FAQs about Chiropractic
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. These issues can include allergies, asthma, anxiety, digestive issues, respiratory issues, and many more.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. The risks associated with chiropractic are very small. Many patients feel relief following a chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following Chiropractic treatment typically fades within 24 hours.
How many treatments will it take to fix me?
This is completely dependent upon the type of injury you have. Patients have been better in as few as one treatment, while others have taken longer. Typically, children respond very quickly; adults take longer because most problems are the result of years of symptoms. As with any healing process, every person’s progress is slightly different. The best way to determine what it will take to get you better is a history and examination. Dr. Sam strives to get you better in as few visits as possible. Normally, she will want to see results by the fifth visit. At that visit, you and Dr. Sam will make the decision to move forward with chiropractic care, or if no results are being seen, she will help advise you on your next best course of action.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. One of the most disruptive experiences to the body is the process of being born, and this can result in misalignments. Children are also very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Why does Live Your Life Chiropractic not take insurance?
We send out superbills to patients rather than file insurance claims ourselves. A superbill is a list of all the diagnosis and treatment codes that you will then send in to your insurance provider. By doing this, we are able to spend more individualized time with each patient as well as keep our costs down. We also get to decide how to best treat our patients rather than insurance companies telling us how to treat our patients. If you have any more questions on our superbill system, please call the office and we will be happy to answer them!
Do insurance plans cover chiropractic and how much does it cost?
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in some health care plans. If your plan accepts out-of- network chiropractors, you will be given a superbill to send in to your insurance company. The initial consultation and exam costs $100 and normal office visits are $40.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.
Can chiropractic help with preventing pain in the future?
Prevention is the idea of taking action now to reduce the risk of future symptoms. Getting chiropractic care on a regular basis falls into that category. We have many patients who get adjusted to prevent future problems. When we ask them how they are feeling, many times the will say they have “NO PAIN.” They are typically amazed though during the course of the exam at how many areas in their back are very tender to light touch. If the lack of proper function exists long enough, the chances of experiencing untimely pain or other symptoms increase dramatically. The solution is to get adjusted on a regular basis (normally once a month to every three months) in order to PREVENT any problems from ever arising.
Functional Medicine FAQs
What is functional medicine?
The healthcare profession is beginning to experience an exciting shift from traditional disease-centered medicine to a more patient-centered approach that looks at the whole person, not just an isolated constellation of symptoms. Functional medicine doctors spend time with their patients, listening to their stories and looking at the interactions between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. It uses diagnostic blood work to show a full picture of what is going on in a patient’s body to determine why a patient is experiencing their symptoms Dr. Sam will then work with you to recommend nutrients, vitamins, dietary requirements and other lifestyle changes necessary to start your journey back to health!
I have such and such…..does the doctor help with that?
We are happy to schedule a free 15 minute consultation with Dr. Sam, and she would be more than happy to discuss your symptoms with you and determine what she can do to help.
What tests are required?
Every person is different, so it really depends on your particular case.
How long does it take to get the test results back?
If you do the testing through our office, it usually takes less than two weeks to get all of the test results back and your personalized report completed.
Do you take insurance?
We do not take insurance for functional medicine services. The insurance companies have yet to catch up with paying for preventative and non-mainstream medical solutions to health issues. Also, by taking care of yourself now, you can easily be saving thousands of dollars on health care costs in the future.
How much does it cost?
We have put some of our costs for functional medicine care under the costs and prices tab. However, everybody is going to be unique and require slightly different testing as well as a slightly different treatment. If you have more questions about costs, we ask that you call or e-mail the office to tell us more about your personal health story. Most of the time, Dr. Sam can give a very good estimate on what the overall cost will be.