Some of the most commonly asked questions about Chiropractic care are answered by Albuquerque’s top rated Chiropractors.
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How much does an adjustment cost?
Do you take insurance?
We are considered by most insurance companies a wellness company. Therefore, like your gym membership, supplements, organic food, etc. they typically do not pay for those things, or care in our offices. With that said, you may have some help in our office for your out of pocket expenses if you have out of network chiropractic benefits. On your first visit we will ask to make a copy of your insurance card. We will check with your insurance company and see if you have some contribution for any of the care you receive in our office. Rest assured, most of our practice members do not have insurance that contributes to Chiropractic care. You will find our rates are extremely affordable for you to receive the recommended care plan our Doctors create for you. In most cases these days our care plans rates are less than your typical insurance co-pays.
Will you adjust me on the first visit?
Your health is our main priority. We would never risk your health without thoroughly evaluating the results from your first visit in our office. Your first visit you will meet with the Doctor to consult about your situation, perform any necessary examinations, neurological studies, and X-ray’s. We immediately schedule a follow up visit in the next day or two to give you your first adjustment in our office if we find we can help, review the results of your evaluation, and answer any new questions!
What adjusting technique do you use?
Our work is based on a technique called CBP (Chiropractic Bio-Physics www.idealspine.com), which focuses on correcting shifts in your spinal column. We use a combination of drop tables, adjusting instruments, and traditional diversified adjustments with that “pop” many people associate with Chiropractic. Part of our initial evaluation is to learn any concerns you may have about adjustment’s, and address them so that we can find the most comfortable and effective way for you to get adjusted.
Once you start going to the Chiropractor, do you have to go forever?
No, there is no lifetime contract. Practice Members leave care when they like. No, chiropractic is not addictive, unless you consider a desire for better health to be unhealthy. Yes, you should have Chiropractic care for as long as you wish to function on an optimal basis, physically, mentally and socially, which to a sane person is a lifetime affair. Funny, nobody ever asks the dentist this question.
How many times do I need to be seen?
This depends on the severity of your subluxations, and the level of degenerative (arthritic) changes present. After your initial evaluation we will know the answer to this, and we will go over this with you when you return to go over the results of your first visit.
I like my neck popped – What can you do for me?
We are highly skilled in performing traditional adjustment once we have determined those types of adjustments are safe for you.
Do you take X-ray’s?
Often times yes. This depends on your unique situation of course. We prefer to know exactly what is happening with the structure of your spine before we give you an adjustment. We also utilize a cutting edge technology that was co-developed by NASA to scan your central nervous system in several ways. Most people report that they feel better after receiving Chiropractic care. We prefer to objectively measure progress in your spine achieved through care in our office, and the post X-ray’s are a great way to do this! Post X-ray’s and/or neurological scans also hold us more accountable to our Practice Members, and allows us to track the changes happening in your spine.
Chiropractors are quacks! “I tried Chiropractic, and it didn’t work.”
Yes, there are chiropractors that are quacks, thieves and lunatics. However, there are medical doctors that are quacks, thieves and lunatics, but they “blend in” better. If you went to a bad dentist, you would look for another one rather than waiting for your teeth to fall out. If your plumber couldn’t fix a broken pipe in your house, are you going to let your house flood? No! So, if you have been to a bad chiropractor, find a better one-someone that better suits your needs.
How long does an evaluation take?
An evaluation in our office takes 15-20 minutes. Typically filling out new Practice Member paperwork adds the most time to your initial visit. Please download or print your new Practice Member paperwork from our website to expedite your visit. We pride ourselves on being an extremely punctual office so please arrive to your appointment 5 minutes early…I promise you this is not your typical doctors office experience!
Do you take Medicare or Medicaid?
Medicare and Medicaid are not covered in our office. Medicare has deemed our services as “wellness care” and therefore does not contribute to care in our office. Medicaid does not currently pay for Chiropractic care.
Is Chiropractic dangerous?
Chiropractic is vastly safer than any drug or medical procedure. Chiropractic malpractice premiums are miniscule compared to those paid by M.D.’s. When a chiropractor makes a mistake, nothing (as opposed to a good result) happens, or one might end up a little sore. Compare this to these frightening statistics for the other team. It has been estimated that over 100,000 people die each year in this country from prescription drugs taken in the controlled medical environment, the hospital. About 2 million hospital patients a year (between 5 to 10% of the hospital population) acquire a nosocomial (from the hospital) infection, from which there are between 100,000 and 300,000 deaths. It has been estimated that there are between 3 million and 6.25 million unnecessary surgeries annually, resulting in between 40,000 and 83,000 unnecessary deaths. Prescription errors are skyrocketing.
I do not like my neck popped – What can you do for me?
We utilize drop tables and adjusting instruments that are gentle and effective – no popping necessary!
When will I feel better?
Everyone is different. We wish we could somehow predict how fast your body will heal, but there are several factors involved. Our focus is to remove any blockages to your body’s nerve supply caused by spinal shifts called subluxations. All cellular repairs are controlled and coordinated by your central nerve system. Therefore, our goal is to maximize expression of life through the adjustment. How quickly this translates into you feeling better is different in each person based on things like degenerative changes, your exercise habits, stress levels, diet, and the number of medications you take, just to name a few variables.
How old or young should somebody be to receive care?
Our oldest client is 99 years old, and most weeks we adjust newborns as well. 30% of our practice is composed of children. This is because many of our Practice Members want their children to reach their full potential, and 100% nerve supply is an important part of that equation.