Frequently Asked questions (FAQ)
How often do I need to come for treatment?
It depends. Often, chiropractic patients only make appointments when they are in pain. This approach may be adequate for many, but it is not my recommendation. I refer to these patients as "pain based" patients. At times, pain based patients may require several treatments in relatively small windows of time to get back to their pain free state.
On the other side of the coin is the maintenance patient. These are the patients who understand that our physical body should be examined a minimum of once every 6-8 weeks. The maintenance patient usually enjoys longer stretches without activity limiting pain and will often achieve physical performance gains.
At Hybrid Chiropractic we do not believe in on-going treatment plans. We may recommend maintenance care once pain has been dealt with, but that is only a recommendation. The decision is always yours!
How often do I need to come in for an appointment?
Are you cracking my bones?
Nope! Cracking bones would medically be considered a fracture, and we obviously do not do that!
Cracking bones = fracture
The cracking or popping noise that you often hear during an adjustment is simply a result of a pressure change from the inside of that specific synovial joint. The chiropractic adjustment simply takes the joint in question to its physiological limit, which builds up the pressure within it. Once there, we utilize a quick and non-painful thrust that quickly pushes past it, creating that pressure change or cracking/popping sound. The pressure change in the joint is similar to the pressure change when you open a pop can. The infamous sound of a pop can being opened is simply the pressure from inside the can abruptly changing.
Do I have to be adjusted, or 'cracked'?
Nope! The chiropractic adjustment is just one tool that we use at Hybrid Chiropractic. If the adjustment is not for you, we can always utilize Active Release Technique (ART), gentle joint mobilizations, instrumented assisted soft tissue mobilizations (IASTM), corrective exercise, postural education and of course, some good old fashioned stretches!
Does my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Most insurance policies have some chiropractic benefits. We recommend that you check your individual insurance package prior to making an appointment.
What is active release technique (ART)?
Active Release Technique (ART) is the current gold standard in soft tissue care. ART is a state-of-the-art soft tissue movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can benefit from ART.
How long are appointments?
The initial appointment will be about 45 minutes. This time frame will allow you to fill out the appropriate paperwork and be seen for a thorough health history, physical examination, plan of management and treatment.
Subsequent appointments are between 10-15 minutes.
What should I wear to my appointment?
The best attire for a chiropractic appointment is anything that you can move comfortably in. Treatment can be easily done with most clothing types but being freely able to move around is important!
What if I am anxious or nervous about treatment?
There is no need to be nervous. Many nervous patients are treated with success since patient-centered style means that no treatment will be done unless you are comfortable with it. Time will be taken to explain what is to be expected prior to any treatment performed. If you are nervous, just ask lots of questions!