Chiropractic care is typically a drug-free, non-surgical form of health care focused on employing chiropractic adjustment techniques to correct misalignments, relieve pressure from vertebrae/disc, reduce pain and inflammation, and help the body heal itself naturally – the goal being a restoration of proper nerve impulse and nutrient/water transmission.
A chiropractic adjustment helps correct subluxations in the spine. During an adjustment, your chiropractic physician applies gentle force to the affected area, restoring proper position, motion and nerve flow – safe and painless. Afterwards, the vast majority of new patients feel pain relief and improved mobility. Done regularly, even in the absence of symptoms, chiropractic treatment aids the spine in becoming healthier and more flexible, and it can even slow the deterioration of the spine/discs.
For most folks, it begins with a Google search to get an idea of the nearby Alaska chiropractors, or they’re referred to BHA by friends, family, work, other health providers, etc. What’s important is you do your homework. As a discipline, chiropractic is complex with varying philosophies, approaches, and techniques. Don’t be afraid to call or stop by and interview us! Also, find a clinic you feel comfortable in, and a chiropractor who’s not only gifted with spines and joints, but working physically with people.
Since we’re talking about the spine, as it relates to your overall central nervous system, there’s a pretty long list – arthritis, back pain, neck pain, scoliosis, stenosis, back pain, whiplash, and so on. Below we’ll briefly look at a few, but feel free to visit our Conditions Treated by Chiropractors page to dig deeper
After a chiropractic adjustment, most patients feel pain relief and improved mobility. Done regularly, even in the absence of symptoms, chiropractic treatment will aid the spine in becoming healthier and more flexible, and it can even slow the deterioration of the spine.
✓ Pain Relief
✓ Increased mobility
✓ Reduced muscle spasms
✓ Improved posture
✓ Slowed development of arthritis
✓ Reduced chance of injury or re-injury
Or, in a more general sense, is chiropractic care safe? Yes, it’s considered safe primarily because it’s non-surgical unless we’re talking about surgical spinal decompression surgeries or something similar. Is everyone happy with their care? No. Do some people experience side effects of spinal manipulation? Of course, we’ll look at them briefly below.
This is probably the most common question any chiropractic clinic gets. Well, there’s no universal answer, as is the case with any medical discipline whether “mainstream” or alternative. The question is, will it work for you and your specific condition/body? There really is no way to know that beforehand, but based on millions upon millions of patients and many long years of practice and research, the chances are good that you’ll experience some of the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
At Better Health Alaska clinics we treat people from all walks of life; from teachers to construction workers; from small children to the elderly. The question is whether YOU or someone you love and care about could benefit. If you’re curious about chiropractic care during pregnancy or chiropractic care for babies/infants, or just children and chiropractic care in general, please contact us and we’ll fill you in.
Great question! It depends on what you’re addressing, how far along you are in your treatment, your age (once past middle-age, the body tends to respond slower to chiropractic adjustments), and a bunch of other variables. Generally speaking we try to get people in, adjusted, and out in as long as it takes to accomplish our goals, but of course there are those who want to stay longer because it feels good!
At Better Health Alaska we believe you should get as many chiropractic adjustments as you need and are comfortable with. We’ll be very upfront, collaborate with any other providers you may have, and take a team-based approach to getting you feeling better and elevating your quality of life. If that happens after your first visit, great! If it’s going to take a few months, and 20+ visits, we’re here for you.
In general, folks see positive results after the first 2 to 3 visits. Another generality is that if we’re talking about non-complex musculoskeletal conditions, most experience a roughly 40-80% reduction in pain/symptoms with 1-4 weeks. It depends on you and your treatment program, which we believe should be multi-faceted if needed and incorporate elements of massage therapy and/or physical rehab.
BHA doesn’t try to charge any more or less than anyone else in Alaska, but are typical for our areas in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Juneau. We accept hundreds of different kinds of insurance, and the costs of our chiropractic care are significantly less than the cost of serious surgical procedures without the lengthy recovery times. We aim for affordable functional rehabilitation that sticks and provides better outcomes.
While it’s impossible to answer in this FAQs section, we’d love to check for you! Simply complete the custom form on our Check My Insurance page. We’ll contact your provider, find out the details, and report back. Here are some of the providers we currently work with.
So glad you asked! Our chiropractic care, massage therapy, and rehabilitation therapy clinics are easy and conveniently placed around Alaska. Below we’ll break down how to get started with us into three simple options: