What is chiropractic care?
It's a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: with a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. The spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health professionals. Chiropractors' malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.
Can I adjust myself?
No. It is possible to turn and twist In certain ways to create a "popping" sound, similar to the sound that often accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint "manipulation" is usually counterproductive. It often makes an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. The doctor evaluates each patient's spinal problem and develops an individual care plan. Each chiropractor adjustment builds on the one before; the resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient's care is different from every other patient.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Absolutely. It is an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the possibility of additional surgery. This common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may help PREVENT repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, back surgery can often be avoided.
What causes the sound during an adjustment?
Adjustments sometimes create the sound of a spinal "release" or "popping" sound. The sound is caused by gas leaving the joint capsule when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless. Sometimes adjustments will not produce any sound at all.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby, Chiropractic treatment can help relieve pregnancy-related low back, leg, neck, and shoulder pain. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient's size, weight, age, and condition of health.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Significant spinal trauma can occur at birth. Many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral sublixation. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child's spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Having your children's spine checked by a chiropractor early could often prevent health problems that emerge In adulthood. Most parents report that their children enjoy chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
Can chiropractic improve my athletic performance?
Any malfunction in the neuromusculoskeletal system causes your body to "compensate" by changing or adapting the way other parts function with it. This "compensation" causes your body to expend more energy to achieve the same result it did before the malfunction. Even when other symptoms are not evident, proper function may be lacking. With correction, athletes could experience improvements in range of motion, muscle function, coordination, balance, and as a result, overall performance.
Do I Need a referral?
No referral is needed for car accident or new work-related injuries. A few private insurers require referral. We would be happy to call on your behalf.
What can I expect on my first visit?
What does it cost to be seen as a patient?
A first visit will start out with a medical history, followed by a consultation and examination with a doctor. Appropriate X-rays will be taken, and if there are no complications, treatment will be given. A second visit will be scheduled for the following day to review your X-rays and examination findings.
Is there billing/payment options?
Adjustments typically cost $45 - $55 depending on the extent of care necessary. New patient exams began at $30. Most new patients spend $100 their first visit and $40 each visit thereafter. Other potential costs can include X-Rays, etc.
Yes. Payment contracts are available for those who need to finance their care. We ask new patients to pay for their visit at the time of service. Established patients can be billed at the end of each month if desired. We also accept Visa & MC.
Do you bill insurance?
Yes, all insurance is accepted provided chiropractic is a covered service. We will bill your primary insurance for you! How many years does it take to become a Doctor of Chiropractic? It typically takes 8 years of college to earn the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic. Every doctor has annual educational requirements to maintain an active license. Every member of our staff undergoes annual continued education and maintains active licenses through the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
How many Americans visit DCs per year?
Can you send me a copy of that government report that stated that chiropractic was better than other therapies?
A 1991 Gallup Poll commissioned by the ACA found that, 10.1% of adults (18 and over) had used chiropractic services within the last year. According to the US Census Bureau, today there are approximately 273 million people in the US. Assuming the 10% annual figure has remained unchanged, the number of people who visit a chiropractor every year is now ~27 million. This number can also be calculated by multiplying the number of individual patients the avg. DC sees per year (~375)2 by the number of DCs in the country (see above). This produces a range between 21 and 28 million people.
The AHCPR Guidelines on Acute Low Back Problems in Adults state that spinal manipulation can be helpful when used within the first month of acute low back pain symptoms. Copies can be purchased through the ACA by calling (800)368-3083.