What should I expect on my first visit?
We explain everything first. To find out if we can help you, we will ask questions and listen. You will be asked to provide us with a history of your symptoms that will be carefully reviewed with Dr. Nichols or Dr. Harlow. A physical examination will be performed to evaluate and diagnose your conditions. X-rays may also be necessary. We will provide any necessary treatment to alleviate your symptoms as quickly as possible. Prepare for your first visit by filling out your intake forms now! Click here to start.
How many visits can I expect to make?
After we study your health history and correlate our examination findings, we’ll make recommendations designed to help you get and keep your health. We call this the Report of Findings. On this visit we will report back to you all of the findings from your physical examination and x-rays. A detailed treatment plan will be provided and all treatment options will be discussed. This is a great time to bring along your spouse, or anyone interested in your care and condition. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions. The total number of visits will vary according to your treatment needs.
What does a typical visit involve?
A typical office visit will differ from patient to patient. A spinal adjustment will be performed; however, other treatment modalities may be incorporated if your condition warrants. These consist of therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, stretching, ice, heat, or massage therapy.
We recognize your time is valuable. So we do everything possible to run on time and minimize the impact on your busy life.
Will an adjustment hurt?
To most people, chiropractic adjustments feel good. Depending on the condition however, there may be some muscle soreness following an adjustment that should go away after about 24 hours.
How long will I have to continue care?
This depends on the severity of the problem and amount of time with the problem. Typically, a more severe presentation takes longer than a mild complaint. Likewise, a chronic problem often takes longer than an acute problem to resolve. In general, a treatment plan will be set up based on each individual's needs and situation.
What is that cracking sound during an adjustment?
When a joint capsule is stretched, the gases contained within the fluid of the joint are rapidly released and create the popping sound.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
In general, chiropractic care has been found to be a very safe, non-invasive treatment. With everything, though, there are risks that come along with care. Compared to other options for treatment, chiropractic has no drug side effects ,does not mask symptoms, and is considered one of the safest, most effective treatments for numerous conditions. Manual neck adjustments do come with a rare risk of stroke. Other possible side effects include soreness, and much less common, disc herniation and rib fracture.
Does a chiropractor treat more than just the spine?
Yes. Chiropractors treat soft tissue, extremities, and other ailments. The nervous system is what controls all aspects of the body. While chiropractors don't claim to treat everything, many conditions have been shown to be helped by chiropractic care. These include migraines, dysmenorrhea, and ear infections to name a few.
Once I start chiropractic care, do I have to keep going back?
You don't have to do anything you don't want to. People who get relief with chiropractic care tend to return for care to prevent return of the problems they had. There is nothing physically, however, that makes you have to return.
How much education do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors have a minimum of 4200 hours of student/teacher contact hours, including at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical training. Chiropractic colleges require 90 semester hours (or 120 quarter hours) including a set amount of those being certain science requirements in order to get into chiropractic school. Chiropractors must also pass 4 set of national boards, including a practical section.
Do I have to be cracked?
There are different techniques that can be used instead of "cracking". The type of care is based on the patient's needs and wants.
Can I get adjusted when pregnant?
Yes. In fact, it is highly recommended to get adjusted during pregnancy. Adjustments can not only help women throughout the pregnancy, but can also help have an easier labor and delivery. Of course, there are modifications that are mad as the pregnant woman grows.
Is anyone too old or young to get adjusted?
No. Anyone from newborn to 100 can and should be examined and adjusted. The difference is the technique and force that are used. Remember, pain is usually that last indicator that something is wrong. Children often don't have pain, but can benefit from adjustments.
Is chiropractic care covered by insurance?
Most insurance plans cover chiropractic care to some degree. There is so much variance between plans that each person needs to contact their insurance company to learn about the benefits. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the cost of your care. We may not be able to answer everything but we will try.
Can I pay my bill online?
Yes you can! If you go to the homepage of the website click on the Make A Payment tab and enter your card information. Paying your bills online waive the monthly statement fees and is good for the environment!
What makes this office different from other chiropractic offices?
Within our office, we have chiropractors who are also certified in extremity adjusting. The goal in our office is overall wellness with programs to help achieve those goals including massage, rehabilitative exercises, weight loss, and more.
I don't have pain anymore. Do I still need care?
That depends on your goals. If your goal is to be out of your current pain, then your goal has been reached. However, the absence of pain usually does not signal that you are healed. Chiropractic care is a process of restoring proper motion and function to the joints which in turn leads to less pain and increased overall function of the body.
Will chiropractors work with my other doctors in my care?
The goal of chiropractic care, in general, is to improve the overall health of the patient. There are times when the patient will be in need of concurrent care or a referral to a specialist. Chiropractors will make necessary referrals and communicate when needed to the patients' primary care physician and other healthcare specialists when needed.