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Frequently Asked Questions //

​​How does Chiropractic Work

Spinal joints that are "locked up," fixated or not moving properly can affect your health by "choking" or irritating nearby nerve tissue.  Chiropractic manipulation "adjustment" restores this motion allowing our body to function properly.  This helps restore nervous system integrity and can improve the healing process.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements.  You may want to contact your insurance plan directly to find out if there are any referral requirements.  



Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

​Yes.  Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, worker's compensation, Medicare, automobile accidents, and BlueCross BlueShield plans, for federal employees.  Again refer to your insurance plan directly to see what your chiropractic coverage is.



Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care.  Children are 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 is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound.  The same thing occurs when you "crack" your knuckles.  The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released.  There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.