& A 1. What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent
recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs
or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship
between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by
the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation
and restoration of health. In addition, doctors of chiropractic
recognize the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with
other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the
2. What are
A subluxation is a misalignment of one or more of the twenty-four
vertebrae (spinal bones) or other joints of the body (including the
jaw, ankle, knee, hip, etc). Subluxations can hamper the way
your body functions and interfere with your nervous system, which
impairs your body's ability to heal itself and function at its optimum
What's the difference between a chiropractic doctor and a medical
have a minimum of six years of training after high school to become a
Doctor of Chiropractic; at least two of those years are in
pre-chiropractic studies at a college or university (quite similar to a
“Pre-Med” program). The Doctor of Chiropractic studies the same basic
sciences as physicians, and must pass the same State Board of
Examiners' basic sciences examination that other doctors, including
MDs, are required to pass. The chiropractor attends a college
of chiropractic for four years, including two years as an intern at an
outpatient clinic where he or she gets practical experience in a
clinical and academic setting. Just as is the case for
medical doctors (MD's), doctors of chiropractic (DC) must pass the
State Board Exam in the state in which they wish to practice.
Do chiropractors prescribe drugs or surgical procedures?
Chiropractors don't prescribe drugs, and do not perform surgeries. The
doctor focuses on drug-free, non-invasive procedures for restoring
proper function as a way of pain relief and bring optimal
Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most chiropractic care is covered by your insurance company, who
recognize the value of chiropractic care. The Journal for
Managed Care published stated that chiropractic care was
more cost effective than conventional medical therapies in treating low
back pain. No matter who is at fault in an auto
accident, the responsible insurance company almost certainly will cover
100 % of the cost of chiropractic care. We will defer payment
for you treatment until after the insurance company settles your case.
Our services are also covered by Workers Compensation Insurance, for
those who are injured on the job. Many studies have shown
that most on the job injuries, especially those related to lower back
injuries, respond quicker with chiropractic care than with any other
type of treatment. If you're not sure whether your insurance company
will cover treatment by our office, we will be happy to call them for
you. Either call our office to make an appointment for your
free consultation, or send us an email using the form below.
6. What if I don't have
insurance or if my insurance company offers little, or no chiropractic
Our office proves very affordable, no-interest payment plans that are
very low cost and affordable. When you begin your care we
will provide you a written plan that describes in detail how much our
treatment will cost, and how long it will take; it will also describe
the various payment options available to you. If you're not
happy with the plan that we present, you will be under no further
Medical doctors couldn't cure me, so why should I believe that a
chiropractic doctor would help?
There is an old saying that goes “When you are
a carpenter, you have a hammer and you see nails”. Our Medical Doctor
colleagues are not trained to see the human body in the same way that
chiropractors are trained. Chiropractors are trained to detect, and
treat, subluxation (or joint dysfunction). A misalignment of one or
more of the 24 movable bones or "vertebrae" of your spine can irritate
your spinal nerves by pinching or pressing on them, sometimes resulting
in severe impairment of your nervous system, which in turn can cause
pain, as well as lower your body's resistance and make you susceptible
a wide variety of diseases.
If your ailment is caused by spinal misalignment only chiropractic care
will get you better. We can help.
How long does the initial examination take?
The initial exam will take 15-30 minutes, maybe a little more if x-rays
or any other diagnostic procedures are necessary.
9. Will I have
to take off my clothes?
Seldom does the patient need to remove clothing as part of the
examination. Men and boys may occasionally be asked to take
their shirts off, but if you are a female the most that may be required
is that you place a gown over your bra before examination.
The gown will cover up the front, and will only partially expose your
10. Does the examination
It's virtually painless. We know you are already in pain, and
will do nothing to add to it. Quite the contrary, we will
likely relieve it. We are specially trained in the
identification and diagnosis of spinal joint dysfunction and related
disorders, and can often accurately diagnose your condition without
harsh manipulation or invasive testing.
11. What is an
An adjustment is a gentle, specific movement of part of your body, the
purpose of which is the correction of your subluxation(s), which in
turn will alleviate the impairment of nerve function in your
body. It is usually painless, often pleasurable. The doctors
at Bennett Chiropractic utilize several gentle techniques to ensure
that your treatment is at the best comfort level for you.
After your vertebrae are back in their proper position, you will feel
much less stress and tension.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes. Statistics prove that chiropractic care is one of the
safest types of healthcare in the world. You only need to compare the
malpractice premiums paid by chiropractors to those paid by medical
doctors. Doctors of Chiropractic pay only one-twentieth of what medical
doctors pay in malpractice premiums.
What causes the "cracking" or "popping" sound made during a
It's not your spine making that noise. It's just like the sound made
when you "crack" your knuckles. The sound is caused by the release of
the vacuum inside the joint space and it is completely harmless.
14. Should I
continue chiropractic care if I don't have any symptoms and I feel
This is like asking, “Should I continue to strive to maintain good
health my whole life?” The answer is obvious. Your
spine is constantly being subjected to subversive impulsive
forces--forces delivered in falls, bumps, and even while
sleeping. Even though the symptoms of your last ailment may
have disappeared after treatment, there may be symptoms (unrecognized
by you) that are even now doing long-term damage to your
body. Just as it is important for you to visit the dentist
periodically, even if you don't feel dental pain, so is it important
for you to visit the chiropractor periodically.