Frequently Asked Questions:


What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline that emphasizes the built in ability of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The purpose of chiropractic is to provide a first health care contact for wellness and long term health.


How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring normal joint function through soft tissue and joint manipulation. This restoration positively affects other systems of the body as well, thus improving your health in many ways.


What do you call a health practitioner who practices chiropractic?
Licensed chiropractors are called, by law and education, to use the title of "Doctor of Chiropractic."  Those who practice chiropractic can also be called "chiropractic physician" or simply, "Chiropractor."


What does a Doctor of Chiropractic do?
A Doctor of Chiropractic is a health care provider who gives special attention to spinal mechanics, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular and nutritional relationships of the body. A Doctor of Chiropractic must be able to carefully diagnose, evaluate and deliver the proper care so that the body regains and maintains health.


What type of education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Four year doctorate degree with classroom and laboratory work in basic sciences, diagnosis, treatment procedures, and a clinical internship is required for a degree. Educational requirements for medical doctors and chiropractors in basic and clinical sciences are very similar. Postgraduate continuing education is required annually after a doctor is in practice.


What type of study do Doctors of Chiropractic do in school?
Chiropractors receive expert knowledge of the body through the study of basic sciences, clinical sciences, body mechanics, and chiropractic techniques. The study of chiropractic emphasizes anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, x-ray, and spinal adjusting techniques.


What is the size of the profession?
Chiropractic is the second largest of the three primary health care providers in the U.S. In their size order, based on number of doctors and public use, they are the medical, chiropractic and osteopathic.


What are the qualifications and licensing needed to practice chiropractic?
After receiving their Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited institution, all individuals who practice must pass the National Board Examination, and meet their individual states' requirements for licensure.


What is the job outlook and growth pattern of the profession?
In 2000, Forbes, Money Magazine, Newsweek, Time and USA Today listed the chiropractic profession as one of the fastest growing careers  In Feb. 2005, FAST COMPANY magazine rated chiropractic as the fourth fastest-growing occupation in the U.S. Fueling the need for chiropractors is the rapidly expanding population of senior citizens who continue to increase demand. Chiropractors generally remain in the occupation until they retire, indicating career satisfaction.


Is chiropractic recognized throughout the U.S.? Internationally?
All 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia recognize and regulate the practice of chiropractic as an independent health service. Chiropractic is officially recognized, acknowledged, or regulated in nine provinces of Canada, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Bolivia, the Scandinavian countries, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Rhodesia, Japan, Venezuela, Peru and the Virgin Islands.


How long does it take for chiropractic to work?
Patient results vary depending upon many factors. How long have you had your problem? Do you keep you appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise, and nutrition? Are you in otherwise good health? Within a short period of time most patients sense enough progress to justify completing our recommendations.


Will I need chiropractic care forever?
After patients get relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These chiropractic "check-ups" can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. How long you want to receive chiropractic care is up to you.


What do adjustments feel like?
After the brief thrust, many patients report a sense of well being or a felling of calmness. Others feel improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive effects. Chiropractic doctors excel at making adjustments comfortable and effective.


Are adjustments safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government study concluded that chiropractic adjustments are "remarkably safe". Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky.


Will adjustments make my spine too loose?
No. Only the spinal joints that are "locked up" receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.


What makes that sound?
Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It's like opening a soda can or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but isn't a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.


Can I adjust myself?
No. Some patients can make their joints "pop" but that's not an adjustment. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.