Frequently Asked Questions
The term "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek
word Chiropraktikos, which means "effective
treatment by hand". It started over 100
years ago when the originator of
Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, moved a bone in a
deaf man's neck and enabled him to hear
Chiropractic is a type of
natural health care based on a philosophy that if your nervous system is
functioning at its best, so will your entire
body. The BASIC understanding is that when
the spine is out of alignment, it pinches
the nerves, which decreases vital
communication from the brain to the body.
Chiropractic adjustments move the bones into
position to remove this pressure and
facilitate better health naturally.
For example, when your neck muscles tighten
up from stress,
sports injuries, etc. you may not be able to fully turn your head, or you
may get dizzy or have headaches.
Another example is if the mid-back gets
injured it can affect the nerves going to
the stomach, the lungs, or the muscles along
the spine. When this happens, you can have
symptoms like acid reflux, asthma, or
stiffness and pain between the shoulder
There is always a cause to the symptoms
you're feeling and Chiropractic looks at the
of your body to determine this
and then treats with adjustments to remove the pressure on the nerves
and encourage proper function.
How is a
different from an M.D. or a D.O.?
Doctors of Chiropractic (Chiropractors)
practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to
health. Our current healthcare system
focuses entirely too much on medication. You
have a cough? Take a cough suppressant; you
have headaches daily, weekly, or monthly? It
must be a shortage of aspirin in your
system... here's some Advil, Excedrin or
We have been taught to believe that a pill
or liquid is what will make us 'better' and
'healthier'. Even weight loss... Americans
would much rather take a
than actually eat well and exercise!!
Chiropractors look at the body differently
than MD's or DO's. We encourage movement,
stretching, exercising, eating well, and
getting adjustments to encourage the spine
to help heal the body.
MD's may refer you to physical therapy where
you will get training on exercises and
stretching but you will also receive
cover up your pain.
DO's may do the above and also give you
adjustments, but their training is focused
on bones in a different way, with less
training in adjusting techniques.
Here's an example, if you fall and break a
leg or arm, you would go to a D.O. to have
it set and casted. If you dislocate your
shoulder completely (you'll know if that
happens) go to a D.O. (or the ER) to get it
set back into position, but then you can see
to help rehabilitate the muscles and
ligaments and strengthen the area to prevent
it from happening again.
If you have back pain from bending over or
from a slip and fall, you should see a
Chiropractor to check the spinal alignment
and get it adjusted back into position.
*** A little extra information that most
people don't realize is that a Chiropractor
IS a Doctor. D.C. stands for
Doctor of Chiropractic. Any person with a Doctor title means they are experts in
THEIR field, not EVERY field. A medical
doctor is an expert in MEDICINE
(medication), a dentist is a doctor who is
an expert on teeth. Chiropractors are
experts in adjusting the spine and
recommending ways to make your body healthy,
but we would not re-attach a severed toe.
Chiropractors actually spend MORE hours in
class than an MD does while getting their
Doctorate. The biggest difference is that
we spend time studying adjusting and MD's
spend time studying medication. ***
Do you have to 'crack' my neck?
Absolutely not. Many people prefer the
'crack', they feel they get the most relief
when their adjustments make noise, however
the 'noise' is simply air releasing from a
pressurized joint, like when you crack or
'pop' your knuckles. While many of our
adjustments make noise, it is NOT an
indication that the bones actually moved.
There are other, more gentle, techniques
that we can use and still get just as good
results. Don't be afraid to share your
concerns with Dr. Parsons when you go in for
your first exam. She will discuss with you
all the options BEFORE your treatment so you
will feel comfortable with what is going on.
What EXACTLY IS the adjustment?
The purpose of the adjustment is to restore
joint mobility by manually applying a
controlled force into joints that have
become restricted in their movement,
usually as a result of tissue injury. Tissue
injury can be caused by single
traumatic events, like
improper lifting, or through repetitive
stress, such as sitting in a position with
poor posture for an extended period of time.
In either case, injured tissues undergo
physical and chemical changes
that can cause inflammation, pain, and
diminished function for the sufferer.
Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected
joint and tissues, restores mobility,
thereby alleviating pain and
and allowing tissues to heal.
Will it hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments rarely cause pain
or discomfort. Occasionally, patients can
experience mild soreness after a
treatment but it usually resolves within 12
to 48 hours.
Why do I have to get an exam if I've been to
Chiropractors in the past?
Dr. Parsons feels it is important to know
a person’s health history prior to giving
treatment. Your health could have changed
since your last adjustment indicating a
change in what treatment is indicated, or
the previous Chiropractor may have practiced
differently than she does. Dr. Parsons's
exams are to ensure that her treatments will
be safe and effective.
Do I have to get X-rays?
Not necessarily. Some injuries or accidents
indicate X-rays for proper diagnosis and
treatment, but it is decided on a case by
case basis. Only about 10% of new patients
are required to get X-rays prior to
Will insurance cover my treatments?
Every insurance plan is different. Many
insurance plans have Chiropractic coverage.
The best way to find out is to email or call
our office with your
insurance company name,
your ID #, your full name, and your
birthday. We will call the insurance for
you and let you know what your coverage is
even before you walk in the door!
back and neck pain,
what else does Chiropractic help with?
Headaches, TMJ disorder, whiplash, sciatica,
scoliosis, arthritis, hip/ leg pain, knee
pain, shin splints, sports injuries,
ankle/foot pain, shoulder, elbow, and wrist
pain, numbness/tingling, muscle/ligament
strains/sprains, car accidents, work
accidents, disc herniations, childhood
illnesses (see the Pediatric page for a more
specific list), pain during pregnancy,
nutritional counseling, etc. etc. etc.
This is just to name a few!
If you wonder if Chiropractic can help you,
Call or Email today!
Will I have to go forever? How often? Will I
get 'addicted' to adjustments?
Every spine is different and everyone needs
based on what is going on with them. Dr.
Parsons will first recommend a treatment
plan to get you out of pain, (this can be 2
to 10 to 20 visits, depending on what's
wrong) then a treatment plan to stabilize
your condition (2 to 5 visits), and then she
will recommend Maintenance Care.
Maintenance Care is simply a term to
indicate a type of plan to keep you where
you are so the pain does not come back. It
typically involves adjustments every 4-8
It is YOUR CHOICE if you would like to come
in after your pain is gone. Most patients
realize that they have been living with such
stiffness and tightness for so long, that
once they are adjusted, they really FEEL
GOOD!! Then they choose to take charge of
their health and stay on maintenance. Other
patients decide not to continue and wait
until the pain comes back (it always does in
this day and age!) and we welcome you back
anytime you need it!
When Should I go?
If you have a spine, call today. You should
get your spine checked whether you have pain
or not! Do you see a dentist every 6
months? Why? To check for cavities you can't
feel! So why wait until your spine hurts to
see if your spine is out of place? GET