Nielson Chiropractic Center -- Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Do you treat children?
A.  Yes.  We get great results with children and babies.  We have helped acid reflux, ear infections, difficulty sleeping, scoliosis and many other conditions affecting children.  We use the Arthrostim™ adjusting instrument for gentle and precise adjusting. (Click here for more information)

Q.  Do you adjust the spine only?
A.  We also do great work on extremity conditions (i.e.- carpal tunnel, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, plantar fascia and many other conditions.)  We also work with foot conditions and provide two types of orthotics.  Custom-designed orthotics are helpful for young (and old) athletes and people who spend a lot of time on their feet.

Q.  Do you treat TMJ?
A.  Yes.  We do advanced work on TMJ syndrome and headaches.

Q.  Is Chiropractic care right for me?
A.  To determine if chiropractic care is right for a new patient, we  perform a physical exam including a whole person evaluation as well as x-rays to pin-point problem areas in a person’s spinal as well as nutritional health.  There is a variety of conditions that chiropractic care can treat.  Birth trauma, growth deficiencies, sports, accidents, falls, and even daily stress on the body can cause misalignment which manifests itself in many different ways.  Chiropractic care can treat not only your little aches and pains but also: major injuries, allergies, asthma, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Colic, digestive problems, disk problems, dizziness and vertigo, dysmenorrheal, ear infection, firomyalgia, headaches, hearing loss/deafness, high blood pressure (hypertension), immune system problems, neck pain, pelvic pain, Premenstrual Syndrome,
scoliosis, tinnitus and whiplash, and many other conditions.     

Q. Does it hurt?
A.  Many years ago some chiropractic techniques were “uncomfortable” at best.  The combination of modern advancements in treatment approach and therapy has made the experience comfortable for the majority of patients.  Occasionally patients will experience discomfort not unlike post-workout soreness as we try to recondition the body system.

Q.  Is it dangerous?
A.  Chiropractic has an excellent record for safety and has been deemed one of the least invasive and most conservative of the health care professions.  Complications from spinal adjustments are very uncommon.  There are about 250,000,000 spinal adjustments performed per year and only 183 cases of complications have ever been reported in medical literature.¹

Q.  How often should I see a chiropractor?  Will I have to go for the rest of my life?
A.  After an initial exam and review of x-rays, the doctor will determine what treatment plan will be most effective for your condition.  Generally, we begin with a corrective period of care which is the most intensive period during which the goal is to correct misalignments and free the patient from pain.  The next period of visits is less intensive and is intended to retrain the body and restore proper function to the spine and nervous system.  The third period of care helps the body to maintain its new and proper alignment.  Although at this point the treatment plan may be at its end, monthly visits may be suggested in order to help maintain proper alignment and lessen the risk of injury for a lifetime of continued health.  Some patients choose to only visit a Chiropractor when they are injured or in pain. 

Q.  Do you accept my insurance?
A.  Although we do not accept all insurance policies, we strive to make chiropractic care affordable.  Check with your insurance company for coverage and benefits and be sure to ask if the doctor is a provider for that company.  If the doctor is not a provider, a referral from a primary doctor may be an option through your insurance carrier and may bring down your deductible and/or co-pay.  We also provide financial options for those patients who embark on a care plan and block plans may be purchased at a discounted rate once the care plan is completed.

¹Licht PB et al.  Is there a role for premanipulative testing befoe cervical manipulation?  Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics  2000;23:175-179

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