Many people think Chiropractors only work on problems related to the spine; however, we can diagnose and treat many different conditions involving the nervous system, muscles, and joints of the body. Some very common problems Chiropractors work on include: back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches and migraines, auto accidents, sports injuries, disc trauma, and extremity issues like tennis elbow. Here at Body of a Champion Chiropractic we treat all the above conditions and more, all while educating our patients about their bodies and providing corrective exercises.
No, you do not need a referral to see a Chiropractor. Chiropractors are Primary Care Physicians and can even perform sports physicals and refer you to other medical professionals for x-rays, MRI's and injuries (like broken bones) that we do not treat.
Most insurance plans do cover Chiropractic care; however, each plan is different and not all Chiropractors accept insurance. Before looking for a Chiropractor it is always a good idea to check with your insurance company to see what kind and how much Chiropractic care they will cover. Body of a Champion Chiropractic is currently working with some insurance companies to find their patients coverage. However, we understand not everyone has insurance, therefore we try to keep our prices affordable and payment plans can be discussed as needed.
There are many different techniques that can be used to perform an adjustment. At Body of a Champion Chiropractic, Dr. Madison Wills specializes in diversified technique which is a hands-on manual adjustment; she also uses motion palpation, Gonstead, Thompson drop, flexion distraction, and Activator protocols to aid in her assessment and adjustment of patients. All adjustments are tailored to the patients' needs and can be different each visit depending on the condition presented during that appointment.
The popping noise, or what Chiropractors refer to as a cavitation, that can be heard during some adjustments are small air pockets or bubbles between the joint spaces that are released when pressure and stretch are applied. Although the sounds can be satisfying to some people, they are not necessary and not always there when being adjusted; Chiropractors are paying close attention to the movement of the joint(s) being manipulated.
Some adjustments can hurt depending on the problem being worked on and a patient's level of pain tolerance. Most adjustments can be described as feeling a heavy pressure, followed by a quick force (that can pinch like an ear piercing) with an instant relief of pain. Common areas that are more tender than others when adjusted are ribs, jaws and disc issues. At Body of a Champion Chiropractic, Dr. Madison talks her patients through each visit and uses techniques to ensure the most comfort when being adjusted.
Simply put, no it is not ongoing. If you come in with an injury it may take several visits to have a patient back to normal, but after that they don't have to be adjusted again until the next accident or time they are in pain. However, most people continue Chiropractic care because of how much better they feel on a regular basis. Although Dr. Madison enjoys visiting with her patients, the less she sees them the happier she is that she provided quality care.