FAQ

What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractic is founded on the principle that proper maintenance of the spine through Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation will ensure the well-being of the body. A Doctor of Chiropractic, also referred to as a Chiropractor, treats spinal column dysfunction. The Chiropractor sets out to relieve any spinal impediment to the normal functioning of the spinal column.

What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a gentle force introduced into the spine, intended to release a vertebral segment from its abnormal motion and/or position thereby reducing the vertebral subluxation.

What is a subluxation?
For what extended period of time will I have to go to a chiropractor? Each person is different. Some may need to come for just a few visits and others may need to see the doctor for several. 

How much will it cost?
Cost varies between insurance carriers and their policies. Most companies do offer chiropractic benefits. The co-pay is policy specific and should be on your insurance card.

What would my first visit be like?
When you arrive you will fill out medical history forms. Next you will have a basic exam and x-rays taken. They are developed and the doctor looks over them with you to explain any problems you may have and what can be done to help. 

Where did chiropractic come from?
The first recorded chiropractic adjustment was performed on September 18,1895, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher and healer. Dr. Palmer, as he was known, noticed the janitor who worked in his building was nearly totally deaf. This janitor was a gentleman by the name of Harvey Lillard. Upon questioning, (probably very loud questioning) Harvey explained to Dr. Palmer that he had lost most of his hearing 17 years earlier when he was bending over and felt a “pop” in his upper back or neck. Dr. Palmer examined the area and noticed a bump, which he determined to be spinal vertebrae out of position. It seemed that Harvey noticed this bump right after he lost his hearing. Having knowledge of anatomy, Dr. Palmer convinced Harvey to allow him to try to fix it by pushing the bone back into place. History is uncertain as to whether it was one visit or several, but the result was Harvey got his hearing back! From that point DD Palmer changed his practice over to this new method of replacing bones that were out of position and allowing people to heal. His practice grew and the profession of chiropractic was born. Within two years Dr. Palmer opened the first school of Chiropractic on Brady Street in Davenport. It was his son Dr. BJ Palmer, who continued the school after the death of DD. It is the son BJ, who is given credit today for growing and developing the profession into what it has become today.

Can children go to a chiropractor?
Starting from small infants until the elder years it is perfectly healthy to receive chiropractic care. During birth a small baby can experience his/her first subluxation with all of the unordinary strain on the body.

Does medicare or medicade cover chiropractic care?
Yes, Medicare covers chiropractic care. 

What amount of school do Doctors of Chiropractic attend?
Chiropractors are required to get a four year undergraduate degree before going on to 4 years of Chiropractic College.

Will treatment hurt?
Generally, a chiropractic adjustment does not hurt. At times after an initial adjustment one may experience tenderness since the body is learning to realign. Patients typically say that their visit is the best part of their day. 

Do chiropractors use X-rays?
Most chiropractors will take x-rays on the first visit. This allows them to see if there are any injuries that have affected structure. It can also show them why particular problems may have arisen. It is a safe way to assure that persons who should not be adjusted or areas that should be avoided are taken seriously.

Should I only visit a chiropractor when I am in pain?
Not necessarily. Many chiropractors use what is know as wellness care. This is when a patient will come in less often than those getting corrective care. Wellness is used to keep spine in good condition and support mobility. This treatment can also be seen as preventative care so that one does not have to reach a point of pain before they will see their doctor.

How long will chiropractic take to work?
The longer you have been in pain, the longer it will take to heal. It also depends on the severity of an injury. Your chiropractor will advise you of your likely recovery time, and how to minimize the chances of the problem happening again. 

Do Chiropractors treat only back pain?
Many problems that would not be considered spinal conditions can be helped by chiropractic care. Since having the spine in proper alignment supports a good nervous system it will also affect those suffering from various sicknesses. Patients with chronic headaches, sinus problems, hypertension, arthritis, ear infections, and many other ailments, have found relief through chiropractic.

Is chiropractic treatment possible after surgery?
As long as your chiropractor is informed of your situation he can avoid areas that should not be treated. Each patient is treated as an individual and will be given care based on their specific physical condition. Many chiropractors are able to offer exercise, advice and rehabilitation for those who have had surgery. 

Can chiropractors treat people with osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis happens when the amount of calcium in the bones is very low and leaves them weak and sometimes easily broken. There are low impact treatments used by chiropractors, such as an activator, to avoid inappropriate force with those that have a fragile structure.

How can a recurrence of a problem be prevented?
This, of course, will depend upon the problem itself, but many types of back pain are caused by a poor approach to activity or sport as well as poor body mechanics during daily activities. It is very important that you warm up before you start, and stretch when you have finished. If you been away from your sport or exercise for a long time, your body will be less fit and supple, making injury more likely. Likewise in either case if body mechanics are an issue in repeat injury, your chiropractor will be able to advise you in ways to avoid the injury.