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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a chiropractic physician?

Chiropractic physicians are primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being.

Are chiropractors real doctors?

Yes. Chiropractors are highly educated and trained doctors who are fully licensed in every state by the federal government.

What should I expect from trying chiropractic treatment?

The primary goal is to improve your quality of life and get you back to the activities of living you enjoy most.

I've been told once I start chiropractic treatment I have to keep going. True?

No. Many patients respond to a very short course of care allowing them to return to activities they enjoy most. Some patients decide to continue infrequently for their overall well-being. That of course is your decision and should be discussed with your chiropractic physician.

How do I find a good chiropractic physician in my area?

When locating any health professional most ask friends, family members, neighbors or co-workers. The Association of NJ Chiropractors recommend searching for one of our very capable and qualified chiropractic physicians by clicking here.

How much does chiropractic care cost?

Cost takes in several factors: whether your condition is acute or chronic; if there are any complicating factors requiring specialized testing or supportive services; and of course the quality of your insurance policy. While most insurance carriers cover chiropractic care, some policies may have higher co-pays or deductibles. It is widely recognized that chiropractic care is more cost effective when compared to other health professions for the same diagnosis.

What conditions can chiropractic care help?

Although chiropractic physicians see a wide range of conditions, people commonly think of seeing a chiropractor when they are hurting and looking for relief without drugs or surgery.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession focusing on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health and wellness. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Is chiropractic safe?

Studies show that chiropractic is very safe. It is important to realize that the optimum safety in spinal adjustments has been shown to occur with only those specifically trained to deliver such treatments — ie. chiropractors and not other practitioners.

Is it true if a chiropractic physician adjusts my neck I could have a stroke or become paralyzed?

The scientific literature demonstrates no direct causal effect of a chiropractic physician performing neck adjustments resulting in any of these conditions. There are numerous underlying signs and symptoms that need to be carefully screened since the overwhelming majority of any of these events can be attributed to spontaneous causes

What makes chiropractic physicians unique?

Chiropractic physicians are unique because they focus on the whole body, total health, and wellness. We look at the body and health as a sum total that is greater than its parts alone. We are unique because we don’t prescribe drugs and because we realize that true health is not just a lack of disease. Chiropractic physicians believe in achieving health and wellness by trying the most conservative approach first, without drugs or surgery. Expert training in the nervous system (neurology), the bones and joints (orthopedics), the way our body moves (biomechanics and rehab), and X-rays/MRIs/CT scans (radiology), allows the chiropractic physician to have a unique and special viewpoint on treating the patient.

Why kind of education do chiropractors get?

Doctors of Chiropractic receive an education similar to MDs. The typical applicant when entering chiropractic college has a bachelor’s degree, including coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry, psychology, math, communications, and other general topics. Once accepted into chiropractic college, students engage in 4-5 academic years of study in basic sciences, diagnosis, patient communication, patient management, business, and hands-on clinical training in teaching clinics. Students must then successfully pass multiple parts of national boards and sit for a state jurisprudence exam to obtain state licensure.

Is chiropractic treatment going to hurt?

No. Chiropractic treatments (adjustments) are safe, comfortable and effective. Your chiropractic physician is a skilled master in knowing how to use the precise energy, at the exact spot, in the right direction, at just the right time. Following treatment ,many patients report a sense of well-being or feeling of calmness. Others feel improved mobility or reduced pain. Chiropractic physicians are experts at making adjustments comfortable and effective.

If chiropractic works so well, why didn't my MD tell me about it earlier?

Many of our medical colleagues still do not know or understand what a chiropractic physician does or how spinal manipulation benefits patients — although this is changing. While their education is excellent, their exposure to chiropractic during their education process is almost nonexistent. A frequent remark chiropractors often hear in practice is “I wish I tried chiropractic sooner.”

How do I know if I need to see a DC if I've never gone before?

If you are looking for a drugless, safe, natural treatment for your back, neck, or joint pain then chiropractic is a logical choice. The choice is whether you want to approach your health care with medication, drugs, or surgery, or initially with the natural, safe, and effective procedures used in a chiropractic office. Chiropractic physicians are known as spinal and nerve specialists who take a whole body, or holistic, approach that frequently includes advice, including diet and nutrition. Expect your chiropractic physician to consult and examine you to determine if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care. If necessary, he or she will refer you to other health professionals.

How do I know when I need to return to my chiropractor?

If you experience:

– An acute episode of pain.
– Recurring pain or stiffness with a particular activity.
– Sharp joint pain with activity.
– A feeling of not feeling “right” and things are starting to tighten again.

What is that popping noise when I turn my head?

The noise may be produced by a temporary vacuum or gas bubbles being released within a joint (called a cavitation), such as when an adjustment is being given by a chiropractor. Entirely harmless, it may also be caused by the rapid stretching of ligaments.

Can chiropractic care help my child?

Most folks recognize the value of chiropractic care for adults, but don’t realize those same benefits are there for our children, too. Whether a child has taken a tumble in the yard, strained their body playing sports, or has a curvature of the spine (scoliosis), chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment option.Treatments (called adjustments) are tailored to their age and weight and often require no more pressure applied when testing the ripeness of a tomato. Chiropractors can even treat infants safely and effectively.

If my child doesn't have a bad back, why do they need to see a chiropractic physician?

Prevention — it’s the same reason we take our children to the dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. Our spines are at least as important as our teeth because our spines house our nervous system. It is a fact of science that the nervous system controls all the functions and systems of our bodies, so we want it to work right, without any interference. Our spinal bones can interfere with proper nervous system function. This interference can cause any number of issues in the body. Chiropractic physicians are trained to recognize the signs of nervous system interference, like dentists are trained to look for cavities. Chiropractic physicians make corrections (called adjustments) to prevent and eliminate nervous system interference. Chiropractic uses no drugs and is painless.

What about chiropractic if I am pregnant?

As with any other time in life, chiropractic care is safe and effective during pregnancy. Treatments (called adjustments) are painless and drug free, so it is especially safe during this time. Chiropractic care is gentle and tailored to each patient’s needs during her pregnancy, particularly her growing belly. Treatment tables have special ways to accommodate the growing belly and there are many techniques to use on a pregnant patient. Chiropractic care can help alleviate sciatica caused by pregnancy, strain on the back caused by needed weight gain, and many other pregnancy symptoms.

Why are chiropractic doctors against medicine?

Most chiropractors aren’t dead-set against the use of medication, just their misuse and overuse. They also realize that there may be more safe and effective alternatives to medicines that can be tried first to help a patient. For example, the repeated application of ice to an injury can be more effective in reducing pain and swelling than taking pills, and has no dangerous side effects. No chiropractic physician wants a patient to suffer, but medicines can have serious side effects and must be used with care.

Can chiropractic help my kids?

If a chiropractor finds what has been called a subluxation in your child’s spine, then the answer is “yes.” In fact, the experience out in the field is that children who get adjusted get sick less often, heal quicker from injury, and are healthier overall than their peers.