1) What is Chiropractic?
A) The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
2) What conditions do chiropractors treat?
A) 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…particularly with their highly skilled 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. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
3) Do I need x-rays to be treated?
A) Most problems can be treated without exposure to harmful x-rays. In fact the latest clinical studies show that taking x-rays does not affect treatment outcome.
4) Do you accept insurance?
A) We do participate in any HMO plan but do accept out-of-network payment after deductibles have been met. Aetna, Unitedhealthcare and Cigna often have out-of-network plans. Prior to your visit you can email us your insurance ID# and date of birth and we will verify your benefits prior to your first visit. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5) What chiropractic techniques do you use?
Dr. Franchino employs various chiropractic and holistic techniques to help patients achieve optimal health and healing. They include Sacro-occipital(SOT), diversified spinal adjusting, extremity and TMJ adjusting, trigger point therapy, and acupressure. We also use physical therapy prior to manipulation. These include electrical stimulation, spinal decompression and vibratory muscle stimulus.
6) Do I need a referral?
No. You do not need a referral to receive chiropractic care or make an appointment.
7) I am pregnant. Can I still be treated?
Yes. In fact we offer a range of treatments for women throughout pregnancy.
8) Do you treat infants or children?
I do not treat patients under 4 years of age. However I do refer them to my colleague, Dr. Eddie Gorecki who is quite skilled in this area. His website:
9) What forms of payment do you accept?
Currently we accept cash, check, PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and American Express as payment.