Frequently Asked Questions

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) treat a variety of conditions from back and neck pain to arthritis and degeneration and everything in between. They analyze the body as a whole and look to restore motion. Dr. Thompson is especially skilled at treating conditions including back and neck pain, tension and chronic headaches, and sports injuries. Dr. Thompson uses a combination of manual adjusting, gentle tools, and myofascial work to restore movement throughout the body. This combination, she has found, is highly effective at restoring motion, decreasing pain, and preventing future injury.

Dr. Thompson also cares for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which involves muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often impact the central nervous system, which can lead to referred pain and dysfunction throughout the body.  Dr. Thompson is also an advocate for wellness care, eating a clean diet, and moving the body regularly through exercise, stretching, or yoga

Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest forms of pain management and wellness care! Risks associated with chiropractic care are incredibly small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment. Some patients may experience mild soreness similar to that after exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following adjustments typically fades within 12 hours.

Doctors of Chiropractic are well trained health care practitioners. It is important to talk to your DC about any health conditions you have, so they can give you an effective and safe treatment plan.

A referral is not required from an MD to receive chiropractic care. All patients are welcome to visit a chiropractor to see if they would be a good candidate. DCs are trained professionals who perform safe and effective care, even if that requires a referral to another specialist.

A chiropractic adjustment involves realigning the spine. Our central nervous system involves our brain and spinal cord. You can think of it as the ‘master controller’ of our body. Our nerves run through our spine which then provides nutrients and instructions to connecting muscles, tissues, and organs. When a segment of our spine is out of alignment, we call that a subluxation. DCs are trained professionals who find and correct subluxations. This can involve manual adjustments, where the chiropractor will use their hands to gently realign the spine. This can also involve gentle tools like an activator or arthrostim, which provide a safe, low force adjustment.

The popping sound can occur when there is an adjustment, but it does not occur every time, nor does it dictate the effectiveness of an adjustment. The popping sound is pressure being released from the joint. You can think of it like when you open up a carbonated beverage. You instantly hear that can open, because pressure is being released. Chiropractic care restores movement in the spine, which releases built up pressure and inflammation that our body has been holding onto.

Every patient has a unique, individualized treatment plan according to their condition and lifestyle goals. Dr. Thompson has been trained in a variety of techniques involving Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson Drop Table, Applied Kinesiology, Activator, SOT, and Active Release Technique. She then uses her skill set to provide the best treatment and care plan for each patient individually.

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