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Dr. Robert Shire’s FAQs

Common Patient Questions

Once I go to a chiropractor, will I always have to go?

How long you choose to care for your spine and nerve system is always up to you. Saying, “Will I always have to go?” is like asking, “Will I always have to see my dentist, eat healthy food, exercise and breathe clean air?” The short answer is: only as long as you want to live a healthy, vibrant, active and pain-free life. The answer is always up to you.

Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

No. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and specific to remove problems that prevent the body from healing. Sometimes there is a sound (a popping) that occurs. This is simply a release of gas and fluid in the joint.

Can chiropractic cure everything?

Chiropractic does NOT cure anything! Chiropractic helps the body to heal and repair through the removal of subluxation (interference to the nerve system). Chiropractic allows the inborn or innate healing mechanisms in the body to take place. It’s the same way the body heals from a cut on your finger or a broken bone.

Why would I have my newborn or young child adjusted?

Birth and the birth process, even under the best circumstances, can be traumatic. The slightest amount of twisting and pulling on the delicate bones and nerves can leave your child with subluxation. Areas of nerve interference can be detrimental to their growth and development. Subluxation can lead to things like ear infections, colic and torticollis (stiff neck). Chiropractic adjustments for newborns are gentle and safe and the health benefits are amazing. Visit to learn more about chiropractic and kids.

Can chiropractic help with colic and how?

Digestive distress among children is frequently a result of subluxation along the spine where nerves control this area. Chiropractic adjustments remove this interference and allow the digestive system to work as intended. The result? A happier baby.

Does insurance cover chiropractic visits?

Depending on your health insurance, yes they do cover chiropractic visits. When you contact the office our staff can help to explain our insurance policy and verify your benefits.

Do I need a referral from my physician?

You don’t need a referral to see a chiropractor.

Do you work with medical doctors?

Yes, we work very closely with medical doctors. Medical doctors often refer their patients to our office because:

  • Their patients do not want to take harmful pain medications and prefer a natural approach to their health.
  • The doctor understands and appreciates the effectiveness of chiropractic.
  • The doctor is a patient and receives chiropractic.
  • The doctor knows that we are going to take excellent care of their patient.

Will I get adjusted on my first visit?

Yes, you will receive a treatment on your fist visit to begin the healing process and help you begin to feel better!

Will you suggest exercises or other things I can do?

Most definitely. Your participation in your recovery is absolutely necessary for the best results. We want you to be able to care for your own spine and nerve system.

Can someone who has had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes, depending on the surgery and location. There are 24 moveable bones in the spine. Unless they have all had surgery the remaining areas will need attention.

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