Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages with a variety of health conditions. DCs are more known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches. This is typically done through treatment by adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. Chiropractic care can also help improve overall wellness by allowing proper spinal nerve function. Spinal alignment helps remove the nerve interference – treating the cause, not just the symptom. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, and healthy habits.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. No health treatment is completely free of potential side effects, however, chiropractic care has an excellent safety record and the risks associated with chiropractic are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief with adjustments, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, similar to what you might experience after a new exercise. Any discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise manipulation, or a neck adjustment, to improve joint mobility in the neck. This can restore the range of motion and reduce muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional (such as Dr. Childs!), is a remarkably safe procedure.

DCs are well-trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients with risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care. When talking to your chiropractor, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help ensure the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another healthcare provider.

In comparison to other treatments available for similar conditions, the risks of serious complications from adjustments for conditions such as neck pain and headache is very low. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. (According to the American Chiropractic Association.)

A referral is usually not needed to see chiropractor however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. The staff at Childs Family Chiropractic can help determine your specific insurance plan benefits.
Absolutely. Children can benefit from chiropractic care, especially very physically active children. Sports or common daily activity such as falls or bumps can cause back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort that can be alleviated with chiropractic care. Treatment is specialized and always adapted to the individual patient, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 major veterans medical facilities.
Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly 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 an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure that utilizes highly refined skills developed during the doctor’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands, or an instrument, to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. Adjustments often help resolve joint inflammation and reduce the patient’s pain. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient, using highly controlled procedures, which rarely cause discomfort. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last. We recommend routine chiropractic maintenance care to ensure proper nerve function through spinal alignment.
Adjustments may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound – the same sound made when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.