Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
We do NOT accept insurance with the one exception of it being a car accident case (or more known as Personal Injury Case), but we do offer competitive pricing for our patients. Typically, insurance will only pay for a portion of the cost of a visit, leaving you with a co-pay that is often comparable to our cash prices. On average patients will end up spending roughly the same or less on our services paying out-of-pocket as they would if they went to a clinic that takes insurance.
How many treatments do I pay for or need?
Our Initial Exam will give a clear outline of what muscles are not engaging and how long the treatment will take. On average, we find between five and twenty muscles not engaging, which usually takes anywhere between two to six visits. The Initial Exam will also give us an idea if other treatments such as dry needling will be beneficial. For more information on pricing, visit the treatments page.
What is Muscle Activation Technique (MAT)?
Muscle Activation Technique is a cutting-edge technique that uses a blend of eastern and western medical knowledge to help your muscles engage fully. When muscles are injured (from being overworked or through a trauma like a car accident), they tend to shut themselves down to protect from further damage. MAT can be used to identify which of the 650 muscles in your body are not working correctly, and then re-engage them.
What else do you do besides adjust?
Here is a list of what our practice has to offer: Muscle Activation Technique (MAT), Kinesiotaping, Dry Needling, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral Therapy. Adjustments are fantastic at helping your body obtain a better posture and restore range of motion. They are not able to stabilize the joints afterwards, which is why we incorporate the other techniques inorder for a longer lasting treatment.
Do you take X-Rays?
While we do not have an X-Ray machine in the office, we will sometimes refer our patients to get X-Rays done if we feel it is necessary. However, it is uncommon to require X-Ray or other imaging before being able to begin treatment.
What types of injuries or pain do you treat?
We basically work with three of your body systems: the Muscular system (examples include muscle strains, whiplash, and overused injuries), the Skeletal system (ankle sprains, shoulder instability, disc herniations) and the Fascial system (low back pain, posture imbalance, etc.).
Are adjustments safe?
Adjustments have been shown to be one of the least invasive and safest treatments in the market. However, it is a therapeutic treatment and as such it potentially has some side effects and because of that we make sure to take a thorough history for any previous conditions that can contraindicate the adjustment.
Do adjustments hurt?
Generally speaking, adjustments do not hurt. However, sometimes adjustments can be painful or uncomfortable. However, with advanced chiropractic technology, we have discovered more ways to adjust than with the traditional joint-popping moves that is so well known. These techniques do not require the twisting or high velocity moves which can be scary or painful.
What causes the popping sound?
The popping sound of an adjustment is the release of air pockets being released from a joint capsule. A joint is designed to contain a lubricating fluid called synovial fluid within a capsule of ligaments and tissue. This allows your bones to glide on each other without damage. This fluid has pockets of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide that release when the capsule is stretched, making a popping sound.
Can I adjust myself?
Not really… Adjusting requires specialized training and equipment to target specific issues. It also is very difficult to adjust your own body, even for a chiropractor. With that said, there are a vast number of things you can do for yourself to improve your health and function. Myofascial work, exercises, and stretches play an essential role in maintaining health. At Muscle Works we make sure to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to maintain your health and not be reliant on us or any other healthcare practitioner.
Can I see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Yes! Pregnancy leads to a lot of changes both in your biomechanics and in the structural strength of your body. This potentially leads to musculoskeletal problems and pain. Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive way of treating common symptoms of pregnancy.
Can I have my infant see a chiropractor?
Yes! Infants can benefit immensely from chiropractic adjustments, getting relief from such things as cholic, range of motion restrictions, and more. Infants and children can be adjusted with minimal force, making for a safe and proven treatment to improve their health.