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What is Chiropractic and is it right for me?

Over the years I have been asked countless questions about chiropractic, and most often they are repeated. Recently I have had the privilege to speak with residents of the West End at the West End Fair and again the questions were the same. In order to help my fellow neighbors understand chiropractic better, I have composed a list of frequently asked questions.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on the care of the spine and the nervous system.

What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors look for misalignments in the spine, called subluxations, and correct them to allow the nervous system to function correctly.

Is Chiropractic safe?

Records form insurance and court cases have consistently shown that chiropractic is the safest portal of entry health care available to the public today.

Can kids receive Chiropractic adjustments?

Yes. Children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living, as well as from participating in sports.

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic? Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others.

Are Chiropractors ‘real’ doctors?

Absolutely. Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive, demanding professional education on par with medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs). To receive the doctor of chiropractic degree, candidates must complete extensive undergraduate prerequisites and four years of graduate-level instruction and internship at an accredited chiropractic institution. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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