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Chiropractic Adjustment

Chiropractic Adjustment

A chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is a procedure in which a specific force is applied at a precise location and direction to a joint that is restricted, or not moving properly. The purpose is to restore normal joint motion, which often results in decreased pain through improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health. See FAQs for more information. Ask about our $40 routine adjustment cost for existing patients not utilizing insurance.

 

FAQs

What is Chiropractic?

The primary belief of the profession is in the natural and conservative methods of managing health care. We have a deep respect for the human body’s ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. We want to help optimize and restore what the patient brings to the office, themselves. Doctors of Chiropractic devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure, and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health.

A Doctor of Chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare. The tools vary from chiropractor to chiropractor but the philosophy always remains the same. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is under the control of your brain and nervous system. When spinal or extremity joints become restricted (“subluxated”), your nerves become irritated and inflamed causing pain, discomfort, and other health problems.

Chiropractic involves the science of detecting these abnormal joint restrictions and restoring proper joint motion & neurologic functioning through an adjustment. Dr. Waldo will also assess the muscles and other soft tissues, as well as your lifestyle, diet/nutrition, exercise, ergonomics, and posture in order for your body to heal itself. Chiropractic physicians receive extensive diagnostic training which will help to decide if you would be likely to benefit from chiropractic care, or if you should consult a medical doctor or another health care provider.

What is an Adjustment?

Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy/Spinal Manipulation or “adjustment” refers to gentle pressure or a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust to help restore function and motion to a joint that has become restricted. Like I asked, “What is an adjustment?” Simply put, the Dr. will place his hands upon your spine or other joint and apply an impulse. The noise that can be heard with an adjustment is the release of nitrogen gas from a joint capsule. It has been researched and documented that motion is restored following an adjustment but no bones are actually moved beyond their paraphysiological range of motion for this to happen. The adjustment stimulates the nervous system to help reduce pain and strengthen local musculature, therefore you recover quicker. (The Spine Journal – May 2004 (Vol. 4, Issue 3, Pages 335-356) (JMPT November 2000 (Vol. 23, Issue 9, Pages 585-595). The adjustment will also increase cerebral (brain) and cerebellar (cerebellum) function and improve performance and coordination.

There have been many studies that have proven its efficacy, cost-effectiveness, safety, and high levels of patient satisfaction. The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) published “Clinical Practice Guideline 14–Acute Low Back Problems in Adults” and found this technique as a gold standard for acute low back pain in 1994. Adjustments help much more than just low back problems. Did you know that a cervical (neck) and thoracic (middle spine) chiropractic adjustment influence T and B lymphocyte numbers, natural killer cell numbers, antibody levels, neutrophil phagocytic activity, Substance P and plasma ENDORPHIN levels that will aid in fighting infection? (JMPT Vol. 14 No 7 Sept 1991 p 399-408 and Chiropractic Journal of Australia 1993) See under common conditions treated or spinal adjustments for more information.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, currently we take Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, Cigna, PHCS, United Healthcare and more. Feel free to call and ask for any recent additions. Remember that the agreement is between you and your provider and Health in Balance is only helping in doing the paperwork for you. If your insurance is not one of these we will provide you with aid so you can send the information to your provider in order to receive reimbursement. We will help you in discovering what benefits, co-pays and deductibles you have. Be sure to ask about our Time of Service discount for those not paying with insurance (cash, credit, check, out of network insurance…). We are able to discount the fees since we do not have to deal with the paper work, time, and resources it takes to file with insurance. Payment is due at time of service.

How much will it cost?

We take Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, Cigna, PHCS, United Healthcare and more. Feel free to call and ask for any recent additions. Remember that the agreement is between you and your provider and Health in Balance is only helping in doing the paperwork for you. If your insurance is not one of these we will provide you with aid so you can send the information to your provider in order to receive reimbursement. We will help you in discovering what benefits, co-pays and deductibles you have. Be sure to ask about our Time of Service discount for those not paying with insurance (cash, credit, check, out of network insurance…). We are able to discount the fees since we do not have to deal with the paper work, time, and resources it takes to file with insurance. Payment is due at time of service.

Just remember, regardless if you have insurance or if you are financially challenged, if you and your family are committed to regaining your health through chiropractic care we will do everything possible to make it affordable.

How long will chiropractic care take?

Dr. Waldo believes in being upfront and honest and will tell you what to expect in order for you to make the best decision for your health. How long it will take depends upon the condition at hand. Dr. Waldo can give you a foundation to recovery, but health is ultimately in the hands of the patient. Your condition will depend upon compliance, soft tissue compromise, postural aberrations, current health, aggravation of symptoms, etc. The reduction of pain alone will usually be attained much sooner in most cases.

Patients always have a choice as to whether they want symptomatic relief (short term care) or correcting and stabilizing their problem (wellness care). Whatever your desire we will help you attain that goal.

What is chiropractic prevention/maintenance care?

When it comes to financing some people begin to prepare for retirement. We take a bit of our income and put it into savings accounts, CD’s, mutual funds, bonds, or higher risk stocks. Have you ever been in a pinch and tried to win the lotto or scrounge for money fast? This is called crisis management. Our society will wait until the last minute when the pain begins to seek help, more crisis management. Many people don’t realize that they are setting themselves up every day for future problems.

Dr. Waldo’s goal for you is to prepare for the future and begin preventing problems by moving from a crisis mind set to a preventative one. This is especially critical the younger the individual. When people come in for a “routine prevention/maintenance” visit they might be 98% of their normal. However, they might come in because of a “kink” in their back, muscle stiffness, or just feel like they need an adjustment. Do you think that a whole month of work will not produce slight muscle spasms or soft tissue compromise? Compound those slight soft tissue injuries and joint restrictions over months, over years, and you can see how injuries are actually not that “sudden”. Remember that an adjustment also aids in optimizing the communication between your brain and your body. Regular chiropractic care can help you to recover faster when you are injured during a weekend basketball game, a fall, a cold, etc.