FAQ

FAQ

Is chiropractic the right choice for me or should I see my medical doctor instead?
Study after study has shown that for a wide variety of non-surgical orthopedic injuries chiropractic is more effective and safer than medical care.  You will get better faster and at less cost than medical care.  For more detailed scientific studies about this go to Chiropractic Research.

See the Conditions Treated.  If you have one of these health issues our office should be your first call… 707-566-7396.  For medical emergencies when you have broken bones or are bleeding or seriously sick seek medical care first.

Is Chiropractic safe?
See Safety of Chiropractic

How much does it cost for a treatment?
We are providers for most insurers in California so if your policy covers chiropractic care for common orthopedic injuries you may just have a small co-pay charged once your deductible is met.  Talk to our office manager and she can find out from your insurer more details (707-566-7396).  If you are not covered by insurance we offer a discount for payment at the time of service.  Exams are charged at a time dependent amount, usually from $40-90.  Chiropractic manipulation is $45.  Craniosacral work with chiropractic manipulation is $65.  Physiotherapy, when needed, varies and we can inform you of the cost before we do it.

We do not accept assignment on Medicare.  We are not providers for Medicaid or Medi- Cal.

Nutritional Counseling is never covered by insurance.  Neither are vitamin supplements or nutrition lab tests.  These costs are discussed during initial consults.  Call for one (707-566-7396).

Do the chiropractic treatments hurt?
We do everything we can to make the treatments gentle and comfortable.  We strive to make sure people leaving our office feel better than when they came in whenever possible.  We have gentle techniques for children and the elderly.  We can use more assertive techniques for big, burly construction workers.

Do you treat children?
Of Course.  Children usually respond very quickly to chiropractic care because they do not have deeply engrained patterns that have to be untangled.

Once you start going to a chiropractor, do you have to keep going for the rest of your life?
Going to a chiropractor is much like going to the dentist, exercising at a gym, or eating a healthy diet: As long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the benefits.  Many years ago, dentists convinced everyone that the best time to go to the dentist is before your teeth hurt, that routine dental care will help your teeth remain healthy for a long time. The same is true of chiropractic care for your spine. It is important to remember that, just like your teeth, your spine experiences normal wear and tear as you walk, drive, sit, lift, sleep, and bend. Routine chiropractic care can help you feel better, move with more freedom, and stay healthier throughout your lifetime. Although you can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care even if you receive care for a short time, the real benefits come into play when you make chiropractic care a part of your wellness lifestyle.

Some people still just go to the dentist only when their teeth start to hurt, just as some people may choose to go to a chiropractor for only crisis pain care.  They may not be forward thinking enough to do preventive exercises at home to strengthen the spine or make it more flexible.  They may not want to do periodic early detection visits to correct dysfunctional mechanics before a serious injury occurs.  This is their choice.  The wiser individuals see the value of preventive practices and early detection tests and rightly benefit with better health and fewer injuries.

NSFAQ (Not So Frequently Asked Questions)

Have you ever been sued?
Good question – Never!  In 38 years of practice I have never even had a single complaint filed with the Chiropractic Board.

Can you prescribe some pain meds?
No, Chiropractors do not prescribe medications in California.  That includes medical marijuana.

Do you treat dogs or cats?
No, I do not.  Some Chiropractors do as well as some veterinarians who practice spinal manipulation on animals, however, I might be able to provide a referral of where to find help for your pet.