Understanding Your Health
We take the time to answer your questions!
Taking control of your health can be a challenge. Sometimes we become so used to the pain and living a certain way that we think we'll never get back to normal. There may be a lot of questions you’ll have about how your treatment will go and what methods our facility uses. From your first visit, we will answer any questions you might have about your appointments or the issues that you have been experiencing. We will continue to be transparent throughout your relationship with us.
We will take care of your problems; it is always nice to know you are in good hands. Take a minute to meet our doctors and see why our patients rave about our office, why our treatments help, and what we are all about when it comes to your well-being. No question is too simple or complex for us, make an appointment to come see us and ask all your questions.
Below are some of the most common questions we receive at Boots Chiropractic & Wellness Center, S.C.
If you have additional questions or would like further clarification, please call our office at 920-997-9700.
Is chiropractic care safe?
The literature on chiropractic safety is perhaps the single most impressive quality of the chiropractic profession. Since its inception as a separate and distinct health care profession, chiropractic has established itself as the safest primary care profession by far. Despite the high volume of patients and the great diversity of conditions with which they present, chiropractic can claim the lowest complication rate, the lowest malpractice insurance rates, and the highest rates of patient satisfaction of any doctor level provider.
Although chiropractic adjustments provided by trained chiropractors remains quite safe according to the vast body of literature, manipulation by non-chiropractic providers may not be as safe. This body of information clearly distinguishes the safety record of chiropractic because the vast majority of recorded injuries are found to be at the hands of non-chiropractic providers attempting to apply chiropractic like procedures, without the highly developed skill and experience of the doctor of chiropractic. Read more...
Who does chiropractic help?
Chiropractic is beneficial to anyone with a nervous system. That’s one way of saying most people will receive benefits from chiropractic care. Typical patients have been injured in some fashion or are just tired of the nagging pain or discomfort they have had building up. Whether you were injured in an automobile accident, an on the job/work injury, or maybe the pain just started on its own, we are here to help you. Learn more...
What can I expect on my first visit?
After all necessary paperwork is completed, the doctor will discuss your health history and current condition. An appropriate examination will be performed and if necessary x-rays will be taken. Your condition will be thoroughly explained to you, as well as the recommended treatment. Once your questions are answered, care will commence. The first visit will generally take an hour and subsequent visits are usually 10 minutes. New patient center...
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
An adjustment is a gentle, carefully placed thrust which moves a specific vertebrae into its proper orientation in relation to the surrounding spinal column or extremity. The purpose of this safe adjustment is to correct a spinal or extremity subluxation in order to reduce pain, increase function, eliminate nerve interference, and improve overall health. The doctors at Boots Chiropractic & Wellness Center, S.C. specialize in instrument assisted adjusting procedures, specifically Activator Method and Impulse IQ. In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, trigger point therapy, traction, cold-laser therapy, nutritional counseling, or customized exercise/rehabilitation programs may be used. Read more...
What is a subluxation?
Subluxation is a term referring to a spinal bone (vertebra) or extremity segment that is not in its proper position or is not moving in its normal range of motion. Misaligned vertebrae irritate nerves and blood vessels, which in turn affects the way your nerves communicate with your body. Subluxations cause pain and dysfunction in muscles and organs. The body’s natural ability to heal itself is greatly improved with the subluxation removed. If left uncorrected subluxations lead to early degeneration of the discs and joints. Learn more...
What education does a chiropractor have?
Currently, a Doctor of Chiropractic completes a four-year undergraduate degree followed by a five academic year graduate school program including a clinical internship. There are four comprehensive National Board Examinations that the Wisconsin Chiropractic Board requires prior to obtaining licensure. Post-graduate/continuing education credits are required each year to maintain a state license and any special certifications. Learn more...
Does the adjustment hurt?
At Boots Chiropractic, most adjustments are not only relatively comfortable, but also ultimately relieve pain. In cases of a recent injury, inflamed tissues may react to adjustments and cause some discomfort. Application of ice after treatment may soothe any irritation.
Is it safe to crack my own back or neck?
This question is often posed to chiropractors and concern has been raised over its safety. While people might intuitively try to relieve pain and pressure on their joints, “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck is not recommended. People who crack their own neck or back obtain only very temporary relief from pain and stiffness, increase their risk of injury, and create instability in spinal joints called hypermobility. This occurs because the cause of the spinal tension, the fixation or jammed vertebrae, has not been corrected. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself. You should not try to do it yourself, either!
Is there a minimum or maximum age for a person to receive chiropractic care?
There is no age excluded from chiropractic care. Even babies can have subluxations, due to the rigors of the birth process. In Denmark, for example, Chiropractic Doctors are part of the birthing team. Children’s subluxations should be treated early, as they interfere with nerves that control developing muscles, organs, bone and such. Abdominal stresses on a rapidly developing spine and other bones and joints can cause them to develop abnormally. Your chiropractor can detect these problems while they’re easy to correct.
Can chiropractors refer patients to other specialists?
Chiropractors are part of a network of health-care professionals. Like other doctors, they will make referrals for patients when necessary. Chiropractors are trained to recognize risk factors and signs of disease that are outside their scope of treatment and will not hesitate to make a referral when it is in a patient’s best interest.
Do chiropractors prescribe medication or perform surgery?
Chiropractors believe in the body’s ability to heal itself and for that reason they don’t prescribe medication or perform invasive procedures. They focus on providing your body with the right elements for self-restoration by restoring free-flowing communication between all parts of your body.
How long will care continue?
This answer is different for each person and his/her condition. An uncomplicated case often responds within a few days with resolution in one-four weeks. Naturally, the more complicated, severe, or long-standing conditions require longer care, such as disc conditions. At Boots Chiropractic & Wellness Center, S.C. you won’t be forced into long treatment plans of 3+ visits a week for the rest of your life. Your treatment is up to you. Our goal is to return you to health and restore your wellness.
Should chiropractic care continue even after I feel better?
Chiropractors are trained to detect problem areas in your spine before they develop into problem conditions or symptoms. Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your subluxations are corrected. Regular adjustments help to maintain or support a healthy spine and nervous system. Maintenance or wellness spinal care programs, which may include advice on posture, nutrition, and exercise, can effectively prevent pain. However, how you choose to use chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. If your spine wears out, there is no solution. Because your spine directly influences the function of your nervous system, spinal decay permanently damages the nerves and spinal cord. Nearly everyone flosses and brushes their teeth even though their teeth don’t hurt. Spinal adjustments are like flossing the spine. Lifetime care of the spine should be a priority!