Frequently asked questions

Below we have answered some of the most common questions about care in our office.
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  1. 10. What if I don't have insurance?

    Our goal at Landers Family Chiropractic is to allow everyone to experience the benefits of Chiropractic Care. For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, we can work with you to arrange a flexible payment program that fits your budget.

    Many patients choose to pay directly for their visits with the chiropractor, especially as they discover that chiropractic care is extremely cost-effective and affordable. For these patients, chiropractic care is often cheaper and more effective than alternative pain treatments such as pain medications or invasive surgery. We will be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of chiropractic care along with alternatives to chiropractic care. 

  2. 9. Do you accept insurance?

    Yes! We work with most health insurance plans, including Medicare. Since there are so many insurance plans out there, and because coverage for chiropractic care varies widely, we will let you know if your plan covers care in our office. Before you start a chiropractic care plan, our staff will verify your benefits and explain them to you before any professional services are rendered.
  3. 11. Will I come back forever?

    Some people will say that once you go to a chiropractor you will have to go back forever. Kind of like a black hole from which you can never escape. The most important point to keep in mind is that of your own personal goals. Typically, we all share the goal of wanting good health. We have become a society, though, that wants the quick fix. We have learned to ignore our bodies and the way it communicates problems to us through a commonly used messenger called “pain.”

    Chiropractic patients learn to listen to their bodies and to take action when something is not exactly right. If this means that a chiropractic adjustment is appropriate, then they get adjusted. Does this last forever? We sure hope so! Your best defense against bad health is a good offense. Keep your spine subluxation free and allow the nervous system to function at it's best!

    What you will never experience at our clinic is the “come back forever to make us a bunch of money” sales job!
  4. 12. I was involved in an auto accident, can I receive care?

    Generally, yes! We accept auto accident and personal injury cases that
    have resulted in back pain, neck pain, headaches, or other related pain conditions.

    Please let us know if you are in litigation and we will make sure to
    coordinate with your attorney so all the necessary paperwork is completed. 
  5. 13. When should I take my child to the Chiropractor?

     When you want to give your child a head start in good health and all the benefits of a conservative, drugless approach to health care, you should take your child to a chiropractor as soon as possible! 

    It is important to have a chiropractic exam during the first year of a child's life as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from tumbles while learning to sit up or walk. Improper lifting and carrying can also contribute to spinal stress.

    Your child's spine grows almost 50% in length during the first year. It is this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of a child's life. If there is a problem, the earlier it is corrected the less likelihood there is of it becoming a chronic or more serious problem later in life.

  6. 8. Is Chiropractic care safe?

    The answer is a resounding YES!!! 

    Its non-surgical, drug-free approach to health places chiropractic among the safest of all health care practices. Remember, chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals.
  7. 7. Can I go to a Chiropractor if I am under medical care?

    Yes. Having your subluxations corrected is important, no matter what other type of healthcare you are receiving. Today many D.C.s and M.D.s are working together in clinics and on joint research projects. M.D.s are quite likely to have patients who are under chiropractic care; in fact many medical doctors see a chiropractor themselves.
  8. 3. Do Chiropractors have medical degress (M.D.)?

    Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees granted from chiropractic colleges. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in some respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and medical doctors do not correct the vertebral subluxation complex. 

    According to the Cleveland College of Chiropractic:
    Doctors of chiropractic receive more training in anatomy and physiology while physicians received more training in public health. Chiropractic colleges focus on chiropractic principles, diagnosis, orthopedics, physiologic therapeutics and nutrition. Three areas— manipulative/adjustive technique/spinal analysis, physical/clinical laboratory diagnosis and diagnosis imaging—account for more than half of the education in clinical sciences. During their internship, doctors of chiropractic complete two years of hands-on clinical experience focusing on manipulation/adjustment as the primary treatment procedure. Studies show that chiropractic students receive more training than their medical counterparts in the following areas: anatomy, physiology, bacteriology, diagnosis, X-ray and orthopedics. They also show that chiropractic institutions actually devote more time to the basic and clinical sciences than do medical schools."  

  9. 2. What type of education does a Doctor of Chiropractic receive?

    Today’s doctor of chiropractic is well educated. The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, and pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction. To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate completes a 4 year post graduate program, including both internship and preceptor components. They must pass 4 demanding National Board Examinations. Then, a doctor applies to a governmental or professional state licensing board and passes a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractic education never ends. Doctors complete postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest scientific research. 
  10. 4. Can I adjust myself?

    Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a popping sound, like the sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unsteady. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs! The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a doctor of chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out services of another colleague to help restore and maintain proper spinal function. 
  11. 5. Is Chiropractic similar to massage?

    No. Chiropractic deals with the spinal column, nervous system, meninges and body structure. Massage therapists deal with muscle tension, circulation and body fluid drainage.

    Massage therapists and Chiropractors both have a holistic approach to your care.

    We recommend that patients utilize both massage and Chiropractic to reach their health goals.

  12. 6. What is the difference between a
    Chiropractor and a Physical Therapist?

    Chiropractors are doctors who are trained in the diagnosis of disease in the human body. The vast majority of Physical therapists do not have a doctorate and they have not received the training for diagnosis of human disorders. Chiropractors and physical therapists are similar in that they work towards normalizing the function of the physical body. Physical therapists focus on the muscular system trying to re-establish normal strength and function. Almost all physical therapists have not received proper training in the manipulation of joints. Chiropractors, on the other hand, receive extensive training in both joint manipulation and in treating muscular dysfunction. Many patients can benefit from the utilization of both a Chiropractor and physical therapist when working towards improved health. We will not hesitate to refer you to a physical therapist if the need arises.
  13. 1. What does Chiropractic do?​

    Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy. Common interferences to the nervous system is called a subluxation. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses. With improved spinal function there is often improved nervous system function. Your chiropractic doctor can help remove interferences that may be impairing normal health. Since the primary focus of your care is improved nervous system function, chiropractic can have a positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought of as “back” problems. 
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