Southern Chiropractic

110 Rosa Ave

Metairie, La 70005

Tel: (504) 510-5510

Fax: (504) 510-5119

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you accept insurance?

A. Yes, if your insurance company offers chiropractic benefit under your plan. Bring your card with you on your first visit or call the office, and we will find out how much your insurance company will cover.

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

A. We accept cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.

Q. How long will the visits last?

A. Your first visit will last approximately 1 hour. Each visit after that will last around 20-30 minutes.

Q. Do I have to have X-rays taken?

A. Depends on your personal situation. There are two exceptions:  expecting mothers and infants. If we feel that you need x-rays, we will refer you to a local imaging center for the appropriate x-rays.

Q. What if I have X-rays from another doctor?

A. Bring them with you on your first visit, and we will be happy to see if those x-rays are appropriate.

Q. How does Chiropractic work?

A. Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord, and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right. Improper motion of the moving joints of the spine (and extremities) called joint fixations can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help restore proper joint function, biomechanics, and mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved joint function and the body's restored communication with the nervous system.

Q. How do you get joint fixations?

A. There are three basic causes of joint fixations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, lack of movement, repetitive motions, and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, frustration, and stress can cause chemical and biomechanical changes leading to joint fixations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution, and poor diet.

Q. How do I know if I have joint fixations?

A. You can have joint fixations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or Cancer, joint fixations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of joint fixations that you may have.

Q. Can joint fixations clear up on their own?

A. Sometimes. Today's hectic lifestyle is a constant source of joint fixations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct some of these problems as we bend and stretch. When joint fixations don't resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!

Q. What's an adjustment?

A. Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a controlled quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal and extremity joints that are not moving right. Some methods use the doctor's hands, an instrument, or a special table. There are many ways to adjust the spine and extremities.

Q. Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?

A. Yes. Chiropractic adjustments are remarkably safe and cost-effective. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.

Q. Will adjustments make my spine too loose?

A. No. Only the spinal joints that are "locked up" receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.

Q. Can the bones move too much?

A. Highly unlikely. A chiropractic adjustment is specialized. It has the right amount of energy that is delivered to an exact spot, at a precise angle, at just the right time. The intent is to get a "stuck" spinal joint moving again, helping reduce nerve interference. Years of training, practice, and experience make chiropractic adjustments specific and safe.

Q. What makes the sound during the adjustment?

A. Lubricating fluids separate the bones of each spinal joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It is much like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but it is not a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.

Q. Are all patients adjusted the same way?

A. No. Each patient's spine and care plan is unique. With 24 moving bones in the spine, each of which can move in seven different directions, we see a wide variety of spinal patterns. Each patient's care is custom-tailored for his/her age, condition, and health goals.

Q. Can I adjust myself?

A. No. Some people can make their joints "pop," but that is NOT an adjustment! Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master.

Q. How many adjustments will I need?

A. The number of adjustments varies with each patient and his/her individual health goals. Most patients feel changes immediately. Visits become less often as your spine stabilizes. In chronic cases, complete healing can take months or even years.

Q. Why do newborns get adjustments?

A. Even today's "natural" childbirth methods can affect an infant's spine. Preliminary studies suggested that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections, or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust, the doctor applies no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.

Q. Can I have Chiropractic care after back surgery?

A. Yes. Rest assured that your chiropractic doctor will avoid the surgically modified areas (i.e. spinal fusion) of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.

Q. Can patients with Osteoporosis get Chiropractic care?

A. Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractic doctor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size, and condition.

Q. How Long until I'll feel better?

A. Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting proper rest, exercise, and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctor's recommendations.

Q. How long will I need Chiropractic care?

A. After patients get the relief they want, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their visits feeling great. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.

Q. Will I receive any medication for my pain?

A. No. Chiropractic doctors don't dispense drugs.

Q. What if my policy doesn't cover Chiropractic?

A. Your health affects everything you do, and everyone you know. It is your most valuable possession. If your insurance does not cover treatment, we will be happy to discuss payment options.

Q. Will I ever be normal again?

A. Patient results vary. Many report improved spinal curves and the total resumption of their normal lifestyle. Those who neglected or delayed seeking care often see slower progress. After improvement, many patients discover that periodic chiropractic checkups can help avoid a relapse.

Q. What if Chiropractic doesn't work?

A. If we are unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help. Your health is our primary goal.