Answer: Maintaining the health of your spine and nervous system is something that should occur from birth on. After beginning to drink clean water – when is it time to stop? When is it time to stop thinking about nutrition, stress management or regular exercise? If your intention is to be well, obviously never. MUCH RESEARCH EXISTS THAT SHOWS RADICAL INCREASES IN IMMUNE AND DNA FUNCTION AS A RESULT OF “LONG TERM CHIROPRACTIC CARE.”
While the number of families taking care of their spines is growing – most people are negligent. Therefore, the first step in a Chiropractors office is generally to go through a more aggressive treatment plan to regain as much spine and nervous system function as possible. After completing the first treatment plan, ideally, patients choose to maintain correction. Recommendations for frequency of care to maintain can range from once per week to once a month depending on individual lifestyles and what condition you were in beginning chiropractic care.
This stage of care is generally inexpensive and is ideally what the majority of patients should be going to any Doctor of Chiropractic for, instead of waiting for symptoms. Imagine the medical costs you’re saving and how many lost work or school days you’re avoiding from preventable diseases, surgeries, and unnecessary drugs. Add those up and maintenance care is most likely profitable not to mention the fact that your body will feel and function at its full potential.
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Answer: Everyone is different and each care plan necessitates a different level of care, which can affect the costs. Your cost depends on the complexity of your case. For those patients that opt to use health insurance to offset the cost of covered services, often you may find this information on the front of your membership card. We have several convenient payment options to help you get the care you need. Of course, we accept cash, checks, and credit cards. We also accept HSA/Flex, and Care Credit. Please contact us for more information. Your health is important to us and we believe in quality. The doctor will make sure that the cost of care will be fully discussed with each patient before treatment begins.
Corrective Chiropractic offers a discount when it is required by mandate, by contractual agreement, or a documented hardship.
Answer: Yes, Corrective Chiropractic currently participates with several well known health insurance companies, such as CIGNA, BCBS, MEDCOST, and UNITED HEALTHCARE. We can file using “Out of Network” benefits for others.
ANSWER: All patients have different insurance plans though they may have the same insurance carrier. Your deductible is the amount that must be met before your insurance begins to aid your medical costs. Your copay or co-insurance is the amount that you pay per visit usually after your deductible has been met. If you have not had medical care yet this year, chances are you still have a deductible to meet before your insurance helps to pay for your office visits. Please keep in mind that insurance is usually for emergency situations and its aid is a benefit and not a requirement for care. For patients that have exhausted their health insurance resources, we have additional financing options to ensure that you can receive the chiropractic care that you need. For More Details CLICK HERE.
Answer: On the whole, there are some important differences between a Corrective Chiropractic and most other Chiropractic offices in Greenville:
Corrective Chiropractic isn’t just looking for symptoms to go away or even just spinal curves to improve – their goal is that the whole person improves.
Corrective Chiropractic uses measurable and structural changes whereas many other chiropractors choose to limit their scope to pain relief only or what insurance may only cover. Corrective Chiropractic care entails a specific method of correcting spinal degeneration and monitoring that correction, using x-rays and nerve system analysis.
Corrective Chiropractic encourages patients to become educated about every treatment they receive.
Corrective Chiropractic does not treat a patient simply based on how many visits insurance covers or whether the patient is currently having complaints of pain. Rather, treatment is based on objective findings of the patient and restoring optimum health to the spine and nervous system.
Corrective Chiropractic’s doctor is very proactive with spreading this health message.
Answer: The Association of Chiropractic Colleges defines subluxation as *“A subluxation (Of the spine) is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity (Interfere with the spinal cord and nerves) and may influence organ system function and general health.”
Subluxations are present when one or more of the following conditions exist:
Most people wait for symptoms of back pain, neck pain or headaches before being evaluated for subluxation. Yet, any misalignment of the spine is considered a health risk. Researcher and Physiologist IM Korr states, “When the motion of intervertebral (Spinal) joints is even slightly amiss, there will be autonomic effects, with resulting circulatory, metabolic, and visceral repercussions.” There have been countless studies done by medical, chiropractic, and osteopathic researchers published in the *Index Medicus on the scientific basis of subluxation or what is called a “Spinal lesion,” it’s negative impact on the central nervous system, and how it “Organizes disease.”
When subluxations are left undetected and uncorrected, a law of Physics called “Wolf’s Law” sets in. The law states that the degenerative changes will begin to occur and accelerate the aging process rapidly. Multiple studies done by organizations such as Johns Hopkins and the Geriatric Society have shown that the spinal degenerative process will shut down organs and increase mortality.
Subluxations are evaluated through examination procedures like a spinal range of motion, posture, orthopedic tests and muscle and reflex testing. If subluxation is detected, then an x-ray analysis is performed to view the pathology, degenerative changes, and to measure specifically the actual degree of misalignment. These measurements are then weighed against the scientific model of the ideal spine. If there are abnormalities, an adjustment and rehab schedule must start immediately in order to begin reducing the presence of subluxation right away.
Answer: Physical, Chemical, Mental and Emotional Stress. Any type of stress, whether it be a traumatic birth, fall, exposure to toxins, or wear and tear over many years causes misalignments in the spine, puts pressure on your nerves and causes your nervous system to stop working at its ultimate capacity. You may or may not feel Subluxation or Spinal Shift since only a small percent of nerves carry pain – but studies show that as little as the weight of a dime will influence nerve supply to organs and tissues.
Obviously, in today’s day and age, it’s rare to see someone not undergoing regular stresses of many kinds. While opinions vary, the facts remain – every person should be checked regularly for Spinal Shifts even in the absence of symptoms.
Merck Manual of Medical Diagnosis lists the most common diseases and are all present in the body without any signs or symptoms noticeable to the victim:
Heart arrhythmia, Glomerulonephritis (Kidney disease), Atherosclerosis (Plaque in arteries), Osteoarthritis, Hypertension (High blood pressure), Ovarian cancer and cysts, Breast cancer, Paget’s (bone) disease, Polyps of large bowel, Cardiomyopathy, Spinal degeneration, Cholelithiasis*(Gallstones), Cervical cancer, Pulmonary valve stenosis, *Renal calculi*(Kidney stones), Prostate cancer, Coronary artery disease, Renal (kidney) failure (chronic), Diabetes, Mellitus, Retinoblastoma* (cancer of the eye), Diverticular (colon) disease, Brain disease, Curvature of the spine and spinal decay. Emphysema (lung disease), Valvular heart disease and Fibroid tumors of the uterus.
Investing time, effort, and finances into your health every day as if you had a disease is the best way for you to reduce any chances of having spinal shifts.
Answer: A spine out of alignment ages and degenerates. This has negative consequences on overall health and how you will function in the future. This degeneration has been linked to issues like cardiovascular disease and mortality.
Fortunately, adjusting techniques and certain types of spinal rehabilitation now exist that allow your spine to not only be corrected – but even experience some level of “regeneration.”
Answer: Pain management care is an option at Corrective Chiropractic, although corrective care is ALWAYS encouraged. Clear scientific research shows that stopping care simply when symptoms have subsided will result in continued degeneration and recurring subluxations. This undisputable fact is why we strongly discourage our culture’s typical standard of “sick care” where treatment is only utilized when a symptom is present. Symptoms typically only appear when 60% or more of an organ’s function is lost and if not fully corrected and maintained the symptoms will return. In the long run, you are always better off correcting spinal shifts fully and keeping on a regular wellness schedule. This will assure continued health and will likely decrease healthcare costs as a result of fewer major health problems. This is why the chiropractor will always recommend the care necessary to correct the existing problem and save the patient from persistently returning symptoms and healthcare costs. That being said patients are never forced into any care they do not want or are uncomfortable with and are encouraged to fully discuss their wishes with the chiropractor who will always respect their choice.
Answer: Chiropractic adjustments are incredibly safe. Malpractice insurance carriers do not use myth or bias to determine their premiums. They use raw data based on the likelihood that a doctor would injure someone and be sued. While medical professionals can pay in excess of a hundred thousand dollars per year for their malpractice coverage, chiropractors pay barely a fraction of this, with premiums as low as only a few hundred dollars per year. Given the prevalence of the myths, prejudices, and fears, this is hard to believe but absolutely true. THE ONLY STUDIES THAT EXIST SHOW CHIROPRACTIC TO HAVE AN UNPARALLELED SAFETY RECORD. THESE ARE ALL STUDIES DONE BY MEDICAL RESEARCHERS.
Answer: Chiropractors are certified and licensed doctors of Chiropractic. They have gone through rigorous study, past board examinations, and been certified by the state to practice chiropractic. Chiropractors have the same amount of training or more as medical doctors. They are required to pass National and State board examinations to obtain licensure. Once licensed, continuing post-graduate education is required for annual license renewal. The table below compares professional graduate school educations for the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) and the Medical Doctor (M.D.).
Additionally, Dr. Wickstrom has gone through numerous spinal corrections seminars including Charrette Extremity Adjusting Protocols and the CLEAR Institute™ seminars which is known for their work reducing and stabilizing scoliosis without bracing or surgery.
Answer: Because the medical profession has set up the birthing process to be easier on the doctor and not the baby, children are VERY frequently born needing chiropractic care. This is especially true for traumatic births such as cesarean section or premature births. Furthermore, a young child falls enough time in a day to hospitalize an adult. Therefore, evaluating kids is essential. Sustaining health is easier than helping an old injury or chronic health issue. There are endless studies showing the benefit of chiropractic care for babies and children of all ages. Dr. Wickstrom’s adjusted as young as 2 days old.
Answer: Results are different for each patient. Studies show that 10% of patients do not improve however we have had a 98% success rate with patients who have followed any of our corrective treatment plans and recommendations. No one can guarantee you will get better with chiropractic but it pays to stick with your treatment plan and goals and put all your effort into your healing process!
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