The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to The American Chiropractic Association


What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat? Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches using manipulations or chiropractic adjustments.  They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.  These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe? Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours. Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, which may require referral to a medical specialist.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe For Children? Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care.  Children are physically active and experience many types of falls from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort.   Chiropractic treatment is a highly skilled therapy, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care? At Eastside Chiropractic we accept the following insurances: Mass Health, Health Net, Neighborhood Health, BCBS, United Healthcare, Harvard Pilgrim, Aetna, Cigna, Tufts, and Medicare.  Please call us to verify your insurance coverage.
How Is A Chiropractic Adjustment Performed? Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure using the chiropractor’s hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Why Is There A Popping Sound When The Joint Is Adjusted? Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.