What is chiropractic?

Doctors of chiropractic adjust the spine with easy, manual thrusts to move the spinal vertebrae back to their normal positions.  A chiropractor will occasionally adjust the joints of the arms and legs.  Physical therapy, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation and massage are often used to prepare the muscles and ligaments before proper joint alignment.

What training does a chiropractor have?
All state licensing boards require two to four years of undergraduate education.  To obtain a doctorate of chiropractic degree, a rigorous five-year academic program must be completed.  In addition, four tests given by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners must be passed to become licensed in Arizona.  To maintain a license, almost all states require a completion of continuing education hours each year.

Does the treatment hurt?
Chiropractic care is a pleasant experience.  Most people look forward to their treatments.  If a person presents with severe pain or significant reduction in their range of motion, the initial treatments maybe slightly uncomfortable.

What can I expect on my first visit?
All new chiropractic patients begin their care with a consultation by the doctor.  During the consultation, the patient’s health problem is discussed.  The consultation is followed by a physical exam.  The exam includes different neurological and orthopedic tests and several tests that are specific only to chiropractic.  In some cases, the patient will receive x-rays of the spine or other problem area.  The doctor uses all of this information gathered to determine if the patient has a chiropractic condition.  If a chiropractic condition exists, treatment consists of spinal adjustments to realign the spine and to restore normal motion.  Therapy is frequently used in conjunction to reduce pain and speed healing.

How much does care cost?

Most health insurance plans have chiropractic benefit.  A deductible or copy maybe part of the patient responsibility.  For people who do not have chiropractic benefit, a substantial time of service discount is given.  Auto and work injuries frequently require no out-of-pocket expense.

What should I wear to my treatment?
It’s best if you wear comfortable clothing, but the truth is, we treat patients going to and coming from work in business attire frequently as well. In other words, comfortable clothing is best, but don’t let that stop you from coming in and getting the care your body needs.