Chiropractic FAQ

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
People are often apprehensive about receiving their first chiropractic adjustment. Much of this fear is knowing that a "cracking" sound results from some adjustments.  However, this sound (known as cavitation) is simply a drop in air pressure within a joint, which occurs when a "stuck" joint becomes "unstuck." Cavitation is NOT the sound of bones cracking or rubbing against each other.

Once you begin chiropractic care do you have to continue for the rest of your life?
The truth is most chiropractic patients who seek care from pain relief recover from their symptoms within a short period of time. Chiropractic produces permanent relief without medication in patients who have suffered from chronic pain for years. That's why patients choose to continue periodic check-ups after their symptoms have subsided to ward off other future ailments.

Is chiropractic unsafe?
According to a wealth of scientific evidence, chiropractic is an extremely safe health care option especially when the alternative (medication or surgery) is considered. Medication and surgery have staggeringly dismal safety records. Even over the counter medications like anti-inflammatory drugs have disastrous side effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 76,000 people are hospitalized each year due to adverse reactions from these anti-inflammatory drugs. And, an estimated 7,600 will die this year alone as a direct result of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

Does massage therapy produce the same result as chiropractic?
Massage therapy is a highly effective drug-free approach to relieving strained muscles, increasing circulation, easing stress and inducing deep relaxation. Chiropractors frequently recommend massage as an adjunctive to chiropractic care. Despite its benefits, however, massage therapy is not a substitute for chiropractic care because it does not correct vetebral subluxation.

Is chiropractic care expensive?
Industry studies reveal that chiropractic costs less than traditional medical care when chiropractors are the first doctors visited. Researchers at Oakland University revealed patients receiving chiropractic care experienced significantly lower health care costs. Specifically, chiropractic patients saved approximately $1,000 each over a two-year period.