FAQs

We realize chosing a doctor can be an intimidating process. We are used to people questioning the unfamiliarity of Chinese Medicine and Chiropractic care. No question is too big or too small for our clinic. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed so your body is at it’s fullest healing potential.

This is just a short list of some of the common questions we are asked in a therapy session. If you do not see the question you are really wanting to ask, by all means ask us. Do not hesitate. We hear all kinds of questions from “Can acupuncture help with impotence?” to “My grandma told me to never crack my knuckles”.

Call us at 417-877-1300. We may be in with a patient but our office manager will leave us a note to give you a call back.

Still have questions? Please contact one of our doctors!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Is acupuncture for me?
Almost everyone can benefit from acupuncture. Traditionally acupuncture is used to treat illness, but also utilized as preventive medicine. Even when there are no symptoms, acupuncture can help maintain a healthy immune system and work to prevent illness from occurring and reoccurring. If you have a concern about how acupuncture can benefit you and if you would be a good candidate for treatment, feel free to contact our office.

How many treatments will I need?

Every patient is an individual, and individual responses vary. Typically, for the first month, patients are recommended 1-3 times a week, then reevaluated. Some people respond very quickly after one or two treatments, while others may require regular treatments for months. In general, the more acute a condition is, the less treatment is required. Acupuncture treatments are culmative and build upon each other for maximum result, so it is important to follow the treatment schedule for optimum results.

 

I feel a little apprehensive about the needles.

The needles used in acupuncture treatments are very thin, about the width of a hair. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and thin, not designed to cut the skin. The needles do not hurt when inserted properly. Many people feel the Qi arriving at the point and experience a tingling or heavy sensation. We only use needles that are individually packaged, sterilized, and disposable- never saved or reused.

 

What can I expect?

Your first visit will consist of a comprehensive health interview and examination to evaluate the nature of the imbalances which create your symptoms. This session includes health history questions, pulse analysis, tongue inspection and abdominal palpation, which are all used to develop a diagnosis and treatment protocol. Together we will work out a treatment plan specific for you. This is also an opportunity to ask questions so you feel confident and comfortable with your treatment plan.

 

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the science, art & philosophy of locating & correcting vertebral misalignments through gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments thus allowing your body to function at it’s optimum potential

 

What is a subluxation?

A misalignment of one or more of your spinal bones (vertebrae), which causes interference to your nervous system. If your nervous system is interfered with, your body’s natural ability to heal itself & function at it’s optimum potential becomes impaired. A subluxation is a perfect example of how structure effects function

 

What is an adjustment?

A gentle, specific thrust delivered by hand or instrument. The purpose of the adjustment is to correct your spinal misalignments thus removing the nerve interference in your body.

 

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 or month. When you allow the vertebrae in your spine to return to their proper position, you will notice much less stress and tension.

 

Why do my children need chiropractic care?

The birth process is often the cause of your child’s first misaligned bone. 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 your child to become misaligned. However, often children do not show any signs or symptoms 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.

 

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 (in this case, nitrogen) 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 cork is taken out of a champagne bottle. Not all chiropractic adjusting techniques produce this noise. In fact, some adjusting techniques use little force and thus produce no noise at all.

 

Is it bad to pop 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 have too much motion and beome 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. 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.

 

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 and 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.

 

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 misalignments are corrected. The trauma of the birth process, 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 your misalignments. 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, those practice members who commit to long-term, wellness chiropractic care, find their health challenge(s) rarely return and they enjoy a higher quality of life & health.