What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is health care that focuses on the function of the spine and joints in the body and their relationship to the function of the nervous system.

How does chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works to activate your own ability to be heal by restoring function in the nervous system. The nervous system controls communication to all the cells, tissues and organs of your body designed to resist disease and restore health. Chiropractic care takes a noninvasive, natural approach to wellness by finding and removing interferences to your body’s innate ability to heal.

What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor (Doctor of Chiropractic, DC) is primary care doctor specializing in spinal health and well-being. We focus on the prevention, diagnosis and conservative care of spine-related issues and other joint issues. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors also provide soft-tissue therapies, lifestyle recommendations, fitness coaching and nutritional advice.

What types of pain do chiropractors treat?

Most people initially seek chiropractic care as an effective, noninvasive way to treat back pain, neck pain, and headaches. However, chiropractors also treat sport and auto injuries and other disorders involving muscles, ligaments and joints. The benefits of chiropractic extend well beyond correcting and preventing structural issues.

Here are a few conditions and symptoms we often treat:

  • Neck, back, shoulder, joint pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Cramping
  • Sciatica
  • Dizziness
  • Herniated discs
  • Nausea
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Tingling
  • Inflammation
  • Tennis elbow
  • Limited range of mobility
  • Asthma
  • Exhaustion
  • Neuralgia
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive issues
  • Infant colic & ear infections

This is not a full list of ailments we treat. Talk to us if you have a condition that isn’t on the list, and we’ll let you know how we can help.

Is chiropractic care safe? Effective? Expensive?

Chiropractic care has been shown to be safe, effective and more cost effective than other common treatments for back and neck pain. Increasingly, primary care physicians and insurance companies are turning to chiropractic care as a non-invasive, drug free, cost effective solution.

What typically happens during a chiropractic adjustment?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DC’s) apply specific movement to joints using their hands or tools to restore proper alignment and function. They use a variety of highly controlled techniques with minimal force and gentle pressure that vary by the needs of each patient. We also incorporate muscle work and stretching into your adjustment for a holistic and effective approach.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

You may hear a popping sound during your adjustment when the joints release little pockets of air, much like when people “crack” their knuckles.

Do adjustments hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments rarely causes discomfort. Instead, most patients feel relief immediately after. Mild soreness can occur, like discomfort felt when starting a new exercise program. We can help you with tips after your first visit to help ease any discomfort and promote healing.

Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?

Yes! Many pregnant women report that chiropractic care improves the pregnancy experience and makes delivery easier, alleviating common symptoms and aches. Adaptions can be made to accommodate each stage of pregnancy.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, babies & children can benefit from chiropractic care. A variety of gentle manual techniques are used for newborns to big kids. Chiropractors help with both structural issues that come from falls, blows, sports and daily activities, or postural issues from increased use of electronic devices as kids age. Symptoms such as colic, ear infections, bed wetting, asthma, attention and sleep disturbances are often improved with chiropractic as we restore communication in the nervous system.

Can I learn to adjust myself?

Chiropractors are trained to adjust in a very specific location and direction. Trying to adjust yourself is unsafe and could make symptoms worse. Instead, give us a call!

What types of techniques do you use?

Our doctors specialize in diversified, activator and drop piece adjusting techniques and will often incorporate the following into your adjustment:

  • Diversified and activator adjusting
  • Applied kinesiology and muscle testing
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Manual muscle work
  • Stretching and exercises (in clinic or suggested at home)
  • Adjustment to extremities such as feet , knees, wrists, or shoulders
What services do you offer?

We partner with you to create a treatment plan based on your goals and needs. The treatments your chiropractor suggests will depend on your personal health journey, and may include:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage Therapy
  • Kinesio taping
  • Cupping
  • Nutritional consultation
  • Non-invasive food sensitivity testing using muscle testing
Do I need a referral from an M.D.?

Chiropractors in the state of Minnesota are considered primary care physicians and do not require a referral.

Do you accept insurance?

We are in network with most major insurance companies and accept auto insurance in case of an injury. We also offer a variety of cash plans to suit your needs. Contact us for more individual solutions.

How many visits will I need?

This varies by each patient. Many patients often seek chiropractic care to alleviate a problem (referred to as active care). Others choose to continue with wellness care on a less frequent basis as part of their preventive care, much like regular dental cleanings. Read more about active vs. wellness care here.

Chiropractic care works much like orthodontics. Repeated visits are typically needed to retrain the bones, muscles, and ligaments into proper alignment and range of motion. At the beginning of active care, some patients see immediate results while others take longer.  Maintaining consistency is key.  Sticking to your plan of care will help you achieve the results you want faster and keep you feeling better longer.

As with braces, the time it takes to achieve this will depend on the condition of the individual’s spine, overall health, daily activities, posture, age, and many other lifestyle factors. Often, underlying problems have been around for a long time, even before symptoms appear. Just as they take time to build up, it can take time to reverse.

We will gather information during your first visit to help develop a personalized treatment plan with your health and goals in mind. At your second visit, called a Report of Findings, we’ll discuss the treatment plan and expectations.

Can chiropractors prescribe medication?

Chiropractors cannot prescribe medication. Our goal is to help your body heal, not just provide temporary relief that can mask symptoms without addressing the root cause. Because of this, studies show that chiropractic care decreases pharmaceutical costs by 85%.

Why is my spine out of alignment?

Everyday life and other injuries can cause misalignment. We’re here to help identify and prevent lifestyle factors affecting your health. Common culprits include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Work or fall related injuries
  • Poor posture while using of electronics or sitting at the computer
  • Heavy or improper lifting
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Physical activities, including yard work, sports, and exercise
  • Pregnancy and other medical conditions
  • Muscular imbalances
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