What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural form of alternative medicine. Chiropractic is the second largest primary healing art in the United States and is based on three basic principals:

Pain and Disease may be caused by irritation of the nervous system.
Irritation of the nervous system may be caused by misalignments and or dysfunctions of the joints of the spine and related structures – we refer to these misalignments as subluxations.
Correcting the subluxation relieves the nervous system of irritation and may reduce or eliminate pain and disease in various parts or functions of the body.

What kind of education does a Chiropractor have?

Chiropractors attend graduate colleges that focus specifically on Chiropractic education. Today’s Chiropractors have a minimum of a two year course of study leading to a B.A. or B.S. degree. This “pre-Chiropractic” course of study is much like that required of pre-med. students. Chiropractic students must then complete an additional four years of professional education plus a prescribed internship. Internships are competed through clinics incorporated into colleges, as well as in the surrounding communities.

Like their medical counterparts, Chiropractic students take courses in subjects such as: anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, physiology, cell biology, histology, neurology, public health, physical/clinical/laboratory diagnosis, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, dermatology, otolaryngology, radiology, psychology, nutrition, orthopedics, physical therapy, first aid, biomechanics, spinal analysis and more.

The main difference between Chiropractic education and Medical education is that while the Medical students are working on allopathic studies (surgery and pharmacology), Chiropractic students are working on Chiropractic studies – evaluation and treatment of subluxations, biomechanics and nutrition. Chiropractic students are required to have more “basic science” study than medical students.

Is Chiropractic care safe?

Yes. Chiropractic care is safe enough to treat your newborn infant as well as your 90 year old grandmother.

Researcher A. Terrett, in a review of medical documents and literature between 1934 and 1994, found Chiropractic to be the safest in the delivery of vertebal manipulation.

Chiropractors are the musculoskeletal specialists and have the greatest degree of education and experience in this field.

In an evaluation of musculoskeletal competency, 82% of Medical Graduates fail to demonstrate basic competency. Reported in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 80-A:1421-1427. Oct 1998. The Inadequacy of Medical School Education in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

85 residents who graduated from 37 Medical Schools were tested:
43% of Orthopedic Residents Failed
87% of Medical Residents Failed
82% of Surgical Residents Failed.

Aspirin and ibuprofen are far more dangerous to your health than a Chiropractic adjustment.

Is Chiropractic care effective?

Chiropractic care has been evaluated extensively over the past fifty years to determine its safety and effectiveness for spinal conditions. In fact, no other health care modality has been researched to the extent as has been done to evaluate Chiropractic effectiveness for low back pain relief. Although the majority of Chiropractic research has been in regard to low back pain, current research is providing evidence of a myriad of other health benefits.

The “Agency for Health Care Policy & Research (AHCPR) Guidelines on Acute Low Back Problems”, a report from the Federally funded agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, found Chiropractic care of acute low back pain to be safe, more effective than pharmaceutical therapies or surgery, and less costly than drugs or surgery.

A report from T.W. Mead, et. al., entitled “Low back pain of mechanical origin: Randomized comparison of Chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment,” which was published in the British Medical Journal in 1990 concluded that:

“Our trial showed that Chiropractic is a very effective treatment, more effective than conventional hospital out-patient treatment for low-back pain, particularly in patients who had back pain in the past and who got severe problems. So in other words, it is most effective in precisely the group of patients that you would like to be able to treat…One of the unexpected findings was that the treatment differences — the benefit of Chiropractic over hospital treatment — actually persists for the whole of that three-year period…it looks as though the treatment that the Chiropractors give does something that results in a very long-term benefit.”

Nearly all professional sports teams and major college sports teams have a Chiropractor in attendance for practice and games. Some major sports stars have Chiropractors on their personal training staffs.

Is Chiropractic care expensive?

The short answer is “Not at all!” We all know that when we are in pain getting help fast saves us money, time and pain. Neglecting health care is very expensive.

It costs very little to take care of your teeth on a daily basis. If you don’t take care of your teeth on a daily basis it is going to be very expensive somewhere down the line.

Several studies have demonstrated the cost effectiveness of Chiropractic in relation to other forms of care for the same conditions. Chiropractic care repeatedly proves to be less expensive than other treatment methods.

In a report by S. Wolk, “Chiropractic vs Medical Care: A Cost Analysis of Disability and Treatment for Back-Related Workers’ Compensation Cases”, the cost of Chiropractic care was only 55% and 56% of Medical care for nonsurgical and surgical patients, respectively.

P.S. Ebral studied mechanical low back pain cases, and found that, on the average, those receiving Chiropractic care only lost 6.26 days of work and paid $392 for care, as compared to those receiving Medical care who lost 25.56 days of work and paid $1,569 for care.

Who can receive Chiropractic care?

Anyone with a spine! Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way of treating people of all ages and walks of life. We provide care for infants, children, adolescents, expecting mothers, middle aged or elderly, all spines need proper care. Occasionally, someone visits our office with a condition that is not treatable with Chiropractic care. We then make a treatment recommendation to the proper care provider.

Who is using Chiropractic Care?

  • 80% of adults say that they would use chiropractic
  • 67% of adults say that alternative care inclusion is important in choosing a health plan.
  • 46% percent of people experiencing low back pain would seek care from a chiropractor
  • An estimated 20-30 million individuals in the US use chiropractic services each year
Blum C, Globe G, Terre L, Mirtz TA, Greene L, Globe D. Multinational survey of chiropractic patients: reasons for seeking care. JCCA: J Can Chiropr Assoc 2008 August;52(3):175-84.
Hurwitz EL, Chiang LM. A comparative analysis of chiropractic and general practitioner patients in North America: Findings from the joint Canada/United States Survey of Health, 2002-03
US market report on Chiropractic Care by Global Industry Analysts, 2013

Will I need X-Rays?

Not necessarily! A lot of people assume that all Chiropractors x-ray all their patients all the time. This could not be further from the truth. X-rays are a means of diagnostic evaluation. As with other diagnostic tools, they are necessary in some cases, not necessary in others, and contraindicated in a few. We have the facilities to take X-rays, if necessary, in our clinic, however, we only take them if they are indicated.

We NEVER x-ray a woman we know or suspect to be pregnant!
We SELDOM x-ray anyone under the age of 18.
We AVOID x-raying nursing women if possible.

Although x-rays are deemed safe, excessive exposure can be harmful to the body. For this reason, we impose various restrictions on our use of this form of diagnosis.

Since every case is unique, it is best to discuss your concerns about x-rays with the Doctor.

How long will I have to be under care?

That all depends on you. Every case, every condition, every person we see is different. There isn’t a magic formula to determine how long a patient will need care or how much care must be rendered.

We treat all of our patients on an individual basis. Determining your response to care and what follow-up is required at each visit. As your body responds and changes, your treatment type and schedule are altered for the greatest results. Like you, we want to see fast, long-lasting results because we take pride in our work. Our objective for you is to Minimize Pain and Maximize Life.

Over all…Be Patient! Healing takes time. Chances are, it took a long time for you to get this way…It will take time to get you better.

In order to speed yourself along in the healing process, you can take several steps in your daily life that will help.

  • Rest. The body requires energy to heal. Allowing for enough rest and avoiding over exertion helps the body provide the necessary energy to get better faster.
  • Eat well. If a mason doesn’t have enough bricks, he cannot build a wall. Likewise, if you don’t provide the proper building blocks your body cannot complete its task.
  • Drink plenty of water. It is the single most important element in your body…need we say more? The latest “rule of thumb” for water intake is to take your body weight in pounds and divide by 2. That number converts to the number of ounces of water you should be drinking daily.
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs and excessive physical activity.
  • Limit stress – relax.
  • Follow the Doctor’s instructions.

What services do you provide?

Our services include:

  • Gentle & Effective Chiropractic Care
  • Sports Injury Treatment
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation
  • Heat & Ice
  • Massage Therapy
  • Traction
  • Radiology
  • Exercise Programs
  • Stretching Programs
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Postural Education
  • Speaking engagements/Workshops
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Exercise & Diet
  • Back Pain
  • Job Safety

We are available to speak to any civic group, sports club, or office interested in an educational talk on chiropractic and its benefits. Contact our office for arrangements.

Is there Insurance Coverage?

Every insurance plan is different. We are in-network providers for almost every insurance plan in the community with Chiropractic benefits. Please call our office with your plan information and we can help you determine your specific coverage. In the event your insurance does not cover Chiropractic care we have several options available to make care affordable.