Frequently Asked Questions

Many patients have the following questions:

What is wrong with me?  Your first appointment will consist of a one-on-one consultation followed by a thorough examination including, if necessary, digital x-rays. Then we’ll determine a diagnosis which we’ll explain to you in terms that you understand.

What are you going to do to me?  We use treatments that are designed for you, based on your consultation and examination and that are most likely to help you. The treatments can be manual manipulation of the spine (called a spinal adjustment) and/or the extremities. Therapy modalities include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser, heat and ice. We may also recommend massage therapy. Most patients are instructed about strengthening and stabilizing exercises, as well as postural remodeling.

How long will it take?  Recovery can be different from patient to patient and pinpointing a specific time interval can be difficult. We often find that most non-traumatic low back or neck pain responds well, with a typical patient seeing 50-100% improvement within two to four weeks.

How much will it cost?  Every case is different. Diane and Lorraine in our office are available to discuss specifics with you. We accept most insurances including Anthem, Harvard Pilgrim, CIGNA, Aetna, Medicare, Maine Care, Maine Community Health Options, and others. If you have a high deductible or no insurance, we will work with you to set up a reasonable payment plan.

Once I see a chiropractor, do I have to keep coming back after I am better?  Yes and no.  No, if you choose not to. Yes, if you understand that our bodies are dynamic.  We were designed to move, and sometimes, we over utilize our bodies, even to the point of injury.  Most types of stress, but especially mechanical and postural stress, have a cumulative effect—what we do today, tomorrow, or even last week—can affect us next week or next month. Chiropractic care is a great way to maintain your body, maximizing efficiency, and reducing your risk for future problems or injuries.

Can I refer friends or family members?  Absolutely! A referral is the greatest compliment a patient can give us.