Frequently Asked Questions in Omaha NE

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractors in Omaha NE. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best chiropractor in Omaha, NE for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give Bruening Chiropractic Clinic a call at (402) 571-3010 and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.

What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a healthcare professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.  Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics and other therapies to treat back pain.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractors focus on the relationship between the nervous system and spine, and hold the following beliefs:

  • Biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can affect the nervous system
  • For many conditions, chiropractic treatment can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the sensitive neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual.

Are chiropractors doctors?

Chiropractors are not Medical Doctors (MD), but they do have a 4 year post-graduate Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) degree.  Chiropractors are also required to pass all parts of the rigorous National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Exam.  Chiropractors are also required to be licensed with the state they practice in. 

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor utilizes their evidenced based knowledge of the musculoskeletal system to diagnose and treat patients with complaints of the neck, back, and other joints/muscles of the body.  Chiropractors will provide the patient with a personalized plan of care to address the patient’s problems and provide a solution to get the patient to their goals of treatment.  If, for some reason, the condition requires more serious healthcare intervention, the proper medical referral will be made.

Chiropractors treat patients mainly with the use of chiropractic adjustments (either hands on or instrument assisted manipulations of the spine/joints).  Chiropractors can also utilize X-rays, electro-muscle stimulation, passive and active rehab stretching and exercises, trigger point therapy dry needling, intersegmental traction table, acupuncture, and other hands-on modalities to aid in the treatment of their patients.  Chiropractors try to reduce patient’s reliance on pharmacological pain management through the use of these non-invasive evidenced based treatments.  

Are chiropractors useful?

There are many peer reviewed research articles proving the effectiveness of chiropractic care on many different musculoskeletal conditions that people deal with everyday.

Does chiropractic work?

Evidence-based chiropractic care has been proven effective for many different musculoskeletal conditions in multiple peer reviewed research journals. 

Are chiropractors safe?

Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive treatment for a host of musculoskeletal conditions.  A proper examination and history by a chiropractor will ensure there are no contraindications to care for your condition.

Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?

Side effects can include: soreness/ache in the treatment area and headaches. 

At the extreme end of risks associated with cervical manipulation, there have been reports that have associated it with a certain kind of stroke: vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) stroke. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of such injuries associated with neck adjustments is extremely rare – about 1 case in 5.85 million manipulations. To put this risk into perspective, this type of injury is much more likely to happen as a result of everyday activities such as looking up to watch fireworks, turning your head while driving or having your hair washed in a hair salon.

How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

A patient’s treatment schedule is dependent on what their specific condition is and how quickly that person heals.  For instance, a person involved in an auto-accident is most likely going to require more office visits than a younger athlete that has a mild low back strain issue.  Most patients can attain their treatment goals within 6-18 visits typically, sometimes less, sometimes more. 

How much does a chiropractic care cost?

Cost varies depending on what form of payment the patient is choosing.  Insurance and Medicare rates are set by those companies, so these can decrease the patient’s out of pocket costs.  We also have very competitive and fair cash rates for those wanting not to use insurance.

Why should you choose our office?

Our office prides itself in personalized evidenced-based chiropractic care, unique to each patient that walks in the door.  We take the time to listen to your problems and concerns and develop a proven treatment protocol to address your pains and get you back to a pre-complaint status as quickly as possible.  We treat our patients as we would want our family to be treated, effectively and fairly.  Over 100 5-star Google reviews is our proof that treatment results are the goal for every patient in our office.  Let us help you!

What does a chiropractor treat?

Common conditions that chiropractors treat are:

  • Neck Pain
  • Auto Accident Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Headaches
  • Every day aches/pains
  • Sciatica
  • Pain down the arms
  • Migraines

How do chiropractors relieve pain from injuries or accidents?

Chiropractors utilize manual manipulative adjustments of restricted joints to restore proper motion and function of the joint, reducing pressure and tension on sensitive neurological tissues in the area.  Reducing the pressure and inflammation in the joint and related tissues in the area then decreases pain and improves function of the joint over time. 

Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe and effective for function and pain management while the body is going through the stress of pregnancy.  Treatments will vary through the pregnancy, as some techniques are contraindicated the further through pregnancy the mother is. 

How does a chiropractor help lower back pain?

Chiropractors primarily utilize hands on or instrument assisted manual adjustments to the spine to restore proper biomechanics of the restricted joints of the low back.  These adjustments stretch the joint capsule releasing capsular adhesions and restoring proper joint biomechanics, therefore reducing surrounding tissue inflammation and pain in the process.  Chiropractors may also utilize other modalities to aid in the treatment, such as electro muscle stimulation, passive and active rehab stretching/exercises, intersegmental traction table, or trigger point dry needling. 

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

The popping sound during an adjustment is called “cavitation” and is mainly CO2 gas being released as the joint is being stretched and a vacuum is created within the synovial fluid of the joint. 


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