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Q: What is Chiropractic?

A: Chiropractic is a form of the healing arts performed primarily by hand to restore normal biomechanical function to the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic is considered to be a form of conservative care. Chiropractors do not perform surgery or prescribe medication.


Q: Will I need to continue treatment after I am better?

A: No. Once the problem has been corrected you do not have to continue care. Some people choose to continue with chiropractic care after they are feeling better to maintain the level of proper biomechanical function and well-being. Other types of conditions may be permanent and require continued care to maintain reduced levels of pain.


Q: Why choose Palmer Chiropractic Center over other chiropractic offices?

A: The Doctors at Palmer Chiropractic Center spend quality time with their patients not only treating their condition but also communicating with the patient to educate them about their condition. Dr. Palmer and/or Dr. Lowes, not a massage therapist or an assistant, performs the manual muscle work. This creates a higher level of care than found at most chiropractic offices. Treatment often also includes stretching, home exercise, and discussion about possible contributing ergonomic factors.


Q: Will the doctor "crack my back"?

A: Not necessarily. Some conditions like disc bulges or muscle dysfunction do not call for a manual chiropractic adjustment and may even be contraindicated. The doctors have been trained in several techniques that do not cause the "cracking" and/or twisting of the neck and back. One example of this is the Cox Distraction Technique . This is a gentle form of chiropractic manipulation using a specialized table to decompress the discs and moblize restricted spinal segments. This is the preferred treatment for treating spinal arthritic disorders, disc syndromes, failed spinal surgery, or people who just don't like the traditional chiropractic adjustment. (They don't like to have their neck and/or back "popped").


Q: What type of education does a chiropractor have?

A: A chiropractic education is similar in hours to a medical doctor with more emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. In addition to undergraduate studies, education is 10 trimesters over 3 1/3 years including clinical experience. After passing national board exams, licensure to practice in Virginia is provided by the state medical board. Additionally, 60 hours of continuing education every two years is required to maintain licensure.


Q: How much does it cost?

A: Cost varies from patient to patient depending on what services are performed. We file insurance claims for most of our patients. We are participating providers with Anthem (BC/BS), Cigna, PCHP, United Healthcare, Southern Health, and Medicare.