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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is a natural form of health care that involves manipulation of the spine to restore balance and function to the spine and other joints. Overuse, accidents and injuries my cause minor displacement (subluxation) of the spinal vertebra. When a vertebra is displaced, the spinal nerves or muscles may become irritated, which may result in pain, numbness, tingling, and loss of function. Chiropractors are specifically trained to detect and correct nerve interference, allowing the nervous system to function properly and you to achieve maximum quality of life and performance.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is the act of applying a specific force in the proper direction to a joint that is subluxated. The purpose is to eliminate nerve interference, provide relief, and improve spinal function and overall health. The adjustment may cause a painless pop or "crack" as gases are released from the joint. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of techniques, and will use the adjustment techniques most suited to the needs of the individual.

Is it painful to have an adjustment?

The adjustment usually feels good and is, most often, painless. There may be slight soreness if the spine has not been adjusted before or for a long period of time. Over time, adjustments become easier and the spine becomes accustomed to moving properly.

Is it safe or are there risks involved?

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care available because it does not involve invasive procedures or medications.

What are the benefits of chiropractic?

Chiropractic care helps restore normal function and motion to joints and improve overall health. Restoration of good joint motion is important for:
•  Pain Reduction
•  Reducing muscle spasm or tightness
•  Decreasing joint inflammation
•  Muscle balance improvement
•  Maintenance of healthy discs
•  Increased flexibility
•  Reducing soreness, recovery time when injured, and chance of injury
•  Better athletic and everyday performance
With loss of normal movement, discs and joints may deteriorate more rapidly. Improvement of motion can reduce the formation of scar tissue which can cause stiffness and joint degeneration. Improving the function of the neuromuscular system with chiropractic care may also positively impact other conditions.

Do you need to have pain to visit a chiropractor?

No, although many people still believe chiropractic care isn't necessary unless they are suffering from low back or neck pain, millions of people who receive regular adjustments realize the numerous benefits of chiropractic care

Do you have to have x-rays?

The doctors take x-rays to determine if you have spinal disorders such as arthritis, scoliosis, disc deterioration, and to evaluate your spinal structure.

Can you get adjusted if you are pregnant?

Yes--modifications can be make so that pregnant patients can continue to benefit from chirorpractic care and the relief it offers as the middle and lower back are stressed due to the physical changes resulting from pregnancy. For pregnant women, modification including pregnancy pillows as well as the Webster technique are utilized in treatment.

What is the Webster technique?

The Webster technique is specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxations/SI joint dysfunction. In so doing, neurobiomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. For information, please visit: http://icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique.htm

Can children get adjustments?

Yes--children often experience trauma as a result of falls, backpacks, sports injuries, or even from birth. Early chiropractic care may prevent many of the problems that emerge in adulthood, resulting from childhood subluxations. We use modifications to allow for a gentle, specific, low force adjustment for children.

What are the educational requirements to be a chiropractor?

To become a licensed Doctor of Chriopractic, an individual must meet stringent academic and professional requirements, including passing nationally standardized examinations. (1) Complete a Bachelor's Degree, (2) Obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and complete a clinical internship through an accredited four year chiropractic college, (3) Complete education requirements of 4200 hours of semester/quarter credits, (4) Must pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners series of four examinations and/or other state-required examinations, and must satisfy any other individual state-specific requirements for licensure. Each subsequent year after licensure, the chiropractor must continue their educaiton with postgraduate classes to stay current with new techniques and research information and to meet requirements for license renewal.

What is CCSP?

The CCSP (Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner) certification requires the doctor to attend a 120 postgraduate CCSP program. The courses are designed to help the practitioner obtain: 
•  The ability to instruct athletes in rehabilitative procedures and athletic training principles
•  The capability to evaluate and treat typical sports and recreational injuries
•  The ability to treat athletes in emergency situations
•  A working knowledge of the clinical bio-mechanics and physiology involved in specific sports and recreational activities

Do you take insurance?

Yes--most insurance companies provide some level of chiropractic coverage. Contact Jan at Broeg Chiropractic & Nutrition Center by phone 859-525-2020 or by email at j.megerle@mykychiro.com for verification of your insurance coverage.
•  Most Insurance (call to verify)
•  Medicare/Medicaid
•  Workers' Compensation
•  Auto Accident

What can I expect from my first visit?

On your first visit, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough evaluation. Plese see the new patient section for more details
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