Common Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Only if the doctor determines that they are necessary.

Bring your insurance information in with you when you come in for your appointment. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health Care, and Self Pay.

We see all ages; our youngest patient was 5 days old and our oldest is 99!

Chiropractic care is generally safe during pregnancy, but it’s a good idea to double check with your OB/GYN before scheduling an appointment. Many patients find that chiropractic treatments help alleviate the aches commonly associated with pregnancy.

Most patients experience a popping or cracking sound during spinal manipulation. This is not dangerous, and it typically does not cause discomfort for patients. This sound occurs because gas and fluids are moving through your spine. Your body depends on fluids to lubricate the bones between each section of your spinal joints, so it’s normal to have this fluid in your skeletal system.

The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held, spring-loaded device that delivers fast, precise adjustments in order to restore range of motion to the vertebrae and extremity joints.

The Activator is FDA approved. Prior to its approval, the theory and function of the device was researched for more than 30 years. It was then tested on numerous individuals with back and neck pain for 15 years. It was found to be safe and effective for performing chiropractic adjustments. The device is even safe to use on individuals that have degenerative joint and disc disease.

When you arrive for your appointment, our chiropractor will evaluate your symptoms, perform a physical examination and determine which of your vertebrae or extremity joints need to be adjusted. The Activator will be placed against your skin in the location where the adjustment is to be performed. Then, our chiropractor will trigger the Activator. The spring-loaded device will deliver a force to the location that will push the vertebrae or joint back into its proper position. This restores movement and reduces inflammation and pain.

Traditional spinal manipulation is performed with our chiropractor’s hands. During the adjustment, a quick, firm thrust will be used to realign the joint. While this is perfectly safe, the adjusted area is much larger with a traditional adjustment than with an Activator adjustment. The Activator delivers a direct and precise adjustment that does not require any twisting or pulling. Individuals typically find the activator method less physically and mentally stressful because there are not as many pops or cracks associated with the adjustment, and the speed of the device means that the muscles do not have time to tense against the force.

There are no side-effects associated with the Activator method of chiropractic adjustment. In fact, it is gentler than the traditional hands-on method of manipulation because there is no extra movement of the joint. The only area that moves is the area that is being adjusted. Most people find the Activator Method of chiropractic adjustment more comfortable than traditional adjustments.

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years after the surgery was performed. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This all-too-common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic care can be highly effective in managing this discouraging condition and may help prevent additional back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized, many times back surgery can be avoided altogether. The Activator instrument technique Dr. Chris Rush uses in these cases is very safe, even for spines that have undergone fusion and instrumentation.
Chiropractors cannot prescribe medication, but many of our patients don’t require medication to see results. They often visit us after discovering that conventional treatments mask their symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of them. We want to help your body heal, not just provide temporary relief from your pain or discomfort.

Chiropractic education is similar to a medical or osteopathic education. An undergraduate degree focusing on biological sciences is a prerequisite. This is followed by four (4) years of professional education at one of the 16 chiropractic colleges in the United States. The coursework requires mastery of in-depth knowledge in anatomy, physiology, human chemistry and function as well as an internship at an out-patient clinic associated with the college.

The Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) graduates with a high level of clinical competence. After graduating, the candidates must pass the demanding four-part National Board Examinations. Then, the chiropractic doctor must apply to their chosen state licensing board and pass another difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor’s education, however, never ends. All states require doctors to complete regular postgraduate instruction each year for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and treatment techniques.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A: Only if the doctor determines that they are necessary
A: Bring your insurance information in with you when you come in for your appointment. There is no charge for you for the consultation to talk to the doctor about your condition. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health Care, and Self Pay.
A: The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held, spring-loaded device that delivers fast, precise adjustments in order to restore range of motion to the vertebrae and extremity joints.
A: Traditional spinal manipulation is performed with our chiropractor’s hands. During the adjustment, a quick, firm thrust will be used to realign the joint. While this is perfectly safe, the adjusted area is much larger with a traditional adjustment than with an Activator adjustment. The Activator delivers a direct and precise adjustment that does not require any twisting or pulling. Individuals typically find the activator method less physically and mentally stressful because there are not as many pops or cracks associated with the adjustment, and the speed of the device means that the muscles do not have time to tense against the force.
A: Everyone is unique and we can give you more idea once we have assessed your case. Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process.