Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic and Wellness
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What happens during an initial visit?
At your first visit, we perform a chiropractic examination, run nervous system diagnostic scans, and discuss your health development goals. This visit takes 45-60 minutes. We may also assess your metabolic and hormonal systems to determine how to get you feeling better in the least amount of time, for the smallest expense. Depending on your symptoms, we may or may not perform an adjustment on the first visit. We typically need a day to check health benefits, prepare a report of findings, and lay out options for care.
What does an adjustment look like at this office?
Watch the “What Makes Us Different?” video on the homepage
. You will see that an adjustment is a very comfortable procedure. Our clients never walk out of this office feeling worse than when they walked (or limped) in. To an observer, it does not look like much is happening, but 90 percent of our clients respond quickly to this gentle, neurologically based technique.
How long does an adjustment take?
The visit for an adjustment takes 5-10 minutes. Our goal is to make chiropractic care easy to work into your routine.
What technique do you use?
We use a gentle, neurologically-based technique, called Torque Release Technique (TRT). We use a handheld mechanical impulse device. To kids, this is the “tickle stick.” Typically, people lie face down for the entire session. Occasionally, we may use manual adjustments, avoiding twisting of the spine.
When can I expect to see changes?
Most people notice a difference immediately after their first adjustment, such as increased range of motion. Progress depends on the length of time you’ve been having symptoms, the condition of your spine and nervous system, and the amount of physical, chemical, and mental stresses in your life. Typically, it takes 2-6 weeks for significant improvement regarding headaches, sciatica, numbness, tingling, balance issues, or digestive problems. During this initial period, you may notice “side effects” like more energy, deeper sleeping, and increased mental clarity.
How will you measure progress?
Re-examinations take place every 10-12 visits. This will include a new set of nervous system scans, physical examination, and a detailed update on your current symptoms. These visits take about 20 minutes.
Does it hurt to get adjusted?
An area of the spine may be tender before an adjustment, due to local nerve irritation. Often people experience relief and a warming sensation right after an adjustment. Minor post-adjustment muscle soreness may occur, like when you begin an exercise program.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
The latest research indicates that there is no risk of stroke from chiropractic care (see Cassidy et al., Spine 2008 33(4 Suppl):S176-83). Also, malpractice insurance premiums for chiropractors are not expensive.
Does your office accept insurance?
Health insurance is intended for crisis care. We provide wellness care based on our best clinical recommendations. We are out-of-network with private health insurance companies, but can submit claims electronically if benefits are available. Your out-of-pocket costs may be lower if we do not bill your health insurance. If you have an active claim through workers’ compensation or auto insurance (PIP), we can bill the insurance company directly. Read more…
What if I have to pay out of pocket?
To make wellness care affordable for families, we offer monthly payment plans and family discounts. Our cash fees are about half the cost of our insurance billing fees. Read more…