Frequently Asked Questions


What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

What does a Chiropractic Physician do?

Chiropractic physicians practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractic physicians have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.  Although most cases can be diagnosed through discussion of the problem and physical examination, chiropractic physicians utilize blood tests, MRI, CAT scans, X rays, and other diagnostic tests when necessary

Does insurance pay for chiropractic treatment?

Yes, many health insurance companies reimburse for chiropractic care.  We will call to confirm your benefits.

What is a “Spinal Manipulation” or “Chiropractic Adjustment”?

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment”. The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement.   Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal. 

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic treatments carry a very low risk of complication.  Approximately 25% of patients will experience short-term (less than 24 hours) of local soreness following the initial treatment.  The risk of serious complication is rare.  Estimates for neck adjustments are between 1 in 400,000 to 1 in 5.85 million.  With regards to the low back, estimates for serious complication is "1 in many million".

What is the cracking or popping noise during a manipulation?

Synovial fluid present in your joints acts as a lubricant. The fluid contains the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you pop or crack a joint, you stretch the joint capsule. Gas is rapidly released, which forms an audible sound.  Although this is not necessary for manipulation to be effective, it is simply the sound of the joint suddenly moving or releasing from its restricted state.

Do I have to get my back cracked?

No.  Spinal manipulation is a technique used to correct joint dysfunction (a condition in which there is loss of normal movement of a joint) a common cause of spinal pain and dysfunction.  If you do not have joint dysfunction then there is no need for manipulation.  Even if you do have joint dysfunction, if you’d prefer, there are "non-cracking" techniques that can be used to correct it, which are often equally effective.