Frequently asked questions

Will chiropractic adjustment hurt?

Chiropractic care is very safe.  Occasionally, where there are sore, inflamed muscles and ligaments, there is minor discomfort, which does not last long.  Adjustments during treatment are painless and relieve pain.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a specific, safe, and controlled movement restoring motion to a fixated or misaligned joint. The doctor is trained in a variety of chiropractic techniques, including traditional force movement and low force adjusting that is safe for children and older patients. 

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes, adjustments are safe. Many patients feel calm and relaxed after receiving a chiropractic adjustment.

How often should I visit a chiropractor?

Most patients book appointments monthly but every patient is different.  During the consultation and first treatment, your ailment is evaluated and the doctor will provide choices to assist you in your return to wellness. 

How long will it take before I feel better after an adjustment?

Most patients feel some relief after their first visit and substantial relief after regular visits - generally after 6-8 visits. Chronic or severe cases may take longer to respond and require regular visits.

How long is a chiropractic session?

We value your time and do our best to stay on schedule. The first visit is usually the longest due to the initial evaluation and may last up to an hour or more. The second visit should last approximately 30 minutes with each subsequent visit being shorter as time goes on depending on the level of care needed.

Will my visits be covered by insurance?

Most insurance benefits cover chiropractic care, however we encourage you to check with your benefits office, or call us to verify your insurance benefits before your first appointment. 

Will I see the doctor in an open or private treatment area?

Chiropractic consulting and treatment occurs in a private treatment room. Any physical therapy patients receive will be in an open setting. Minor children are always seen by the doctor with a parent or guardian present, otherwise, the treatment room door remains open.

What training is required to be a chiropractor?

After college undergraduate training, a 5 year chiropractic program must be completed before a doctorate in chiropractic is received.  The education program is specific on chiropractic adjusting of the human body.  Course work is very similar to that required for medical doctors, such as focus on Gross Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Biochemistry.  During the last two years, focus training in physical and imaging diagnosis, physical therapy, nutrition and exercise rehabilitation.  Finally, an internship program is completed before graduation.  Prior to licensing in Tennessee, your chiropractic doctor must complete rigorous National Board exams.

Can chiropractors prescribe medicine or perform surgery?

No, chiropractic doctors do not dispense drugs or perform surgery.  Chiropractors rely on natural methods to help the body heal itself. However, we understand that there is a point where medication and/or surgery are needed.  In that case, the doctor may refer you to a medical specialist.

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractors treat a variety of child or adult neuro-muscular skeletal conditions affecting the natural and normal movement of bones and muscle body coordination.