Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic

Q: What is chiropractic care?

A: Chiropractic care is a natural method of healthcare that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than the symptoms.

Q: What conditions can chiropractic treat?  

A: It is generally known that chiropractic has been proven effective in the treatment of low back pain and various musculoskeletal ailments. However, people are becoming increasingly aware that chiropractic relieves many additional conditions, including headaches, neck pain, muscle spasms, bulging or herniated discs, arthritis, pinched nerves, numbness or tingling to the arms or legs, and injuries to extremities such as shoulders, wrists, knees and ankles.

Q: Is chiropractic safe?

A: The risks associated with chiropractic are very small. When side effects do occur, they are typically very mild and temporary. The risks and benefits of any suggested treatment will be discussed with you in advance, so that you can make an informed decision about your care.  

Acupuncture

Q: What does an acupuncture treatment consist of?

A: The initial visit requires approximately 60 to 90 minutes, during which a thorough intake is done. During treatment, the patient usually lies comfortably on a table, although treatment may also be done in a sitting position. The number of needles used varies, depending on the patient's condition. Patient comfort is emphasized throughout the process.

Patients often report a general feeling of tranquility and well being during and after treatment, and/or report feeling energized and alert. Each patient is unique as is his/her response to treatment. The practitioner and patient discuss a treatment plan, and depending on the condition, herbs, dietary, and/or lifestyle suggestions may also be recommended.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?

A: Acupuncture treatment - in the hands of a licensed acupuncturist - is very safe. The sterilized, disposable needles are extremely fine, and manipulations are very gentle.  

Q: What if I'm currently receiving medical treatment?

A: Acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment serves as an effective complement to Western medicine treatment. We advise all patients to receive a full medical evaluation before they begin any complementary therapies. Do not discontinue prescribed medications or other established medical care without consulting your physician. Throughout the course of acupuncture, herbal or other adjunctive therapies, keep your physician informed of any changes in your health status.

Because acupuncture therapy addresses the whole body, patients often notice improvements in aspects of their health that were not the intended area of treatment. Acupuncture and herbs may help to manage side effects of pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy or post-surgical pain.