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Frequently Asked Questions

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BJ Palmer

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the safest branch of the health care system, and only chiropractic effectively utilizes natural, drugless methods of treatment. It is based on the scientific premise that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. Your brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves make up your nervous system.  The spine, in particular, offers protection to the delicate spinal cord and spinal nerves which exit from the spinal column.  Irritation of the nervous system can occur when the spine is not in proper alignment causing what we call a “subluxation”. Subluxations put pressure on your spinal nerves thus compromising the nerve flow to the rest of the body.

Doctors of Chiropractic believe the human body possesses a natural and built-in ability to heal itself.  By using non-drug and non-surgical treatment methods, your body function can be restored or rehabilitated – and further disability can be prevented.

Doctors of Chiropractic are primary contact providers who:

-Evaluate, treat & prevent neuromuscular system disorders

-Manually adjust the spine & other joints

-Treat soft tissue structures with manual therapies

-Provide health & wellness assessments

What is a Sports Chiropractor?

While most people only associate the term chiropractor with neck or back pain, sports chiropractors have extensive additional training in sports physiology, strength conditioning, rehab exercise, and proper training techniques.  A good sports chiropractor will have extensive training and understanding of the function of shoulders, hips, and knees, which are often sites of sports injuries.

They study how the body moves and the importance of proper symmetry and strength in various functions and movements of a particular sport.  This understanding allows a sports chiropractor to recognize the signs of weakness in a particular area that is already injured or may be susceptible to injury. It is the understanding of the complex interdependence of various structure with each other that helps the sports chiropractor to make a proper diagnosis and determine the quickest and safest path to full recovery.

Many professional athletic teams understand the advantage of using a sports chiropractor. In the MLB for example, 28 of the 30 teams have a sports chiropractor on staff that regularly treats their team at home games and spring training.

Elite athletes worldwide are starting to insist that a sports chiropractor be available at their competitive venues.

What Do Chiropractors Do?

Doctors of Chiropractic use time honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination to find and fix subluxations of the spine.  This examination of your spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes Chiropractic different from other health care providers.  

Accidents, falls, stress, tension, over-exertion or any other factor which may cause an inability of the spine to move properly, can result in minor displacements of one or more of the vertebrae.  These displacements are called subluxations which put pressure on your spinal nerves, and can in turn, cause malfunctions in your body.  By applying pressure with specific chiropractic adjustments to the displaced vertebrae, nerve flow can be restored to all the cells and tissues and the organs of your body.  This will, in turn, increase your mobility, circulation, immune system function, and decrease arthritis and degeneration.

What Do Chiropractors Treat?

The first thing that comes to most people’s mind is back pain.  It is true that for backaches, sciatica, whiplash and disc problems one should try chiropractic first. The art of adjusting the spine has been proven beneficial for these problems since the time of Hippocrates.

However, what most people don’t know is that other functional disorders such as those that involve organs and internal glands of the body may also respond to chiropractic adjustments. Every gland, organ, and body tissue needs an appropriate nerve supply or some form of stimulation from the nervous system to function properly. If the spine is not in proper alignment, the vertebrae can interrupt the nerve signal pathway from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.  The conditions which doctors of chiropractic treat can be as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself.

How Does The Chiropractor Locate The Problem?

Every new patient fills out a patient history form which helps to identify the problem with which you are chiefly concerned. Then a consultation, physical exam, and careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may affect your condition.  This typically includes a posture analysis, range of motion analysis, palpation of the spine, and possible orthopedic and neurologic examinations. Sometimes x-ray imaging may be deemed necessary to rule out more serious conditions, and assist the doctor in developing a proper care plan.

How Well Educated Is My Chiropractor?

Today, at least six years of highly specialized college training is required to graduate and earn licensure. Chiropractors must meet stringent educational requirements, including approximately 600 hours of externship, a basic science examination – the same examination that is given to medical students, as well as an additional three rounds of rigid chiropractic board examinations.  In fact, class hours spent earning their doctorate doesn’t differ much from that of a medical student. Check out this chart showing the courses studied by chiropractic students in comparison to medical students.

Chiropractic vs Medical Doctor Education

How Long Will My Care Take?

Everyone is different and everyone has a different goal for their health.  How long it takes to actually "get well" depends on many important factors, such as, lifestyle, weight, age, duration of the condition, living habits, occupation, genetics, attitude, and of course, your cooperation. After a proper consultation and physical exam, your doctor will develop a care plan specifically designed for you.  The doctor’s recommendations will give you an estimate of the time it will take to correct the problem, feel the difference, and then how to maintain your amazing results.

Am I Too Young Or Too Old For Chiropractic?

Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care no matter how young or how old! If you have a spine, it needs to be maintained and aligned.  Childbirth itself is the first shock to the spine and nervous system a person receives.  Think about the pressure on the infant at the time of delivery and the potential pull on the infant’s head and neck even during a normal, uncomplicated delivery.  Clinical evidence suggests that common disorders of childhood such as colic, colds, constipation, asthma, bed wetting, and other conditions can be helped through adjustments, if they are a result of neurological irritation caused by spinal imbalances. 

As a person ages, the muscles which help to maintain the spine in its normal alignment begin to lose the tone needed to maintain balance. When this occurs, the spinal vertebrae have a greater tendency to slip or move erratically and affect the spinal nerves which lead to vital parts of the body. Chronic conditions, (such as arthritis, circulatory disorders, constipation, stiffness of various joints) which are associated with the process of aging can many times be greatly alleviated with regular spinal adjustments.

Chiropractic places considerable emphasis on structural balance and has attributed considerable importance to the potential problems which can result from harmless incidents. Proper chiropractic care over the course of your lifetime can help ensure the spine does not develop abnormally, and cost you proper body function or even your health.

How Does A Chiropractor "Adjust" My Spine?

An adjustment is the precise manipulation of vertebrae which have abnormal movement patterns, and interfere with normal nerve supply. Chiropractors spend countless hours learning the art of examining the spine by movement and touch, and special spinal examining procedures in order to administer a specific spinal adjustment.

The adjustment is usually given by hand. It consists of placing the patient on a specially designed adjusting table and applying pressure, using specialized techniques, to the areas of the spine that are out of proper alignment or that do not move properly within their normal range of motion. The experience of your doctor in manipulative procedures will determine the types of adjustment and the frequency with which you will be adjusted.

Do Adjustments Hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments are generally gentle and do not cause pain. Depending on your initial condition coming in to seek care, muscle tightness may cause some mild soreness from tissues being stretched during an adjustment.  Most patients describe an adjustment as a "relieving release" or an "ahhhh" sensation.

Are Adjustments Safe?

Chiropractors see incredible results with their patients everyday using no needles, no chemicals, no surgeries, and no medications. They don’t take anything out, and they don’t put anything in making it one of the safest and natural forms of health care. In fact, the most common side effects include increased nerve flow, increased immune system function, improved mobility, and improved circulation which in turn prevents arthritis and degeneration. 

What Is The "Pop" Sound Heard During An Adjustment?

When an adjustment is made, pressure is released from the joints. That pressure gets released in the form of tiny air bubbles which then cause a “popping” sound similar to cracking your knuckles. It’s totally safe, and means that the pressure is being taken off of your spine that’s been built up and put there by the weight of your body and gravity.

Do I Have To Keep Coming Back?

Your treatment and success depends on how often you want to come.  You can choose to come in when it hurts, or you can choose to come routinely which typically results in fewer overall visits.  The people who see the greatest benefit are those who routinely see their chiropractor.  Spinal adjustments stimulate nerve flow, and improve mobility.   As mobility improves, circulation will improve.  This will in turn, help prevent degeneration and arthritis in the future.  Many people even find that they hardly get sick after they start chiropractic care because their nervous system is working correctly thus allowing their immune system to function at its greatest potential. Getting a few adjustments over time can have an incredible possible effect on your health, so why wouldn’t you want to keep coming back?

Do You Take My Insurance?

We handle a wide variety of insurance claims including motor vehicle accidents, worker's compensation, and commercial health insurance. We are In-Network for the below companies, but not limited to:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Mayo Health Solutions
  • Medica
  • Medicare
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • United Healthcare

How Much Does It Cost?

At Kinetic Spine & Sport we believe in the value of true health care for you and your family which is why we have a pricing structure that allows for all different sizes of families and budgets.  After carefully examining your current condition, a custom plan is created for you and your situation.  Many patients are surprised at how cost-effective and affordable chiropractic care is!

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