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What is the purpose of Chiropractic?
The purpose of chiropractic is to restore proper functioning and movement to your spine and nervous system.  A chiropractor works to identify areas of your spine that are out of alignment and not moving properly, and through any number of different adjustment techniques, s/he removes these misalignments, or "subluxations".  By doing this, your body's nervous system is better able to communicate to different parts of your body, your immune system functions better, your range of motion and strength may improve as well as reducing or eliminating pain.  

How can I expect to feel after my first adjustment?
Every body's first response to the first chiropractic adjustment is different.  Typically, one of three things will happen:
    1) The body feels improvement right away.
    2) The body feels no different.
    3) The body feels somewhat sore.
All of these responses are perfectly normal.  Some people might even feel a combination of these, such as feeling improvement right away and then getting a little sore a while later.  Responses to adjustments are extremely dependent on where you are starting from and what you should expect should be explained thoroughly by your doctor before s/he ever adjusts you.
  
What is that popping sound?
The popping sound often heard during an adjustment is a release of carbon dioxide gases within the joint,   It is not the sound of bone on bone and is nothing to worry about.  Also, that sound is not necessary to ensure that the adjustment has been effective.

I have heard that once you start going to a chiropractor, you can never stop.  Is that true?
Not at all.  Your care, and the frequency of your care, is ultimately up to you, we will provide you with recommendations and the rationale behind them, but you make the final decision.  There are techniques that require more frequent care for a longer period of time, and your doctor will tell you what options exist to meet your goals.  Keep one thing in mind though.  Chiropractic is best keeping your spine aligned, making you less vulnerable to injury, and keeping old ached and pains away.  This preventative care requires that you don't wait to come in and see us until you have pain, but instead stop in for "tune-ups," just as you do for your car or your teeth.  We can help you detect and treat problems before they start.  But, always, you make the choice in your care plan.

Is Chiropractic safe?

Millions of patients love their chiropractor and appreciate our unique and safe approach to recovery from pain. Significant research suggests that chiropractic is the safest approach available for relief from neck pain, back pain, headaches and other “musculo–skeletal” complaints.

Why do children get chiropractic care?
What can chiropractic do for your child? Why do millions of parents bring their children to Doctors of Chiropractic every year? Is it only for highly dramatic health conditions? Is it only for when my child is hurting? Not at all!! Chiropractic's purpose is to remove interferences to the natural healing power running through the body.When that power is unleashed the healing that results may be profound.

Children don't often come in with back pain or neck pain, as adults do, but they do have a number of frustrating and chronic problems that seem to improve significantly with chiropractic care.  These concerns include colic in infants, difficulty nursing,  difficulty sleeping, ADD/ADHD, ear infections, GERD, bed-wetting, headache, and many more.  Techniques are tailored for their little bodies, and they love coming to see their chiropractor!  Some chiropractors specialize in treating children and have lots of great tools to share with you as a parent.

How do I choose the chiropractor that's right for me?
There are as many ways of practicing chiropractic as there are people practicing.  This makes it especially challenging to find the one that will best suit your needs, communicate effectively with you, and help you set and reach your goals for care.

We occasionally hear people say, "I've tried chiropractic and it didn't work for me."  They are usually coming to us to give it another try because they've heard good things about us from other people, and they are told that we're "different."  That's because there is such a broad range of techniques, therapies, approaches and settings in which chiropractic can be provided.  It helps greatly to find a practitioner of any kind by referral, as you would with a medical doctor or a dentist, but if you're choosing on your own, here's a list of things to consider:Where did the doctor go to school?Is s/he licensed and in good standing?What professional affiliations does s/he have?What are her areas of interest of specialties?Are there testimonials you could see, or other happy patients you could speak to?What specific techniques does s/he offer?  There are a wide variety of approaches to adjusting, some very gentle, some more dynamic.Most importantly, find a doctor that is committed to establishing goals with you and working together to reach them.  They should be your partner in wellness and your teacher.  We encourage you to spend some time finding out if the clinic and the doctor you are considering is a good fit for you, as well as someone you feel comfortable with entrusting your care.

Do you take my insurance?

We are currently accepting most major medical insurances, as well as accepting insurance under workers' compensation and automobile.  One thing to keep in mind regarding the utilization of health insurance to pay for chiropractic is that insurance is intended to help you get well when you are sick.  While chiropractic is great for treating pain and making you feel better, which insurance will usually cover, our greatest contribution to your health is helping you stay well.  Insurance is not designed to cover this kind of care.  Because of this, we also offer reasonable rates and discounted packages to cover wellness and/or maintenance care.  You may also use Health Savings Account or Flex-Spending Account funds to help pay for your care, tax free.