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1. What is chiropractic

Chiropractic is the science, art & philosophy of locating & correcting vertebral dysfunctions through gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments thus allowing your body to operate at it's optimum potential.

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 What is an adjustment 

A gentle, specific "thrust" delivered by hand. The purpose of the adjustment is to correct your spinal subluxation(s) thus removing the nerve interference in your body.


3. Does it hurt to get adjusted 

NO. Chiropractic adjustments feel great. I am confident that once you begin receiving your adjustments, you will begin to look forward to them. They will become one of the highlights of your week. When you allow the vertebrae in your spine to return to their proper position, you will notice much less stress and tension.


4. Is chiropractic care safe 

YES. Statistics prove that chiropractic care is one of the safest types of healthcare in the world. You only need to compare the malpractice premiums paid by chiropractors to those paid by medical doctors. Doctors of Chiropractic pay only a small fraction (approx. 1/20) of the price medical doctors pay in malpractice premiums. 250,000 people will die this year as a result of bad medicine, making this the third leading cause of death in the United States of America (The Journal of The American Medical Association, JAMA; Vol.284, July 26, 2000). Of the millions of people receiving chiropractic adjustments, each year, only a handful will even make a complaint.


5. Why do my children need chiropractic care 

A very soft and undeveloped spine of an infant can suffer trauma during delivery. It is estimated that as much as 80lbs of pulling pressure can be exerted to remove a baby from the birth canal. Then, as children grow up and become more adventurous, the number of injuries to their spines become countless. The repeated falls as children learn to walk, the running, jumping, twisting, bumping and falling all over the place while playing in the yard or on an athletic field will often cause insults to their spine. However, often children do not show any signs or symptoms of injury until later on in life. Chiropractic care offers your child a more responsive body, a more balanced flow of energy and overall increased performance as she/he passes through their windows of development.


6. What causes the sound made during a chiropractic adjustment 

That sound is not your spine "cracking" or "popping" like most people think. That sound is created by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. Another example of this phenomenon would be the "pop" sound you hear when the top of a can of soda is opened. Not all chiropractic adjusting techniques produce this noise. In fact, some adjusting techniques use little force and thus produce no noise at all.


7. Is it bad to "crack" your back or neck a lot 

This question is frequently asked because people associate the "cracking" or "popping" of one's back or neck with a chiropractic adjustment. The two are not the same thing. If a person has a desire to "crack" his/her neck or back it is often because one area of their spine is fixated or jammed causing another area to move too much and "pop", sometimes by itself. It's the fixated or jammed area that needs to be properly adjusted by a chiropractor so that the other parts of the spine will not be hypermobile and noisy. When you "crack" your back you may be relieving the tension for a little while. Do you notice how it keeps coming back? That is because you are not giving yourself a specific chiropractic adjustment. The cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed (subluxated) vertebrae, has not been corrected. Any person who makes a habit out of "cracking" or "popping" their back or neck needs to go to a Doctor of Chiropractic to have their spine checked. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself.


8 Once you see a chiropractor, do you have to go for the rest of your life 

NO. The extent to which you choose to benefit from your chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. Each & everyone of us is solely responsible for the quality of our health & well-being. However, we do strongly urge all practice members to consider lifetime, wellness chiropractic care. This is where the long-term, lasting benefits of care are enjoyed. Regular exercise & healthy eating habits are a lifestyle decision and so is lifetime, wellness chiropractic care. You need to remain subluxation free for life.


9. Should I continue chiropractic care if I don't have any symptoms and I feel better 

YES. Just because symptoms disappear, does not mean your condition has had time to heal and strengthen. Most of the patients seen in our office have spinal degeneration (decay) which has taken years to develop. Slips, falls, accidents and countless other stresses over the course of your lifetime adversely affect the health of your spine. The longer you wait to have your spine checked by a chiropractor, the longer it will take to correct it. However, how you choose to use chiropractic care is ultimately up to you. It has been our experience that those who stop care when they are "feeling fine" return with the same health challenge(s) which brought them to our office in the first place...only it's usually gotten worse. On the other hand, the patients who commit to long-term, wellness chiropractic care, find their health challenge(s) rarely return and they enjoy a higher quality of life & health.


10. How can it help me be a better athlete 

Athletes put a lot of physical demands on their body; running, jumping, tackling and falling, can cause the bones in the spine to misalign. Since muscles attach to bones, any misalignments within an athlete's body can interfere with their ability to compete. These interferences may present themselves as sprains, strains, chronic injuries such as shin splints and negatively effect performance. An athlete free of misalignments has the greatest ability to perform their best.

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11. Do I have to be in pain in order to see a Chiropractor 

NO. But unfortunately, many people are in pain when they see a Chiropractor. However, athletes see Sports Chiropractors for peak performance. Some pregnant women see Chiropractors to align their pelvis to make child birthing process easier. Children see Chiropractors to have a healthier start in life. Everyone can see Chiropractors to maintain their nervous system health.


12. Do you give out pain medication 

NO. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or medications. They do not perform surgery. Chiropractic utilizes the body's natural ability to heal itself.


13. Do you work with my medical doctor 

YES. Chiropractors and medical doctors work well together to manage the healthcare of their patients.


14. Who should see a Chiropractor 

Grandmas, babies, mommies, daddies, coaches, athletes, everyone who wants to live a healthier life.

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15. Do you take insurance 

YES. Underwood Chiropractic accepts insurance from the major insurance carriers. Each insurance company has many different policy options. To find out if your policy covers chiropractic care, please call the office. Further, we will work with those patients who policy does not cover chiropractic care or are without health insurance.

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16. Can I make an appointment online

YES. We know everyone is busy. So, to make it even easier to see the doctors, we now offer online appointment scheduling. Check out Dr. Don's or Dr. Brent's schedules and find the time that works best for you. Give it a try!




Underwood Chiropractic Clinic, 11851 Coursey Blvd, Suite A, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816

11851 Coursey Blvd. Suite A, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816 | Phone: (225) 293-1700

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