Common Questions

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What is Chiropractic?

Doctor doing neck adjustment in medical office

Chiropractic is a science, art, and philosophy that is based upon the interrelationship between the nervous system and the functioning body as a whole. Historically, chiropractic began in 1895 when D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard restoring his hearing.

Hence, the beginning of the most popular alternative medicine profession. There are over 50,000 licensed chiropractic physicians in the world with over 20 chiropractic colleges.

What does a Chiropractor do?

Your chiropractor detects, corrects, and prevents spinal or vertebral subluxations. This is done by using chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments are applied in a specific direction with the specific amount of force to remove vertebral subluxations and normalize spinal and nervous system function.

Your chiropractor has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C.). He receives this advanced degree after many years of highly specialized training. This training teaches your doctor to detect and locate misaligned spinal vertebrae (subluxations) impinging on the nerves that send messages of communication to the body.

What is a Vertebral Subluxation?

When spinal bones lose there normal position and motion, nervous system interference results. The cause can be from stress, trauma, or chemical imbalances. More specifically, it’s referred to as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and is made up of five components:

Spinal Kinesiopathology: This refers to the vertebrae losing their normal motion and position.
Neuropathophysiology: This refers to the delicate nerve tissue that gets stretched and irritated.
Myopathology: Muscle tissue can become weakened, atrophied and scarred changing muscle tonus.
Histopathology: Inflammation of the tissues, increasing blood flow, swelling, edema, all can cause permanent damage to the spinal discs and other soft tissues.
Pathophysiology: Pathological changes result in degeneration and bone spurs. This degeneration of the spine can cause other bodily systems to dysfunction as well.

The Vertebral Subluxation Complex is the hidden cause of many health problems. Your Doctor of Chiropractic will look to treat the cause of your problem, not your symptoms.

What is an Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to normalize the nervous system and spinal dysfunction.

What can I expect on my visit?

On your first visit, you will have a consultation with the doctor and a thorough examination will be performed including orthopedic and neurological testing. Sometimes special gait and postural analysis and on-site X-ray studies may be used to get an accurate working diagnosis. On your second visit, you will be given a detailed report of the findings of your diagnosis. Explaining in understandable terms where exactly your subluxation is, how long it will take to correct it, and a detailed treatment plan. And lastly, a financial consultation as to how much you will contribute to correct your spinal condition.

How often should I get adjusted?

Whenever there is pressure or tension on your delicate nerve tissue. Sometimes there is no pain so it’s best to get checked periodically just as you would get your teeth checked at your dentist.

Is it bad to “crack” your back?

The want or need to “crack” or “pop” your neck or back is caused by vertebral subluxation. When one area of the spine is not moving (hypomobile) another area of the spine is compensating or “cracking” moving too much (hypermobile). These are all effects of the spinal or vertebral subluxation. The area not moving (hypomobile) should be adjusted and the spine should balance out.

Do Health Insurance Companies cover Chiropractic?

Emphatically yes, most health insurance companies will contribute some percentage toward your chiropractic care.

Are there Chiropractic Networks PPO’s, HMO’s, POS’s?

Yes, health insurance today has many different types of organizations that make it more beneficial for the doctor and patient to be involved in.

What Insurance Networks is Dr. Faulkner in?

Community Care Network (CCN), Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO MMP, Capp Care, Beech Street, Lucent Technologies Informed Choice, Lucent Technologies Health Pages, Private Health Care Systems (PHCS), PPO EPO, Focus, Health Network, Corvel, Principal PPO (MED Network), Health Star PPO, Affordable/Health Care Compare, One Health Plan Of Ilinois, Choice Care Network. The networks change frequently so please call the office to check on yours, (630) 355-9771. To check your eligibility and benefits click here to link to our insurance page.

How much does Chiropractic cost?

Chiropractic treatment is one of the most cost-effective forms of health care, In fact, a 1992 study conducted by the Robbins School of Business at the University of Richmond, the researcher’s concluded that for many common back-related health problems, chiropractic is a lower cost option.

How Long Does a Chiropractic Adjustment take?

That really depends on what technique your doctor uses. Sometimes the doctor can spend several days evaluating you before your first adjustment.
Most patients are assigned a treatment program to correct, strengthen and maintain their spines to prevent future problems from developing.

How often do I have to return to get adjusted?

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic is always up to you. You should discuss this with your doctor, however, I will leave you with a final thought on this.
If it’s worth correcting it’s worth maintaining. The benefits of good health and a subluxation free life are invaluable.