FrequentlyAsked Questions

All you wanted to know about chiropractic medicine

What does a chiropractic treatment entail?

One’s initial visit consists of three parts – a case history (questions about one’s health care past, a review of systems and the current condition), a physical examination (range of motion, orthopedic testing, neurologic examination, postural analysis) and a treatment (soft tissue work, flexibility, adjustment).  One’s second visit would include a short update as to patient’s reaction to the first treatment, a review of findings, discussion of a treatment plan and a follow-up treatment. The initial visit may last an hour. Subsequent treatments take about 15 minutes.

How quick can I expect results?

Individual results depend on a number of factors. Compliance with the doctor’s recommendations is always a critical issue. One’s personal lifestyle of diet, nutrition, supplement use and availability of rest are also critical. Negative lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet choices and unmanaged stress levels can prolong the healing process. Patients that are motivated to get well and make the necessary changes can expect better, quicker outcomes. Half-hearted efforts at recovery usually produce half-hearted results.

How do I know if chiropractic care will work for me?

Historically chiropractic care has helped a wide range of conditions. It is a safe, effective non-drug approach to regaining or maintaining health.

With a thorough case history of your condition and a comprehensive physical examination your chiropractor can determine if chiropractic care can help, the extent to which chiropractic care can help or if a referral to another health care provider is appropriate.

The doctors at this office have a good working relationship with area General Practitioners and other medical and healthcare professionals should a referral or co-treatment option be deemed appropriate.

Does chiropractic hurt?

Ideally it should not. One needs to understand that some presenting conditions involve muscle spasm and joint damage. Manually relaxing a muscle spasm and stretching a joint’s short, tight holding elements can produce discomfort. That being said every effort is made to provide safe, gentle and effective treatments.

Is chiropractic safe?

Yes. Chiropractic care has a remarkable track record of safety. The initial case history and physical examination help insure that this form of treatment is indicated. The case history and physical examination also help determine which treatments would be most effective.

Once you decide to see a chiropractor do you have to see them forever?

That is up to you. Wellness plans are available but it is your decision. Once your initial case has resolved the option to be released from care is yours. Many patients opt for a once or twice a month “tune-up” as a preventive measure and to combat everyday stresses and strains. The option is there, the choice is yours.

Does chiropractic care help children?

Childhood and adolescence are unique times in life. The body undergoes significant physical and emotional changes that may present with a number of musculo-skeletal challenges. There is an old coaching adage “all things only grow once” that speaks to the importance of engraining and maintaining healthy habits as one matures to adulthood.

Periodic chiropractic care for the aches and pains of childhood can help insure that growth and development is “done right.” Attention to simple things such as posture and back pack safety can go a long way towards promoting healthy movement patterns. Research has shown that many children suffering from inner ear infections (otitis media) and asthma have benefited from chiropractic care.

I had a recent knee/hip/you name it surgery. Can I still see a chiropractor?

One of the points of doing the physical examination is to determine what course of action would be appropriate for each patient. Balancing the body, soft tissue work and flexibility can all play a role in maximizing the benefits chiropractic care can give.  In spite of surgeries or past injuries progress can be made.

Do you give lectures?

Both Dr. Ebbets and Dr. Homic have taught at the graduate school level. Collectively they have given countless lectures, presentations and lunchtime talks at elementary and secondary schools, colleges, church groups, service club (Lions, Rotary) and at job fairs.
Presentations can be tailored towards the needs of a particular audience. Topics in the past have ranged from health and sport related issues, work place safety and injury prevention. If interested call the office to check availability.