments which can cost as little as $35 per visit.

How Long Will Chiropractic Care Take?

Chiropractic care can be used for relief of symptoms or for wellness care.  Relief care requires a series of treatments to correct the cause of the pain.  Most conditions are resolved in approximately 10-20 treatments.

Wellness care is recommended after relief care to maintain the correction and to prevent a re-occurrence of the original condition.  This treatment is provided at a frequency of from 2 times per month to once every two months depending on your level of health and fitness.  Wellness care is more like exercise and good nutrition.

How Does a Chiropractor Improve my Health?

Spinal Adjustments

After locating any misaligned vertebrae in your spine, your chiropractor manually applies gentle pressure and repositions the vertebrae. By reducing pressure on nerves, these adjustments can help restore alignment, improve mobility, and relieve pain and stiffness.

Other Types of Chiropractic Care

Your chiropractor can help you understand the importance of healthy movement, proper posture, and strengthening exercises. Methods such as moist heat, ice packs, massage, and traction may also be used. These can reduce pain, swelling, and irritation, or help restore your spine’s alignment.

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