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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is made up of two Greek words. Cheiros, means hand, and Prakikos, means practice. It can also be interpreted as "done by hand". The basic philosophy behind chiropractic is that the body has the ability to heal and properly regulate itself. Sometimes, injuries, stress, poor eating habits, and/or genetic predisposition can inhibit the bodies ability to function as well as it should. Chiropractors identify these potential deterrents to good health and try to resolve them using a variety of tactics such as spinal and extremity adjusting, soft tissue work, and nutritional counseling.

Does Chiropractic care require a referral from a medical doctor?

Absolutely not. Chiropractors are portal of entry doctors which means insurance does not require any referral.

Speaking of insurance, is chiropractic covered?

This completely depends on your particular insurance coverage. At the Center for Chiropractic and Wellness we are in network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medcost. If you have other insurance, don't worry, we can still file claims to your insurance as an out of network provider or you can choose to go with our affordable cash prices.

What type of education is required to be a chiropractor?

Prior to admission to chiropractic college each want to be chiropractor has already acquired four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into a chiropractic college four to five academic years ( 3.5 years on an accelerated schedule) of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

How do chiropractors adjust the spine and extremities?

Every chiropractor is different in their technique to adjust. Some use primarily their hands while other rely solely on instrustments to deliever an adjustment. My technique is based completely on the patient in front of me. I tend to use more manual (by hand) adjusting but I also will use activator (small instrument for adjusting), the drop table, and decompression. I base my technique on the diagnosis the patient has and also on patient preference. There are many ways to adjust so never be afraid to speak up if there is something you prefer.

What is that popping sound?

Simply put, it is just gas escaping the joint. Sometimes pressure can build up in the joint and when an adjustment happens that pressure may be released. It is no different than when you crack your knuckles.

Will I have to see a chiropractor for the rest of my life?

Absolutely not. My goal is to help you reach a resolution to whatever issue brought you into to see us. We create a treatment plan to ensure efficient, quality care and once we both feel satisfied with your recovery, I will release you from care. Often times I will suggest a patient return every so often to maintain their health but this is by no means required and is left completely up to the discretion of the patient.

Center for Chiropractic & Wellness   |   8300 Health Park, Suite 133 Raleigh, NC 27615    |    Phone: (919)845-3280    |   Fax: (919)845-3276