What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is a health care profession that uses a hands-on approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the spine and other joints of the body. The word “chiropractic” means “to be done by hand," and chiropractors use their hands or other adjusting tools to restore joint mobility and support proper function of the nervous system. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors often utilize soft-tissue therapies and therapeutic exercise and may offer lifestyle and nutritional recommendations to promote the optimal health of their clients.

50 million Americans see a chiropractor annually. Ninety-five percent of past-year chiropractic users say it’s effective, and 89 percent recommend chiropractic to their family and friends. - Palmer Gallup study

What conditions can chiropractic care help with?

Chiropractic care can help with many symptoms:

  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Sports Injuries
  • Muscle Strains
  • Tendinopathy
  • Hand and Wrist pain
  • Knee and Ankle injuries
  • Tennis or Golfer's elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Pregnancy-related back pain.
  • Sciatica
  • Hip pain
  • Herniated Discs
  • Shoulder pain
  • Auto Accidents and Whiplash
  • Work injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • Arthritis pain
    • Chronic pain
    • Scoliosis
    • TMJ and Jaw Pain
    • Pregnancy-related Pain
      • Pre and Post-delivery

    What can I expect during my first chiropractic visit?

    Is chiropractic treatment safe?

    Chiropractic has an established record of being one of the safest, non-invasive methods of treatment for musculoskeletal and related nerve complaints. The most common adverse side effect reported is mild soft tissue soreness and same day tiredness. Serious adverse events are exceedingly rare.

    Are chiropractors licensed and certified?

    Yes, chiropractors must complete a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from an accredited chiropractic college, pass national and state board exams before being licensed by the MN Board. To maintain their license each year, chiropractors complete continuing education to stay up-to-date with the latest evidence for practice.

    How long does a typical chiropractic session last?

    A new patient evaluation will take 60 minutes. Return visits average 15-20 minutes.

    Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

    Chiropractic has an established record of being one of the safest, non-invasive methods of treatment for musculoskeletal, pain and related nerve complaints. The most common adverse side effect reported is mild soft tissue soreness and same day tiredness. Serious adverse events are exceedingly rare.

    What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

    Patients report the following positive benefits of chiropractic care:

    • Improved range of motion and mobility-Improved posture; some even report a feeling of standing more upright and feeling taller
    • Enhanced athletic performance – one reason professional athletes get pre-game adjustments
    • Improved sleep
    • Increased relaxation

    How many chiropractic sessions will I need?

    The frequency of your adjustments depends on the severity of your condition, whether it is a new (acute) or chronic (lasting longer than 3 months) issue, your general health, the nature of your injury (new injury vs. repetitive trauma), and, most importantly, your goals for treatment. Some patients use chiropractic as part of a holistic wellness strategy while others seek treatment for new injuries or episodes. We will work together to co-create a treatment plan to achieve your health goals and needs.

    Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?

    Most insurance plans cover chiropractic care; however, it is a good idea to check with your plan to determine what is covered before visiting the chiropractor.

    Can chiropractic care help with chronic pain?

    Chiropractic is helpful with chronic pain (having longer than 3 months).

    Are there any age restrictions for chiropractic treatment?

    There are no age restrictions for chiropractic care. Each patient is cared for with an individualized approach that takes into account their age and health status.

    Can chiropractic care be used in combination with other medical treatments?

    Absolutely and many times encouraged!

    What should I wear to a chiropractic appointment?

    Comfortable clothes that allow for movement are best for a chiropractic adjustment. We have gowns, if needed.

    Do I need a referral from a primary care physician to see a chiropractor?

    Most insurance plans no longer require a referral to see a chiropractor, but please check with your insurance to be sure of your coverage requirements.

    Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?

    Chiropractic care is a safe and effective method of providing drug-free pain reduction during pregnancy. Routine chiropractic care during pregnancy can help with back, hip, and joint pain as well as maintain pelvic balance. The unique needs of the pregnant patient are provided for with specific techniques and accommodations. Fifty percent of pregnant women will experience back pain before they deliver.

    Can chiropractic care help after a car accident or an injury at work?

    Chiropractic is helpful for injuries sustained after a car accident or injury at work.

    My Shoulder/Hip/Knee/Elbow/Write Hurts. Do You Only Work On Necks and Backs?

    The care delivered by providers at IPGMN goes well beyond the neck and back. During your initial evaluation, we will evaluate the function of your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Every joint in the body is susceptible to misalignment or restriction of movement caused by trauma, overuse, or inactivity. IPGMN doctors’ years of experience keeping all 206 bones moving in harmony with each other means they have a deep understanding of how to ensure your structural system is aligned for your optimal wellbeing.