(515) 961-5202

2007 North 6th St., Indianola, IA 50125

Frequently Asked Questions

Office Visits:

Q: Can I just drop in without a scheduled appointment?

A:  You can drop in anytime to get adjusted but there may be a wait. We recommend you call and schedule an appointment to save time.

Q:  Will my insurance cover an office visit?

A:  We accept several insurance plans.  Most insurance have a co-pay or percentage that the patient is responsible for paying.

Q:  How long will each appointment take?

A:  A new patient in our office can expect to be here about 45 minutes.  Existing patient appointments usually take about 10-15 minutes.

Chiropractic Care

Q: Do I have to keep coming back forever?

A:  Chiropractic treatment takes repetition to make changes to the body.  Most new patients will start on a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific condition.  Treatment plans start with appointments closer together to build on each other and treat the acute phase of you care.  Appointments are then spread out farther apart as the body changes.  After the treatment plan is completed we recommend continuing preventative check-ups to protect the body, but this is optional and up to the patient.

Q: What is that cracking sound?

A:  The popping or cracking sound is called a cavitation.  This occurs in a spinal joint when vertebral surfaces are separated to create a vacuum that pulls in nitrogen gas.  The joint does not necessarily have to make a noise in order to it to get back into alignment.

Q:  Will this cure my back/neck pain or headaches?

A:  The goal of chiropractic care is to align the joints to take pressure off the spinal cord and nerves.  Prognosis depends on the severity of your condition.

Q: What kind of training is required to become a Chiropractor?

A:  A Chiropractor needs a 4-year undergraduate degree, followed by 4 years of Chiropractic college.  Chiropractors must also pass 4 National Board Exams to become licensed.

Q:  What is a typical Chiropractic treatment?

A:  A typical treatment consists of palpation of the spine to find the areas of misalignment, which we call subluxations.  We will adjust these areas to re-align the spinal joints.  Physiotherapy such as Electric Stimulation, Ultrasound, or different muscle work is also performed, as needed depending on the conditions treated.

Q: Do adjustments hurt?

A:  Most adjustments do not hurt.  Chiropractors learn several different techniques to adjust the spine, some much gentler that others.  If the joint is inflamed and sensitive to touch then there may be some short term discomfort.