Frequently Asked Questions

 

Some of our most commonly asked questions about Chiropractic are answered for your review.

 

 

  • How long does an initial evaluation take?

    An initial evaluation in our office takes 35-45 minutes. Typically, filling out new Practice Member paperwork adds the most time to your initial visit. Please download and print your new Practice Member paperwork from our website to expedite your visit. We pride ourselves on being an extremely punctual office so please arrive for your appointment 5 minutes early…I promise you this is not your typical doctors’ office experience!
     
  • Do you take insurance?

    No, we do not take insurance. The insurance companies pay our patients directly. Our fees are extremely affordable – less than most insurance co-payments. If we accepted insurance our fees would increase…so, we do not participate which enables us to offer the care we feel is best for you, not what your insurance dictates.
     
  • How much does an adjustment cost?

    We do not structure our fees on a per visit charge. Chiropractic is, in our opinion, best utilized with regular adjustments, similar to exercise…one workout does not get you in shape, and typically, neither does one adjustment. Based on your evaluation findings, we will give you our best recommendation for your care. See our fees page for details. The frequency of your adjustments is determined by the severity and number of subluxations in your spine.
     
  • Will you adjust me on the first visit?

    We prefer not to, here is why. Your health is our main priority. We would never risk your health without thoroughly evaluating the results from your first visit in our office. We have a minimum of 2 doctors review each case in our office. At your first visit, we will collect all of your information along with any necessary scans or x-rays. We will then schedule a follow-up visit in the next day or two to review the results of your evaluation, answer any new questions, and give you your first adjustment in our office.
     
  • When will I feel better?

    Everyone is different. We wish we could somehow predict how fast your body will heal, but there are several factors involved. Our focus is to remove any blockages to your body’s nerve supply caused by spinal shifts called subluxations. All cellular repairs are controlled and coordinated by your central nerve system. Therefore, our goal is to maximize expression of life through the adjustment. How quickly this translates into you feeling better is different in each person based on things like degenerative (arthritic) changes, your age, exercise habits, stress levels, diet, and the number of medications you take, just to name a few variables.
     
  • Do you take Medicare or Medicaid?

    Medicare and Medicaid are not covered in our office. Medicare has deemed our services as “wellness care” and therefore does not contribute to care in our office.
     
  • Do you take X-Rays?

    Yes, we prefer to know exactly what is happening with the structure of your spine before we give you an adjustment. We also utilize post x-rays at certain intervals in your care plan. Most people appreciate the fact of knowing and seeing exactly what is wrong with their spine. We prefer to objectively measure progress in your spine achieved through care in our office, and the post x-rays are a great way to do this! Post x-rays also hold us accountable to our Practice Members, and allow us to track the exciting changes happening in your spine.
     
  • What adjusting technique do you use?

    Our work is based on a technique called CBP (Chiropractic Bio-Physics), which focuses on correcting shifts in your spinal column. With gentle, specific precision, we use a combination of drop tables, adjusting instruments and traditional diversified adjustments with that “pop” many people associate with Chiropractic. Part of our initial evaluation is to learn of any concerns you may have about adjustments and address them, so we can find the most comfortable and effective way for you to get adjusted.
     
  • I do not like my neck popped – What can you do for me?

    We utilize drop tables and adjusting instruments that are gentle and effective…no popping necessary!
     
  • I like my neck popped – What can you do for me?

    We are highly skilled in performing traditional adjustments once we have determined those types of adjustments are right for you.
     
  • How many times do I need to be seen?

    This depends on the severity of your subluxations, and the level of degenerative (arthritic) changes present. After your initial evaluation, we will know the answer to this and we will go over this with you when you return to go over the results of your first visit.
     
  • How old or young should somebody be to receive care?

    Our oldest client is 94 years old, and most weeks we adjust newborns as well. 30% of our practice is composed of children. This is because many of our Practice Members want their children to reach their full potential, and 100% nerve supply is a vital part of that equation.
     
  • Once you start going to the Chiropractor, do you have to go forever?

    No, there is no lifetime contract. Practice Members leave care when they like. No, Chiropractic is not addictive, unless you consider a desire for better health to be unhealthy. Yes, you should have Chiropractic care for as long as you wish to function on an optimal basis and experience true quality of life, physically, mentally and socially, which to a sane person is a lifetime affair. Funny, nobody ever asks the dentist this question.
     
  • Is Chiropractic dangerous?

    Chiropractic is vastly safer than any drug or medical procedure. Chiropractic malpractice premiums are miniscule compared to those paid by MD’s. When a chiropractor makes a mistake, nothing (as opposed to a good result) happens, or one might end up a little sore. Compare this to these frightening statistics for the other team. It has been estimated that over 110,000 people die each year in this country from prescription drugs taken in the “controlled medical environment.” About 2 million hospital patients a year (between 5-10% of the hospital population) acquire a nosocomial (from the hospital) infection, from which there are between 100,000 and 300,000 deaths. It has been estimated there are between 3 million and 6.25 million unnecessary surgeries performed annually, resulting in between 40,000 and 83,000 unnecessary deaths. With these staggering numbers, more and more families are turning to Chiropractic each and every day.
     
  • Chiropractors are quacks! “I tried Chiropractic and it didn’t work.”

    Yes, there are chiropractors that are quacks, thieves and lunatics. However, there are medical doctors that are quacks, thieves and lunatics, but they “blend in” better. If you went to a bad dentist, you would look for another one rather than waiting for your teeth to fall out. If you went to a bad restaurant, would you quit eating? If your plumber couldn’t fix a broken pipe in your house, are you going to let your house flood? No! So, if you have been to a bad chiropractor, find yourself a better one. (P.S. In cases where “Chiropractic didn’t work,” I find that 9 out of 10 times, the Chiropractor wasn’t even serious enough about Chiropractic, and your well-being, to take x-rays and provide a detailed plan of care for you.)
     

 

Call Dr. Norman today at 972-394-3350!