Chiro Answers - FAQ

"Medicine is the study of disease and what causes man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes man to live." - BJ Palmer
  • Q: What is chiropractic?
    A: “Chiropractic is specific or it is nothing at all.” – BJ Palmer, developer of chiropractic
    1. a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the segments of the spinal column.
    More than just back cracking or joint popping, chiropractic is the treatment of subluxations of the spinal column. A subluxation is the misalignment of the vertebrae that causes pressure on the nerve. This pressure causes interference in the transmission of messages from the brain to the body. When the brain notices this interference, it begins to send more messages to the nerve trying to communicate with the body. This is when our bodies begin to experience symptoms – we notice pain or discomfort, or a malfunction of an organ (like heartburn or diarrhea).
    These subluxations are caused by stress. Stress comes in 3 different forms – physical, mental, and toxic. Physical stress is anything like sleeping poorly, falling, or having an injury. Mental stress is when we are worried about something, or having negative thoughts. Toxic stress is when we take something into our body that is offensive to it – like medication, or toxins in our food or environment.
    Because our nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and nerves) controls everything in our body, it is of the utmost importance to keep it healthy and free of interference. When we are free of interference (subluxations) we are able to be optimally healthy!
  • Q: Who can benefit from chiropractic care?
    A: Everyone! If you have a spine and a nervous system, you can be adjusted. Yes, that even means newborns and the elderly.
  • Q: What is an adjustment?
    A: A chiropractic adjustment is a specific movement of the bones of the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves. It’s much more complex than cracking your knuckles, or having your friend pop your back.
  • Q: What happens during an adjustment?
    A: The doctor applies specific force to your spinal column to move the bone back to its correct position. This can be done manually, or with special adjusting instruments.
  • Q: Does it hurt?
    A: No, there is some pressure and some release, but it isn’t painful.
  • Q: What if I’m nervous?
    A: That’s ok! Doctor Draayer is skilled in using several low force techniques that allow him to adjust the very young, the very old, or those who feel nervous.
  • Q: Is chiropractic only for back pain?
    A: NO! Because chiropractic is about the treatment of the nervous system, we have seen all kinds of people experience relief of their symptoms. Everything from headaches, to digestive issues, or even poor sleep. Chiropractic treats the person, not the condition. See our additional information under the Conditions tab.
  • Q: What makes Dr. Draayer different than other chiropractors?
    A: Dr. Draayer studied at Palmer College of Chiropractic, known as “the Harvard of the chiropractic schools.” He uses this intense training as a foundation for his expanding techniques. Dr. Draayer focuses on energy and nutrition and how that plays into the way the body deals with stress. What really makes him different has to be experienced. Call today for a complimentary consultation.
  • Q: Is it expensive?
    A: We find that chiropractic care is extremely cost effective. If you are concerned about funds, we will be happy to check with your insurance provider to see what your benefits in our office may be. No insurance? No problem. Many of our practice members pay directly for care, and payment plans are always available. We never let funds stand in the way of someone who wants chiropractic care – options are available.