F.A.Q.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it take to get better?

Progress speed varies between people.  It depends on five things:
  1. Severity of your condition, 
  2. Age
  3. Level of spinal deterioration / degeneration
  4. Occupation or daily activities
  5. Your commitment and compliance to keep your appointments, to do the things we tell you to do and avoid the things we tell you to avoid.
In this area, people who work at places manufacturing facilities, groceries stores, industrial plants, distilleries, and places where they stand on concrete for hours, bending, lifting, pulling and twisting, will recover slower than folks who work in the office environment with less spinal stress (except prolonged sitting).
Activities such as slouching, gaming (X-box, Playstation, PC, DS, etc.), trampoline, waterskiing, watertubing, snowskiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, four-wheeling, poor sleeping posture, knitting, reading for hours, computer use for hours, skateboarding, karate, cheerleading, gymnastic, carrying heavy backpacks, (and many more) will reinjure and slow down your healing / recovery.
In most cases, pain relief can be achieved within one to two weeks. Correction and stabilization of the spine, which gives long lasting results, ranges between three to twelve weeks or longer, depending on those four factors above and (#5) whether you REINJURE your spine by not complying to our recommendations (posture, keeping appointments, home exercises, therapies, etc.).

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept patients WITH or WITHOUT insurance.
We accept patients with Anthem BlueCrossBlueShield, Humana, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, Medicare, Medicaid, Health Savings Account (HSA) / Flexible Spending Account, major credit cards, and many others.  
Let's get you and your family back on health track.  Call us now 502-839-7171.

How much does it cost?

It depends on several things such as: the severity of your case and how many problems you have.   Just like going to a dentist, while some people need to have a root canal or extraction of one or five teeth, some other people only need one filling or one dental cleaning session. So it depends.  The good news is there is no charge for a brief consult with a doc!
Call our office now (502-839-7171) to schedule the initial consultation so we can evaluate your condition and determine if you are a candidate for chiropractic care. If the doctor accepts your case, our staff will inform you of the charges for the exam and x-rays, if necessary, before any services are performed. 
We help patients with or without insurances. Many people these days also use their FLEX health spending account, or Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for their care. In some cases, not having an insurance may be a good thing since you are not bound to any restrictions of choosing providers. If you have a health insurance, we'll be happy to verify your insurance coverage as a courtesy. Call us 839-7171.

Why do you not manipulate joints ("pop / crack / adjust") like other chiropractors?

Modern chiropractic's manual adjusting high velocity techniques have helped millions of people around the world safely and effectively for over 100 years.  Our doctors choose a technique that uses percussive instruments to deliver the adjustments or correction, and therefore no popping or cracking sound is created.   

Many doctors might have chosen different techniques, depending on the school they went to and personal preferences.  It is wise to have multiple "tools" of healing in one's "toolbag."  Our method is just one of many effective tools out there.  
Remember, if you are not happy with a plumber or a dentist, you find another one who is highly recommended and experienced.  The same thing with finding the right chiropractor for you.  If you are not happy with one chiropractor, then find another one!  :)  Thankfully there are three awesome chiropractors in our office you can choose from.

I'm Pregnant. 
Why chiropractic? Benefits?

If you want to have healthy pregnancy and easy delivery, yes.
“Women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester of pregnancy were able to carry and deliver children with more comfort.” Irvin Hendryson, M.D., American Medical Association 1987 trial record. 
“There was significantly less likelihood of back labor when spinal chiropractic therapy was administered during pregnancy.” - JMPT 1991. 
When you are pregnant and gain 15, 25, 35 or 60 lbs. on top of your normal weight, this creates an excessive stress on the structural / musculoskeletal system. Previous falls, injuries, or misalignments along the spine will cause pain and stiffness to the mother as well as fetal distress in some cases. 
When your hips are twisted and out of alignment, it creates less space for the baby (fetus) to move, which promotes breech pregnancy and eventually lack of progress in labor because the baby will have difficulty passing through the (now narrowed) birth canal. 

Is Chiropractic Safe?

You are more likely to die from a painkiller than from a chiropractic care (Vioxx killed 27,785 people from 1999-2003). Statistics prove that chiropractic care is one of the safest types of healthcare in the world. 
You only need to compare the malpractice insurance premiums paid by chiropractors to those paid by medical doctors. Doctors of Chiropractic pay only a small fraction of the price medical doctors pay in malpractice premiums. 
Over 780,000 people will die this year (>15,000 deaths per week) as a result of bad medicine or medical errors. (Journal of American Medical Association, 07/26/2000; Death by Medicine 2003).
At our chiropractic office, we do not use the “twisting or cracking or popping” methods of treatment, instead we use a gentle Thompson and percussive Activator instruments with Palmer Package's Gonstead analysis, gentle enough for newborns. Read testimonials from people you know.
How Does Chiropractic Work?
At every second, your brain sends and receives signals to and from every organ, tissue, and parts of the entire body. It sends signals through the nerve down the spinal cord, and to every organ (heart, lungs, liver, bladder, etc.), tissues (muscle, ligaments, etc.) and system (endocrine, immune, respiratory, digestive, etc.). 
 
The nerve (nervous) system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference caused by spinal misalignments.

The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being. Even though some therapist or medical doctors claim to be able to manipulate joints, only doctors of chiropractic trained in the detection and removal of nerve interference caused by spinal misalignments.

Think of the circuit breaker in your house. If one of the breakers trips, wherever the wires go, it will no longer transmit electrical power and those appliances will stop working properly.

The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.

The doctor of chiropractic will take a case history and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist. 

Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child's size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care. In our office we use the gentle, spring-loaded Activator instrument to perform these adjustments.  

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Does It Hurt?

Our doctors use a small spring-loaded "clicky" instrument as well as uniquely designed tables to adjust their patients safely and gently.  Our patients ranged from 6-hours-old newborn to 95-years old adult with osteoporosis.
Although different person may react differently depending on severity of injury or level of sensitivity, many patients report that they feel a sense of relief and relaxation following an adjustment.  Many notice soreness and stiffness for a day or a few days, many experience better sleep, better gait, and more energy level.  It can also cause a variety of reactions from temporary soreness to a sense of euphoria and well-being.
“The largest study on how chiropractic care affects the cost of health care was conducted by American Specialty Health Plans Inc. of San Diego who compared four (4) years of medical claims from two groups: 
1 million members with and without chiropractic care. 
The findings were published in Archives of Internal Medicine (Oct. 2004) and WebMD, which confirmed that chiropractic care:
• Cut the cost of treating pain by 28%.
• Chiropractic care reduced 41% hospitalizations.
• Reduced back surgeries by 32%.
• Chiropractic care reduced the cost of medical imaging, such as X-rays or MRIs, by 37%."

*Study led by Antonio P. Legorreta, MD, MPH and Helen Oster Chernicoff, MD, MSHS from the UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, Archives of Internal Medicine 2004.

How many people see chiropractors?

Chiropractic services are in high demand.  In 2006, CNN and Money magazine ranked chiropractor at #14 of Top 50 Best Jobs in America, higher than physician/surgeon (#30), dentist (#43), registered nurse (#47), veterinarian (#49), accountant (#44), occupational therapist (#32), or lawyer (#37).
In 2015, the financial company 24/7 Wall Street analyzed the 2014 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for nearly 600 jobs.  The study found chiropractic jobs were the most secure, with an unemployment rate of just 0.1 percent.

Tens of millions of Americans routinely opt for chiropractic services and this number is rapidly growing. “Number of visits to non-medical practitioners has doubled within the past five years; total number of visits to Doctors of Chiropractic exceeds the number of visits to family physicians. Also, from 1999 to 2002, nationwide chiropractic care increased 91 percent in that three year period." - Top Growth Areas in the Outpatient market, Solucient LLC.

What kind of education did Doctors of Chiropractic receive?

A recent report by the Center for Studies in Health Policy in Washington, DC says that chiropractic and medical curricula are “more similar than dissimilar” as indicated in the table above.  
After completion of Bachelor degree, a doctor of chiropractic’s training generally requires a minimum of five years of college study. Obviously, medical doctors receive additional training in pharmacology, surgery, and lots of hours in clinical rotations, whereas doctors of chiropractic focus more on physiology, pathology and spinal adjusting techniques. 
After passing four national board examinations and state licensing requirements, today’s chiropractor, like all types of doctors, must attend continuing education classes every year for relicensure and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
Why would kids or babies need chiropractic care?   
If one major spine injury made Christopher "Superman" Reeve paralyzed and his organs stopped functioning properly, wouldn't it make sense that smaller but repetitive multiple injuries to the spine and nervous system, over time, cause decrease in health and well-being? Ask any parents who regularly bring their kids to the chiropractor, they will tell you that their kids sleep better, take less prescription drugs, less likely to get sick, do better in school (no more childhood headaches! yay!), and overall a better healthy child. 

Spinal Injuries Often Began at Birth
More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called 'natural' birthing methods can stress an infant's spine and developing nerve system.  It is very common for newborns to have their tiny fragile neck or head being twisted and yanked at birth, sometimes over and over again.
The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress. 

Since significant spinal and cranial trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right after birth by doctors of chiropractic.  Having a large head and tiny neck with underdeveloped neck muscles makes it very easy for newborns or toddlers to develop spinal misalignments especially when their heads flopped forward or to the side during car trips on car seat, when being held by others, or even during the sitting-crawling-and initial walking stages. 

 These are the important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Daily Childhood Activities Often Cause Undetected Injuries
As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like climbing up the couch, skating or riding a bike and experiences traumas associated with these activities, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. 
If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.

One of the most common reason parents seek care for their child is trauma from an injury of some sort. These spinal misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. 

We have treated many student athletes, cheerleaders, gymnasts, soccer players, softball players, who have multiple spinal problems due to these high impact, injury-prone sports. The worst part is if these teenagers go through their growth spurt (3-12 inches in a year) but they start out with "crooked" spine and hips or feet that are structurally imbalanced, they will grow up with multiple health problems, from frequent and weak back pain, scoliosis, migraine headaches, scoliosis, upper back hump, and many more. 

Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.
Another sought out reason for care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help. 

It is important to understand that the doctor of chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. 
 
Dr. Abraham Towbin, M.D.:
Neuropathologist, Harvard Medical School, Develop, Med., Child Neurol, 1969, II, 54-78
Dr. Towbin performed autopsies on infant cadavers who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). He pointed out that seven out of eight of these SIDS babies died from spinal injury with neurovascular damage. 
Dr. Towbin described various clinical neonatal spinal cord and brain stem injury groups. In the first group, death of the neonate occurs during the course of labor or soon after birth. The second group, is composed of newborns with cord or brainstem damage who survive for days. The third group are infants who survive for long periods, often for years. Under this group, Dr. Towbin describes a subgroup, or the fourth group. "...there must exist a large number of instances with mild injury, with minimal neurologic symptoms, going unnoticed clinically, or being relegated to the category of cerebral palsy."


Dr. G. Gutman, M.D.:
The famous German pediatrician Dr. G. Gutman, MD, who upon examination and adjustment of more than 1000 infants with Atlas blockage (neck vertebrae bone right under the skull), concluded that approximately 80% of all children are not in autonomic balance and that many have Atlas blockage. Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome in Babies and Infants. G. Gutmann, Manuelle Medizin, 25:5-10,1987

Have your kids been checked by a chiropractor yet?

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