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How often will I need to get adjusted?

Treatment frequency varies depending on your goals, the condition for which you seek treatment, and how chronic that condition is. You will likely notice pain relief early in your treatment, but correcting the root cause of the condition can take longer. Chronic conditions generally take more time to heal than acute ones. You can rest assured that we will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to get you the best results.


How long is a typical appointment?

A new patient consultation generally takes about 60 minutes. A follow-up visit generally consists of 10 minutes with Dr. Brittany plus up to 20–30 minutes of complementary therapy with another member of the Worcester Family Chiropractic team as needed.  


What should I wear to my appointment?

No special attire is required, but we suggest wearing something comfortable that allows you to move easily for the physical exam and feel comfortable laying down. It is best if dress and skits are avoided for the sake of your own modesty, although they do not impact my ability to care for you.


What causes the sound during a chiropractic adjustment?

That cracking sound is more formally known as a “cavitation.” When your spine is adjusted, the spinal joints slightly separate. This gapping creates a vacuum within the joint which pulls the gases (mostly nitrogen) out. It is this release of gas that generates the audible noise you may hear when getting adjusted. Did you know that not all adjustments produce a sound?  Some techniques are so gentle that they generate no noise from the escaping gas—but that does mean that the adjustment was not successful.


How is a chiropractor different from a physical therapist or a massage therapist?

Many clients ask us about the benefits of chiropractic versus physical therapy or massage. The thing that sets chiropractic care apart is the chiropractic adjustment and how those adjustments positively improve and affect the function of the nervous system.


What does a chiropractor do for neck pain?

Neck pain can be the result of a variety of issues, so we always begin by performing an exam to determine the cause of your symptoms. Once we determine the source of the pain and the diagnosis, we develop a treatment plan that includes chiropractic adjustments and supportive therapies that will get you the best results.


Can a chiropractor help with back pain?

Yes, low back pain is one of the most common conditions we see in the chiropractic office. Helping with low back pain begins with determining the right diagnosis and creating a plan of care to address the cause of the problem, not just the immediate symptoms.


Can you go to the chiropractor while pregnant?

Chiropractic is a safe, effective form of prenatal care at any phase of pregnancy. Dr. Brittany’s training and experience enables her to determine chiropractic care is right for you based on your physical examination. If there is no contraindication to care then we can develop a treatment plan that addresses your particular goals. If you’re ever unsure if your pregnancy is compatible with chiropractic care, we encourage you to consult your midwife or obstetrician. It is important to know that not all chiropractors are thoroughly trained to work with pregnant patients, therefore it is important to find a Webster Technique certified practitioner to care for you during this special time.


How early should I seek chiropractic care during pregnancy?

It is never too soon to see a chiropractor when pregnant. In fact, we enjoy seeing women even before they are expecting. Chiropractic positively influences your body’s ability to be healthy and function optimally. Having your spine checked regularly by a chiropractor can improve your wellbeing before, during, and after pregnancy.


Can chiropractors turn a breech baby?

You would be shocked how many times we are asked this question! Chiropractors are not obstetricians, so they do not treat or turn unborn babies. 


While chiropractors cannot turn breech babies, we can use Webster Technique adjustments to the joints, muscles, and ligaments of the spine to help reestablish pelvic balance When the tension is released and the mother’s body is in this balanced state, the baby is then free to do whatever it needs to do to find the optimal position for birth.


Is it safe for a baby to see a chiropractor?

At Worcester Family Chiropractic, Dr. Brittany has received special training and is experienced in safely treating babies, toddlers, and children. Not all chiropractors are thoroughly trained to work with pediatric patients, therefore it is important to find a chiropractor trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and/or has completed certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP)—the treatment your child receives will be safer and more effective.


Will you be “cracking” my baby’s spine?

Infants’ spines are not treated the same as adult spines. We use special techniques and much less pressure. For a pediatric patient, about 6-8 ounces of pressure is used during treatment—just enough to dimple a tomato. There will never be any dynamic or quick movement.

Does insurance cover chiropractic care?

Every insurance plan is different, so we encourage you to call your insurance company directly to find out the details of your policy. Learn more here.

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