Anderson Family Chiropractic
Experience the Gonstead Difference

FAQ

Q: How do I know if I have a subluxation?
A: Often times you can have a subluxation and not even know it. They can be present before you have obvious symptoms, like the progression of tooth decay. The best thing for you and your family is to be checked in our office with a thorough examination for the presence and severity of subluxations. After being adjusted you may find you are able to listen to your body and know when you are in need of future care.

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Q:
Can I adjust myself?
A: No. Turning your body or neck in one direction and/or the other may make your joints "pop", but that sound is not correcting the problem and certainly is not an adjustment! The pressure and gases released during that "pop" may immediately feel like relief, but only a licensed Chiropractor is able to adjust the actual misaligned vertebra that's really causing the tension. Even the Drs. take the time to get adjusted!

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Q: Are you going to "crack" my whole back?
A: As a Gonstead Chiropractor, the Drs. carefully analyzes your spine to determine what segments need to be ADJUSTED and which should be left alone. With Chiropractic care, more is not better. "Cracking or manipulating" your entire spine is not specific in the least and does not provide the lasting results that carefully ADJUSTING only specific segments does. The goal is to correct the exact cause of the problem and let your body do the rest of the healing.

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Q: Why do newborns get adjustments?
A: The birth process, no matter how natural, can affect an infant's spine. Some studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infection or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Newborns also become subluxated in the same physical, emotional or chemical ways an adult does as well. An infant is also examined very carefully to determine if there is a subluxation and, if needed, receives a gentle Gonstead adjustment involving very little pressure.

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Q:
Do I have a slipped disk?
A: No. The disc is a cartilage pad between each of your spinal vertebra that aides in your spine's connection, flexibility, movement, weight bearing & shock absorbing ability. Motion in your spine produces a pumping action to each disc allowing nutrients to enter and waste to be expelled. Because of spinal subluxations or severe trauma a disc can bulge, swell, tear, herniate, thin, dry out or collapse BUT it's can't actually "slip" out from between the spinal bones it serves. The Gonstead Chiropractor pays special attention to your disc health. The Drs. gently corrects the misaligned vertebra and restores it to a proper position in relationship to the disc, allowing the disc to heal.

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Q: How many adjustments will I need?
A: Many patients are concerned about having to come in all the time for Chiropractic care. In our office we realize that each individual is different, and your care is tailored specifically to your level of acuteness. When beginning Chiropractic care in an acute condition, you may need to be adjusted more often in a short period of time to begin the healing process. Every patient responds differently to care, but in general our goal is to get to the root of the problem quickly and leave it alone to heal. The Drs. will give you specific recommendations but usually suggest periodic evaluations to maintain proper spinal health. Each visit builds on the next, so remain hopeful... we are!

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Q:
Does insurance cover Chiropractic?
A: Today, insurance companies are more widely accepting of Chiropractic care because overall health care costs may be kept to a minimum, therefore eliminating the need for expensive prescriptions and surgery. We accept most insurances in our office. In order to know your exact benefits, you should contact your insurance company prior to your first visit.

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Q: I've had back surgery, can you still help me?
A: Yes. Surgery often leads to instability in your spine above or below the area operated on. Your Gonstead Chiropractor will be very specific to your problem areas and will avoid the surgically altered segments.

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Q:
How long until I feel better?
A: Happily, a lot of our patients have reported immediate relief. Others experience slow progress over a period of days or weeks. There are many factors that play a role in your healing process, including the severity or length of your injury. Other factors include proper rest, nutrition, exercise, keeping your appointments and closely following the Dr.'s recommendations. The timing of your appointments are carefully determined based on your need for re-adjustment and time for healing. Please let the Drs. know how you are doing from visit to visit, they will appreciate your honesty.

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Q: Can chiropractic help me?
A: Chiropractic care will benefit almost everyone in some way, just as dental care will benefit almost everyone in some way. The degree of response may vary due to the length of time the condition has existed, the lifestyle of the patient, and one's compliance to the care plan.

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Q:
What should I expect after an adjustment?
A: Often times after the first adjustment a patient will feel tired. The release of the adjustment to a fixated and inflamed segment is like releasing a great weight from your shoulders. The body says "ahhh" and wants to rest. This is normal. Some patients feel a little general soreness like they "used muscles they didn't know they had". This is because some muscles have been tight or spastic for so long in response to the subluxation that they go unnoticed until they start to relax. Only then do we realize how tense the muscles were.

About 3-5% of people may experience a sensation like their arms or legs are tingling as the nerves start to work properly after the adjustment. This is a good thing. If this occurs it typically lasts a couple of hours or less and does not occur again. This is similar to your arm or leg "waking up after it falls asleep".

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Q: How many visits will I need?
A: It is impossible to predict exactly how many visits a new patient will need to resolve their initial condition because each injury is different and each individual's healing response is different. We give each patient an estimate on how long their recovery may take after the initial exam and will have an even better idea after 2-3 visits. We do not have the same "3x a week for 6 weeks" approach for every patient. Visits will be spaced out based on the rate of improvement.

Once we have improved or resolved their initial complaint(s), most patients decide to come in for monthly checkups for maintenance of their spine to reduce future episodes and for better overall health.

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Q: Does the adjustment hurt?
A: Typically, no. If one is in so much pain that simply touching the spine hurts, the doctor will apply ice for 15 or 20 minutes and that will reduce the discomfort for the procedure. An adjustment is felt and heard like cracking one's knuckles. There could be some stretching sensation felt when the lower back or pelvis is adjusted in the side posture position, and that is normal.

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Q: Who should be checked for subluxations?
A: EVERYONE. If you have a spine and a nervous system (which you do), you should be checked. Drs. JaDean, Alisha, and Brandan have seen patients from a few hours hold old to over 90 years old.

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Q:
Is chiropractic safe?
A: Yes, chiropractic is extremely safe. No significant risk of complications from receiving a Gonstead Method chiropractic adjustment is known to exist... none. Considering that the Gonstead Method has been widely used for over 50 years, this fact is quite impressive.

In comparison, 16,000 - 20,000 people in the US die each year from complications (bleeding ulcers and heart attacks) caused by over-the-counter pain relievers. Roughly 7 out of 1000 people will die from "routine" neck or back surgery. Many others suffer long lasting side effects of scar tissue build up and structural instability caused by surgery.

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Q:
What if I was told that I need neck or back surgery?
A: Having surgery is no guarantee that your problem will go away and is a risky undertaking. If you are told that you need orthopedic surgery for any reason other than immediate life-saving need or broken bones, it is in your best interest to see Dr. Alisha, Dr. Brandan, or Dr. JaDean first. If, upon examination, Drs. Alisha, Brandan, and JaDean feel that you would benefit from either chiropractic care, physical therapy, surgery, or a combination of these, they will tell you. The doctors will review any X-Ray or MRI findings that you may have from other physicians.

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Q: Do I need a referral from my medical doctor to see a chiropractor?
A: No, but we are happy to accept referrals as we work well with medical doctors in the community. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a medical doctor who does not see the benefit of chiropractic care.

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Q: Do chiropractors ever refer to medical doctors?
A: Yes. We know when to refer you to another appropriate provider. Chiropractors are trained in organ systems diagnosis along with musculo-skeletal diagnosis and refer accordingly.


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Q: What are the most common symptoms a subluxation can cause? 
A:

  • Neck pain
  • Mid-back pain
  • Low back pain
  • Tension
  • Sciatica
  • SI joint pain
  • Arm pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Arthritis
  • Infantile colic
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Leg pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Asthma
  • Hip pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Ear infections
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bed wetting
  • Sinus conditions
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Autism, ADD and ADHD
  • Menstrual conditions
  • Pains of pregnancy including morning sickness

While not every case of these conditions is caused by a subluxation, the chiropractic health paradigm looks to the body's function FIRST to determine if something is not working correctly with your nervous system. The body is its own physician. It knows what to do for you every second of the day. It is constantly multitasking for you and can manufacture whatever chemical you need to stay healthy.

Each organ in your body such as the heart, lungs, or stomach function not only for themselves but for the benefit of the whole body. The function of all organs and tissues of your body are controlled by the nervous system which has your brain as the "main frame" computer and your spinal cord and nerves as the "connecting wires" to every cell. These messages are sent back and forth between the brain and body tissues at up to 200 times per second to keep you functioning in a healthy state. A subluxation INTERFERES with this communication by altering the proper biomechanics, chemistry and vascular balance of that communication.

Specific spinal adjustment assists the body by restoring motion biomechanics to the subluxated segment. Many common symptoms of poor health are a manifestation of malfunction of the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments along with good nutrition, exercise, and stress management are a logical preventative measure to maintain a healthy body. By understanding the function of the brain and nervous system, it is evident that symptoms such as those listed above can be caused by subluxation. Therefore, many patients find relief from the symptoms listed through chiropractic care and through following sound and logical health advice that we have to offer.

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Q: Does it matter whether I see Dr. JaDean, Dr. Alisha, or Dr. Brandan?
A: Which doctor you see is your personal preference as all three are skilled Gonstead doctors. It will not offend the doctors in any way if you choose one over the others.

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