Frequently Asked Questions

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds, or occasionally a temporary mild increase of pain due to movement of stiff and restricted joints. We have a variety of treatment options and will use the most effective, most comfortable methods for your specific needs.

Is chiropractic safe?
While no treatment is perfectly safe, chiropractic's safety is well-established. The risk of serious complication is estimated at about one in several million. All-in-all, it is far riskier driving your car to the chiropractor than in being treated. We will  be happy to discuss any concerns you have before administering treatment.
 
What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?
Chiropractic education entails a 5-year course of professional study following four years of undergraduate education. The course of study emphasizes neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, but also covers a broad focus of diagnosis, radiology, nutrition and wellness. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.
 
Have any studies been published showing what chiropractic is effective for?
There are numerous studies supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for low back and neck pain, disc disorders and headache. Other recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating infantile colic and migraine headaches. Research on the benefits is ongoing.
 
What can I expect on my first visit?
Following completion of your intake forms, you will be asked are a series of questions about your current health complaint(s). You will be asked about previous treatment, your work, recreation and lifestyle habits and any other questions which might help determine the cause of your illness and the best way to treat it.

We will perform a physical examination including a careful spinal examination to detect any structural abnormalities which may be contributing to your condition. X-rays will be taken only if necessary to properly assess your problem. Laboratory tests may also be recommended to help in determining the proper diagnosis.

If your history and examination yields sufficient information to allow treatment, we will discuss our findings with you, and discuss your treatment options. If we decide that we cannot help you, we will tell you, and help refer you to the appropriate physician.
 
Is chiropractic "anti-drug" or opposed to medical treatment?
Not necessarily. While there are certain differences in how health issues are addressed, chiropractic recognizes the benefits of medical care and treatment. Chiropractic can be an alternative to medical care in some cases, and may eliminate the need for medical treament, restoring health with less toxic, expensive and risky intervention. Chiropractic can at other times compliment medical treatment,  improving outcomes over either approach alone. Certainly, as well, there are times, particularly of crisis care, where medical treatment is essential.