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Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural health care system, which does not rely on drugs or surgery to promote healing.

Chiropractors work with the joints and muscles, particularly of the neck, and back to improve the body’s function. Every function of the body is regulated by the nervous system. Irritation of the spine or spinal nerves causes improper function. By removing subluxations (misalignments of the spine that interfere with the function of nerves), chiropractors increase the body’s ability to heal, restoring mobility, decreasing pain, and improving overall health.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic has an excellent record for safety. A thorough history and spinal examination help the chiropractor to determine what specific areas of the spine are affected and the best course of care for you. This conservative approach combined with the non-invasive, gentle nature of chiropractic adjustments makes chiropractic care both safe and effective.

Is a chiropractor a “real” doctor?

Chiropractors are doctors, but not Medical Doctors. Other non-medical doctors include optometrists, and podiatrists. Chiropractors receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, which requires the same amount of course work as a Medical Doctor degree. Many of the courses are the same in the beginning of school, but chiropractic students take specialized training in chiropractic techniques, physical therapies, and radiology while medical students receive training in surgical techniques, and prescription of medication.

Chiropractors are trained and licensed to diagnose and treat a large number of health conditions, mainly of the musculo-skeletal system. This training includes the identification of conditions, which may need to be referred for other types of care.

Can the chiropractor help me?

Yes. Most patients coming into a chiropractic office have a problem, which will benefit by Chiropractic care. Other patients need medical care or some other form of health care in addition to or instead of Chiropractic. These patients are helped by being advised on the type of care they need to seek. Chiropractors take a history and perform an examination before beginning treatment. During this process, a plan of treatment is formed. At this time, or during the course of treatment, a chiropractor may recommend that the patient see their primary physician, a medical specialist, a podiatrist, or some other health professional, which would be able to help.

Who benefits from chiropractic care?

Nearly everyone can use chiropractic to improve the function of their body. Children, adolescents, and adults all benefit from care. People who do physical work, athletes, people with high stress levels, people with pain and discomfort, young people and seniors all benefit from the health improvements chiropractic can provide. Each patient is treated on an individual basis, taking into account, their age, lifestyle, health, and physical condition, and the nature of any injury.

When will I feel better?

This depends on the type of injury, and how long you have had it. While most patients start noticing improvements very quickly, and often immediately, there are more complicated cases that take longer.

How long will my visit take?

In order to provide the best care, Dr. Fagan takes a complete history and examination on new patients. This generally takes around an hour. Follow up visits generally take 15 to 25 minutes. You can save some time by bringing the patient intake forms already filled out. You can download these from the Resources page.

"My purpose is to improve the health of the community through high quality natural chiropractic health care and education on the needs of the body."

Fagan Chiropractic
Get back to Health with a Healthy Back

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