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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

We know youíre the one in charge of your health and recovery. And since knowledge is power, weíre happy to answer your questions.

What is chiropractic?
How does chiropractic work?
How can I tell if my spine is healthy?
What could have caused spinal misalignment?
Is chiropractic safe?
What is spinal decompression?
What conditions does spinal decompression help with?
Can spinal decompression help if you've already had surgery?
What can I expect on my first visit?
How can a chiropractor help?
How much chiropractic care will I need?
Will insurance cover my chiropractic care?
How long will my recovery process be?
Can I wear my own clothes?
Can children get chiropractic care?
What kind of exercises should I expect to do at home?
Will my chiropractor prescribe medication?
Whatís wrong with taking pain killers?

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What Is Chiropractic?

Many people experience chiropractic as a natural, drug-free way to get healthy.  Specific chiropractic adjustments restores the nervous system allowing your body to function without pain or disease.  Chiropractic treats the ďcauseĒ of the symptom by adjusting the vertebra and restoring the spinal alignment.  Chiropractic gets your life back!

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How Does Chiropractic Work?

In our office, we utilize specific chiropractic adjustments along with rehabilitative exercises to correct spinal misalignments, and to strengthen the supporting soft tissues.  When the spinal misalignments improve, your posture improves, and you have increase function of your body.

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How Can I Tell If My Spine Is Healthy?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, we can help you find out why.

  • One leg appears shorter than the other
  • You have poor posture
  • You feel stiffness in your back and neck
  • You have low resistance to disease
  • You have poor concentration and are often fatigued
  • Your jaw clicks
  • You canít turn your head or hips to either side equally
  • You canít take a satisfying deep breath
  • Your heels wear out unevenly
  • You have a constant stressful feeling and tension in muscles and joints
  • You have headaches, back aches, sore or tender spots in muscles or joints

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What Could Have Caused Spinal Misalignment?

Many things contribute to the misalignment causing the stress on your nervous system.  Here are several possibilities:

  • An auto or work injury
  • A fall no matter how long ago
  • Bad posture
  • Surgery
  • Being a couch potato!
  • Using the same body position over and over at work or at play (repetitive strain injury)
  • Intense emotional stress
  • Chemical stress (eating a lot of junk food or taking medications)
  • Can even be traced by to a difficult birth or delivery

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Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic is among the safest of the healing arts.  Simply compare the malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health professionals.  Chiropractor's malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors, especially orthopedists and surgeons. 

Chiropractic care does not add anything to the body (such as medication and adverse side effects), or removes anything from the body (as in surgery).  Chiropractic care gets negative media attention usually sponsored by the drug companies.  There are volumes of research available to support the success that chiropractic care has had.  Call or email us with your specific concerns.

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What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, non-invasive therapy procedure that regenerates disc by restoring the fluids to the disc.  Decompression returns normal function of the disc by expanding the space between the bones and restores nutrients and blood flow to the disc, which causes healing.  Research has shown decompression to have a very high success rate for low back conditions. 

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What Conditions Does Spinal Decompression Help With?

Spinal decompression helps symptoms related to the lower back and includes pain in hips, buttocks, legs, knees, feet and low back.  It helps bulging disc, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and facet syndrome.

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Can Spinal Decompression Help If You've Already Had Surgery?

Considering the success rate of surgery, we have treated many patients that have had surgery in the past and still have pain.  The goal is to prevent surgery and to avoid the second, or third, surgery.  Post-operative patients can benefit from introduction of kinetic activity, improved strength, decompression and stretching of scar tissue.

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What Can I Expect On My First Visit?

First, come dressed comfortably, try to avoid any zippers or metal to avoid needing to change from your own clothes.

Second, be prepared to complete a health history form.  The more information we have about any accidents, injuries, symptoms, and medications, will help us determine if we can help you.

After consulting with Dr. Richmond, it will be determined what x-rays would be necessary and the evaluation would be performed.  The X-rays will provide Dr. Richmond with the specific condition of your spine and will be used to determine if we can help you or not.

You will be scheduled to return after Dr. Richmond performs a thorough analysis of your test results for a one-on-one report of your findings.

The first visit is the first step to getting your life back.

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How Can A Chiropractor Help?

Chiropractic adjustments to the spine can help restore spinal alignment and normal body mechanics and reduce nervous system interference caused by spinal Subluxations. Spinal Subluxations often cause a dysfunctional nervous system resulting in impaired or diseased body functions. Correcting subluxations helps allow the nervous system to correct and coordinate the bodyís natural ability to heal and maintain itself. So you can get back into life.

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How Much Chiropractic Care Will I Need?

The amount of chiropractic care is based on several factors such as prior health, prior injuries, arthritic spinal changes, and degenerative diseases, and the results of the examination / evaluation findings. Each patient presents with a variety of concerns and conditions, thus the patientís condition dictates the level of care needed to help correct the cause of the problem. Some patients respond very well within a few days of care while others with advanced or chronic problems may take more time for their bodies to respond and heal. 

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Will Insurance Cover My Chiropractic Care?

Most insurance policies cover chiropractic care and include it with their major medical benefits. We can help you determine what your benefits will be.

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How Long Will My Recovery Process Be?

It depends upon the severity of the condition, and will be considered during the creation of the treatment plan and recommendations. In the case of disc injury for example, studies show that patients can get back to work a lot faster under chiropractic care, as opposed to the long recovery following back surgery.
(Typically 12 weeks of work restrictions and bed rest.)

With spinal decompression therapy and chiropractic care most patients are able to continue working their normal hours without missing weeks of work.

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Can I Wear My Own Clothes?

Yes! Most patients come right from work or school, but come dressed comfortably. Itís important to be comfortable in your own clothes, rather than uncomfortable and embarrassed in a gown.

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Can Children Get Chiropractic Care?

Yes! As we like to say, ďThe earlier detected the easier corrected.Ē  Children usually respond well because of their age and flexibility. If your childís school has detected scoliosis, the sooner the child receives treatment, the less problematic the scoliosis will be. If your childís school does not screen for scoliosis, call us today for a brochure that will explain how you can screen for it yourself. 

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What Kind Of Exercises Should I Expect To Do At Home?

Dr. Richmond will give you specific rehabilitative exercises to help correct the areas of concern and improve the whole spine.  Obviously, neck and back exercises will differ. Your program is designed per specific findings and conditions.

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Will My Chiropractor Prescribe Medication?

No. Chiropractic looks to find and correct the cause of the condition without the use of toxic drugs, medication, or invasive surgery.

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What's Wrong With Taking Pain Killers?

Chiropractic looks for the cause of the condition. Pain killers and medications are often used to mask or simply control real health problems. In many cases itís like a teenager turning up the radio so they donít hear the car making noise. If they canít hear the noise the problem seems to be gone.

Taking drugs to cover up pain or other symptoms may give the illusion of health, but often leads people to put off finding and fixing the cause of the problem and may allow a person to do physical things that might increase the injury. In addition, studies show that a high percentage of symptoms, diseases, and deaths are caused by the side effects of medication. 

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