Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a safe and natural form of healthcare. It focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. When misalignments occur in the spine, nerve interference can occur resulting in pain and/or dysfunction. By identifying these misalignments and correcting them, the body can properly relay nerve messages between the brain and the musculoskeletal system. The result is optimum function and overall better health. Furthermore, chiropractic focuses on the biomechanics of the human body and creating optimal body motion.

What is a "Spinal Adjustment"?

Once a misalignment is detected by your chiropractor, he or she can put a gentle, specific force through the spine to correct it. There are many different techniques available so that your experience is comfortable and custom made for you.

Can Chiropractic help my condition?

Chiropractors focus on neuromusculoskeletal conditions, meaning that they emphasize the treatment of bone, muscle and nerve conditions. Chiropractic has been shown to help with low back pain, headaches, neck pain, mid-back pain, fatigue, rotator cuff syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, scoliosis, herniated/bulging discs, osteoarthritis, degenerated disc disease, and hip/leg conditions to name a few.

What is a typical office visit like?

A typical visit can include, but is not limited to, the following: an adjustment, stretching/specific muscle relaxation techniques, muscle treatments and a consultation on changes to your specific condition and home care activities. Each office visit is designed to improve your current state and resolve your problem.

What is the "Popping" sound?

When certain techniques are used to improve mobility in your spine, sometimes an “audible” or “click” is heard. All joints are surrounded by a capsule filled with fluid and air. When the joint is moved within its natural range of motion (with the adjustment), the gas comes out of the solution, sometimes making the popping sound.

Do adjustments hurt?

No. Most patients feel relief of their problem within a short period of time. Different, specific techniques are available to ensure a comfortable and positive visit.

I feel fine, do I need a Chiropractor?

For many people going to the chiropractor is a wellness issue. Staying healthy is easier than getting healthy after a problem or condition arises. By getting your spine checked regularly you can be sure you are functioning at your best and can prevent problems before they start. Misalignments of the spine may have no symptoms at all but can lead to problems down the road, so seeing your chiropractor for regular check ups can benefit everyone. Remember the adage: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Who benefits from Chiropractic?

Everyone can benefit from chiropractic. There is no age too young or too old to try chiropractic. Since chiropractic is a natural, holistic approach that is not invasive, it is safe for everyone. Your chiropractor will perform an in depth initial examination to ensure that you are a candidate for chiropractic care.

Does health insurance cover Chiropractic / Massage / Acupuncture?

Yes, most insurance plans do have Chiropractic, Massage & Acupuncture benefits. Though we cannot be sure all insurances cover our services, we will do our best to help you with your questions regarding coverage.
Chiropractic, Massage and Acupuncture services are directly billed, and we accept most health insurance plans. 

Will I get addicted to Chiropractic once I start?

No. Most people enjoy chiropractic care because it makes them feel great by removing neuromusculoskeletal pain, so they continue to receive care throughout their lives, but there is no addiction created by chiropractic treatment. Our goal at Cranston Chiropractic & Massage is to help maintain a healthy lifestyle through improved spinal biomechanics, but to do this as efficiently as possible.

Is Chiropractic a replacement for traditional medical treatment?

No. While chiropractic focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system and excels at treating its ailments, it is not a replacement for traditional medicine, but rather a compliment to it, as much as traditional medicine is a compliment to chiropractic care. We view health care as a cog wheel, with each cog on the wheel a different form of therapy or treatment, and each cog an integral component needed to make the wheel spin. Chiropractic is a portal of entry healthcare profession, meaning you do not need a medical doctor’s referral to make an appointment, and we try to work with your medical physician to provide you the best care possible.