What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical science, and as such, does not include pharmaceuticals or incisive surgery. The word “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body).
Figure 1. Description of the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body
What Does Chiropractic Treat?
Chiropractic helps treat all injuries, all types of pain, headaches, auto accident injury, weight problems, whiplash injuries, workers comp. injuries, neck pain, allergies, anxiety attacks, arm numbness/tingling, arm pain, asthma, attention deficit disorder, birth trauma, bladder infections, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chest pain, cold and flu, colic in children, constipation, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, ear infections, endometriosis, acne, epilepsy, hand numbness, hand pain, high blood pressure, hormone imbalances, hyperactivity, hypertension, impotence, indigestion, infections, infertility, internal diseases, intestinal disorders, irritability, jaw pain, laryngitis, learning disabilities, leg numbing/tingling, leg pain, leukemia, menstrual problems, migraine headaches, muscular dystrophy, nightmares, PMS, ringing in the ears, sciatica, sinus trouble, sore throats, stress, TMJ and many other conditions. In addition to treating you, we educate you on how to live a healthy life to the fullest.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Yes. Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are safe. Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one. In other words, it is safer than taking Advil.
People often wonder, “Is the education of a Doctor of Chiropractic at the same level as a Medical Doctor?” The correct answer is, yes. Doctors of Chiropractic undergo a rigorous and demanding professional education equivalent to any other primary care provider. To obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, one must complete several years of prerequisite undergraduate education and spend nearly the same number of classroom hours at a fully-accredited chiropractic college as MDs do in medical schools. Student doctors are thoroughly trained in the appropriate use of sophisticated analytical equipment including X-rays, examination procedures, and state of the art chiropractic investigative technologies. Before one can actually practice, all Doctors of Chiropractic must pass a series of National Boards, as well as a licensing exam for the state in which they choose to practice. In addition to these national requirements, most states require the doctors to attend clinical continuing education programs for annual relicensure.
What can I expect on my first visit?
When you arrive at our office you will be greeted by our friendly staff. As a new patient, we request that you arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. You will be seen by the chiropractor, Dr. Ash. The first thing he will do is ask you about your health complaints, as well as your chief complaint. He will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your pain and the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with Dr. Ash’s clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. A careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities, which may be affecting or causing your condition. Dr. Ash will also look for muscle or postural imbalances that could be the cause of your complaints. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile and vital in evaluating your problem.
Is it affordable? Will my insurance cover it?
Almost all insurance companies have policies that cover chiropractic or physical therapy benefits. Since each plan has different levels of coverage and benefits, feel free to call us ahead of time to check how much your personal health insurance covers. We will be happy to check your personal insurance benefits and get back to you right away. Even if your insurance does not cover physical therapy or chiropractic care, you can still get treatment without insurance. We make chiropractic and physical therapy care very affordable, and we have flexible payment plan options to make sure you have access to the best care.