Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic

Answers To Some Of The Most Common Questions Asked About Chiropractic Care

How do you get subluxations?

There are three stressors that create a subluxated body – the 3 T’s: Trauma, Toxins and Thoughts. Traumas include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, bad posture and improper lifting. Subluxating Thoughts include overwhelming emotions such as anger, grief and fear. Chemical stressors include excessive alcohol consumption, drugs (both prescription and recreational), pollutants, contaminants and poor diet.

How do I know if I have subluxations?

Many people are subluxated and don’t know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs, such as pain, appear. A thorough examination by a Chiropractor can reveal the location and severity of subluxations in your spine.

What is an adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments are specific impulses given to your spine and nervous system with the intention to improve neurological communication between your brain and body. This restores the normal flow of life energy in your body and allows you to resume healing and functioning normally. Some methods involve the doctor delivering the adjustment by hand. Others include using special instruments or a special table. There are many ways to adjust the spine, and most patients feel an immediate sense of relief or rejuvenation following the adjustment.

Are adjustments safe?

When performed by a trained Chiropractor, adjustments are perfectly safe. Chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice insurance rates of any health care practitioner, due entirely to the fact that adjustments are safe and effective.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Occasionally when moving or stretching, you may feel joints pop, however, this is not an adjustment. Worse pain or damage can occur if you overstretch your joints, or try to force them to pop. Learning how to properly adjust the spine takes years of training, and even your chiropractor must consult with another colleague to get adjusted.

What is the noise I sometimes hear during an adjustment?

Some adjustments are accompanied by a popping noise. The sound is caused by gases inside of the joint shifting around, similar to removing a suction cup or opening a bottle of champagne. The sound is interesting but is not a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.

I’ve heard once you start getting adjusted, you have to go the rest of your life. Is that true?

No. The frequency and duration of your care depend upon what you wish to achieve. Much like eating right or exercise, some patients choose to continue their chiropractic care on a regular basis because they have observed a change in their health and want the benefits to continue as long as possible.

Are there any health conditions that would prevent me from getting chiropractic care?

No. Certain health conditions dictate that the doctor alter treatments so as to not harm the body. Dr. Barto is trained in a variety of techniques to meet your needs regardless of the condition you have. It is very important to let your chiropractor know about all health conditions and concerns before you begin care and that is why most Chiropractors perform a detailed health history and examination before administering care.

How long till I feel better?

Some patients experience instant relief, while it takes longer for more long term or more severe conditions. There are many factors that can influence how quickly you regain health: Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting enough rest? Are you eating a healthful diet? Proper activity levels, including exercise and stretches? Since each person and condition is different, Dr. Barto will give you written recommendations on your second visit on how to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time.

How often will I need chiropractic care?

After patients obtain their initial health goals, most choose to continue with care on a periodic basis. We’ve found that patients who continue to have regular check-ups and engage in a healthy lifestyle experience fewer relapses of initial concerns and better overall health.

Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?

Most plans do allow for a certain amount of coverage for chiropractic care with a musculoskeletal complaint, but since each plan is different, our staff will help you verify your particular plan and review with you exactly what you will be responsible for before beginning care.

What if my insurance plan does not cover chiropractic, or if I do not have insurance coverage?

No problem. Many of our patients don’t use insurance. We have very affordable fees per visit and offer discounts on plans to ensure you get the care you need. We also offer payment plans to help you spread the cost out over a longer period of time. In some cases, our fee per visit is LESS than your insurance copay!

At what age does a person need chiropractic care?

Chiropractic involves optimizing the nervous system and helping the body process and adapt to stress. People of all ages should get their spines checked for subluxation and adjusted if needed. Very often, the birth process is very traumatic, especially if the birth was assisted with Pitocin, forceps, vacuum or c-section. This results in subluxation in the newborn and can be evidenced by colic, inability to latch or sustain a latch when nursing, failure to thrive, or recurrent illness such as ear infection. Our techniques are safe, gentle and effective for people of all ages. Additionally, Dr. Barto is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association ( and is certified in the Webster Technique to ensure pregnant women get the safe, gentle care they need.