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Q. What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is concerned with the relationship between the structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily coordinated by the nervous system) of your body and how that relationship affects your health. Every cell, organ and tissue of your body is innervated by a nerve which in turn runs up and down the spine to you brain for signals. If there is an interruption of this flow by the movement/subluxation of the spine, nerves get pinched and it creates symptoms and dis-ease. Our job is to correct these subluxations in order for the nerve to go back to its normal flow and correct these symptoms.
Q. How can a chiropractor help?
Most often, people go to chiropractors the first time for relief from back pain. But chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Moreover, people don't need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care
Q. Who should see a doctor of chiropractic?
Anyone should, whether you have pain symptoms, want to increase your immune system, enhance your athletic performance, or live a healthy lifestyle. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly Chiropractic is for everyone.
Q. Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain of the arms or legs, headaches, and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in those patients who have been experiencing the symptoms for one year or less. In addition, a study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications
Q. How are doctors of chiropractic educated?
Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.
Doctors of chiropractic — who are licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world — undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, and rehabilitation, they receive more intensive education than most medical doctors or physical therapists.
Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.
Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed. Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational health to orthopedics and neurology. These programs allow chiropractors to specialize in a healthcare discipline or meet state re-licensure requirements.
Q. What can I expect on my first visit?
You can expect a friendly staff in a state of the art spa like atmosphere. You will be given a tablet pc to fill out the forms electronically. You will have an examination, consultation and probable x-rays if needed.
Q. How does chiropractic correct my spinal problems?
Once you have been consulted, examined and x-rays taken on the first day, by the second day we will review the results and will determine if we can help you and see if you are a candidate for chiropractic and accept you as a patient. If we do accept you as a patient and depending on the results, there will be different options for treatment in the form of: chiropractic adjustment techniques, specific traction/correction of spine techniques, physical therapy, neuromuscular and proprioception training techniques, massage therapy, nutrition and exercises.
Q. Is chiropractic care expensive? Will my insurance cover it?
Compared to most medical providers it is among the most cost effective. The mayority of insurances cover it. We offer payment plans and percentage discounts.