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Dr. Robin L. Baker
Wausau , Wisconsin
United States of America

Oh, my hurting knees! The hurt took me to the “walk-in,” which was followed by an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who sent be back to my regular doctor, who then recommended a podiatrist for custom orthotics. The cost of the orthotics was excessive and not covered by insurance. The status of my knees had not changed. I started a new approach. A friend had gotten orthotics from a chiropractor. I called a number of chiropractors and finally found a friendly voice in Dr. Mike. He said he could get me an affordable orthotic. After consulting with him, I decided to have adjustments as well as orthotics. Dr. Mike said he would try to “walk on water” to solve my problems. After a week I felt I was walking on air. The knees have continued to improve, it seems like I have new feet and knees. I guess Dr. Mike does “walk on water.” At any rate, I seem to be walking in the clouds. Wonderful! Thank you, Dr. Mike

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand”. Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs or chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body that is functioning improperly.

What conditions benefit from chiropractic?

Although most people associate chiropractic care with back pain, neck problems and headaches, chiropractic affects the entire body and its systems via the nervous system.

Does chiropractic hurt?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. As far back as a study of 4,500 Canadian chiropractors in the October 2, 2001 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal by Scott Haldeman, D.C., et al "the likelihood that a chiropractor will be made aware of an arterial dissection following cervical manipulation is approximately 1 in 5.85 million cervical adjustments". In other words, the likelihood of a stroke occurring is 1 in 8.06 million office visits or 1 in 1,430 chiropractic practice years. There may be some associated discomfort from correcting misalignments. There are also certain techniques that are Upper Cervical or low force that cause virtually no discomfort.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe. The risk factor of a stroke is often greatly exaggerated; the actual risk is greater than one million to one. Research in chiropractic efficacy and neurology are ongoing and extensive proving that chiropractic is highly effective.

What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?

Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. In total, a Doctor of Chiropractic attends an average of seven years of school. First, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (focusing on the basic sciences) is required before they can attend an accredited chiropractic college/university. The average minimum hours of study required are 1,955 for chiropractors vs. 1,579 for medical school. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning: basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, embryology, physiology, histology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, orthopedics, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training. Chiropractors can also specialize in areas such as orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatrics, neurology and radiology requiring another two to three years of additional education.

Once graduated, Doctors of Chiropractic must pass four rigorous National board examinations and some states require state board examinations before they are licensed in any particular state or country. They must also earn a certain number of credits per year with post-graduate studies/courses to keep their respective licenses current and active.