How Can Chiropractic Care Prevent Surgery

How Can Chiropractic Care Prevent Surgery?

According to a HealthDay article in 2020, nearly 500,000 Americans undergo back surgery every year to correct lower back problems. That staggering number causes a legitimate concern for many chiropractors throughout the nation. It also causes a lot of debt for those patients with nearly $11 billion spent each year on back surgery in the United States alone. In many scenarios, these patients failed to research alternatives to back surgery prior to being admitted to the hospital. Chiropractic has shown through research and studies that it is the most effective conservative treatment, even for disc herniation. With this in mind, Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont want to present chiropractic care as an alternative to spinal surgery in some cases. While some patients require surgery, we answer the question, “How can chiropractic care prevent surgery?”

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE PREVENT SURGERY?

Prevention of Spinal Degeneration

Spinal degeneration refers to the loss of normal structure and function of the spine over time. Degeneration occurs normally due to advancing age which results in loss of disc heights and calcification or bone spurs on the vertebra, but also can occur due to tumors or other serious infections in the body. Regular chiropractic care prevents degeneration by keeping the spine in proper alignment and preventing prolonged compression of the discs. This helps the spine stay healthier for longer and allows more blood flow to key areas, allowing the body to naturally treat itself.

Holistic Treatment for Back Injury

Many people who experience back pain after an auto accident assume they need corrective back surgery to experience relief. However, in the overwhelming majority of cases, chiropractic care prevents the need for back surgery by providing pain relief. The relief comes from correcting the misaligned spine and taking pressure off the sensitive nerves and allowing the body to do what it does naturally when given the chance; to heal itself.

Dry Needling to Increase Blood Flow

Many patients report pursuing spinal surgery as an option to correct movement and nerve communication in the upper and lower extremities (the hands and feet). In these scenarios, an unpinched nerve nerve supply and proper blood flow to these extremities will bring healing and return proper function. A certified dry needler uses dry needling and chiropractic care to increase the body’s healing attention to these necessary areas. Dry needling, when combined with our award-winning chiropractic treatment process provides relief quickly and retrains the body to holistically heal itself when possible.

SUMMARY – HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE PREVENT SURGERY?

With so many people suffering from pain, limited mobility, and loss of use of their extremities, treating back pain becomes crucial. While some patients require back surgery to correct their issues, it should be used as a last resort for treatment. Spinal surgery can be costly, dangerous, and prevent treatment options in the future in some cases. Chiropractic care offers a less intrusive option and provides an alternative to people considering spinal surgery. A skilled chiropractor will create and carry out a tailored treatment plan that is far less expensive than surgery – and in many cases is extremely effective without the risks. Whether you’re looking to prevent the long-term effects of spinal degeneration, treat an injury, or improve mobility and blood flow, chiropractic care can help!

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance. We specialize in treating patients suffering from back pain and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. Contact us to schedule your appointment today before agreeing to undergo spinal surgery! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Can Chiropractic Help With Sleep

Can Chiropractic Help With Sleep?

Many Americans complain of lack of sleep or have a diagnosed sleep disorder according to the American Sleep Association. It’s one of the largest problems plaguing the world today. We suggest this because the lack of sleep impacts so many peoples‘ quality of life and energy levels while they are awake. Beyond just impacting energy levels, lack of sleep creates lasting impacts on long-term health. That’s why we wrote this information to help people answer the question, “Can chiropractic help with sleep?”

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP WITH SLEEP?

Provide Pain Relief

If you’ve ever tried getting a good night sleep while your body is pain, you understand it’s extremely difficult. Whether you’re suffering from stiffness in your joints, a migraine that won’t go away, an injury resulting from an auto accident, or something else entirely, this pain challenges your body’s natural sleep cycle. A chiropractor specializes in not only relieving pain, but fixing the underlying structural issues that lead to the pain in the first place. By eliminating the pain, your brain can stop focusing on your ailment and drift peacefully off to sleep.

Increase Nerve Response

One of the key components that chiropractors address is the nervous system. When the spine or other areas of the body are out of alignment the nervous system doesn’t function properly. This can exacerbate all sorts of sleep-related disorders such as restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, and more. Regular adjustments from a chiropractor can help keep the body properly aligned and improve the communication between the brain and the body’s extremities through the nervous system. Also, proper adjustments relieve pressure on the nerves which can lead to severe pain in patients.

Improve Digestive Issues

Several people experience sleep issues related to heartburn and indigestion at night. These issues can stem from the body’s digestive system being impacted by nerve irritation to the stomach and bowel due to improper alignment of the vertebrae. If the body is improperly aligned, the muscles in the intestines are not receiving the correct signals at the proper time during the digestive process. This can lead to discomfort, especially after large or spicy meals. A skilled chiropractor can help relieve this discomfort and help your body process meals more easily, leading to a more restful sleep.

Maximize Blood Flow

Increasing blood flow can help the body naturally heal itself during sleep and provide the brain a deeper, more restful sleep. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments also allow the circulatory system to operate at peak efficiency! A skilled chiropractor can help increase circulation throughout the body and decrease inflammation in injured areas. By improving blood flow, the body can send the necessary nutrients throughout the body to maximize your diet, exercise, and more.

NOT ONLY CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP WITH SLEEP, IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL HEALTH!

Before you go out and invest in fancy pillows and mattresses that are marketed to help improve sleep, consider chiropractic care instead. Not only can chiropractic help with sleep, it can improve several aspects of your waking life as well. By maximizing the body’s ability to heal itself, chiropractors help patients sleep better at night, and live healthier, more active lives during the day.

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance including experience better sleep! Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

What to expect for your first time visiting a chiropractor

First Time Visiting A Chiropractor

IS IT YOUR FIRST TIME VISITING A CHIROPRACTOR?

First things first, don’t worry! Every one of our patients saw their first chiropractor at some point during their life and had the same questions you have right now. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont believe the best way to relieve stress on your first time visiting a chiropractor is to come in knowing what to expect. Once you know what to expect for your first visit, our expert team will make you feel like family from your first phone call and throughout your entire treatment process. Whether you’re visiting a chiropractor for the first time, or you’re visiting a new chiropractor for the first time, we’ll let you know what to expect.

Initial phone conversation

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont train their receptionist staff to listen and ask the right questions during your very first phone call. Our doctors want to understand your needs and previous treatment methods that have been tried to resolve your issue. We use this information to help point us in the right direction even before your first visit. Our receptionists will also get you scheduled at the office that’s most convenient for you whether that’s in Erie or in Longmont.

Arriving at the office

Patients arrive and check-in with the receptionist at the front desk. They will confirm your appointment time and let the doctors know you’ve arrived for your new patient exam and treatment. Our receptionists focus on providing the best possible experience during your visit and are a wealth of caring and knowledge. They often answer questions about insurance, treatment options, and what to expect for your first time visiting a chiropractor.

New patient exam

All of the doctors perform the same initial new patient exam. They combine a visual, hands-on, and questionnaire approach to ensure that all bases are covered prior to providing any treatment. This new patient exam focuses on listening not only to what you’re saying, but what your body says as we observe you. This is coupled with range of motion testing, orthopedic, and neurological examinations. Our doctors also explain what they are doing every step of the way and why to help build a rapport. They encourage questions and welcome the opportunity to share their knowledge of how the body’s systems integrate and work together.

First chiropractic treatment

Once the new patient exam concludes, the doctor recommends a unique treatment plan for your body. Our experts gear this plan to each individual to ensure quick relief and a holistic approach to ensure we treat the issue and not just the symptoms. We offer an award-winning treatment process to help achieve your goals. This consists of chiropractic adjustments, whether hands-on or with the activator tool, dolphin neurostim, and soft tissue massage. This treatment process not only provides patients the relief they crave, but it also helps them hold adjustments, and therefore feel better, for longer.

Payment and follow up treatments scheduled

After your first chiropractic treatment finishes, you will return to the front desk and our excellent receptionist team will process your payment for the treatment that day. Both the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont accept the same types of insurances. We currently accept plans from AetnaUnited Health CareBlue Cross / Blue ShieldCigna, plus other plans. They will also schedule you for your next visit and advise you to drink plenty of water to aid in the removal of any toxins released from joints and soft tissues that are now moving and feed from the tension.

If this is your first time visiting a chiropractor, your body will need the water to help it adjust to the new experience. Initially, many patients require frequent visits while their body learns to hold proper alignment. Over time, these visits become less frequent as the body naturally relearns proper alignment and holds it for longer.

ARE YOU VISITING A NEW CHIROPRACTOR IN LONGMONT OR ERIE FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Whether you’re visiting a chiropractor for the first time or you’re just visiting a new chiropractor for the first time, our process remains the same. We believe that a new patient exam provides crucial information to the patient and the doctor about the ailment and helps make treatment more effective. This process for welcoming new patients to our offices also builds a rapport with our team and helps patients feel more comfortable with their doctor. Often, patients change chiropractors because something wasn’t working correctly before. We try to identify these concerns upfront and truly focus on listening to the patient’s needs rather than offering a one-size-fits-all treatment plan.

SUMMARY – WHAT TO EXPECT FOR YOUR FIRST TIME VISITING A CHIROPRACTOR IN ERIE AND LONGMONT?

Trying out chiropractic care for the first time causes many new patients anxiety. We believe that we can eliminate or drastically reduce this anxiety by providing new patients with a clear picture of what to expect when visiting a chiropractor for the first time. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont strive to provide the best chiropractic care in Erie and Longmont respectively. This starts from the initial phone call and carries throughout the entire first visit to either of our offices.

Don’t worry, the excellent experience doesn’t stop after the first visit! We appreciate each one of our patients and they grow to feel like friends and family over time. We always look forward to welcoming new patients into our ever-growing family! If you still have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions you have whether you’re visiting Erie or Longmont. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

 

How to find a good chiropractor - Dr Sharon Adjusting a patient

How To Find A Good Chiropractor

Many of our patients explain the same scenario after visiting us for a few adjustments and treatments. It usually starts out something like this, “I’m so happy I found you guys! You have no idea what it’s like to try and find a good chiropractor! We tried a few different chiropractors for a few visits each and got discouraged that we weren’t finding what we need. I just wish we knew how to find a good chiropractor without the hassle!” At the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont we know there are great chiropractors out there and we count ourselves among this group. Unfortunately, there are also others that focus more on bringing new patients in the door and less on actually providing the relief these patients need.

At Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont we hear these stories and truly feel the same level of frustration. With this in mind, we decided to write about how to find a good chiropractor in Erie and Longmont. We thought who better to help you find a good chiropractor than other good chiropractors. We understand this topic is a little self-serving, and promise that there’s more to this article than “just choose us!” Without further ado, let’s dive in!

ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS AND READ REVIEWS ABOUT ERIE AND LONGMONT CHIROPRACTORS!

This step outranks all others in terms of importance. A recommendation from someone you trust carries a lot of weight when helping to find a good chiropractor in Erie and Longmont. These towns, while growing quickly still have a great small-town community feel and mentality. As with any community, the news will spread quickly if a chiropractor isn’t providing great treatment. The opposite holds true as well. A good chiropractor should not only have local coffee shop recommendations, they should have great reviews online for new patients to consider.

LOOK INTO THEIR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Several great schools exist that teach chiropractic care. The important thing to look for isn’t the name of the school, it’s whether or not their school is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) This accreditation lets students and future patients trust the level of education the doctor received prior to treating patients. They base their accreditation on key values of integrity, accountability, collaboration, quality, and improvement. Furthermore, each chiropractor in Colorado, must meet all state standards for continuing education and more to keep their license.

ASSESS YOUR COMFORT LEVEL WITH THE DOCTOR AND STAFF

Chiropractic care requires a hands-on process in many cases. This means a patient’s comfort with their doctor is critical. Have a conversation with the doctor and discuss what treatment looks like and what to expect during your first few visits. Watch for the relationships between the staff and the doctors. They work with doctors all day and see them in a different light than patients. If the relationships are good throughout the office, that’s a good indicator that doctors don’t just “put on a good face” for the patients, they are genuine through-and-through.

ASK ABOUT THE TREATMENT PROCESS

One of the most important things when considering how to find a good chiropractor is the type of treatment they provide. Where do they focus? Do they focus on providing quick adjustments for simple pain relief or are they focused on healing the body by keeping it aligned? How do they help your body hold your adjustments for the long-term? If they don’t have a plan for helping patients hold their adjustments, a patient can expect to need to visit frequently. At the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont we provide an award-winning treatment process. This treatment process focuses on providing quick relief for pain while also helping patients hold their adjustments by retraining their body to stay in proper alignment.

SUMMARY – HOW TO FIND A GOOD CHIROPRACTOR IN LONGMONT AND ERIE

Finding a good chiropractor in Erie and Longmont doesn’t have to be a challenge any more. While we believe that we offer the best chiropractic care in Longmont and Erie, we also understand we aren’t the only good chiropractor out there. We wrote this article to hopefully help future chiropractic patients more easily find a good chiropractor on their first try, without the hassle we hear about from many of our new patients. Before committing to seeing a chiropractor regularly, we recommend asking for recommendations and reading reviews. In addition to getting referrals, we also recommend looking into their educational background and licensure, assessing your comfort level with the doctor, and asking about the treatment process.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to find a good chiropractor in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We are dedicated to being the best chiropractor serving Erie, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

 

Chiropractic Center of Longmont Office

Does Medical Insurance Cover Chiropractic Treatment?

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont understands that the cost of chiropractic care can be prohibitive for some. We work to ensure that our prices remain as low as possible and that includes working with some major insurance providers. We regularly hear the question, “Does medical insurance cover chiropractic treatment?” The short answer is yes, but there’s more to learn. Each insurance provider treats chiropractic care differently depending on your insurance plan. Learn about some of the more common ways insurances cover chiropractic treatment below.

HOW DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT?

Chiropractic treatment offers an alternative to medication or procedures and increases in popularity year-after-year. This means many insurance companies cover chiropractic care as part of what they call “alternative” care. We believe that most medical procedures should be alternatives to natural, holistic approaches such as chiropractic treatment, instead of the other way around. As a result of being labeled as alternative care, however, many insurance companies place certain restrictions on what they will cover. Our team outlined common restrictions below, however, we recommend reviewing your policy in-depth to learn your specific restrictions. As always, if you have any questions relating to your specific coverage and how we can maximize your medical benefits, give us a call at 303-828-3000 in Erie or 303-772-1950 in Longmont, CO.

COMMON MEDICAL INSURANCE RESTRICTIONS FOR CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT

Many Insurance Plans Require A General Doctor to Refer Patients to Chiropractic Care

These insurance plans require patients get a referral from their general practitioner or a specialist prior to paying for any chiropractic treatment.

Insurance Plans Often Set a Cap on How Many Times a Patient Can See a Chiropractor in a Month or Year

For these insurance plans, the providers restrict the number of visits a patient can use for chiropractic care. These providers enforce these restrictions on a per month or per year basis and won’t pay for visits outside of the cap set for the time period. Our staff recommends calling your insurance company in addition to us verifying your benefits as occasionally the insurance website doesn’t always detail the specifics of your policy.

Some Insurance Plans May Stop Covering Chiropractic Care If Your Treatment Hits a Plateau

This happens when your insurance plan authorizes chiropractic care for the treatment of a specific ailment, but not for “maintenance” or “long-term” care. These plans highlight the reason to select a chiropractor that has a proven track record of helping patients through recovery and rehabilitation. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont focus on healing the patients quickly and effectively with our award-winning treatment process.

WHAT IF MY INSURANCE PROVIDER DOESN’T COVER CHIROPRACTIC CARE?

While chiropractic treatment is shown as the most effective treatment for many musculoskeletal ailments and thus increases in popularity throughout the United States, some insurance companies still don’t cover chiropractic care. In these instances, patients may cover their costs for treatment out of their own pocket. Many patients still prefer to pay out-of-pocket for chiropractic care due to the effectiveness of the treatment options. In these circumstances, it is even more critical to select a chiropractor that focuses on healing patients quickly and effectively like our doctors.

WHAT INSURANCES DO THE ERIE AND LONGMONT OFFICES ACCEPT?

Both the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont accept the same types of insurances. We currently accept plans from Aetna, United Health Care, Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Cigna, plus other plans.

SUMMARY

We regularly hear the question, “Does medical insurance cover chiropractic treatment?” The short answer is usually yes. As chiropractic treatment increases in effectiveness and popularity throughout the United States, many insurance companies are opting to cover chiropractic treatment. They provide these benefits as part of their “alternative care” options which allows them to place certain restrictions on their benefits. These restrictions include limiting the number of visits or dollar amounts allowed throughout the month or year. In addition, they may restrict chiropractic treatment to patients who have been referred by a general practitioner. If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic can help treat many conditions naturally in Erie or Longmont, schedule your consultation for treatment today. We are dedicated to being the best chiropractor serving Erie, Longmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.