How does Chiropractic work?

Chiropractic improves function of the musculoskeletal system by restoring motion in joints of the spine.  Adjustments to hypomobile joints alleviates pain and muscle tightness, improves range of motion, and allows injured tissues to heal.

What is your training?

After obtaining a four year Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, I attended NYCC where I completed 221 credits to earn a doctorate in chiropractic (DC).

What is a subluxation?

Dysfunction of a spinal joint causing tissue damage and inflammation of the spinal nerve.

How safe is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is known as one of the safest treatments for back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. Most people feel immediate relief after chiropractic treatments.

Who should not use a chiropractor?

80% of the population will suffer from back pain or neck pain throughout their life. Most of these people would benefit from chiropractic care.  Contraindications to chiropractic care include dislocations, fractures, malignancies, and some spinal surgeries (many patients who have had spinal surgery may benefit from treatments in other areas of the spine)

How do I know my back is out?

Typical symptoms for presenting to the chiropractor are decreased range of motion, muscle spasm, pain (localized or shooting into a limb), and/or numbness.

What types of treatments do you do?

Most treatments are manual (diversified) adjustments and muscle work (myofascial release and trigger point therapy). I also use an activator, muscle stim, ultrasound, kinesio tape, and flexion distraction as needed

Will I need x-rays?

X-rays are not performed at Zock Family Chiropractic. I will refer out as needed.

How do you work with other medical professionals?

Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose health care problems and refer out as needed. I often refer to primary care physicians for issues that are not musculoskeletal in nature and refer to orthopedists for further evaluation of musculoskeletal injuries.

Are all patients treated the same way?

No, each patient is given an individual treatment plan based on their symptoms and response to treatment.