Frequently asked questions

Who sees a chiropractor?

Almost 35 million Americans see a chiropractor each year and about 1 in 4 Americans have visited a chiropractor at some time in their life. There are many reasons that people go and see a chiropractor. Recent studies have shown that almost 50% of the chiropractic patients see a chiropractor for general wellness or disease prevention. So many people seek chiropractic care not only for specific health problems, but also to function at their best. Symptoms are like a fire alarm and we should focus on the fire, not the fire alarm. If you are constantly taking pain medication to just mask the symptoms, it’s like deactivating the fire alarm. It’s a better option to take care of the cause of the problem right away. At RYNK Chiropractic, we focus on finding the cause of one’s health problem instead of just treating the symptoms. Do you want to feel better, sleep better, have more energy, reduce stress, perform better or maintain your health and well-being? Try chiropractic care and join the million of others who claim to get these benefits of chiropractic care. J Chiropr Humanit 2016;23(1):35-45. Chiropr J Aust 2008;38(1):12-16. J Altern Complement Med 2004;10(2):357-67 J Electromyogr Kinesiol 2012;22(5):632-42. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 2012;22(5):768-76. Chiropr J Aust 2010;40(10):37-44. Haavik Research.

How often should you see a chiropractor?

This is a common question and most patients would like to solve their health problems in one visit. However, it is difficult to achieve a long term improvement to your health and wellness after just one visit. One reason is that it usually takes a long time for the problem to develop and motivates patients to come and see a chiropractor and that can take multiple chiropractic visits to correct that problem. Multiple micro-traumas or minor problems like sitting hunched over, having a bad posture, dealing with daily stress and everyday wear and tear can accumulate and all of a sudden can cause pain. It is the thousandth straw that broke the camel’s back! Chiropractic care takes time, frequency and follow-up. Research studies suggest that seeing a chiropractor more often (e.g. 3 times a week for 4 weeks) in the early stage of chiropractic care has better results and long-term benefits to the spine and nervous system function compare to those who received fewer chiropractic care (e.g. 1 time a week for 4 weeks). This means more frequent adjustments has the biggest positive impact on your health and wellness. At RYNK Chiropractic, your chiropractic care plan will be based on what is best for your specific health problems and status. Spine J. 2018;18(10): 1741-1754. Haavik Research.

What is maintenance care?

Almost 50% of chiropractic patients receive chiropractic care because they simply want to maintain their health and wellbeing. This is a form of maintenance or wellness care. The purpose of this type of care is to maintain your spine and nervous system function at their optimal level and prevent injuries or new symptoms and pain from developing. All of life’s stressors can build up and impact the way your brain communicates with your trunk muscles. One last minor thing to go wrong is all that is needed to make you suffer from pain or other symptoms, just like the thousandth straw that broke the camel’s back. The goal of maintenance care is to help take the straws off the camel’s back before series of symptoms develop and cause health problems. Research studies have shown that it is important to keep optimal spinal health, even if you don’t have pain or symptoms. Consider chiropractic maintenance care to feel great and function at your optimal potential. Spine 2017;42(23):1810-16. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2008;16:3-3. PLoS One 2018;13(9):e0203029. Haavik Research.

Do spinal adjustments hurt?

Quite the contrary. Most patients feel instant relief even after their first adjustments. In some cases, there are certain normal common reactions which you may or may not experience during the course of chiropractic care. You may feel mild discomfort but this is a normal natural tissue response from an adjustment and it usually subsides quickly. This is due, in part, to the spinal joints beginning to once again move within their normal range of motion. Our chiropractic adjustments are gentle and provide fast and controlled thrust that is comfortable for the patient. With the Activator Method, spinal adjustments are delivered with no joint popping or twisting and the speed of the adjustment is so quick that the patient is less likely to tense and resist the treatment. JMPT 2006;29:597-8

Is chiropractic care safe?

A number of studies have reported that chiropractic care is remarkable safe, effective and it’s associated with high levels of patient satisfaction. It is at least as effective, if not more effective, than traditional medical management for patients with a variety of spine-related issues. All forms of healthcare interventions are associated with some risk and on rare occasions some people may suffer from an adverse reaction after receiving chiropractic care, for example, feeling sore after getting adjusted but this is temporary and usually goes away by itself. According to literature reviews done by many researchers regarding chiropractic care safety, serious adverse reactions are very rare and the rough estimates for adverse events range from 1 in 20,000 to 1 in several million chiropractic visits. To compare to other types of medical care, there are as many as 1 in 3 adverse events if someone goes to the hospital. From the best systematic reviews of scientific literature on this topic, we know that being seriously hurt from chiropractic care is extremely rare. Chiropractic care has an enviable safety record compared to most other healthcare interventions and you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. JMPT 2008;31(6):461-4. Spine J. 2004;4(3):335-56. JMPT 2006;29(6):455-62. Spine 2009;34(11):E405-13. Bmj 2016;353:i2139. JMPT 2015;38(9):677-91. Haavik Research.

Is chiropractic care expensive?

Research studies have shown that chiropractic care is a great cost-effective healthcare options especially for people with neck and back pain. Recently researchers reviewed 9 years of claims data from an insurance scheme in North Carolina that included about 660,000 people and over 6 million back and neck pain claims. Then, they compared the cost of each claim based on the care providers (medical doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors) and a group of patients who only got health advice, hoping they would just get better by themselves without any healthcare intervention. They found in this study that patients who were seen by the chiropractors cost significantly less than the patients managed by other healthcare providers. It was 2-5 times more expensive when a chiropractor was not one of the care providers. Surprisingly, claims managed by a chiropractor cost even less than the claims for patients who were given advice alone. Chiropractic care is a very cost-effective option and costs less in the long term than medical care or physical therapy. It also helps people to return to work faster at significantly lower costs.

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What kind of education does a chiropractor receive?

Chiropractors are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average Chiropractic (DC) program equivalent in classroom hours to Medicine (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) medical schools. Chiropractic and medical education are similar. Chiropractic schools in the U.S. has average program length of 4 years with average of 4,820 classroom and clinical hours, with about 30% in basic sciences and 70% in clinical sciences and internship. Medical school curricula average about 4,670 hours with a similar breakdown. Compared with medical students, chiropractic students spend more hours in anatomy and physiology but fewer in public health. Both programs have similar hours in biochemistry, microbiology and pathology. Chiropractic curricula provide relatively little instruction in pharmacology, critical care, and surgery but emphasize biomechanics, musculoskeletal function, and manual methods.

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