Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell in the human body. The 24 moveable bones that make up the spinal column house and protect this delicate nervous system. Falls, injuries, bad posture, or even the birth process can cause the bones to lose their normal alignment (commonly called ‘subluxation’) which interferes with proper nerve function. This can result in a variety of health issues. Chiropractic care helps restore normal spinal function, which reduces nerve interference, allowing the body to heal itself. Chiropractic spinal adjustments assist the body’s natural healing ability. This results in improved function and a healthier, more productive life.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I heard that your adjustments don’t involve any manual manipulation of the spine. How then are they performed? To learn more, please click any text highlighted in blue.
At Health Horizons, we specialize in low force adjusting techniques. We use a combination of techniques which include Activator, Applied Kinesiology, Cranial Adjusting, Sacro Occipital Technique, Cox Distraction, Nimmo Trigger Point and Webster Technique. All of these techniques use directional pressure or movement to the vertebrae or muscle rather than a manual manipulation where you would hear a ‘popping’ or ‘cracking’ sound. Our adjustments are designed for people of all ages, including newborns and the elderly.
What conditions do you typically work with?
- TMJ/Jaw pain
- Neck and back pain
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Numbness/tingling in hands/feet
- Rib cage/intercostal neuralgia
- Low back pain
- Disc Problems
- Sciatica and leg pain
- Leg cramps
- Hip, knee and ankle/foot pain
- Auto injuries/whiplash
- Sports injuries
Pregnancy related complaints:
- Pelvic balance for optimum baby positioning and efficient labor/delivery
- Pubic symphysis dysfunction
- Pregnancy induced low back pain/sciatica
- Round ligament pain
Pediatric related complaints:
- Ear Infections
- Nursing/latch issues
- Digestive difficulties
- Developmental delays
- Birth trauma
How long will it take for chiropractic to work?
Patient results vary depending upon many factors such as age, how long you’ve had your problem, your lifestyle habits, and your adherence to the doctor’s recommendations.
Once you go to the Chiropractor, do you have to go forever?
After patients get the relief they want, many choose restorative and wellness care to support the final stages of healing, as well as detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. How long you want to benefit from chiropractic care is up to you. As with periodic dental and eye exams, proper spinal alignment requires regular care.
Does insurance cover chiropractic?
Health Horizons’ Insurance Billing Department has over 40 years of billing experience. We are available to answer questions you may have regarding your health insurance benefits, auto accident and worker’s compensation claims. Most insurance companies will cover a portion of chiropractic care, however each policy is different. All of our fees will be discussed with you, in detail, prior to starting care and incurring any costs. Dr. Roth, Dr. Greer and Dr. Smiesko are all in-network with Highmark and UPMC Health Plan. We also process out of network benefits for all other insurances. For those who are uninsured or have financial considerations, please inquire about our ChiroHealth USA program or Care Credit.
Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor (PCP)?
Most insurance policies do not require a referral, however each plan is different. We can assist you with the details of your specific policy.
Do I have to have x-rays taken? Do you utilize digital x-ray?
Our office is equipped with a state of the art digital x-ray system. Digital radiographs (x-ray images) are taken when indicated by examination findings and health history. These images are much more detailed than traditional plain film images, while exposing the patient to significantly less radiation. Images of your spine greatly assist us in determining subluxation patterns, identifying the most specific and helpful way to adjust your spine, reveal contraindications to certain spinal adjustments, pre-existing conditions, the chronicity of your problem, and whether or not a referral outside the office is necessary.
How are chiropractors different from medical doctors?
Doctors of Chiropractic look for the cause of ill health rather than treating symptoms with prescription drugs and surgery. They take a natural, hands-on healing approach, focusing on body alignment and how it relates to function. Chiropractic education centers on creating health, not treating disease, therefore many Doctors of Chiropractic will also evaluate lifestyle issues including nutrition, exercise, and stress.