A: Consider the spinal cord your body’s “information super highway.” Every nerve in your body is linked to the spinal cord, which is housed in the series of bones that make up your spine. If one of the bones is improperly positioned or restricted in movement at all, it compromises communication between the brain and body. When a bone puts pressure on a nerve in your spinal cord, it can cause pain as well as dysfunction with associated organs and tissues. The purpose of chiropractic care is to locate these misaligned areas and adjust them, restoring the flow of information and allowing for your body’s optimal functioning.
Q: How does chiropractic work?
We refer to chiropractic as a whole person approach because it targets the root of the issue, not just the symptoms, and also because it provides a foundation for healing by helping you tap into your body’s incredible self-healing potential, this is known as vitalistic or innate healing. Regular chiropractic care, along with practicing healthy habits such as exercising, proper nutrition, and getting plenty of rest, can help you maintain a healthy, optimally-functioning body. Your chiropractor will help counsel you on these behaviors and support you in making the changes that will support your care and health.
A: Your body is an incredible self-healing machine, powered by a nervous systems that controls your body’s self-regulating processes such as respiration, circulation, digestion, hormone production and more. As such, it is your body—not your chiropractor—that “cures” you. What chiropractic does is help remove blockages so that your body can unleash its own inborn healing abilities.
A: Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are especially well-known for their effectiveness with patients suffering from head, neck and back pain, but their expertise does not end there. Chiropractors care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions, injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Who uses Chiropractic Care?
A: Yes! Children tend to be very physically active and often experience injuries such as falls, strains, and blows, which can affect their nervous system. If your child displays symptoms of discomfort, headaches, changes in behavior or movements, they could be experiencing back or neck pain, or other misalignments that can cause stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Many of these symptoms can best be treated with chiropractic care. There are doctors who specialize in pediatric chiropractic care. Many DCs take extra pediatric training. Chiropractic care can help restore your child's nervous system function.
Q: Is it safe for pregnant patients to have chiropractic care?
Q: Can newborns get chiropractic care?
A: Please first check with your medical doctor, but chiropractic care can help get you back to functioning at 100% after any surgery. Surgery tends to cause a strain on the system and chiropractic care can actually aid in the healing process. Your doctor of chiropractic should avoid or take precautions around the surgical area(s) and will focus on restoring proper alignment where possible to encourage your innate healing after surgery.
Q: Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
What to Expect
Q: How many adjustments will I need?
A: It depends. Sometimes patients report instant relief, while others find it takes weeks or months. Factors such as the time-frame since the incident and severity of the condition can affect the healing process. You can maximize the effects of chiropractic care by maintaining healthy habits such as proper exercise, nutrition, and rest, keeping regular appointments, as well as not smoking.
A: No. Unlike traditional medicine, chiropractic is an alternative form of care that treats without using drugs or surgery. We rely on natural, non-invasive methods to promote pain relief and healing. Your doctor will show you how to properly apply natural remedies to alleviate painful symptoms. These remedies can have an analgesic effect without the common side effects caused by pain medications.
A: It depends on your condition as well as your health goals. Even after getting relief from the original issue that brought them into a chiropractic office, many patients continue with regular periodic visits to support healing and prevent relapses. This way, doctors of chiropractic are able to detect and correct new issues before they become serious.
Funding Chiropractic Care
Is chiropractic care covered by insurance?
A: It’s important to remember that your health is one of the most worthy investments you can make with your time, energy, and resources. Your health affects everything in your life, from how you feel, to your relationships, to how well you work. While chiropractic care may be more expensive if it’s not covered under an insurance plan, there are other alternatives. For example, many plans will allow you to use your Health Spending Accounts to pay for chiropractic care. Some doctors even work on a sliding scale for patients who can’t normally afford their services. Ultimately each of us gets to decide for ourselves the value we place on our health. Even if your insurance company won’t help foot the bill, there are ways to make chiropractic care affordable for just about anyone.
Finding & Choosing a DoctorQ: How do I find a chiropractor?
A: It is always a good idea to ask for referrals from friends, family members, colleagues or other healthcare providers. You can also use the CCA’s free Find A Doctor search tool to locate a doctor of chiropractic in your area by zip code or city, who performs a specific technique or graduated from a certain chiropractic school.
A: Unless specifically required by your insurance plan, a referral is usually not necessary in the state of Colorado. If you are not sure if your insurance requires a referral, you can find out by speaking with your employer’s human resources office or by calling your insurance company directly. Look on your insurance card for a customer service phone number.
A: No. There are many techniques for adjusting the spine, cranial bones and extremities. No one method is best for everyone. Doctors take different approaches based on specialty, philosophy, and clinical objectives. Because every spine is unique, doctors carefully and artfully tailor the treatment to best suit each patient’s needs. Use our glossary page to familiarize yourself with chiropractic techniques or modalities or call the chiropractors office if you have questions about how the DC adjusts.