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What is chiropractic?

It’s more than you might think. Chiropractic is a natural health care approach with the goal of allowing the body to function and heal naturally. Sure, it helps with back and neck pain and a lot of other symptoms. But the real purpose is to remove interference from the nerves, allowing your inborn intelligence in your brain to heal the body-naturally.

How do you "adjust" the spine?

Chiropractors call our technique an “adjustment.” An adjustment is performed by specifically aligning a vertebra of the spine to remove the pressure from the nerve, which allows that nerve to send the proper signals without interference.

Does it hurt?

Adjustments rarely hurt. In fact, they usually feel great! The most common side effect from an adjustment is muscle soreness, similar to how you might feel after a good workout.

How do adjustments help anything other than my back?

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. If any part of your spine is misaligned (especially the small bone that holds up and balances your skull) it can literally affect any part of your body. Check out this nerve chart to see for yourself!

I've heard that once you go to a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life. True?

The length of a person’s chiropractic care is based on the health goals of that individual. Most choose to make chiropractic care a part of their regular health care plan for themselves and their families. They choose this both because they realize the benefits of continued chiropractic care, but also because they learn how the body works. As an example, consider the field of orthodontics. You may begin with a care plan to widen the palette, then add braces to re-align the teeth. You understand the need to return regularly for adjustments to the braces in order to train the jaw bones. After the braces are removed, you return for regular check-ups until your orthodontic work is complete. Then you continue seeing a dentist for cleaning and regular maintenance of the teeth. The bones of the spine also need regular adjustments to keep them in optimal health. The doctor will make his best recommendations for you, but ultimately, how long you benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

What if my insurance doesn't pay for chiropractic care?

Because we do not directly participate with most insurance companies, we can keep our prices lower, and you can expect to deal with our office directly regarding your finances. In some cases, insurances offer some type of out-of-network chiropractic coverage. We will provide you with all the information you need to get reimbursement from your insurance company if they offer coverage.

How much does it cost?

We work hard to keep our prices fair and reasonable. Our standard, single office visit price is currently $45. However, this price does not reflect the significant savings we can offer those who choose to make chiropractic part of their regular health care plan. We offer incredibly low priced family care plans at Johnson City Family Chiropractic because we want to encourage people to bring in their kids. We believe in whole health for the whole family! Call or stop by our office for more details about our family care plans.

You talk about the whole family. Does that mean you adjust babies?

Yes, our doctors adjust kids of all ages and sizes for all kinds of reasons. We commonly help children with things you might expect like falls, sports injuries or scoliosis. But we also help kids with health challenges like ear infections, feeding problems, growing pains, headaches and indigestion. If it seems strange to think about adjusting a baby, consider this: Two of the most common ways to develop nerve-irritating misalignments are by passing through the birth canal and by falling while learning how to walk. We love helping kids optimize their health and get a great start to life with regular chiropractic care-and parents love having healthy, drug-free kids!

What is the difference between physical therapy and chiropractic?

Physical therapists are trained to work on the muscles and to help a person regain strength and flexibility. Chiropractors are trained to work with the nervous system, which controls and organizes the muscles and organs. We help restore and maintain the overall health of our practice members, not just work with muscle and joint injuries. Because of that, many people choose to make their chiropractor their primary health care provider.

What is the "popping" noise?

The noise you may hear during an adjustment is caused by a small gas bubble inside the joint; it’s not the bones making the noises.

Do you recommend any supplements?

Dr. Keith generally recommends supplements from Standard Process. These supplements are whole food products that provide all the micro-nutrients needed in order for the body to absorb the product without depleting the body of nutrients. In contrast, cheap over-the-counter supplements are synthetic, often include chemical ingredients, and often require the body to contribute other micro-nutrients in order to properly utilize it. If you are interested in ordering supplements, please call the office or speak with Dr. Keith or his staff.

Our staff will be happy to answer your questions about chiropractic and your family’s health. If your question hasn’t been answered here, please feel free to contact us.