Q. What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Chiropractic doctors don’t prescribe drugs or perform surgery.  Instead, chiropractors respect the innate power of your body to heal itself.  We also understand and respect the fact that some patients do need drugs and surgery to recover from certain conditions and we work together with your medical providers to achieve the best results possible.  We will help guide your body to health through joint and soft-tissue manipulation, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.  We utilize these methods to help:

  • Treat mechanical restrictions in joints
  • Eliminate excessive strain on your muscles
  • Increase your flexibility
  • Block pain impulses and increase your comfort level
  • Prevent re-injury

Q. How safe is chiropractic care?

It is extremely safe.  Chiropractic care works with the body and encourages its natural ability to heal.  It is an approach to healing that requires no invasive procedures or habit-forming drugs.  Chiropractic has an excellent safety record and proven time and again how remarkably effective it is. 

Q. How many visits will it take for me to get better?

Each case is different.   Usually several chiropractic treatments are needed to achieve long-lasting results and long-term pain relief.  Yet chiropractors are like most healthcare providers – the best ones have a large toolbox of techniques they can apply in response to health issues.

Q. I don’t want my spine to be manipulated/adjusted. Is that O.K.?

Chiropractic adjustments are appropriate for certain conditions, but are not absolutely necessary. Many conditions we treat at Champion Performance Chiropractic Rehabilitation do not require any adjustments at all and can be managed with gentler methods. The best thing we can do for you is provide you with an accurate diagnosis and educate you on all the treatment options available for your particular condition.

Q. What is Active Release Technique?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Q. How do overuse conditions occur?

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) occur in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected areas.  This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely.  As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped.  This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain.  If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Q. What is an A.R.T. treatment like?

Every A.R.T. session is actually a combination of examination and treatment.  The A.R.T. provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves.  Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

Q. What is Kinesio Taping?

The Kinesio Taping Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s movement.  Kinesio Taping successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.  Kinesio Tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day-basis.  The taping is non-restrictive, allows for full range of motion, is latex-free and wearable for days at a time.

Q. What is massage therapy?

Clinical massage therapy applies a variety of massage therapy techniques to solve your soft tissue health issues.  Clinical massage therapy utilizes slow strokes, direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles with the fingers, thumbs or elbows.  Clinical massage therapy works deeply into the muscles and connective tissue and can help ease muscle spasms, tension, pain and improve range of motion. 

Q. How long is a typical visit?

Your first visit usually lasts about an hour.  This includes a thorough history, exam, explanation of the exam findings, and how Champion Performance Chiropractic Rehab will begin treatment.  After this we spend additional time providing you with treatment when appropriate.  Follow up visits may last anywhere from 15 minutes to about an hour depending on your particular treatment plan.  Typical treatment plans include one-on-one exercise instruction in addition to time spent with the doctors and/or massage therapist.

Q. Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Most plans do cover chiropractic treatments.  Benefits vary based on the plan.  There may be limits on the number of visits, co-insurance payments, or deductibles.
Our office is expert in navigating the maze of insurance options and allowances and will work with your insurance carrier to ensure that you receive the best care and benefits.
Of course we welcome patients who do not have insurance and keep our fees quite reasonable so that no one is limited in the care they receive.

Q. Can I see you if I’ve just had surgery?

Yes, we see many people after surgery.  Champion Performance Chiropractic Rehabilitation will work closely with each surgeon forging a team approach.  Obviously, we do not perform joint manipulation in and around your surgical site and certainly not in an area that has been surgically fused.  Instead, we use manual therapy techniques like Active Release Technique, when the area is sufficiently healed, to restore proper range of motion and gently break-up any scar tissue adhesions in the area.  We apply therapeutic modalities to manage pain and inflammation.  We also instruct and supervise you in rehabilitative exercises to help strengthen and stabilize your surgical area.

Q. Can Champion Performance Chiropractic Rehabilitation help with a pinched nerve or sciatica?

Yes, “pinched nerves” in the neck or low back cause arm or leg symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and/or weakness. We will perform the necessary examination to diagnose your condition. We will refer you for the appropriate diagnostic testing if necessary. The treatment usually consists of soft tissue treatment, gentle joint mobilization, manual traction, ergonomic or lifestyle advice, and rehab exercises. Often, inflammatory medication prescribed by your physician is helpful too. Most cases resolve with this treatment approach. If your condition does not respond to conservative management, we will refer you to the appropriate medical provider.

Q. Do you treat other conditions than those mentioned on your website?

Yes, we treat a wide variety of neuromuscular/musculoskeletal conditions.  Those on the website are just examples of some commonly treated diagnoses.