How do I know if I need chiropractic care?
The best way to determine if you would benefit from chiropractic care is to have your spine assessed. We use specialized technology called the Insight Subluxation to precisely measure for any abnormalities in the function of your spine. It is so sensitive it can detect problems even before they cause symptoms. These tests let us know for sure whether you would benefit from care.
Does chiropractic hurt?
Chiropractic care is one of the safest and painless treatments around. Our office also has a distinct advantage in providing pain free care. The ProAdjuster is one of the most painless ways to treat the spine. It allows us to treat the spine using very little force, and does not require any twisting or cracking.
Most treatments actually result in rapid reduction of pain and stiffness. However, if you have never had a chiropractic adjustment, hands on adjustments occasionally cause some muscle soreness (usually no more than that experienced after a workout).
Will my insurance cover it?
Yes. In our experience, nearly 95% of insurance policies cover chiropractic. Your level of coverage depends on your individual plan. Your benefits are typically the same as if you were to see your family physician.
What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?
Doctors of Chiropractic are well educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques. Dr. Hyjek frequently attends continuing education seminars to learn the latest techniques to provide better patient results.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors' malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
Is chiropractic care addictive?
No. If only it were, there would be more healthy people around. Chiropractic care does not have any negative effects that would create any additional need for future treatments. However, it is possible to get used to having less pain, feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result or regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health is.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I'm pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.
Why do chiropractors take x-rays?
Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.
Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?
No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout will actually put additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.