FAQ

Q: What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that utilizes a hands-on approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the spine and other joints of the body. The word “chiropractic” means “to be done by hand”, and chiropractors use their hands or other adjusting tools to restore joint mobility and support proper nervous system function. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors often utilize soft-tissue therapies, exercise and lifestyle recommendations, and nutritional advice to promote the optimal health of their clients.

50 million Americans see a chiropractor annually.

Ninety-five percent of past-year chiropractic users say it’s effective, and 89 percent recommend chiropractic to their family and friends. - Palmer Gallup study

Q: How often do I have to get adjusted?

The frequency of your adjustments depends on the severity of your condition, whether it is a new or chronic issue, an individual’s general health, the nature of the injury (acute injury vs repetitive trauma), and, most importantly, a client’s individual goals for treatment.

Some patients use chiropractic as part of a holistic wellness strategy while others seek treatment for acute injuries or episodes. We will work together to create a treatment plan to achieve your health goals in a way that meets your needs.

Q: I need to schedule an appointment, what do I do?

Q: How long will my appointment take?

A new patient evaluation will take 60 minutes. Return visits average between 15-20 minutes.

Q: Will I need X-rays?

We will discuss whether medical imaging is necessary during your initial consultation and evaluation. Bringing any recent imaging along to your appointment when possible is appreciated.

Q: Is Chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective method of providing drug-free pain reduction during pregnancy. Routine chiropractic care during pregnancy can help with back, hip, and joint pain as well as maintain pelvic balance. The unique needs of the pregnant patient are provided for with specific techniques and accommodations.

50% of pregnant women will experience back pain before they deliver.

Q: What is that popping sound during adjustments?

When receiving a chiropractic adjustment, you may hear that familiar popping sound similar to when you “crack” your knuckles. This noise is the result of a pressure change within the joint that causes gas bubbles to be released. Patients report little to no discomfort during their adjustments and most report immediate positive changes with their symptoms after treatment.

Q: What is that popping sound during adjustments?

When receiving a chiropractic adjustment, you may hear that familiar popping sound similar to when you “crack” your knuckles. This noise is the result of a pressure change within the joint that causes gas bubbles to be released. Patients report little to no discomfort during their adjustments and most report immediate positive changes with their symptoms after treatment.

Q: What is an adjustment? How is it performed?

A chiropractic adjustment is a manual procedure involving a specific and safely controlled force applied to a specific joint to restore normal mobility and function. These adjustments correct specific joint problems (subluxations), improve spine and extremity mechanics, and prevent injury caused by improper joint dynamics.

Chiropractic adjustments reduce pain and inflammation, improve range of motion, and may enhance performance. Chiropractic adjustments can be delivered with many different techniques to meet the needs of each client.

Q: Can’t I just “pop” my own back?

Chiropractic adjustments are by definition applied on a particular structure, in a specific direction, and delivered with a precise amount of force. It is not advisable to attempt to “adjust” oneself.

Q: Do I have to keep coming back forever?

At Motion Lab Chiropractic, how long one chooses to benefit from chiropractic care is entirely up to them. Some clients choose to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care as part of an ongoing overall wellness practice and periodically return for “tune-ups”. Other’s return only when they are in pain.

We will happily provide whatever type of care a client requests and will always strive to provide them with the tools they need to stay well.

Q: My shoulder/hip/knee/wrist hurts. Do you only work on backs?

The care delivered at Motion Lab Chiropractic goes well beyond the spine. During your initial evaluation, we will evaluate the function of your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Every joint in our bodies is susceptible to misalignment or restriction of movement caused by trauma, overuse, or inactivity. Dr. Mortenson has over 20 years of experience keeping all 206 bones in our bodies moving in harmony with each other. 

Q: Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic has an established record of being one of the safest, non-invasive methods of treatment for musculoskeletal and related nerve complaints. The most common adverse side effect reported is mild soft tissue soreness and same day tiredness. Serious adverse events are exceedingly rare.

Q: What are some of the other benefits of chiropractic care at Motion Lab chiropractic?

Clients often report these additional positive responses to their care:

  • Improved range of motion and mobility
  • Improved posture- Patients frequently report a feeling of standing more upright and feeling “taller”
  • Enhanced athletic performance- there is reason professional athletes get pregame adjustments
  • Increased energy levels
  • Get a better night sleep
  • Feelings of general relaxation