Frequently Asked Questions

Find out the answers Grand Junction, Snowflake, Safford, Overgaard, and Montrose Chiropractors frequently give to patients seeking to learn more about chiropractic care at their office. Learning more about chiropractic and its benefits can help you find the best chiropractor for you. If you have a question you don't see answered below, reach out to your team at Compass Medical Center.

What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractors focus on the intimate relationship between the nervous system and spine and hold true the following beliefs: Biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous system. For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual.

Are chiropractors doctors?

Chiropractors don’t hold medical degrees, so they aren’t medical doctors. They do have extensive training in chiropractic care and are licensed practitioners.

What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractors do not prescribe medication; this allows them to think outside the box. A chiropractor may prescribe Soft-tissue therapy: To relax tight muscles, relieve spasm and release tension in the fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds each muscle). Adjustments: To gently realign joints and increase range of motion. Joint bracing/taping (e.g., Kinesio taping): To support sprained joints or muscles as they heal. Exercises and stretches: To restore and maintain mobility and range of motion. Referrals to integrative medicine experts: For guidance on diet and nutrition to reduce inflammation and promote weight loss.

Are chiropractors useful?

Chiropractors can treat pain anywhere in the body: in the head and jaws, the shoulders, the elbows and wrists, the hips and pelvis, and the knees and ankles. They look at the whole musculoskeletal system and treat the root of the problem. Chiropractors make sure not only that the joints are moving properly, but also that surrounding muscles are functioning well.

Are chiropractors safe?

Chiropractors treat problems in people of all ages. Depending on the patient, the intensity and force of treatments vary. All patients are screened to ensure that they are good candidates for chiropractic care. For example, many older patients have some thinning or softening of the bones that would rule out joint manipulation. If chiropractic care is too risky for a patient, it will guide them to the right people and resources.

How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

Treatment plans vary as much as humans vary. We will diagnose each patient individually, and offer our recommendations. Our treatment plans vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of your condition and on how quickly your body responds to treatment. Every regimen includes strengthening exercises to stabilize your spine. Most people see some relief in as little as 1-2 weeks, but the research says that postural stability can take as long as 10-12 weeks to achieve.

How much does a chiropractic care cost?

Most insurance does have chiropractic benefits included in the coverage. We will be happy to contact your insurance company and find out your specific benefits and review them with you in person.

Why should you choose our office?

At Compass Medical Center we believe that each patient is an individual. Our multi-disciplinary approach gives us the ability to custom fit our treatments to each patient. Our doctors will sit down with you on your first visit to determine the best treatment options for you. We offer some of the most advanced non-surgical FDA regulated treatments available today. It’s always our goal to focus on the cause of any condition we treat. Our patients expect the best, and we do everything we can to help them achieve their goals. We want you to have the ability to live your life to the fullest. Don’t let pain take that away from you.

What does a chiropractor treat?

Neck and back pain, joint and knee pain, osteoarthritis, spinal compression, degenerative disc disease, headaches, sciatica, automobile accidents, weight-loss, nutrition and supplementation, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and spinal stenosis.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

We see each patient as an individual. Our multi-disciplinary approach gives us the ability to custom fit our treatments to each patient. Our doctors will sit down with you on your first visit to determine the best treatment options for you.

Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?

There are no requirements to remove clothing during your first initial appointments, however, if care begins it is recommended to bring relaxed-fit clothing such as sweats, shorts, elastic clothing, etc. in order to properly allow for stretching, physical therapy, and adjustments. You may be asked to remove clothing with metal attached if X-rays are taken in the office. If you participate in our weight-loss program please refer to your weight-loss coach for specific clothing requirements.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors begin their education by getting an undergraduate degree with a focus on the sciences. After graduation, they move on to a 4-year chiropractic program with classes and hands-on experience. All states in the United States require that chiropractors obtain a doctor of chiropractic degree from a Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) accredited college. Some chiropractors choose to specialize in a certain area and will do an additional residency that lasts between 2 and 3 years. There are over 100 different chiropractic methods. No one method is necessarily better than another.