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1.  What is Chiropractic?

According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, "Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health."

What is interesting about this definition is that there are many chiropractors who don't adjust the spine. Many of these doctors use the chiropractic philosophy of - bring the body back into alignment with its original design and watch it heal itself - to address chronic disease by detoxifying the body, correcting patients' diets, and supplementing nutritional deficiencies. The point is that chiropractic is bigger than the philosophy above. A better definition would be this:

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest [her] patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

This 1902 quote comes from inventor, Mr. Thomas Edison. 

2.  How can chiropractic do anything other than help my back pain?

Your spinal column (the bones, discs and joints) envelopes your spinal cord (the large cord of nerves). The spinal cord takes communication from your brain to the rest of your body, by branching out from the cord to the various tissues and organs. If one of your bones, joints, muscular tissues or discs in your spinal column is putting pressure on a nerve, then it is cutting off that vital communication. A great example is this story from one of our patients:  

At age 40, he took a fall off a roof. Due to damage to his spinal column that was putting pressure on the nerves running to his bladder, he began to lose bladder control. After starting Chiropractic care, he regained control of his bladder. The stories go on and on... 

In fact, in 1895, the American version of chiropractic was created when D.D. Palmer made a few minor adjustments to Harvey Lillard, a janitor, who hurt his back 17 years before and complained of hearing loss ever since. The adjustment, along with future adjustments, helped him recover nearly all of his hearing. It sounds like a miracle, but it is logical, isn't it?

3. What is the history of chiropractic? What sort of precedence is there for adjusting the body?

The first recorded manipulation (adjustment) of the spine was in 2650 B.C. in ancient Kong Fu writings. Hippocrates - known as the "father of medicine" - even wrote two books on manipulation and the nervous system.  Dr. Greg Orcutt, D.C. of Orcutt Chiropractic has an extensive history lesson on chiropractic. Just click here

4. Do adjustments hurt? 

The short answer to that is that they shouldn't, especially if you are going to Dr. Molly Kallenbach. She has finesse, and she is very gentle, and makes a point of adjusting only as much as a patient's body can handle in that moment. As with every profession, just because you are a chiropractor it does not mean you are a good adjuster. So the answer to "does it ever hurt" could vary. To determine the skill level of Dr. Molly Kallenbach, we'd encourage you to read her reviews at Insiderpages.com, and hear what others have to say who have experienced her touch.

An adjustment should not hurt. A chiropractor should never force a body to go beyond what it can handle. While Dr. Molly Kallenbach uses manual adjustment, she also is very proficient, and often uses, the "activator," which is a device that uses kinetic energy to adjust rather than large movements of the body.

5. Do we accept insurance?

The short answer is yes. The longer is answer is call the front desk for an insurance verification to determine your benefits. We accept nearly all insurances, and we can bill both in and out-of-network.  

If you have been in a car accident, we will accept any insurance, because it will ultimately be paid by Med Pay Colorado, which covers a minimum of $5000 up to $50,000 for medical services. This service was enacted by Governor Ritter on January 1, 2009, and you have it, if you have auto insurance, and you have not denied the coverage in writing.  

We are happy to call your insurance provider to determine your chiropractic benefits. If you'd like us to do this for you, simply call us at (719) 475-8676. 

6. What is all this talk about the curves of the spine?

Dr. Molly's professional certification and internship (beyond her post-graduate chiropractic study) is in chiropractic biophysics.  Their website is actually called "ideal spine." The idea is that your body has natural curves that are healthy for proper function. When those curves are lost or changed, the body begins to dysfunction.

For instance, what if your knee were to bend forward rather than back? Do you think you'd have a problem? Would it be painful? Heck yes! Right? It's the same thing with spine. The spine is not intended to be straight; it's intended to have an "S-curve" shape. But some people's spine is straightened out by a loss of neck and low back curve. And in some cases (more than you'd think), the curves are actually reversed! This can happen due to a lifestyle of sitting, bad posture, staring at a computer screen, sports injury, car accidents, whiplash, birth trauma, etc.

The result is pain, pinched nerves, loss of organ function, numbness, and all sorts other symptoms. We work to re-mold the spine by remolding ligaments, using ART (active release technique) on soft tissues (muscles), adjusting the spine, gentle traction and restoring healthy movement.   

7. What is subluxation?

This is a medical/chiropractic term that most people have never heard of before they step into a chiropractor's office. Without getting too techy about it, a subluxation is a place in the spine where it lacks movement - it is a movement deficiency. Adjusting the spine either manually or with an activator restores movement to the spine and "unlocks" it so that it moves again, like it should. Your spine (and you for that matter) literally lives (or dies) on healthy movement. If it is does not move, it begins to degenerate. 

8. Are chiropractors real doctors?

Yes. Chiropractors attend accredited chiropractic colleges for three and a half years, without summer breaks. This equates to
six years of medical school and science education - and this does not include their undergraduate prerequisites. They must also accomplish approximately 600 hours of externship after chiropractic college. The following is a table comparison of the basic science course hours required by chiropractors and medical doctors. This information was compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools, based on the 1988-89 Association of American Medical Colleges Curriculum Directory (AAMC), Vicki Ahari, Editor, and the Chiropractic College Admissions and Curriculum Directory 1988-89, K. Magarian and K. McNamee, editors. Pathology includes Geriatrics and Pediatrics and Diagnosis includes EENT and Dermatology. We are sorry that the information is dated. As soon as we have more up-to-date info, we will use it.  

 Subject  Chiropractic Hours vs  Medical Hours
 Anatomy/Embryology  456 215 
 Pathology  296  507
 Chemistry  161 100 
 Microbiology 145
145 
 Diagnosis  408 113
 Neurology  149 171
 X-ray  271 13 
 Psychology/Psychiatry  56 323 
 Obstetrics/Gynecology  66 284 
 Orthopedics  168
 Physiology  243  174
 Total 2,419  2,047

Chiropractors graduate with a Doctorate in Chiropractic, and are considered Primary Care Physicians by many insurance companies. 

More to come...