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Traverse City, MI, 49684

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Yes, chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions in people of all ages including newborns and the elderly.  Chiropractic care is natural, non-surgical, and drug-free and has an excellent safety record.  Most patients feel immediate relief following a chiropractic treatment, but a few may experience mild soreness, just as they do after some forms of exercise, that typically fades within 24 hours.

What type of education and training is required to become a Chiropractic Doctor?

To become a Doctor of Chiropractic, specific undergraduate study with a focus in basic sciences must be completed, and then one must attend an accredited chiropractic college for four years of study.  Chiropractic college classes are similar to those in medical school, but chiropractic students have more hours of training in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, orthopedics and chiropractic techniques, whereas medical school students will spend more time on pharmacology and pathology.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is the primary treatment method used by chiropractic doctors. This technique is used to restore or enhance joint function in joints that have been diagnosed as being fixated or dysfunctional, which will help decrease pain, inflammation and muscle tightness.  During the chiropractic adjustment, the chiropractic doctor uses his or her hands (or an instrument) to apply low force, controlled velocity impulse in a specific direction at the site of joint dysfunction.

Are x-rays required?

No, the majority of my patients are not x-rayed.  On the first visit, a history and physical examination are performed.  If after the exam I feel further x-ray imaging is needed, I will send the patient to Munson with a referral for certain x-ray views.

What is the popping or cracking sound during an adjustment?

This sound is not your spine “cracking” or “popping” as most people may think.  The noise is caused by a change of pressure in the joint during an adjustment, which results in the release of a gas bubble that creates a popping sound.  It is the same sound you hear when you crack your knuckles and it is similar to the release of gas bubbles when you cork a champagne bottle and hear that pop. The sound is not necessary for a good adjustment, especially because not all chiropractic adjusting techniques produce this noise.