Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic
Throughout the years of my chiropractic practice, I've fielded a lot of questions from patients. I've found that many of the questions are rooted in misunderstandings and misinformation surrounding chiropractic care, so here I've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions I get from both potential and existing patients, and answer them to the best of my ability.
Q: What is chiropractic care?
A: Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free method of physical treatment to alleviate a myriad of conditions, although it is most commonly sought after for back and neck pain. Chiropractors physically manipulate specific areas of the body in order to fix subluxations (spinal misalignments) that negatively affect nerves, muscles and organs which can lead to other physical complications.
Q: At what age is it safe to start receiving chiropractic?
A: The short answer is: any age. Now for the longer answer; my practice is family-oriented, meaning I am licensed to treat people of all ages -- from toddlers to young kids and teenagers to the elderly.
Q: Is chiropractic painful?
A: No. While you may feel some pressure or some very temporary discomfort, but chiropractic treatment very rarely painful. There may be some soreness the day after your first couple of sessions, but your body will get used to it and over time the soreness fades. However, if you've recently undergone surgery or experienced some sort of injury, tell your chiropractor before you begin treatment. If treatment starts to become painful, immediately let your chiropractor know.
Q: What kind of conditions can chiropractic treat?
A: While chiropractic treatment is most commonly used for back and neck pain, it can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments including:
Q: Will insurance cover chiropractic care?
A: Yes, most insurance policies will cover chiropractic care. According to the American Chiropractic Association, an estimated 87% of insured American workers have policies that will cover it.
Q: Is chiropractic safe to receive after an injury?
A: Eventually, after the healing process, yes. It also depends on the injury. Breaking an ankle shouldn't have too much effect on treating back pain. But recently undergoing back surgery will. Before you begin treatment, be sure to inform your chiropractor of any recent surgeries or injuries you've had during the initial consultation page.
Q: When should I see a chiropractor?
A: Any time! While chiropractic care is most often used for treating pain, seeing a chiropractor regularly even without pre-existing pain is a good idea. It strengthens the core muscles and preserves the spine and promotes a healthier lifestyle that includes stretching, exercise and balanced diet.