frequently asked questions
How does chiropractic work?
Do adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. Any reported soreness after an adjustment has been described as similar to starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort and promote healing.
Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?
Can I learn to adjust myself?
Chiropractors are trained to adjust using a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint. It is nearly impossible to adjust yourself safely, correctly, and accurately. Even Dr. Andrew sees a colleague to get adjusted!
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. Dr. Andrew will modify adjustments based on your body’s structure, your activity level, and your comfort with manual adjustment.
Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?
The noises you hear are your joints releasing tiny pockets of air. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones on either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Can I tell if I have a subluxation?
Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity—you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That's why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don't. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, as they promote good health from the inside out.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Why do chiropractors take x-rays?
Chiropractors take X-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.
Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Many moms find that chiropractic adjustments help with pregnancy discomforts like sciatica, low back pain, and acid reflux. Women also report that chiropractic care helped make their delivery easier for themselves and their baby, by reducing labor time and pain levels. Adjustments are always customized to the patient, so Dr. Andrew will use gentle correction appropriate to your stage of pregnancy, so get you the best results safely.
Will I need x-rays?
Every person and case is different and it depends on your health history and the outcome of your initial assessments. We do believe that to see is to know, therefore x-rays are a very important tool to see the health of your spine. Diagnostic tools like x-rays also help us to understand any limitations and expectations for your results and healing.
When will I start feeling better?
Everyone’s body responds differently to care. Some people start to feel symptomatic relief after just one adjustment, and most see significant changes by their first reassessment. With every visit we know that you are one step closer to receiving your symptomatic breakthrough, and one step close to reaching your optimal health.
I'm nervous, what should I expect?
We understand this may be new to you, or you may have had bad experiences in the past, but don’t be nervous! We take our time to get to know what your body needs and Dr. Andrew uses the most specific, gentle and effective chiropractic techniques available. We will make sure you are comfortable throughout the process.
I am in a lot of pain! I was really hoping to get adjusted today!
We don’t typically adjust on the first visit. There are two things that are most important to us, your health and our reputation, and we are not willing to jeopardize either by rushing into your treatment. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis. It is imperative that we discuss your health history and complete our assessments at that first visit to determine the underlying cause of your health concerns and what type of care is needed.
When will I get my first adjustment?
The first step is to identify the cause of your health concern by looking at your history and completing a thorough health assessment in our office. We typically do not start care on your first visit so that we can spend quality time looking over your findings. After gathering this information about your case, we can determine what care is required. Most people who chose to move forward with care receive their first adjustment on their second visit.
I have an MRI/X-rays. Should I bring them?
Yes, if you have them, feel free to bring them. Dr. Andrew would be happy to look at any previous studies that you have. Know that images over one year old will be helpful in understanding your health history, but will not replace the need for an accurate look at your structure today.
How long will my first visit take?
You can expect your first visit to take approximately 45 minutes, if you fill out the new patient paperwork ahead of time. For patients who fill out paperwork in-office, first visits usually take about one hour.
Do you accept insurance?
We accept limited insurance at this time. At your initial visit, bring your photo ID and insurance card so we may complete a complimentary benefits check to let you know exactly what to expect. You will not incur any charges prior to us discussing them with you.
Do you offer financing options?
Yes. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of care in our office including the type of care received, the amount of care necessary, any insurance benefits, or self-payment options available. Because each individual case is different, our team will discuss all of these factors with you during your second visit. You will never incur any charges in our office without having first discussed them.
Do you accept walk ins?
For current practice members, walk in visits are often available. Please give us a call to let us know that you will be coming in, so we can adjust your future appointment schedule. For new patients, an appointment is required.
Can I get a same day appointment?
Yes, if appointments are available, we are happy to offer same day appointments.
How much does treatment cost?
There are many factors that contribute to the cost of care in our office including the type of care received, the amount of care necessary, any insurance benefits, or self-payment options available. Because each individual case is different, our team will discuss all of these factors with you during your second visit. You will never incur any charges in our office without first discussing them with a team member. Though we cannot offer a “number” for your specific case without first performing an evaluation, the average cost per visit in our office is about $40 for self-pay patients.
How many visits do I need?
Every case is different. We will not know how many visits you will need before we have had a chance to look at your history, understand your goals, and perform our evaluations.