Questions About Chiropractic Care
When you’re looking for a good chiropractor in Durham, it can be hard to know who to choose. I know… there are a lot of us! I’ve tried to answer the most common questions about chiropractic care to help make your decision easier. If you have questions not answered here, please feel free to call our office at 919-794-4455. You are also welcome to schedule a complimentary consultation with me, and we’ll sit down face-to-face to make sure all your questions get answered before you make a decision about your chiropractic care.
What is the main idea of chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is a natural approach to your health with the goal of allowing the body to function and heal naturally. The purpose of chiropractic care is to remove pressure on the nerves that run through your spine, allowing your inborn intelligence to heal the body—naturally. It is most commonly utilized to fix back pain, neck pain, and headaches. But people under chiropractic care report numerous other health benefits, including fewer colds, imporved allergies better sleep, better sex, and even lower blood pressure.
How do I find a good chiropractor near me?
First, look for a chiropractor who takes x-rays. “To see is to know.” You don’t want someone guessing where to make adjustments. Second, choose a chiropractor who adjusts the problem area and and only the problem area. Many chiropractors adjust “regions” of the spine rather than specific vertebra. If possible search for a Gonstead chiropractor near you because Gonstead has a reputation for being the “gold standard” of all chiropractic techniques. It is an extremely safe and specific method.
Can a chiropractor help with back pain?
Can a chiropractor help with headaches?
After back pain, headaches are the most common complaint that bring people to our office. Dr. Martin has helped hundreds of patients get relief from headache and migraine pain without meds. If you feel like you’ve “tried it all” and still suffer with headaches, you really need to try seeing a Gonstead chiropractor. There’s no such thing as a “normal” headache, and in the right hands you can experience lasting relief. Click here to learn more about headaches and chiropractic.
Can a chiropractor help with sciatica?
Sciatica is caused from pressure on the nerve (a pinched nerve). Not only can chiropractors help sciatica, they are possibly the only healthcare professionals who claim to be able to! All other sciatica treatments focus on managing the pain rather than fixing the problem and releasing that nerve. Learn more about the chiropractic solution for sciatica here.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Can't I just crack my own neck?
How do you “adjust” the spine?
I've heard chiropractors say they can help with problems other than back or neck pain... how would that be possible?
If a chiropractor promises you they can help with digestion or allergies or any other specific symptom, walk away! No one can make those kind of guarantees.
That said, chiropractic often does have surprising results for all sorts of health issues. In 20 years of practice as a Gonstead chiropractor, I’ve seen chiropractic adjustments help people with all kinds of health conditions, including digestive problems, insomnia, jaw pain, bed wetting, sexual dysfunction, migraines, and blood pressure.
It makes sense when you think about it, because the nerves that run through the spine spread out over your whole body and control all the different parts, including all the muscles and organs.
So if any part of your spine is misaligned (especially the small bone that holds up and balances your skull), it can choke off the nerves and affect literally any part of your body. Picture someone trying to water a garden with a truck parked on top of the hose. If a misaligned bone is putting pressure on the nerves in your body, it’s going to interfere with the messages the brain is trying to send. Chiropractic adjustments relieve the pressure on the nerves and re-open the communication channels so the brain can “talk to” the rest of the body. That’s why a healthy, properly aligned spine has positive health effects throughout the entire body.
Of all the questions about chiropractic care, this is one of my favorites to talk about.
For more on this topic, watch this 90-second video I made.
I’ve heard that once you go to a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life. True?
However, I will tell you that many of my patients (well over half) choose to continue coming for maintenance care. But that’s 100% up to you. It’s like any other service. Once you get a pedicure, do you have to keep going back for the rest of your life? Once you go to the dentist, do you have to keep going back for the rest of your life? Of course not. It’s up to you and your goals.
Some people choose to be adjusted just until their symptoms go away. Others like what they’re experiencing and want to maintain the health of their spine with regular care. Either way, I’m happy to take care of you and help you get where you want to be.
Does insurance cover chiropractic care?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. For a details about your specific insurance policy’s chiropractic benefits, please contact our office.
Here are some general comments about insurance coverage for chiropractic care:
1. Most insurances offer some type of chiropractic coverage.
2. Most insurance coverage for chiropractic is lousy.
3. As natural healthcare becomes more mainstream, hopefully insurance companies will catch up with what their customers want and start offering better coverage for natural, holistic options like chiropractic.
4. We have found it is often more cost effective for patients to self pay. (For example, with many policies the co-pay is higher than our normal office fee.)
5. Even if we do not participate with your insurance company, we will still bill them directly so you don’t have to deal with the paperwork.
6. We are very up front about finances in our office. You will always know what costs to expect ahead of time.
7. We have several payment options available to help make care affordable.
More insurance questions? Or any other questions about chiropractic care? Please call the office at 919-794-4455.
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Is chiropractic dangerous?
No. Despite lingering rumors and urban legend, chiropractic care has an extremely safe track record. One indicator is the cost of chiropractic malpractice insurance. As a chiropractor, I pay about the same for malpractice insurance as I do for my auto insurance (and about seven times less than the average MD).
More questions about chiropractic care? I invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with me.
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Dr. Martin is excellent. He administers a no-surprise procedure. You always know what is to come and why that is coming. He is detailed and friendly. This is more than a doctor/patient relationship. He listens and he knows his onions. The front end staff, the two ladies, are extremely polite and excellent too.
So your back hurts. Maybe you can’t even remember the last time it didn’t hurt. You’re popping Ibuprofen like they’re Skittles, and you’re wondering if you might get a little relief from yoga. Is it safe to practice yoga when your back hurts this much? Well, maybe....
PLANKS. Planks engage the abdominal muscles and back muscles, stabilizing the spinal column and mimicking proper lumbar alignment. To do them right and protect your back: Start on your forearms to avoid shoulder strain. Keep your abs tight the entire time. Do not let your back sag. Square your hips with the floor. Have someone take a picture or set up a timed photo/video so you can check whether your back is straight. This is a better way to confirm your posture than using a mirror, because the mirror requires you to twist your neck in the middle of the pose.
Comparing options of yoga, massage, PT, surgery, or a chiropractor in Durham for back pain.