What conditions do you treat? Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, headaches, sports injuries, lack of mobility, tight muscles, the list goes on, and on. For chronic inflammatory issues including those in the gut, I use a combination of hands on work and dietary/lifestyle changes.
What's a chiropractors education like? I received my Bachelors of Science degree from Cal Poly SLO and went on to my obtain doctorate degree in chiropractic. Chiropractic school has similar hours of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, bacteriology, differential diagnosis, neurology, x-ray, obstetrics and gynecology, and orthopedics as medical school (2,887 hours) plus 550+ hours of externship, and another ~2,000 hours of specialty courses (adjusting, manipulation, kinesiology, nutrition, public health, dermatology, and other similar subjects). We are considered primary care providers when we graduate, and must maintain our knowledge by taking continuing education courses each year in specialties we choose (I currently am taking coursework in functional medicine, as well as staying on top of my myofascial release techniques, and active diagnosis.
How long will it take to feel better? Most patients feel relief on their first visit, however, because of each patient is so unique, there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer. I see patients for low back pain, shoulder pain, migraines, etc. but, on average, there is substantial improvement after 4 visits.
Whats the deal with insurance? The majority of what I do is considered "beyond the standard of care", meaning this isn't your average "here's some aspirin for your pain" or a 3 minute adjustment type of appointment. You will be receiving personalized full body care that will get you back to what you love to do to faster, and with less appointments. I love my patients, but the less I have to see them, the better!