Frequently Asked Questions 


What is chiropractic?
Can it help me?
Doesn’t all that cracking and popping hurt?
How long will it take to get better?
How much will it cost?
What can I expect on my first visit?

What is chiropractic? 
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). It looks to address  disfunctions not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is not properly functioning.

Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which power, regulate, and control every living tissue in your body.

Gravity, accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations (interference) are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this interference to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.

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Can it help me? 
Chiropractic care has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide variety of problems. Most well known for treatment of low back pain, neck pain, headaches, and disc issues, Chiropractic care has been linked to beneficial treatment of many, many other problems and diseases.
After an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research- a federal government research organization- recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first.  And it recommends spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back pain in adults.

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Doesn’t all that cracking and popping hurt?
 
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Since structural changes are being made in the body, a minimal amount of soreness sometimes occurs after the first few adjustments. Adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of 1 million to 1.

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How long will it take to get better? 
In general there are three stages of care that lead to spinal wellness.

  1. Intensive corrective care- Three visit’s a week. By the time most people get adjusted, their body has been through the ringer. It is important to be seen more frequently in the corrective stage in order to build on the improvements made from the previous visit.
  2. Stabilization care-  Two to Eight visits per month. This stage of care is the musculo-ligamentous retraining period. Muscles and ligaments hold each and every vertebrae in place. As the body begins to adapt and “hold the adjustments” better, the frequency of visits decreases.
  3. Maintenance care- This is the preventative stage of chiropractic care. Adjustments, once a month, following the corrective and stabilization stages, allows for misalignments to be found and adjusted before most serious damage can occur.

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How much will it cost? 
At Madison Heights Chiropractic Center, we pride ourselves on quality care at an affordable price. The cost of your visits will depend on the severity of your condition and the treatments deemed necessary by the doctor. Chiropractic care has been found to be more cost effective than most other avenues of treatment for many conditions. At MHCC, we are conscious of the economic hardships facing many of us at this time. Payment plans are available for those in need.

We do accept most insurance policies. Depending on your individual policy, you may have a deductible that must be reached before the insurance company will begin contributing for your visits. Your plan may also have a co-payment that makes you responsible for the portion of the fee that is not contributed by your insurance carrier.

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What can I expect on my first visit? 
On the first visit, the patient is required to fill out the necessary paperwork. The doctor will then sit down with the patient and go over the history of the chief complaint, as well as relevant past medial history. A comprehensive examination will be performed, consisting of neurological, orthopedic, and reflex studies. Postural and spinal analysis will also be performed, all leading to the doctors diagnosis. Based on the findings, x-ray and other diagnostic studies may be performed. The entire visit will last about 1-1 ½ hours.

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