An adjustment focuses on promoting proper movement of the spine and extremities (arms and legs) by applying an impulse directly over a restricted joint.  This enables the joint to glide more effectively. 


Chiropractic physicians are health care professionals that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.  Doctors of chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional and lifestyle counseling.

Do chiropractors work parts of the body other than the spine?

Yes.  Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the arms and legs such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles.

Will I be sore after an adjustment?

It is common to experience soreness after an adjustment.  This is comparable to the soreness experienced after exercising.  This usually resolves within a day or two.

How many times will I need to see the doctor?

The doctor will discuss a treatment plan with you based on your individual diagnoses.  Some injuries need to be treated longer than others.  The doctor will work with you to deliver evidence-based care in a timely and efficient manner.

I was in a car accident. Should I see a chiropractor?

Chiropractic care has been proven to be an effective form of treatment after a motor vehicle collision. The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following a car accident. Any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly and beyond normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Chiropractors specialize in recognizing common injuries associated with car accidents.  Early and consistent treatment after a car accident has been proven to decrease risk of long term problems.

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

Most insurance plans do not require a referral to see a chiropractor.


The chiropractic physician partakes in a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. They must acquire nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate coursework and an additional four years of doctoral school.  Before they are allowed to practice, doctors of chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed.  For more information about chiropractic medicine, please visit the American Chiropractic Association: www.acatoday.org