Q:  What is chiropractic?

A:    Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that motion is key to health. As chiropractors, we work to find areas of the spine and other joints where the joint motion is restricted. Treatment of those restrictions restores function and flexibility to the joints, thereby reducing pain and spasm. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that keeping motion in the body promotes health to the skeletal system. In an injury a Chiropractor helps to keep all joints and muscles moving well to bring back health and promote healing.

Q:   How can a chiropractor help my pain?

A:     Many patients that have pain in their joints can be helped with chiropractic care.  If you have pain, most likely you have a joint that is not moving the way it should.  A chiropractor will find what joints are not moving and then use a manual maneuver to create movement in that joint. Once the joint is moving, most patients will have less pain in the joint.  The adjustment will also decrease inflammation in the area and stimulate nerves in the area to decrease the pain.. If your pain is due to the muscles of the spine or if you are having muscular headaches or back spasms, the adjustment can help by increasing the movement of the joints.

Q:   What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?

A:    Although chiropractic is used most frequently to relieve back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine/cervicogenic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, ankle issues, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and even some infantile ear infections.

Q:    Does chiropractic hurt?

A:    Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment, which lasts only seconds.

Q:    Is chiropractic safe?

A:    Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. In fact, chiropractic malpractice insurance is less than any other physician type.

Q:    What kind of training to chiropractors have?

A:    Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.

Q:    Are there studies that support chiropractic?

A:    Several studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic in relieving back pain, neck pain, etc. More recent studies have shown chiropractic to be effective in treating some migraine/cervicogenic headaches.

Q:    How often will I have to come?

A:    Every patient is different and therefore every treatment plan is unique. Rarely is anyone recommended to come more than two times in one week. Furthermore, no treatment plan is written in stone and as you get better the frequency of treatments decrease. So, if you get better in one visit, then fantastic!

Q:    Once I see a chiropractor, do I have to go forever?

A:    Absolutely not! It is our goal to help you get better as fast as possible. Often times, it may take several visits to make significant change, but if it takes only one that one is all you will be recommended. Our office stresses self help techniques for long term results.

Q:    Will I have to have x-rays?

A:    We do not take x-rays at Northwest Chiropractic Center, but if you have them, then please bring them in with your x-ray report. After your initial exam the doctor will make the determination as to whether or not x-rays are needed.

Q:    Do I have to wear anything special?

A:    You can wear whatever is comfortable, and loose fitting.

Q:    Does my insurance cover chiropractic care?

A:    Every insurance company offers numerous plans and benefits. Most cover chiropractic care. Please contact your insurance company to verify what your chiropractic benefits and limits are.

Q:    Do I need a referral for chiropractic care?

A:    It all depends upon your insurance company, but most do not need a referral from your medical physician. Please be sure to check with your insurance company prior to your appointment. If you are required to have a referral you must see your medical doctor first to get the referral.

Q:    Does my insurance cover massage care?

A:     Please check with your insurance company, there are many benefits and plans, requirements and limitation.  When checking with your insurance company you must ask this specific question: “Is massage covered when performed and billed by a licensed massage therapist?”

Q:    Do I need a referral or prescription for massage?

A:     A referral may be required by your insurance company for care. Your medical doctor or chiropractor may be able to write the referral depending on your insurance company. It is best to check with your insurance company first.  Providers will not back date a referral so it is vital to get the referral before you come in for your appointment.

A:     A prescription is needed for all massages in order to be covered by your insurance plan, or motor vehicle insurance. Massage Practitioners in the state of Washington are not allowed to diagnose, therefore it must come from a medical doctor or chiropractor.  The prescription must include the diagnosis (area to be treated) and a treatment plan (once a week for 4 weeks). If you are not dealing with an insurance company and you are paying cash at time of service you would not need a prescription.

A.     A referral and prescription are often the same thing, they both list the areas to be treated (the diagnosis codes) and the length and duration of care (4 visits in 4 weeks).  The confusion this causes is that some insurance companies tell their clients that they can “self-refer for massage care”.  What they do not tell you is that they will not cover the care unless you have a “prescription” for care.  Massage therapists can not diagnose what your condition is (diagnosis codes) so therefore you need a doctor to write a “prescription” for you.