Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic healthcare is based on the fact that your body functions through a communication system. Your brain and nervous system control every function in your body, from how you digest your food to how you breathe and how you move. Your body’s communication lifeline is your spinal cord, which is protected by your spine. If your spine and nervous system are functioning as intended, you have a higher level of health and performance. Neurospinal dysfunction (vertebral subluxation) alters the normal function of the cells, tissues, muscles, joints, and organs, resulting in a lower state of health. Chiropractic care is designed to reduce vertebral subluxation, strengthen the neurospinal system, and lift you to a higher state of health. Doctors of chiropractic are unique; they are the only health care professionals trained to diagnose and correct vertebral subluxation.
What technique do you use?
We use a gentle, neurologically-based chiropractic technique, called Torque Release Technique (TRT). Very few chiropractors use this technique, and it is not well-known because it was developed from a 1996 research study. The major clinical difference is that the analysis is neurologically based, and this requires analysis of the neurological reflexes. In other words, “when and where” is more important than “how.” To deliver the adjustments, we use a handheld mechanical impulse device called the Integrator. To kids, this is the “tickle stick.” Typically, people lie face down for the entire session. Occasionally, we may use hands-on adjustments, avoiding twisting of the spine. We also provide hands-on adjustments to the sinuses, jaw/TMJ, shoulders, ankles, and other non-spinal joints to restore normal alignment and function.
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 lifestyle.
What is the chiropractor’s training?
A doctor of chiropractic’s training requires a minimum of six years of college and clinic internship before receiving a license to practice chiropractic in Minnesota. Following two years of pre-medical equivalent coursework prior to admission, the chiropractic curriculum is more than 4,300 contact hours. In addition to training specific to the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations, areas of study include anatomy, neurology, bacteriology, pathology, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, geriatrics, spinal biomechanics, orthopedics, radiology, cardiology, nutrition, physiotherapy, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, and infectious diseases. Before graduation, Dr. Kaiser completed five terms of clinical internship, providing patient care under supervision. Licensure in Minnesota requires successful completion of four examinations that meet national standards. The Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners oversees licensure of chiropractors and enforces statutes and rules governing the practice of chiropractic to ensure a standard of competent and ethical practice in the profession. Minnesota chiropractors take 20 hours of continuing education each year. Additionally, Dr. Kaiser has taken post-graduate training in nutrition, wellness, chiropractic technique, and pediatric chiropractic care.
Do I need a referral?
No referral from a medical doctor or any other health care professional is required to seek chiropractic care. Chiropractors are direct-access health care providers.