Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions


+ What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care specialty that focuses on the muscles, joints, and nerves of the spine, and how it works in relation to the rest of the body. Chiropractors use adjustments, and other forms of physical rehabilitation to relieve pain naturally.

+ What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments involve a gentle, but quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that are not moving correctly.

+ Are chiropractors doctors?

Yes. Chiropractors in New York state are required to complete 4 years of undergraduate studies, followed by 3.5 years of doctoral study for a total of 7.5 years of education. Students are required to complete a preceptorship under an established Doctor of Chiropractic. They are then required to take and pass a 4-part national boards exam.

+ What is the benefit of a chirotherapy treatment?

Chirotherapy appointments incorporate multiple treatment methods in one visit. When you are in pain, there is usually a tight muscle, a joint that is not moving properly, and an aggravated nerve. With chirotherapy treatments, deep tissue muscle release is used to relieve the tight muscle. A chiropractic adjustment is used to release the pressure at the joint. Electric muscle stimulation is used to distract the pain signal from the nerve to the brain. After all three aspects of pain are addressed, patients are educated on rehabilitaion exercises. Maintenance care is often recommended to keep the pain away.

+ Can a chiropractic adjustment hurt me?

Chiropractic adjustments are considered a safe, conservative form of pain relief. Soreness following treatment is occasionally a side effect.

+ What can I expect my first visit?

Your first chiropractic appointment will consist of completing intake paperwork to give the doctor a better idea of what is causing your pain or why you are visiting the office. From there, a consultation will take place with the doctor. During the consultation, you will explain to the doctor what is wrong, what you want out of your treatment, and ask any questions you may have. The doctor will then explain what he can do to help you achieve your treatment goals. An exam will then be performed to diagnose what is causing your pain. After a thorough exam, if treatment is deemed safe by the doctor, it will be performed on the first visit. Every follow-up visit will be much shorter. It will consist of the patient updating how they feel and a follow-up treatment.

+ Do I need a referral to go to a chiropractor?

No, In New York state you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. However, some physicians will refer their patients to see chiropractors.

+ Do I need insurance to see a chiropractor?

You do not need insurance to see a chiropractor. Some insurance companies will cover limited chiropractic care.

+ Do I need to schedule an appointment to be treated?

No. Walk-in patients are always welcomed. However, without an appointment wait times may be slightly longer.

+ How do I pay for my appointment?

Payment is required after service is performed. All forms of payment are accepted in office, including: cash, credit, check, and online pay. Whatever is most convienent for you.

+ How long do visits take?

The first visit can take up to one hour due to intake forms, and a thorough exam to diagnose your cause of pain. After the first appointment, visits can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on the severity of your condition and the most appropriate treatment method.

+ Do I need to be in pain to see a chiropractor?

No. It is actually recommended to receive regular chiropractic care to prevent pain from returning. Similar to regular teeth cleaning to prevent cavities. Regular maintenance care will improve overall spine health and movement.

+ Do I need to dress a certain way for appointments?

No. However, it is recommended to wear athletic attire or loose, comfortable clothing because in-office exercises and movements may be performed depending on your condition and treatment prescription. Patients will not be expected to change into gowns for any appointment.

+ Do chiropractors only work with back and spine pain?

No. Although chiropractors are specfically trained to work with the spine and the joints connected to the spine, they are trained to treat pain anywhere that a muscle, joint, or nerve is involved.

+ Can chiropractors do more than adjust the spine?

Yes. Chiropractors can adjust hands, feet, shoulders, elbows, and knees. Chiropractors can also release tight muscles of the spine and the rest of the body. Rehabilitation exercises can also be prescribed by chiropractors to help patients achieve full body healing.