Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Chiropractic?

2. Does insurance pay for chiropractic treatment?

3. Once you are treated by a chiropractor, do you have to keep going back?

4. Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

5. What does the DC after your name mean?

6. How long does it take to receive chiropractic treatment?

7. What is the "cracking" sound often heard with adjustments?

8. Should I tell my medical doctor that I am receiving chiropractic treatment?

 

1. What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic literally means “done by the hand”. Chiropractors blend the drugless, non surgical art of hands-on therapy with the science and technology of modern medicine and physical rehabilitation. It is a branch of healthcare that emphasizes the proper movement and function of the joints of the spine and extremities to promote and maintain health.


The primary treatment administered by chiropractors is spinal manipulation, or an “adjustment”. Some chiropractors also incorporate therapeutic exercise, stretches, lifestyle modifications, nutritional advice, and/or acupuncture to maximize healing and promote wellness.

 

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2. Does insurance pay for chiropractic treatment?

Yes, many health insurance companies reimburse for a portion of chiropractic treatment. We will call to confirm your benefits and highly recommend that you do the same.

 

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident or work-related injury, personal injury and worker's compensation insurance will pay the care that you require. Each insurance company has rules that must be followed in order to ensure payment.

 

If you were involved in a car accident, please bring with you a copy of the accident report and your insurance policy declarations page.

 

Patients involved in a work-related injury must supply the claim number and insurance company information in order to initiate an initial evaluation.

 

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3. Once you are treated by a chiropractor, do you have to keep going back?

No, although many people choose to continue regular chiropractic care after their initial treatment plan once they experience the benefits first-hand. Chiropractic is an integral component to a healthy lifestyle, along with proper diet, exercise, and adequate sleep. We shouldn’t neglect the function of our joints if we want to stay mobile and active as we age.

 

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4. Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

In general, chiropractic treatments carry a very low risk of complication. A few patients will experience short-term (24 hours) or local soreness following the initial adjustment. This may represent short term muscle tension or low-grade inflammation from the treatment.

 

The risk of serious, irreversible complication is rare. Estimates for neck adjustments are between 1 in 400,000 to 1 in 5.85 million. With regards to the low back, estimates for serious complication is "1 in many million". It is important that you discuss any specific concerns with Dr. Churchill prior to receiving treatment.

 

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5. What does the DC after your name mean?

The title "DC" stands for "Doctor of Chiropractic". "Doctor" literally means "teacher". Therefore, in keeping true to our title, we educate our patients about their condition, how to improve their health and how to stay as healthy as possible.

 

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6. How long does it take to receive chiropractic treatment?

Most treatment sessions require between 15-30 minutes; depending upon the depth and scope of care necessary. This includes joint manipulation/mobilization, soft tissue therapies, as well as functional exercise and stretches. The initial examination typically lasts 45-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of a patient's condition. Some type of treatment is generally included to address the problem on the 1st visit.

 

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7. What is the "cracking" sound often heard with adjustments?

Your spinal joints contain a fluid known as synovium. The synovial fluid contains dissolved gases; mostly carbon dioxide. When your spine is adjusted, a vacuum is created within the joint as the joint surfaces are distracted and the dissolved gasses come out of solution, forming a gas bubble. This vacuum often creates a "pop". This is the same reason for the noise created as you “pop” your knuckles.

 

Contrary to popular belief, treatment success is not dependent on this noise. Motion has been shown to occur in the joint with or without a cavitation, or “popping” sound.

 

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8. Should I tell my medical doctor that I am receiving chiropractic treatment?

We encourage our patients to inform their medical doctor that they are receiving chiropractic treatment. In fact, we desire to build our practice through working together with contemporary minded, patient-centered medical providers. We will gladly forward a copy of our initial evaluation report to your primary care physician as a courtesy to you and your caregivers. Many of our patients request that we contact their primary care provider in order to introduce ourselves, or to provide them with information about our practice. The key to comprehensive care is communication.

 

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