Frequently Asked Questions
About Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is the practice of removing interference between the nervous system and the rest of the body. With regular chiropractic adjustments, the brain and nervous system are able to communicate with the body, and your body can heal itself the way it was designed to. And it is the most popular drugless health solution!
How much does chiropractic cost?
The cost of chiropractic care will vary widely depending on the severity of your condition. Chiropractic care should be viewed as an investment on your health; it has been proven that long-term chiropractic care can stop the aging process, reduce anxiety, and improve quality of life 1,2,3. When you invest in chiropractic care, you are investing in your future. In our office, a visit consisting of a chiropractic adjustment is $60 and discounts are offered based on available payment plans. The cost of an initial visit is higher because it includes a physical exam, computerized diagnostic tests, and spinal x-rays. Based on the results of your exam, tests, and x-rays, the doctors will prescribe a treatment plan that is customized specifically for our body’s needs. Always remember that our doctors offer complimentary consultations. You are welcome to schedule an in-office consult or a quick ten minute telephone consult with one of our doctors.
Can a chiropractor break my neck?
Can a chiropractor accidentally break my neck? This is extremely improbable. In my opinion, even the incredible hulk would have a hard time generating enough force to break a neck. The other day, my patient said that she had seen a movie where a hit man broke someone’s neck. I asked if she had ever heard of that happening in real life. I’ve never heard of that, have you? A professor of chiropractic once asked a U.S. Special Forces Green Beret (a highly trained killing machine) that same question. He said that even for people who have been specifically trained to do it, it is extremely difficult to do so. This is not part of the chiropractic student’s curriculum. Check out our next blog post. It will discuss: What is included in a chiropractor’s education?
Why do I have to keep going for the rest of my life? Can’t you just crack me a few times and I’ll be better?
Let’s start by differentiating between a ‘crack’ and an adjustment. I’m not exactly sure what a ‘crack’ is, but it sounds like a bad thing. An adjustment is a specific correction applied in a precise way to a single vertebra. Only the vertebrae that need to be adjusted will be. You may come in and not have any subluxations or areas that need to be adjusted. You’ll still get your spine checked, but then you’ll get the good news that there are no subluxations. Just like when you go to the dentist and don’t have any cavities. You still go to the dentist regularly to keep your teeth healthy. In the same way, it is important to see a chiropractor regularly to maintain your spinal health. Similarly, if you are trying to get in shape by going to the gym, you wouldn’t stop going when you start looking your best; you would keep going in order to maintain all that progress you’ve achieved!
What is included in a chiropractor’s education?
Chiropractors undergo years of supervised training to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their adjustments. In fact, you can only attend chiropractic school if you already have a Bachelor’s degree and have met your scholastic premedical requirements. Furthermore, the first two years of chiropractic school are nearly identical to medical school. During those two years, chiropractic students study anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurology, neurophysiology, toxicology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, etc. Then they need to pass board exams on each of those subjects before they can continue their education. The next two years is spent doing rounds and rotations in various clinics, receiving hands-on training in specific chiropractic techniques. They are also required to successfully care for several hundred actual patients before being allowed to graduate from chiropractic school. When a chiropractic student approaches the end of his/her clinical requirements, they are permitted to sit for the next round of the national board examinations. Once the student has passed part one of the national boards, they are permitted to take part 2, part 3, and part 4 of the national boards. They are also required to take the physical therapy board exam. As if that wasn’t enough, they then have to sit for their respective state board exams. Rest assured, your chiropractor is thoroughly trained and tested.
What is the best way to pick out a mattress?
So often I’m asked “What’s the best mattress to get?”, “How do I know what’s right for me?”, and “Why is there such a big price difference between mattresses?”
This is what I tell my patients: Pick out three mattresses you like, that are comfortable and fit your budget. Then lie down on each mattress flat on your back, and have someone take your picture so the camera is horizontally level with your body. Then lie on your side and have them take another picture so the camera is horizontally level with your body. Take these two pictures on each mattress total of 6 pictures. Bring the pictures in for the doctors to analyze, and then the doctors will give you their recommendation for the right mattress out of the three you chose.