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What conditions do chiropractors treat?​
Is chiropractic safe?​
Why would a child see a chiropractor?​
Do you need special training to be a doctor of chiropractic?​
​What is a chiropractic adjustment?
Why do I sometimes hear a "pop" when I get adjusted?​
Can I adjust myself?
​Is chiropractic care okay if I am pregnant?
     More information: chiropractic for infertility & pregnancy.
​If I have had back or neck surgery, can I be adjusted?
​Why do chiropractors take x-rays?​
Will my insurance cover my visits?

Answers below.


What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled  manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.  These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.  The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

(Source: American Chiropractic Association,


For more information regarding chiropractic care for different conditions, click here.



Is chiropractic safe? 

​Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours. 

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, recent evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously, or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of artery injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare – about 1 case in 5.85 million manipulations.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider. 
It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain -- prescription and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) -- as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.


(Source: American Chiropractic Association,



Why would a child see a chiropractor? 

Children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

(Source: American Chiropractic Association,


For more information regarding chiropractic care for patients of different ages, click here.



Do chiropractors need special training to be a doctor of chiropractic?

​Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.  

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.

Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.

In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

(Source: American Chiropractic Association,



​What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands--or an instrument--to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

(Source: American Chiropractic Association,

Why do I sometimes hear a "pop" when I get adjusted?

​Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

(Source: American Chiropractic Association,



​Can I adjust myself?

No.  Forcefully moving a joint, often resulting in a "pop" or "crack", is not the same as an adjustment.  Chiropractors use years of schooling and practice in order to properly and safely move a joint into the desired position.  Not only can trying to move the joint yourself aggrevate the issue, it can be very dangerous.  It is important that your adjustments come from licensed chiropractic doctors. As a matter of fact, even chiropractors rely on other chiropractors for their adjustments because, in most cases, they cannot adjust themselves.


Is chiropractic care okay if I am pregnant?

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors. 


(Source: American Pregnancy Association,


Not only is it safe to visit a chiropractor during your pregnancy, it’s also highly beneficial. All chiropractors are specially trained to treat pregnant women, but you may want to do a little research and find one who specializes in prenatal or perinatal care. Getting regularly adjusted while pregnant is a great way to relieve the added stress on your spine that comes along with the weight gain. It can also prevent sciatica, the inflammation of the sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back down through your legs and to your feet. It’s also important to maintain pelvic balance, which is oftentimes thrown off as your belly grows and your posture changes. Besides making you feel better during pregnancy, getting regular chiropractic adjustments can also help control nausea, prevent a potential C-section, and has even been linked to reducing the amount of time some women spend in labor.


(Source: The Bump, from The Knot,


For more information regarding pregnancy and chiropractic care, click here: Pregnancy and Chiropractic.


If I have had back or neck surgery, can I be adjusted?

​Every patient's case is different and depends on a variety of influencing factors, however in many cases the answer is yes.  The doctors complete extensive examinations as part of their assessments.  In fact, chiropractic care can often help avoid repeated operations as a result of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, a frequent occurrence following a back surgery.  



Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Whether or not x-rays are taken is determined by the doctors based on necessity.   X-rays reveal internal structure and alignment of your spine, which can be necessary for the doctors' evaluation.  It helps assess underlying disorders or diseases, such as arthritis, abnormalities, spurs, tumors or inappropriate curvature.  If you have recent x-ray(s) from another doctor or facility in the area of concern, we can often request these instead of taking another set of films.



Will my insurance cover my visits?

Insurance benefits vary from plan to plan.  Often the co-pays are more expensive than our office visits, however we can help you navigate your benefits and provide what you need in order to file your insurance.  In our office, we do not file your insurance for you unless you have Medicare.  For more information, feel free to call (704-938-1141) or email ( us.    


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