Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions do Chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. They are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches using highly skilled chiropractic adjustments. DCs also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, ligaments, and joints. These painful conditions may involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause pain to (radiate) travel to other areas of the body. In addition, chiropractors offer advice to patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe?
Chiropractic is recognized as one of the safest non-drug, noninvasive forms of health care available for the treatment of neck and back pain complaints. The risks associated with chiropractic are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, while some may experience mild soreness, stiffness, or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Minor discomfort or soreness following a spinal adjustment typically fades within 24 hours.
Doctors of chiropractic are well-trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education prepares them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to ensure those patients receive the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact healthcare providers, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the healthcare professions. The typical applicant for 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 an additional four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation, and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important procedures. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience.
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
A chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. Chiropractors use their hands or an instrument to adjust the joints of the body in order to restore or enhance joint motion. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic adjustments are a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
The adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal if any, discomfort involved.
Do you take insurance?
No, we do not accept insurance, Healthy Motives 365 is a cash-based practice. We do accept FSA/HSA cards and will provide you with an itemized receipt with our office information, service codes, and the amount for services when requested.
Not accepting insurance allows us to provide high-quality treatment not dictated or limited by what your insurance will pay for. Our goal is to provide the best treatment for your condition. Through experience, we have found our service fees are lower than most deductibles and coinsurance payments.
Payments accepted include FSA/HSA, credit, and debit cards. We also offer affordable payment plans to spread your treatment cost out over time.