Chiropractic Care

What should I expect on my first chiropractic visit?

At your first visit you will be asked to complete a thorough health history. After reviewing this history, we will speak with you about your specific health concerns and goals. Next, you will be examined to determine the nature, extent and cause of any health concerns. Other factors related to your general health and wellness will be considered. If indicated, diagnostic imaging and clinical laboratory studies can be performed. Based on this evaluation, we will provide you with our professional opinion about your health status and recommendations for care, which may include ways to modify lifestyle behaviors to better manage your condition. At the Health Centers of UWS, we believe that every patient is unique and should be treated in a highly individualized manner.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

An adjustment, or chiropractic manipulation, is a specific technique used to create motion in joints of the body that aren’t moving as they should. Lack of normal joint function can impair not only the mobility of affected joints, but also muscles, nerves and thereby other functions of the body.

A chiropractic physician is highly skilled in using his or her hands to manipulate the joints of the spine or extremities, done so by applying a specific force in a precise direction to the joint. Sometimes there is a “pop” or noise that happens when the joint has been adjusted. This noise is nothing to be alarmed about, nor does it happen every time a chiropractor adjusts a patient. Recent studies have shown that this noise results from naturally occurring gasses surrounding the joint capsule There are many different techniques for chiropractic adjustments, and your doctor will explain specifically how the adjustment will be performed for your situation.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic care is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions in the spine and extremities. There have been many research studies done on the effectiveness and safety of the chiropractic adjustment.* Your chiropractic physician will help determine if you are a candidate for chiropractic care by performing a history and physical examination during your visit to the Health Centers of UWS.

*Bronfort, et al. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18:3 “Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report” *Goodman et al. (2013), Journal of the American Medical Association
*Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal
*Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

How do I know if I need chiropractic care?

People of all ages seek care from a chiropractic physician for a variety of reasons. Some have been involved in an accident or have had a traumatic injury with pain or altered function. Others receive chiropractic care to maintain their health and functionality. To determine if you are a candidate for chiropractic care, your doctor will perform a thorough history and examination. It will be determined at the time of your exam if further tests, such as x-rays and lab tests, are warranted.

I’ve heard that many patients that start chiropractic care choose to receive care for the rest of their lives. Is this true?

The answer to this question depends on the reasons and goals for treatment. Many injuries or conditions will be resolved after the completion of a specific care plan that may include in-office treatment and home care recommendations. Some circumstances may require longer treatment to continue to achieve desired levels of health and function. Many factors such as posture, work environment, sleeping habits, and activity levels play into whether a condition will respond to care in the expected time frame. Some patients choose to receive periodic treatment throughout their lives and practice healthy lifestyles to maintain improvements and overall wellbeing. Your doctor will outline the specific prognosis for your conditions and provide you with recommendations for care. Patients always have the opportunity to ask questions and make their own decisions about the care they receive.

Massage Therapy

What should I expect on my first massage therapy visit?

At your first visit you will be asked to complete a health history. You will meet with a licensed massage therapist and/or a student massage therapist to evaluate your health status and establish goals for your treatment. In preparation for your massage, you may undress to the degree you are most comfortable. You will remain covered with sheets during your massage to maintain your privacy and only the area being massaged will be uncovered. If your appointment is with a student, the clinic supervisor will enter the massage room one or more times during the treatment to assist the student, provide feedback, and in some cases, demonstrate techniques. At the end of the massage, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation form to rate the student’s performance.

Payments

Does insurance cover my care?

The costs of health care services may be paid in full or in part by insurance, including private indemnity plans, managed care networks, Medicare, workers’ compensation and personal injury coverage. Even if you have insurance, you may be responsible for applicable deductibles, co-payments and any uncovered services. Our office staff will help determine the nature and extent of your coverage to ensure you understand your financial responsibilities in advance.

What if I don’t have insurance coverage?

The Health Centers of UWS strive to make health care accessible for all current and prospective patients. Our fees for services are intended to accommodate payment by those without insurance. Discounts are applied for services paid in full at the time of the visit, thereby reducing our processing costs. Reduced fees are extended to those meeting specific income criteria relative to federal poverty guidelines. Our staff members will be happy to help determine your eligibility for reduced fees for services.