Frequently Asked Questions

1.What is Chiropractic?

 Chiropractic is a health care profession based on the relationships between the spine and nervous system, as well as the surrounding muscles. A chiropractor is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the overall function of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies.

2.  Are chiropractors doctors?

Yes. Doctors of Chiropractic, more commonly known as Chiropractors,  go through a similar education process as a medical doctor to become licensed in the field of chiropractic care. In fact, educational requirements for chiropractors are among the most stringent of any health care profession.

3.What do chiropractors treat?

Most often, people go to chiropractors the first time for relief from neck and back pain. But chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from back and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Moreover, people don’t need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

4. What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

There are two categories of Chiropractic adjustment: manipulation and mobilization. Manual manipulation refers to a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust that is applied to misaligned vertebra with the goal of repositioning the bone and in turn improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability and restoring the range of motion in the affected area. It is also commonly known as “chiropractic adjustment”. Chiropractic mobilization refers to low velocity manipulation, movement and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the goal of increasing the range of motion within those areas.

5. Will an adjustment hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments usually do not hurt. Adjustments to certain areas in the spine or extremities may feel slightly uncomfortable, but once the adjustment is performed you should not feel pain. In general, patients enjoy being adjusted and like the way that the adjustment feels. The adjustment also helps relax the patient. If it is your first time being adjusted, you may experience slight soreness or discomfort for 12-24 hours following the adjustment. This is relieved by moist heat and stretching and will subside if it happens at all.

6. Are adjustments safe?

Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.

7. What is that “popping” sound?

 During an adjustment, often an accompanying, audible release of gas is heard that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure.It should be known that joint cavitation or cracking does not occur with all adjustments, typically as a result of the patient not being adequately relaxed. Activator chiropractic tool can be used instead of manual manipulation also to eliminate the "popping" noise if you feel uncomfortable. 

8. I am pregnant. Can I be adjusted?

Many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments improve the overall experience of the pregnancy and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient.

9. Will my treatment be covered by my insurance?

 It’s important to understand the costs involved with chiropractic care, what your insurance covers, and what your financial responsibilities may be. The cost associated with Chiropractic care can depend on a variety of factors. 

    Yadkin Valley Comprehensive Health Center in Elkin proudly accepts most major insurances as well as Medicare. We also accept other methods of payment such as cash, cards  and checks.