Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions
Is Treatment Painful?
Dr. Blakely uses gentle techniques of low force spinal corrective methods. These methods do not involve the older, more uncomfortable physical techniques. Most patients discover that the newer methods are very comfortable, even with the most sensitive conditions.
How Long Does It Take For Me To See Results?
Each person is different. It depends on your specific condition along with your lifestyle, age and the level of your problem. Generally, the longer you have had your problem, the longer it will take to get results. The good new is that treatment is here and relief is on the way. Dr. Blakely can make the best determination after the initial exam. He will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend a course of action to speed your way to relief.
Is it expensive?
It’s always difficult to balance the quality of care, along with the latest technology, and cost. We accept many health insurance policies, and depending on your condition, experience, and course of treatment, any out of pocket costs may be small.
Isn’t Chiropractic Only For Back Pain?
While back pain is a common ailment treated by chiropractors, there are many other conditions that can be treated. Many conditions stem from the musculoskeletal system and spine. Chiropractic adjustments help normalize function to reduce painful symptoms – without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic doctors often consult with neurologists, radiologists, and orthopedic specialists when designing care programs for patients with disc involvement.
Can children be treated?
Children can most certainly be treated. In fact, children respond quite well to chiropractic care. If your child has frequent ear infections or other illness, Chiropractic care may help. A few examples of pediatric conditions that respond well to Chiropractic care include: infantile colic, ear infections, chronic colds, bed wetting, constipation, headaches, and back pain. Chiropractic care does not replace an MD pediatrician. Dr. Blakely will work with your child’s pediatrician to coordinate treatment for optimal care.
I was in a car accident; how can Chiropractic help me?
Chiropractic can help in many ways. Initially the goal of treatment will be to reduce pain and swelling. After the acute phase of healing has passed, the main goal is to get the body moving properly with Chiropractic adjusting (also called manipulation), soft tissue therapies (massage), and rehabilitation. Chiropractic manipulation enables the joints and muscles to move in the correct manner. After a car accident, or any other trauma in which your body is jerked around, soft tissues including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even joint capsules are injured. The body repairs these soft tissues with scar tissue, which can restrict joint movement and even cause pain. One goal of treatment after this type of injury is to rehabilitate the joints and soft tissues surrounding the joints. Over time, untreated muscle spasms or contracture/tightening of soft tissues can lead to abnormal joint motion and osteoarthritis or degenerative changes in the spine (which is irreversible). I have treated many car accident victims and even snowboarders and skiers with the same types of injuries. Chiropractic care has a lot to offer when it comes to getting you better from these types of injuries.