Frequently Asked Questions


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What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, natural healing method that allows the body to repair itself without medications or surgeries. This
is done by correcting subluxations (misalignments of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems) through spinal manipulation.
Chiropractic Care comprises the second largest health care field in the United States and the leading natural healing art in the

Are Doctors of Chiropractic licensed by the government?
Yes. Chiropractors are licensed as primary physicians in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Additionally,
Chiropractic is recognized by governmental health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health
Care Benefits Programs, Federal Workers' Compensation and all state workers' compensation programs. Chiropractors are
even commissioned as health care officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic?
Yes.  At New Smyrna Beach Chiropractic Clinic we accept most insurances including BCBS, United, Aetna, Cigna, Triple
Options, VHN, Citrus, Beech Street, Wellcare, Medicare, Medicaid, Auto Insurance, Worker's Compensation Insurance, VA
insurance and much more.

How are Doctors of Chiropractic educated?
The education process for a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is much like that of medical doctors (M.D.), dentists (D.D.S.) and
osteopaths (D.O.). The Doctor of Chiropractic must earn their 4 year undergraduate degree followed by 4 years of chiropractic
education at an accredited university. After graduating, chiropractors then take a state exam in the state they choose to practice

Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure which is performed nearly one million times a day in
the United States alone. Because chiropractic is non-invasive, the body's response to treatment is far more predictable than its
reactions to medications or surgical procedures. Complications are exceedingly rare, particularly compared to problems
resulting from conventional medicine.

Does the adjustment hurt?
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild
discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. Once in a while patients with longstanding (chronic) problems may
experience soreness in the muscles around the spine (something similar to what you feel after exercising for the first time).
Many times, patients who enter the office in pain, report immediate relief following the adjustment. Some patients tell us they
feel a sense of total and complete relaxation after the adjustment  Dr. Prokop utilizes low force techniques for optimal comfort for
our patients.

Does an adjustment have to make noise to be effective?
No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, often when your
vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum,
making a noise. This is the sound made when you "pop" your knuckles. Dr. Prokop is concerned with the position of your
vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.

Is it bad to "crack" my neck or back?
The desire to pop the neck or back is caused by tension from a jammed or fixated vertebra, which causes another part of the
spine to compensate by moving too much and "popping" a lot. The jammed part should be adjusted by a chiropractor so that the
rest of the spinal column will balance and stop being so movable and noisy. Cracking or popping your neck gives relief for a
while, but soon the urge to pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal tension hasn’t been corrected.

What is a subluxation?
A subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine).
These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the
vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue as well as imbalance in the
normal body processes. Therefore, subluxation has been labeled the "silent killer" due to the long-term detrimental effects.

What causes a subluxation?
A fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma from an automobile accident or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can displace a
vertebra. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting
practices, obesity, and lack of rest and exercise. The birth process is a major cause of subluxation. Chemical causes of
subluxation can be from a poor diet, toxic foods or drinks, or chemical interactions causing imbalances from food, drink,
vitamins or prescription drugs used inappropriately. Mental causes of subluxation can be your body’s inability to adapt to
sudden traumatic stressful events or even low level stress for a long period of time to which your body does not adapt.

How will the adjustment help me?
Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body. When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become
misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous and blood vascular systems, which may contribute to
stress in the body. Chiropractic adjustments eliminate imbalances and nerve interference, so the body can function at its true

Should I go to a Chiropractor if I feel fine?
Yes, everyone would benefit from Chiropractic care on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we associate
sickness and disease with symptoms and health as a lack of symptoms. There are many that feel fine now, but unknowingly
have disease processes going on, and who will die in the near future. Symptoms are not nature’s early warning signs, but
come only after damage is done. Spinal misalignments cause subtle changes that you don’t feel early on. If not treated these
misalignments lead to injury to the cells and soft tissues and can develop into more serious problems later on, like abnormal
body chemistry, disease, accelerated deterioration and degeneration. By receiving regular chiropractic care, you’ll help your
body stay healthy for years to come. Regular Chiropractic adjustments are your body’s line of defense against illness, disease,
and pain.

Can pregnant woman go to a Chiropractor?
Yes. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce the incidence of pain in the low back, legs, and between the shoulder blades due to
pregnancy. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Pregnant Women
and Infants can benefit from chiropractic care, for a more comfortable pregnancy and a healthier baby, free of subluxations.

Can children be treated by Chiropractors?
Yes. Children of all ages from infant through teens greatly benefit from Chiropractic Care. The fact is that chiropractor's kids are
some of the healthiest children that mature into very healthy adults.

Who else should go to a Chiropractor?
Everyone from infants to the elderly, from all walks of life, can benefit from chiropractic care.

Auto Accident Victims:
Often accident victims don't realize the extent of their injuries. The majority of the detrimental effects of post-traumatic/motor
vehicle accidents manifest later and with greater degrees of severity. If these problems are identified and treated properly in the
early stages, the potential for long-term pain and suffering is greatly reduced.

Chiropractic helps athletes operate at peak performance, have safer workouts, increase flexibility and stamina, and recover
more quickly from training and injury. Most professional sports teams have chiropractors on staff and many other people whose
profession depends on fitness regularly utilize chiropractors.

The Elderly:
For more mobility, greater energy, improved range of motion, correct posture, stabilize gait, slow the progression of arthritic
conditions by keeping the spine mobile, and help reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

Office Workers:
To treat headaches, TMJ, neck, midback and low back aches and shoulder or wrist complaints from working with computers,
talking on telephones or sitting at a desk for a majority of the day.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very common condition in any
office activity requiring computer work or typing and here at New Smyrna Beach Chiropractic Clinic we have different techniques
to help reduce the symptoms associated with Carpal Tunnel.

Blue Collar Workers:
To treat injuries associated with repetetive lifting, bending, twisting, stooping and standing.  Low back injuries such as sprain or
strain, disc bulging and facet or joint inflammation are common to the blue collar injury.  Chiropractic can help reduce the pain
associated with these injuries, but more importantly chiropractic can help avoid these injuries by keeping the spine aligned and

How Long Until I Feel Better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief, while others discover it can take several weeks. Many factors affect the healing
process. Within a week or so, most patients see enough progress to encourage them to complete the treatment plan. More
important than pain management, however, is that following chiropractic treatment, the body's healing process now operates at
peak efficiency.

Do I Have a Slipped Disc?
A disc cannot slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bone above and below it. However, a disc can bulge, tear,
herniate, thin, dry out or collapse causing an irritation of nearby tissue. One of the primary causes of disc problems is spinal
bone subluxation. Chiropractic, therefore, has a high degree of success in the management of disc problems.

Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?
It is more or likely that a spinal bone (vertebrae) is rubbing, stretching or chafing a nerve. These subluxations can distort the
nerve messages between the brain and the body producing unhealthy changes to affected organs and tissue.