Frequently Asked Questions
Why aren’t you just adjusting what hurts?
We often find that the problem that brings you in isn’t “the problem.” Our body is brilliant, and it works at adapting to everything life throws at us so that we can keep on going. Over time, when left neglected, these adaptions can become bigger problems. It often is a failure to continue to adapt that brings people to the office; kind of like the straw that broke the camel's back. Our focus is on you as a complete person, not just a body part that aches.
Can Chiropractic Help Me?
Chiropractic has helped millions of people worldwide suffering from all types of problems and not just back and neck ailments. Chiropractic works with the spinal column and its intimate relationship with the nervous system, which is the system that coordinates and controls all other systems of the body.
Chiropractic helps you to achieve overall health by dialing down the body’s stress response. When your body is in a state of ease it is able to heal and repair, this healing isn’t possible when the body is in a defense mode as it is when under stress.
You may be surprised to learn that research studies have provided scientific evidence showing chiropractic care is not only effective in the treatment of back and neck ailments, but can also provide effective relief with children suffering from ear infections, women suffering from dysmenorrhea (painful menses), and a number of other seemingly "non-spinal" conditions. While it's not prudent to guarantee relief from such conditions or claim to "treat" these conditions, chiropractic has successfully helped millions of individuals with all sorts of health conditions by positively affecting the nervous system.
Can I get adjusted even though I have had back or neck surgery?
Yes! The techniques used in our offices are safe and gentle for everyone. Since starting her chiropractic practice, Dr. Niccie has served many people with a variety of past medical issue and surgeries. Dr. Niccie draws on the vast amount of medical knowledge that comes with doctorate education along with her over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse to develop a plan that is tailored for each person.
Are Chiropractic Treatments Safe and Do They Hurt?
Chiropractic treatments are extremely safe for individuals of all ages - from infants to 100-year-olds. Our treatments are safe because we only use natural and noninvasive methods of care. Research consistently shows that care from chiropractors is among the safest care available and is literally light years ahead of traditional medical care in terms of "safeness".
The treatments themselves are generally not painful. In fact, most patients look forward to their treatments as many experience instantaneous relief immediately afterwards. Individuals who present with moderate to severe pain may experience some minor discomfort for obvious reasons, however, care is always gentle, safe and noninvasive.
Do I Have To Keep Coming Back For Treatments?
You may have heard the notion that once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back. Before we answer that question, ask yourself how many times you have visited a dentist? Like most people, you've probably gone dozens of times. Why? Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally rotting out of your head.
Once we have eliminated your pain and rehabilitated the injured tissues we do recommend that you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Like your dentist and like many of the medical experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of existing health conditions and minimizing new injuries in the future.
So the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing, minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.
However, if regular care doesn’t fit your schedule or budget we totally understand that too. We would rather you get sporadic care than none at all. Following your first visit Dr. Niccie will review all the exam findings and provide you with her recommendations for care, it is completely up to you if you choose to follow that plan.
How Long Will It Take To Notice a Change?
While treatment lengths vary somewhat from person to person and from condition to condition, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow.
First, newer injuries, if treated appropriately and immediately, tend to respond to fewer visits assuming that major tissue injury has not occurred. Many of these first time injuries can be effectively managed in as little as 3 to 4 visits.
Conditions that have been present for greater than 3 months and recurring conditions are generally more stubborn and difficult to manage. Resolution may require more time.
How Much Will It Cost?
Costs vary and generally depend on the number of treatments required to effectively treat your condition. A number of studies have shown that chiropractic care is extremely cost effective when compared to other "medical" forms of care for similar conditions. According to the 1993 Manga Report, "There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors. Users of chiropractic care have substantially lower health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than those who use medical care only."
In our office we recommend care in 12 visit intervals, what varies from practice member to practice member is the frequency of visits. The reason we recommend 12 visits at a time is that most conditions take time and repetition to see meaningful progress.