Q & A
What is 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 patient.
What are subluxations?
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
Chiropractors 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.
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 health.
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
6. What if I don't have insurance
or if my insurance company offers little, or no
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 obligation whatsoever.
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.
8. 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
9. Will I have to take off
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
Does the examination hurt?
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 adjustment?
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
12. Is chiropractic
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.
13. What causes the
"cracking" or "popping" sound made
during a chiropractic adjustment?
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.