FAQ

Chiropractors aren’t real doctors, are they?

Chiropractors are certified doctors, trained to practice chiropractic care. Following graduation from an undergraduate degree program, chiropractics must apply and be accepted into a graduate program at certified Chiropractic Colleges. Once graduated,  doctors must pass National Board Examinations and state licensing tests before they may practice.

Dr. Gatto  has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College and is licenses to practice Chiropractic Care in Ohio.

Will insurance cover the cost of chiropractic treatment?

Increasingly, more and more insurance companies are including chiropractic care in their coverage plans. These benefits may include full or partial coverage. We will be happy to contact your insurance company to see if you are fully or partially covered by your health insurance plan. If insurance does not cover your chiropractic care we have flexible payment plans customized to your needs. More

Is it true once you start, you have to go the rest of your life?

We will ensure that you will receive only the number of treatments necessary to correct the problem. Because our bodies are self-healing, your body will tell us when you no longer need chiropractic care. This may occur after one treatment, or it may take more. Through specialized, scientific techniques, we will know when your body has successfully responded to treatment. And, we always provide you with options and communicate the benefits and consequences when discussing your treatment plan.

Also, patients sometimes confuse “maintenance care” with treatment. Patients who receive “maintenance care” following treatment are less likely to need extensive care for their condition in the future.

What if my problem is not a back pain?

Your body is self-healing, and chiropractic care helps enable the self-healing process. All body functions are controlled by the central nervous system, brain, and spinal cord. If the cause of your medical condition is a result of irritation or pressure on a nerve, chiropractors are trained to relieve this problem. Since these nerves are commonly located in the spine, chiropractic doctors are commonly mistaken to healing only back problems.

Can I adjust myself?

Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is fundamentally impossible to adjust oneself.

It is possible to turn, bend or twist in a certain direction to create a “popping” sound. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making the pain eventually increase. The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is to receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out the services of another colleague to help restore and maintain spinal function.

Can I speed the healing process?

While there aren’t any shortcuts to speed your recovery, there is a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance at a quick recovery from spinal problems.

Learning proper sitting and lifting methods can prevent unnecessary strain on your spine. Specific exercises may be given to help restrain the muscles that support your spine. Proper rest is also an important aspect of the healing process. Getting the appropriate amount of rest your body needs and avoiding sleeping on your stomach can be very beneficial.

During the healing process, proper nutrition is more important than ever. Make sure you eat balanced meals, and if you’re overweight, slimming down will also help reduce unnecessary stresses on your spine.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

Spinal problems neglected since early childhood may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.

Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in optimal shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive care is helpful in the maintenance of good health.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their pain becomes unbearable. When this style of “crisis management” is used, their treatment is often more costly and time-consuming. It is my job as a chiropractor to treat every patient, regardless of his or her health goals.

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.