FAQ

Can children receive chiropractic care?

Even if a parent has been treated with chiropractic care, they are often hesitant to bring their child for treatment. Some parents fear that it may cause pain or discomfort for the children, or that it will start a lifelong need for care. Children are usually more relaxed about treatment and their muscles are less tense, making the adjustment even easier. Problems with the spine or back can occur very early, even at childbirth. As with any condition, it is better to begin treatment earlier rather than later. In fact, treatment as a child can reduce the need for adjustments as an adult.

Can I take nutritional supplements, if I am on medications?

Common prescriptions may actually cause nutritional deficiencies and it's very important to measure your nutritional status to determine a targeted repletion plan. Prescriptions that may commonly cause deficiencies include statins, birth control, blood pressure medications, anti-inflammatories, and anti-depressants.

Can a Doctor of Chiropractic treat other conditions besides the back?

A doctor of chiropractic is trained to treat numerous conditions besides the spine such as; knee, ankle, foot, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries.

How many treatments are usually required for a neck or back injury?

The number of treatments will depend upon the severity of the condition and how long the condition has been present. On the average, each condition will require six to eight treatments.

If I'm pregnant, can I receive treatment from a doctor of Chiropractic?

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors. Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. A chiropractor who is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.

Do health insurance policies cover chiropractic services?

Every insurance policy has different coverage and healthcare limits. When you call our office to make an appointment our staff will obtain specific information to help determine whether or not your insurance policy covers chiropractic care. However, we always encourage you to call your insurance company to further verify the coverage for services rendered at our office.

Do health insurance policies cover nutritional services?

Nutritional services are often not covered by insurance companies unless the purpose for the nutritional consult is Diabetes Mellitus or weight loss.

If I have had back surgery can I receive chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care after back surgery is extremely safe and can help a patient regain strength and mobility more quickly. The trauma of surgery can cause improper alignment, extreme muscle stiffness and soreness that proper chiropractic care can resolve. Additionally, scar tissue can form around vertebrae and other soft tissue structures, which may affect the biomechanics (function) of the joints.

Do children require nutritional supplements?

Children's daily dietary habits often result in nutritional deficiencies, which can make them prone to illnesses, improper growth and development and conditions related to future health problems such as elevated cholesterol and diabetes mellitus. As a result, specific nutritional supplementation may be required in order to assure the adequate intake of these nutrients.

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a nutritionist?

A registered dietitian (RD) is a person who has satisfied the academic and experiential requirements established by the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). "RD" is a nationally recognized professional credential, which is conferred by the ADA. At a minimum, an RD holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition, nutrition sciences, and/or dietetics. In addition to food science and meal planning courses, a dietetics curriculum includes nutrition through life's cycle, clinical dietetics, medical-nutrition therapy, education methodology, human development and anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and social science. In order to remain registered, an RD must meet the continuing professional education requirements of ADA that includes at a minimum seventy-five hours per five-year period, and/or a professional portfolio with targeted ADA-approved professional development goals and objectives. A registered dietitian combines the art and science of the profession to assist individuals and communities in achieving their respective nutritional needs and goals. This includes individualized nutritional plans for persons with special medical diets, and eating plans for persons with special needs and disabilities.

A nutritionist may hold a bachelor's degree in food, nutrition and dietetics, but may not hold the CDR's registration credential. Often, this individual has not completed a relevant internship or pre-professional practice program, and/or has not passed the national examination test necessary for registered dietitians.

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