The benefits of chiropractic care are diverse are often misunderstood.
Here are some of the most often asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on your condition the initial session can last an hour to an hour and a half, so we recommend scheduling an appointment.
If we take you as a walk-in patient please understand that we still have scheduled patients to take care of. You may be in our office for a longer period of time. We will always do our best to make your stay with us an enjoyable one.
If your symptoms dissipate it does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Many patients exhibit spinal degeneration (decay) which takes years to develop. There are countless stresses over the course of your lifetime adversely affect the health of your spine, such as the trauma of the birth process, slips, falls, accidents, lifting and many sessions just siting over a desk.
Long periods between spine exams by a chiropractor will result in more time it will take to correct your subluxations. But, how you choose to use chiropractic care is ultimately up to you.
Our experience is people who cease care when they are “feeling fine” often return with the same health concerns that brought them to our office in the first place. Patients who adopt long-term chiropractic care as a lifestyle wellness decision usually their health challenges seldom return resulting in a higher quality of life & health.
Not at all. You choose to benefit from chiropractic care and the frequency is entirely up to you. However, we strongly suggest patients consider a lifetime commitment. Doing so ensures long-term, lasting benefits of care are enjoyed. Along with regular exercise and healthy eating habits, lifestyle decisions we all must make, wellness and chiropractic care should be continual and part of your wellness routine. The goal is to remain subluxation free for life.
The “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck is a preconceived notion often associated with a chiropractic adjustment. They are completely different.
If a person has a desire to “crack” his/her neck or back, it is often because one area of their spine is fixated or jammed, causing another area to move too much and “pop,” sometimes by itself. It’s the fixated or jammed area that needs to be properly adjusted by a chiropractor so that the other parts of the spine will not be hypermobile and noisy.
When a person “cracks” their back, the tension relief they may experience is short lived. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed (subluxated) vertebrae, has not been corrected. People who make a habit out of “cracking” or “popping” their back or neck should go to a Doctor of Chiropractic to have their spine checked; after all, even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself.
That sound is not your spine “cracking” or “popping” , as most people think. That sound is created by gas (in this case, nitrogen) rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. Another example of this phenomenon would be the “pop” sound you hear when the cork is taken out of a champagne bottle. Not all chiropractic adjusting techniques produce this noise. In fact, some adjusting techniques use little force and thus produce no noise at all.
The total cost of care is determined by your goals and your condition. Many insurance companies will cover the initial evaluation, necessary x-rays and necessary follow-up care with routine deductibles and co-pays being the only responsibility of the patient. Each insurance company is different; as are the plans that are covered under the insurance. For a free verification of insurance benefits call our office at (973) 928-3575.
Your initial appointment takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half depending on your condition.
The long-term answer is really determined by your goals. Is your goal to just get rid of the pain or is it to get rid of the pain and correct the underlying problem? Does your goal look beyond this into prevention and wellness?
Your goal along with your condition will determine how long it will take for you. What I can tell you is that most of our patients report a noticeable difference in how they feel after two to four weeks of care.
Statistics show chiropractic care to be one of the safest types of healthcare. A comparison of the malpractice insurance premiums paid by chiropractors to those paid by medical doctors bears this out. Doctors of Chiropractic pay a small fraction compared with malpractice premiums medical doctors must pay.
Chiropractic adjustments feel great and many patients look forward to them. They will become one of the highlights of your week. When you allow the vertebrae in your spine to return to their proper position, you will notice much less stress and tension.
A gentle, specific “thrust” delivered by hand or instrument. The purpose of the adjustment is to correct your spinal subluxation(s), thus removing the nerve interference in your body.
A misalignment of one or more of your spinal bones (vertebrae), which causes interference to your nervous system. If your nervous system is interfered with, your body’s natural ability to heal itself & function at its optimum potential becomes impaired. A subluxation is a perfect example of how structure affects function.
Chiropractic is the science, art & philosophy of locating & correcting vertebral subluxations through gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments thus allowing your body to function at it’s optimum potential.
If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact our office, using the form below or give us a call at (973) 928-3575.
In a recent Consumer Reports study, chiropractic outperformed prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies, in treating back pain.
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