“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients
in the care of the human frame,
diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”
― Thomas A. Edison
What are the Educational Requirements to become a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Chiropractors must first complete 90 college credit hours to qualify for certification. NJ state licensing boards require the completion of a four-year degree. Courses include English, psychology, biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as social sciences or humanities.
Then aspiring chiropractors are required to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic, or D.C., degree from an accredited chiropractic college. Only a handful of these schools offer a four-year degree program in the U.S. These programs require a minimum of 4,200 hours of coursework, laboratory work and clinical experience. During the first two years, students focus on classroom and laboratory work in physiology, anatomy, public health and biochemistry. During the last two years, students focus on courses in manipulation and spinal adjustment, and obtain clinical experience in both physical and laboratory situations under the supervision of a licensed chiropractor. Only after passing a state boards will they themselves become a licensed Chiropractor.
Finally, NJ state licensing boards require chiropractors to obtain continuing education courses for annual licensure. Chiropractors may attend workshops or accredited continuing education classes to learn about new developments in chiropractic medicine.
What is Chiropractic?
In simple terms, Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that uses the hand in the manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the body. This type of treatment is usually painless and it is used to treat patients with lower back pain, neck pains, repetitive strains, sports injuries, arthritic pain and car accident injuries.
Why Choose It?
While you may first visit a chiropractor to relieve pain in the lower back or to treat sciatica, neck pain, whiplash or headache, you will find that a chiropractor views you as a whole person and not the sum of your parts. A chiropractor will work in partnership with you to ensure your optimal health and wellness.
What should I wear on my first visit?
It’s recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing. The doctor or therapist may need to reach areas such as shoulders, calves, glutes, or the mid back region to properly treat your condition. Dresses, skirts or tight fitting clothing are not recommended since you will be laying on a table and possibly moving around quite a bit during the exam and treatment.
What can I expect on my first visit?
· Personal and family medical history
· major illnesses you have experienced
· surgeries or operations you have had
· medications you are taking
· a description of your present condition
· the steps you have taken to manage your condition
· discussion of your diet and exercise
· your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life
· a structural/physical examination, paying close attention to your spine
How Long Will My First Visit Take?
Your first visit to a chiropractor typically lasts for 30 to 45 minutes. This should be enough time to perform all of the above steps needed to gather medical information and evaluate them for proper diagnosis. Since it is your health condition that is on the line, it is important for chiropractors not to proceed in haste since some crucial information could be left out in the process, thus risking the health of the patient.
Will I be treated on my first visit?
In most cases, the answer to this question is, yes.
Will Insurance Pay For My Chiropractic Treatment?
Will Insurance Pay For My Chiropractic Treatment?
Almost every insurance carrier will cover a portion of your Chiropractic Care. However, coverage varies from plan to plan. It is recommended that you contact your personal carrier to find out your benefits prior to visiting our office or contact our office with your insurance information and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you in obtaining this information.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Although no treatments exist that are completely without risk, spinal manipulation, when performed by a trained health care professional such as a doctor of chiropractic, is one of the safest forms of therapy for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Chiropractic care has been successful in treating both adults and children. It is possible for children to receive chiropractic adjustments when they suffer from any dysfunction on the neck, back, or spine. Since young children or toddlers' bodies are different from that of an adult, it is important to take on a specialized approach for them.
Symptoms: Knowing When Your Child Needs Chiropractic Care
Unless it has reached a crucial stage or has become quite obvious, spinal problems in children are often difficult to identify. And yet, early detection from parents is crucial in order to ensure that your child is provided the medical care it needs to normalize bodily functions and free them of any discomfort associated with the condition. Below are common symptoms that could indicate a spinal dysfunction in your child:
· abnormal sleeping patterns
· misaligned shoulders
· limited mobility of the head or neck
· recurrence of ear infection
· constant headaches
· persistent colds
In general, children respond to the treatment much faster than most adults do. In fact, most only require a few sessions until the normal functions of the affected part are restored.
Still have questions? Call our office and we will be happy to answer them for you!