Frequently Asked Questions
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is when a chiropractic physician determines areas of fixation, or misalignment, and directs a specific force to induce normal joint motion. This is typically performed utilizing their hands, but can also be accomplished using a handheld instrument called an Activator.
What is the “popping” sound?
The “popping” sound, or cavitation, is no different than what you hear when you crack your knuckles. The noise is created due to a change in pressure of the joint, releasing gas and resulting in a “pop”.
Will it hurt?
Not a bit! However, if any discomfort arises, it is the day after your initial adjustment. This soreness is due to the fact that we are trying to get your body moving the way it’s meant to. In most cases, poor habits and biomechanics have developed, which will take some time to correct. The muscle soreness is not uncommon and typically dissipates in a day or two.
Is chiropractic safe?
Chiropractic care is among the safest, non-invasive, and drug-free treatment for neuromusculoskeletal and other various complaints. A thorough physical examination by a board certified chiropractic physician will reveal any contraindications to care, if none are present, it is deemed safe to continue with treatment.
Who can benefit from chiropractic care?
Everybody! From newborns to geriatrics, and everyone in-between! Every stage of life comes with its own type of stress on the body. Chiropractic is useful to detect, diagnose, and treat many different conditions effecting all age ranges.
I’m not in pain, why should I see a chiropractor?
Pain is the LAST symptom to show up. Just like your gas tank, your tank gets more and more empty before the gas light comes on. Your body is constantly under pressure and strain, it learns to compensate and you develop poor biomechanics before your body finally alerts you that you’re experiencing pain. This is also why it’s important to stick with your treatment plan. Once the pain goes away, that does NOT mean you are back to functioning optimally.
Do you accept insurance?
Most insurance plans either do not cover chiropractic, or severely limit the treatment Dr. Runyan can provide. She firmly believes in giving her patients the best care possible, without an insurance company telling her what she can and cannot do. In general, insurance companies are not focused on wellness or preventative care. Dr. Runyan wants to get you out of pain and be able to STAY out of pain through wellness and preventative care. For these reasons, Dr. Runyan is what is considered a “concierge cash-based practice”.
While she is “out of network” with insurance companies, she has kept her prices reasonable and affordable. Upon request we will gladly provide you a detailed superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Credit cards, cash, and HSA/ Flex Spending accounts are all accepted. Please call or email with any questions or concerns.
Patient care is and always will be #1!