Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG WILL MY VISIT TAKE?
We know you are busy and we strive to respect your time. You can expect your first visit and evaluation to take approximately 45-60 minutes. If you are coming in with family members who are also getting their assessments, please prepare for longer. Completing the paperwork ahead of arrival will also save you time in our office. After the first two visits, a typical visit takes between 5 and 15 minutes. There will be an occasional re-assessment as we closely monitor your progress, which on average takes no more than 20-30 minutes. We will schedule these extended appointments ahead of time with you so that you can properly plan for your day. If you would like to schedule additional time to talk one-on-one about a particular issue, just speak to our team and we will gladly accommodate you.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Yes! We are in network with most major insurance companies that have coverage for chiropractic care. On your first visit, we will complete a complimentary benefits check to let you know exactly what is covered under your specific plan, so please bring your photo ID and insurance card. You will not incur any charges prior to us discussing them with you.
WHEN WILL I START FEELING BETTER?
Every person is different and the way their body responds depends on many factors. Some individuals feel better after the first adjustment, while others feel better after months of care. Some people experience healing sensations or retracing and can feel worse for a period of time as they begin their journey to functioning better and feeling better. Most of the time, our patients report sleeping better and experiencing more energy and mobility after their first few adjustments!
HOW MUCH DOES CHIROPRACTIC COST?
Not only is chiropractic proven to be effective in treating a variety of ailments, it's also extremely cost-effective. Studies have shown that chiropractic patients and insurance companies save significantly on healthcare costs such as hospitalizations, surgeries, medications and more. Because every person and situation is different, it's difficult to know how much your care will cost before Dr. Thompson has a chance to evaluate you. After you complete the initial consultation and assessments, Dr. Thompson will be able to determine your recommendations for care and a plan of action to help you reach your health goals. At your second visit, all financials will be explained and questions answered. It is important to us to keep care affordable for the whole family, so we have a variety of options available to you.
WILL I NEED X-RAYS?
Every person and case is different. This is why we spend time discussing your health history and performing thorough assessments. We have a saying in our office that to see is to know, and to not see is to guess. The last thing we ever want to do is make guesswork of your health. Dr. Thompson will determine if you need diagnostic imaging, as these specific, chiropractic postural x-rays (taken on-site) help us understand if there are any problem areas in the structure and what the integrity of your spine is. These images show areas of degeneration, loss of disc space between the bones, lack of or abnormal curvature, and even the start of compensating curvatures. Any contraindications, limitations and more accurate expectations for your results are revealed.
IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?
Chiropractic is very safe. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive, drug-free approach to health and is among the safest of all health care practices. Chiropractic does not take anything out of the body or put anything in the body. It's designed to clear the path of communication in the nervous system so the body can heal and maintain its own health. Because chiropractic is so safe, chiropractors are able to enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all healthcare practitioners!
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?
Like all healthcare practitioners, chiropractors undergo extensive education and training before receiving their doctorate degree and licensing. Prior to entering the doctorate program, students are required to obtain a bachelors in the core sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. Once in the doctorate program, students continue training into the advanced clinical sciences, including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, radiology, orthopedics, and differential diagnosis. Students also receive extensive training on adjusting techniques and must complete clinical internships to perfect these skills. Lastly, all doctors of chiropractic must pass several rigorous national board exams and state exams before obtaining their license. Some Chiropractors, like Dr. Thompson, even pursue further education and certifications post-graduation.