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FAQ’s at Winkelmann Chiropractic & Injury

1. How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

A chiropractic adjustment involves a quick, carefully calibrated, low velocity thrust to different areas of the spine to correct misalignments, subluxations in the spine and create optimal nervous system function.  While some chiropractors only adjust one region or the spine, Dr. Winkelmann does a full spinal adjustment with each patient, and he is trained in many different extremity adjustment techniques as well.

For the techniques that Dr. Winkelmann ultizes, please see our Chiropractic Techniques section.

2. Is chiropractic care safe?

Chiropractic care is natural, non-invasive and drug-free.  This means that chiropractic care is very safe, and your chiropractor will evaluate you for any adverse risks (although extremely rare) before he conducts a chiropractic adjustment.  This is why we review your past medical history, your current symptoms, and take digital x-ray imaging before we start your care.

3. What training does a chiropractor have? What Chiropractic College did Dr. Winkelmann attend?

Chiropractic programs are similar to medical school requirements. Chiropractors spend thousands of hours studying the human body, spine, nervous system and diagnosis.

Dr. Winkelmann attended Palmer Chiropractic College, in Davenport, Iowa.  Before Palmer Chiropractic College, Dr. Winkelmann attended the University of Wyoming where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance and a Masters in Business Administration.

4. What is the popping sound during an adjustment?

The “popping” sound during an adjustment is the result of tiny gas bubbles being released between your joints. You could compare it to the sound produced when a suction cup is removed. The shifting of gases and fluid in your joints make that same kind of popping sound when they are releasing.  However, the quality of the adjustment should not be valued on the “pops” heard. Some corrective manipulations, will not produce a sound, but your joints are still being properly aligned.

5. Will a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

Dr. Winkelmann’s adjustments are specific to your symptoms and his diagnosis.  He tailors his adjustments to make sure you get the maximum benefit from manipulations and there is typically very little associated with chiropractic adjustments.

After your adjustment, it is normal to feel a little sore, like you have worked out at the gym.  Your muscles and joints are getting used to new patterns. Minor soft tissue soreness can be part of the healing process as we are making changes and retraining muscles and soft tissues.

6. Is chiropractic care beneficial for children?

Yes, chiropractic care for children is extremely beneficial for all ages.  Dr. Winkelmann adjusts babies a few days old on up. Please see our pediatric care page for a more extensive explanation on this topic.

7. What should I wear? Will I have to remove clothing?

You will remain remain fully clothed during your appointment.  We care for people from all walks of life throughout the day, and Dr. Winkelmann’s adjustments do not require patients to remove any clothing.

8. Is Chiropractic Treatment Ongoing?

Our approach to your care is straightforward, we want to get you out of pain and keep you pain-free.  During the initial phase of your treatment, designed to get you out of pain, we typically recommend multiple visits, and a care plan to correct the misalignments and heal any soft tissue damage.  After you are out of pain, we recommend that you continue care by maintaining regular appointments. Maintenance care is on and individual basis and depends on your healthcare needs and personal health goals. However, you always determine your care, and we are here to help you no matter what that looks like.

Please see our resources on Chiropractic Care and Your Nervous System: Relieving Pain and Restoring Function and Sustaining whole body health and wellness for more information on this topic.

9. Do you need a referral from another physician for chiropractic care?

No, you do not need a referral from another medical professional to seek chiropractic care at our office.  Chiropractic care is natural and non-invasive, so we can start your treatment at any time. Please feel free to make an appointment or stop by our office to see how our chiropractic care can benefit you. 

10. Do I have to have insurance to get an appointment with Dr. Winkelmann?

No, you absolutely do not have to have health insurance to see Dr. Winkelmann.  We are proud to provide very affordable care. However, the majority of health insurance plans have chiropractic benefits. Different chiropracticclinics have different policies when it comes to health insurance coverage, but we work diligently with health insurance providers to make sure that you get the maximum benefits available to you.  We are happy to review your insurance benefits and explain to you how these benefits apply to our care. 

11. What does my first visit entail? How Long Will My First Visit Last?

Initial Intake Paperwork: On your first visit, we will want to get an idea of your past medical history and what brought you into our office, so we have some initial paperwork for you to fill out.  We can give you these form when you come to our office for your appointment or you can fill them out beforehand. You can print out our initial intake forms here.

Once we have your initial paperwork, Dr. Winkelmann will talk with you about your past medical history, your current state of health, and take digital x-ray imaging.

Dr. Winkelmann will review your x-rays and show you the current quality of your spine, the location of your misalignments that are causing you pain, the root of the issue, and he will identify what type of chiropractic adjustment will be of the most benefit to your healing.

After this evaluation and review, Dr. Winkelmann will perform a full spinal adjustment.

At the conclusion of your first appointment first, a follow up visit will be schedule.

12. Follow-Up Visits

At your follow up visit, Dr. Winkelmann will give you an individualized care plan explaining the cause of your symptoms and how we can get you back to health. Along with your care plan, he will provide at-home exercises for you to help speed up the healing progress and provide additional information about chiropractic care. 

13. Are X-rays required?

Winkelmann Chiropractic does not strictly require x-rays for each new patient, but we do encourage our patients to utilize our digital x-ray services for a number of reasons.

Our x-ray imaging helps Dr. Winkelmann to observe the current quality of your spinal health, observe where your misalignments are, and best diagnose your condition and determine which adjustments would benefit you the most.

X-rays also allow Dr. Winkelmann to review the imaging with you, explain where your misalignments are and what is causing your pain.

Lastly, digital x-ray imaging helps him identify any contraindications to a full spine adjustment.

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