Frequently Asked Questions

I tried chiropractic before and it didn’t work, how will this be different?

Chiropractic as a whole works very well. However, there are many different techniques in Chiropractic and every practitioner specializes in their own set of techniques. The goal of Chiropractic is always the same: to remove neurological interference so a person can achieve a better brain-body connection. Not only does this help you feel better, but it helps you function at a higher level. Chiropractic as a principle always works, like gravity. What this means is that the nerve system always coordinates the body and if the nerve system is restored the body will always function better. If it doesn’t work, question the application, not the principle. Maybe proper nerve function was not achieved in the limited time your chiropractor had to work with you or maybe a different technique or approach would help you get there faster. Thrive Spine Center was created to help the difficult cases, the ones that just aren’t getting better, by taking a close look at the patient and treating every case like the unique person that they are. This is why we do a full assessment and take all necessary x-rays, including motion x-rays if warranted to figure out the cause.

Why didn’t my medical doctor tell me about chiropractic?

Only a Medical Doctor could really answer this question, honestly. Chiropractors have been getting the sick well for over 120 years now! The only reason it continues to exist as a profession is because it works so well, and the public wants it. Chiropractic is completely separate from the practice of medicine, with that said, some Medical Doctors are now referring their back-pain patients to Chiropractors.

Are chiropractors real doctors?

Chiropractors are NOT medical doctors, and we don’t want to be. Medicine has its place, but the current medical system is failing us. It is too expensive and not working. Medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy, and we are sicker now than we have ever been as a population, despite new drugs and procedures being approved daily for almost every conceivable condition. We believe that Chiropractic is the answer to this. Medicine is the study of disease and what causes a man to be sick, Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes a man to be well. It is a completely different way of looking at the body, which acknowledges the patient’s ability to create health for themselves, without drugs or surgery. Our Sacramento Chiropractic Office is a place for people to come who are looking for more than ordinary medical care. It is a place for people to find hope and recover health.

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

No, Chiropractors are primary care physicians and patients may see them for any condition before seeing another provider. Our Sacramento Chiropractic Office will then decide which conditions we can help with and which may require a referral. A growing body of evidence supports Chiropractic for much more than low back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

Does it hurt?

The techniques used by our doctors and staff at Gibson Chiropractic INC are designed to be gentle yet powerful. There are many ways to correct subluxations (misaligned and stuck vertebrae that irritate nerves, cause pain, and interfere with normal organ function) and depending on the person we will customize our approach for the best results. It should not hurt, and most people report that it feels amazing but some of the things we do can be temporarily uncomfortable, like myofascial release. The adjustment itself is done by hand or with instruments and other tools, depending on what will get the best results and patient preference. If you are already suffering from increased pain and inflammation, an adjustment can temporarily make that worse. This is rare and not usually something to worry about as long as the pain does not become severe. Ice is recommended after the first visit to lower the inflammation locally and a specific diet and lifestyle that targets inflammation will give you lowered pain overall as well as many other health benefits.

How long does it take for the pain to go away?

This is a great question and full disclosure one we are not very good at answering accurately. No one is. There are some conditions that we know will respond along certain timelines, but the pain is such a multi-faceted metric it can be wildly unpredictable as to when it finally goes away. Sometimes it is gone after the very first Adjustment and sometimes it can take months. We do know that pain always has a cause, and when we can correct the cause of the pain rather than masking it with pills, potions, lotions, and injections, we can expect the pain to go away. We are very good at predicting how long it will take to correct the cause of the pain, and this is usually determined by a digital X-Ray study, Nerve Scan, and some other testing done in the office after your initial consultation. Depending on whether you are in for lower back pain or neck pain and whether you also have sciatica or migraines or carpal tunnel, these can all complicate the recovery. Your age and health status or vitality level before the pain came into your life all play a role in how fast you will recover. While we all want the pain to go away, we look at pain as valuable information to help us find the cause, what’s really wrong. Without pain (as in taking NSAIDs and painkillers) we often continue to do more damage until the body heads to a complete breakdown. Come into our Sacramento office and we will help by correcting the cause.

I don’t have pain, should I see a chiropractor?

While most people originally come to a chiropractor for crisis care or pain symptoms, the majority of people tend to continue on with Chiropractic care even after the pain goes away. They also tend to refer to non-pain patients including kids, spouses, and friends. Patients that do this understand that pain reduction is only a piece of what they have gained, and benefits like improved sleep, better digestion, feeling more connected, optimum performance and disease prevention are all benefits they get from wellness Chiropractic care. Our doctors, our staff, and their families all enjoy a healthier life with regular Chiropractic checkups even when they are not in pain. We live the Chiropractic lifestyle too!

How much does it cost?

This is a difficult question to answer without knowing what we are trying to accomplish. Depending on whether you suffer from migraine headaches, neck pain, TMJ Disorder, or sciatica with lower back pain, the cost to get you functioning again can vary quite a bit. How long the problem has been going on for is also a concern, as a more chronic pain condition can take longer than something that just happened. While we offer many services in our office, I believe the most frequently asked about price point is our adjustment cost. This varies between $50-75 per visit depending on what needs to be done This varies person to person based on their recommendations. First-time consultations are always no charge and allow the patient and doctor to decide together if Chiropractic is a good option for them. We also have specials on the initial exam and x-rays every month! So make sure you check out our website specials!

Do you take my insurance?

Many health insurances cover chiropractic care. Because every plan is different it is impossible for us to know what your benefits are without checking them. It is not that we don’t ‘take’ insurance as much as that they sometimes ‘don’t cover what we do. Insurance is an agreement between you and the insurance company, not between us and the insurance company. Our sole focus is on getting you back to your best you.

We will always collect your insurance information at your first visit and then verify your benefits. Because this is a process that can take 30-45 minutes of staff time, we do not do this until you have had a consultation or evaluation with the Chiropractor. Because this may be a question or concern for many, we do offer a no-charge consultation with the doctor so you can meet the doctor, we can verify benefits, and can get started with helping you get back to normal life if that’s what you choose to do.

A thought on insurance: Health insurance really should be called “Sick Insurance.” It generally covers sickness and crisis but doesn’t necessarily cover the things that keep you healthy and thriving, like organic food, yoga, etc. Health insurance keeps you healthy about as well as life insurance keeps you alive. For true wellness care, take responsibility for your own health and budget some money every month to go towards health not just “Sick Insurance.”

Personal Injury FAQ

Can I be reimbursed by the liable person’s insurance company for chiropractic care in a personal injury case?

Yes, you can be compensated for chiropractic care in a personal injury or auto accident case as long as the care was necessary for the injury you received and the diagnosis and treatment are properly documented.

Does the length of treatment affect amount that an insurance company will pay for a personal injury case?

Possibly. While longer treatments can indicate a more serious injury (and thus one requiring more compensation), due to the amount of fraud in the industry insurance companies tend to be suspicious of lengthy treatments. That’s why it’s important to deal with a provider like Dr. Gibson that has experience dealing with insurance companies and treating personal injury cases.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for my personal injury or auto accident case?

Since 65% of accident injuries include musculoskeletal injuries such as whiplash, sprains, and strains, in many cases chiropractic care is an appropriate treatment.  However, this is something that can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.  If you think chiropractic care can help you, the best course of action would be to schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Gibson.