Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Chiropractic?

A system of non-invasive treatments holds that certain disorders from nervous system dysfunction arise from misalignment of the spine and joints and that focus treatment on the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae. A doctor of chiropractic (DC) may use his/her hands (Chiro= Hands in Greek) or may utilize certain instruments or tables to correct the cause of the patient’s condition or symptoms.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Yes, chiropractic care done by a licensed chiropractor who is trained and certified is perfectly safe.
What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?
The physical process that aims to correct the alignment, motion, and/or function of a vertebral joint. Specifically, they are intended to correct “vertebral subluxations”. There are various techniques that may be used to deliver chiropractic adjustment. There is usually an audible “pop” or “crack” sound that accompanies an adjustment, which is the release of gas pressure that occurs during the process.
What is a Subluxation?
A partial dislocation or “bone out of place” usually refers to the spinal vertebrae when in the context of chiropractic care. This is detected by physical examination and/or x-ray analysis.
What are the different phases of Chiropractic Care?

1- Relief Care – The initial phase of chiropractic care that focuses on pain and symptom resolution. This can usually be achieved between 1-2 months.

2- Corrective Care – Chiropractic treatment that aims to correct a patient’s spinal problems to a level of stability that will greatly reduce the risk of reoccurrence if followed by maintenance care and proper home care. The duration of time usually requires 2-4 months.

3- Maintenance or Wellness Care – This chiropractic care comes after relief and correction and aims at keeping the spine at its optimal condition with regular adjustment at intervals ranging from bi-weekly, monthly, or more.

4- Physiotherapy – Machines that assist in pain and muscle tension reduction. Commonly used modalities are electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, intersegmental traction tables, ice, and heat.

Are Chiropractors Doctors?
Yes. They are Doctors of Chiropractic.
How Do I Know If I Need Chiropractic Care?
There are a lot of different factors for needing a chiropractor. Chiropractic care is effective for a variety of genuine problems, including lower back pain, sciatic pain and numbness, headaches, neck discomfort, and recurrent tendonitis. Anyone can benefit from chiropractic care, including newborns, infants, the elderly, and even those who are pregnant.
Are Chiropractic Treatments Painful?
Chiropractic treatments could cause little to no pain. In fact, most people leave a chiropractor’s office feeling so much better. You may hear cracking noises, but they should not be causing you pain, they should be relieving your pain.
How Many Chiropractic Sessions Do You Need?
Each patient is different when it comes to the type of treatment they would need. This can also cause the length of treatment to be different as well, depending on what needs to be done.
What Conditions Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care has proven to be beneficial to patients suffering from low back pain and sciatica, headaches/migraines, Scoliosis, Asthma, Ear infection, lower blood pressure, improved posture, improved athletic performance, and so much more! The goal is to reach a life of overall wellness without having to live in pain.
Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic?
Some insurance plans do cover chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Quick Facts

Dr. D.D. Palmer founded chiropractic in 1895.

Dr. B.J. Palmer (son of D.D. Palmer) progressed the profession and is highly respected for his work and contributions to advancing chiropractic during the early 1900’s. He is known as the “Developer” of chiropractic.

Harvey Lillard was the first chiropractic patient of D.D. Palmer. The story is that his hearing was restored by having his neck adjusted.

In 1987, there was a Supreme Court case (Wilk v. American Medical Association) where the AMA was found guilty of unlawfully conspiring "to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession." This was a turning point in chiropractic history.

There are approximately 70,000 chiropractors in the U.S. compared to 200,000 dentists, 209,000 physical therapists and 1.1 million medical doctors.

Chiropractors are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.

Chiropractors are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physician/MD (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons), and primary care physician/MD (i.e., family or internal medicine).

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