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  1. Q: What is Chiropractic?

    A: 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.

  1. Q: Why is Chiropractic used?

    A: As a result of injury, overuse or even postural imbalances, muscles and joints become tight and restricted. In order to restore normal joint movement and function spinal manipulative therapy is needed.

  1. Q: How long is a typical visit?

    A: The initial visit will take approximately 60 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of the complaint. During this visit the practitioner will perform a thorough history and physical exam, provide a diagnosis and if they do not require advanced imaging, perform the first treatment. Subsequent visits after this point are usually 15 to 30 minutes in length, again depending on the severity and complexity of the injury.

  1. Q: What conditions do chiropractors treat?

    A: Chiropractors are trained to provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders not just back and neck complaints. Different treatment modalities such as Active Release Techniques (ART®) and Acupuncture can be very effective for injuries to the shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles as well as other conditions such as migraines and dysmenorrhea.

  1. Q: What type of education and training to chiropractors have?

    A: Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. A typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already competed three or four years of undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four academic years of professional study are the standard

  1. Q: What is an acupuncture treatment like?

    A: An acupuncture treatment consists of inserting fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific body sites, in patterns designed to influence the dysfunction identified. The needles are then manipulated by connecting them to an electrical current, which causes a “buzzing” of the needles.



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