Guillaume Desroches und Ron Blacketer
Unsere Doctors of Chiropractic

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


What exactly is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors have learned in intensive training to find and correct disorders and displacements in the spine. These disturbances and displacements of the spine are called "subluxations" and hinder the nervous communication between the brain and the body organs.

After a thorough examination, chiropractors resolve these subluxations with targeted and controlled pressure on the spine. This is called "adjustment". The aim is to release the blockage, restore the mobility of the spinal column joints, reduce muscle tension and eliminate the nerve disorder.

Chiropractors do not use medication and do not perform surgery. Chiropractic is also not a treatment method for certain diseases or symptoms or for a particular condition - it is a method of improving nerve communication that helps the body to heal itself and work at an optimal level.

See also What is Chiropractic?


Why choose chiropractic?

More and more people are looking for a way to maintain or improve their health in a natural way, and chiropractic meets this need through its holistic approach.

Chiropractic is the third largest primary health care profession in the western world after conventional medicine and dentistry, and it is legally recognized in over 45 countries.


What exactly happens if you go see a chiropractor? 

At the beginning there is a thorough anamnesis and an extensive examination. This usually includes an assessment of posture and mobility as well as orthopaedic and neurological tests.

The purpose of the examination is to analyze the condition of the spine and nervous system and their function, to detect any subluxations and to rule out any contraindications.

Is a chiropractic treatment (adjustment) painful? 

While it seems logical that treating bone causes pain in a joint that is already painful, the experience is often quite the contrary.

An adjustment is often felt like removing a box that has fallen on your foot. Often a feeling of relief arises immediately. Most patients find the adjustment pleasant.

Some patients report feeling "sore" and sore muscles the next day or the day after. This is a normal reaction, because the correction of many long-lasting vertebral misalignments may require a retraining of the supporting muscles.


Isn't too much chiropractic harmful, does it cause the ligaments to wear out? 

No! In the techniques used in American chiropractic, the vertebrae are moved by a gentle impulse with short, precisely dosed movement amplitude. This is done within the physiological range of motion, whereby the ligaments and muscles securing the joint cannot be overstretched. 

Repeated chiropractic treatments exert a positive stimulus on the ligaments of the spine, which can lead to a tightening of these ligaments and thus to a stabilization of the vertebral joints.

On the other hand, a vertebral deficiency that has not been treated for years would automatically lead to unilateral ligament and muscle shortening and thus to overstretching on the opposite side.


Does the statutory health insurance pay for chiropractic treatment? 

The services are charged according to the fee schedule for alternative practitioners in Germany (GebüH). So far, the statutory health insurance companies do not cover the costs, so the patient is self-paying.

However, those insured by the statutory health insurance have the possibility of having their services reimbursed by taking out supplementary insurance for alternative practitioners.


Does a private health insurance cover the costs? 

Yes, if the alternative practitioner services are included in the respective tariff. If no, privately insured persons also have the possibility of having their Heilpraktiker benefits reimbursed by taking out supplementary insurance.


Chiropractor or Chiropractor - who is what?

Chiropractor, Doctor of Chiropractic:
Graduate of a medical degree in chiropractic at a university abroad, such as the USA or England. 

Chiropractor:
Heilpraktiker with additional qualification.

Chiropractor:
Physician with additional qualification.


Have I dislocated anything?

The term "adjusting" is often used and it is talked about potential dangers associated with it.

Vertebral bodies are not dislocated, but only in a defective position. An important part of the chiropractic examination is the palpation by the chiropractor. Blockages and pain sensitivity are determined and form the basis for treatment. In chiropractic, a gentle adjustment of the vertebral bodies is carried out to bring them back into their correct, original position.


Do you have further questions?

If you have any questions regarding your complaints, please contact your chiropractor or his team directly. We will be happy to advise you and try to clarify all your questions in advance. For example, about teeth grinding, dizziness, tinnitus, migraine, lumbago, or osteoporosis.

We are happy to advise you on questions of prevention, as well as on issues of sleep mechanics and sitting habits. These are all important points for a healthy back and a sensible supplement to the treatment by your chiropractor.