FAQ

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between the nervous system and the spine.

The spine provides two primary functions:

  1. it allows for freedom of movement, and
  2. it houses and protects the spinal cord.

When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned through stress, a single trauma or through repetitive injury, two major consequences can result:

  1. range of motion becomes limited, and
  2. spinal nerves emerging from the spinal cord become compromised.

Chiropractic treatments aim to correct this, allowing your body to restore itself to its optimal form and function.

How does chiropractic care work?

The most common chiropractic procedure is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of the spinal manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints and surrounding tissue that have become compromised or restricted. Manipulation of an affected joint and surrounding tissue restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing the joint and tissues to heal.

The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times every working day in the United States.

How can chiropractic care help me?

Our doctors are specially trained to evaluate and treat spinal conditions, relieving pain in the back and neck. They also frequently treat and relieve headache pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, sciatica, and tingling in the arms and legs.

Are there any risks?

Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record, evidenced by the fact that chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice insurance costs amongst health care professionals. Chiropractic care has been proven to be safer than surgery and medication, even safer than taking an aspirin.

How long until my pain is gone?

At Barbati and Davies Chiropractic, each patient’s condition is expertly evaluated and diagnosed, and the patient’s limitations, needs, lifestyles, and goals are considered before designing treatment plans.

Though each patient’s condition is individually evaluated and diagnosed, all treatment plans will include which body parts he will be adjusting at your visits, which modalities (such as ultrasound, heat, and traction) he will be using, which exercises he recommends you do at home, ways to better your posture, and anticipated length of chiropractic care. While the anticipated length of chiropractic care will be announced at the beginning of your care, at each appointment, the chiropractic physician will measure your response to the treatment and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.

How long do I need to receive treatments for?

The chiropractic physician’s goals with all treatment are to reduce pain, restore normal joint function and improve muscle function, and depending on the patient’s individual diagnosis and how they progress through the treatment plan, the existence of pain, as well as the assigned treatment plan, can last anywhere from one visit to a lifetime of pain being relieved by ongoing chiropractic care once a week, once a month, or even once year.

Chiropractic care helps the body to heal itself throughout the entire course of treatment, so completing the full chiropractic treatment plan is vital for not only immediate pain relief but to also achieve full rehabilitation so as to prevent future injury. To reach these goals, the chiropractic physician will, if needed, refer you to neurological, neurosurgical and/or orthopedic specialists for co-treatment, depending on your diagnosis.

Will my insurance cover the cost of treatments?

We accept all major insurances, auto insurances, worker’s compensation insurances, Medicare, Masshealth and cash.

For your convenience and ease of mind, our staff members will coordinate all the billing directly with your insurance company.

If you don’t if your insurance provides chiropractic coverage, give us a call. We will ask you to provide us with your insurance information and we will contact your insurance company and inquire about your coverage for you.

What is that popping sound?

The sound that you hear during most chiropractic adjustments is the sound of gases between the joints being released. The sound is the same sound that you hear when people crack their knuckles. There is no damage being caused to the joint when this occurs.

There are many different, gentle chiropractic techniques that can be performed that do not result in any ‘popping’ sounds. Please call our office and schedule an appointment with one of chiropractors, if you would like more information on this.

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