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Q: What is Chiropractic?
A: Chiropractic is the second largest, and fastest growing healing profession in the world today. It is an "inside-out" approach to healing which allows the body to heal itself from within. It is a natural, non-invasive form of primary health care focused on the spine and nervous system and based on the fact that many health disorders are caused by nerve interference in the body. The most common cause of nerve interference is a serious, but common condition known as "Vertebral Subluxation". You can find out more about this further down the page.
Q: What Do Chiropractors Do?
A: Chiropractors locate and correct "Vertebral Subluxations" (misalignments) with gentle and controlled "Spinal Adjustments" improving the mobility, alignment, and overall health of the spine and the function of the nervous system. In other words, chiropractors are not simply "back doctors", but are "nerve specialists". Regular spinal check-ups maintain your spine in optimal health and prevent long-term spinal malfunction and degeneration.
Q: Are your services covered by Health Insurance?
A: Most plans do cover Chiropractic Care, however every health insurance plan is different, so it is important to contact your plan provider to confirm the details of your coverage. Some plans cover 100% of each visit, while others cover a percentage of each visit, and plans differ on what the yearly maximum is, so knowing those details will help you manage your care effectively.
Q: Do I have to pay up front, or will you submit a claim for me?
A: Our office is not set up for automatic billing to health insurers. We collect payment for services rendered at each visit, and provide you with a receipt to submit to your health insurance for reimbursement at whatever level your plan covers.
Q: Why do I need to keep coming back?
A: When you first begin Chiropractic Care, your chiropractor is fixing mis-alignments and subluxations in your spine which may have been present for some time. Your body has adapted to these issues, and multiple visits are often necessary to retrain your body to hold the vertebrae in their proper position. Once you have completed corrective care, a maintenance schedule is recommended to keep your body in optimal alignment. Much like a car requires tune-ups and oil changes, your body requires regular "adjustments" to correct the stresses that day to day living cause on the spine, to keep you running in tip-top shape.
Q: I have really awful pain, can you help me?
A: Chiropractic Care is a very effective treatment for many types of pain, including lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, foot pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Once subluxations in your spine have been identified and realigned, the pain that they have caused is alleviated. Many people find relief from the very first treatment, with increased range of motion and decreased discomfort allowing for a return to every day activities.
The History of Chiropractic
D.D. Palmer, a Canadian originally from Port Perry, Ontario discovered the specific spinal adjustment. He was also the one to develop the philosophy of chiropractic which forms the foundation for the profession. On September 18, 1895, D.D. Palmer was working late in his office when a janitor, Harvey Lillard, began working nearby.He approached the man and tried to strike up a conversation. He soon realized Lillard was deaf. He ran his hand carefully down Lillard’s spine and felt one of the vertebra was not in its normal position. "I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man's hearing should be restored," he wrote in his notes afterwards. "With this object in view, a half hour's talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever, and soon the man could hear as before." Palmer coined the term chiropractic -- from the Greek words, Chiro, meaning (hand) and practic, meaning (practice or operation). D.D. had a son, Bartlett Joshua, who was as enthusiastic about chiropractic as his father and who continued his father’s work. Bartlett -- or B.J. as he is now known -- is credited with developing chiropractic into a clearly defined and unique health care system. Although the profession has advanced tremendously since the days of D.D. and B.J., the basic tenets and understanding of chiropractic as a drug-free method of correcting vertebral subluxations in order to remove nerve interference still stand.
The "Vertebral Subluxation"
What is a Subluxation?
A Subluxation is a misalignment of one or more vertebrae of the spine causing irritation to the spinal cord and nerves that exit the spine between the vertebrae. When nerves become irritated, it interrupts the flow of nerve impulses between the brain and body, causing malfunction in the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. Click here for Symptoms of Spinal Misalignment
What Causes Subluxations?
Subluxations can be caused by poor or changing posture, physical or emotional stress, car accidents (trauma), slips and falls, strenuous exercise or even the birthing process itself.
What is a Spinal Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a directed, high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust to a vertebrae designed to restore mobility and alignment to the joints of the spine and remove interference and pressure from the nervous system.The "Vertebral Subluxation"
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