Frequently Asked Questions

What is chiropractic?
The chiropractic healthcare system is based on the knowledge that a healthy body requires the proper flow of information through your nervous system to every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Anytime there is trauma or injury to the spine, there is potential for the vertebra to be shifted out of position. These misalignments, or “subluxations”, can cause inflammation around nerves and affect the flow of information through them, leading to pain, weakness and a decrease in quality of life.

At Wellness Way Chiropractic we make it our mission to identify and correct these vertebral misalignments, thereby reversing their effects and leading to improvement in the health of muscles, ligaments, and discs, improvement in posture and balance, and improved organ and tissue health.

What conditions benefit from treatment at Wellness Way Chiropractic?
While the majority of patients seen at our office suffer from back pain or neck pain, a growing amount of research indicates that chiropractic care can be extremely effective for a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions including shoulder dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, tension headaches, sciatica, infantile colic and more. These health conditions often involve issues with the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and other symptoms distant from the location of the injury.

As structure affects our overall body function, the benefits of chiropractic treatment extend to general health issues as well. Dr. Way also provides counsel to patients on nutrition, diet, exercise, and lifestyle and occupational modification.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic has been shown to be one of the safest non-invasive, drug-free treatments available for relieving neuromusculoskeletal complaints. While chiropractic has a great safety record, no form of health treatment is 100% free of potential side effects. The risks of adverse effects associated with chiropractic treatment, however, are minimal. Most patients feel instant improvement in their symptoms following a chiropractic adjustment, but temporary mild soreness following the first few visits is possible, similar to the soreness felt after beginning a new exercise program. The risk of serious adverse effects following spinal manipulation is extremely rare, with the best evidence indicating a frequency of 1 case in 5.85 million treatments.

It’s important to understand that some of the most commonly prescribed treatments for musculoskeletal complaints, such as aspirin and prescription over-the-counter NSAIDS (ibuprofen), carry significantly greater risks than chiropractic treatment.

What is a typical chiropractic treatment?
At your initial visit, we’ll determine the cause of your problem through a examination consisting of neurological, orthopedic and chiropractic tests. In some cases radiological studies may be needed to get a more complete picture of your condition. If we feel that chiropractic care is indicated we’ll suggest an appropriate treatment plan.

On subsequent visits, gentle manipulations (or adjustments) will be performed to the appropriate spinal or extremity joints. At Wellness Way Chiropractic we correct problems in the spine and extremities using a gentle, low-force adjusting technique that’s both safe and effective for patients of all ages ranging from children to seniors. Other therapies such as Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Cryotherapy, Kinesio Taping, Trigger Point Therapy or Intersegmental mobilization may also be used.

Does it hurt to get adjusted?
Dr. Linsay uses a unique combination of low-force chiropractic adjusting techniques in combination with stretches and exercises to make her adjustments comfortable, effective and very safe. Usually patients remark that they feel fantastic leaving our office.
What is the popping sound heard during some adjustments?
The popping sound is caused by a change in pressure within your joint that results in tiny gas bubbles being formed. The “pop” you sometimes hear during an adjustment is exactly the same as the sound you hear when you “crack” your knuckles.
Am I too young/old for chiropractic care?
No, in fact Dr. Way’s unique technique has allowed her to treat everyone from newborns to patients over 100 years old! As a Milwaukee pediatric chiropractor, Dr. Way is specially qualified to care for infants and other children, as her gentle, low-force adjusting technique can be modified to fit the patient.

Learn more about pediatric chiropractic care and geriatric chiropractic care at Wellness Way Chiropractic.

Can I adjust myself?
While some people can make their joints “crack”, that’s not the same as an adjustment. In fact, doing so might lead to further damage by hypermobilizing already weakened muscles and ligaments. Chiropractic adjusting techniques take years to master and require a trained professional to perform safely.
Do Chiropractors have Medical (M.D.) Degrees?
Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees granted from chiropractic colleges. Though chiropractic education and medical education are similar in scope, because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery and medical doctors do not correct the vertebral subluxation complex there are some differences. On average, a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree involves 372 more classroom hours than an M.D. degree. Doctors of Chiropractic also are required to complete more hours of training in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and orthopedics (the musculoskeletal system) than a medical doctor.
Can I still benefit from chiropractic care after back surgery?
Yes, Dr. Linsay will take care to avoid the surgically repaired regions of your spine. Spinal surgery often results in instability above and below the involved levels; these are usually the areas of focus for chiropractic care in a patient with a history of back surgery.
I was in a car accident. Should I see a chiropractor?
There are several reasons it’s important to be evaluated following an auto accident. As a Milwaukee car accident chiropractor, Dr. Way focuses on proper function of the spine, nervous system, muscles and ligaments, so her first concern following an accident is ruling out serious trauma such as fractures, disc injuries, etc.

Because soft tissue injury symptoms may not appear until up to seven days after trauma, a thorough examination is incredibly important. The way your spine moves can change due to an injury, so even after the initial symptoms improve your spine may continue to function differently.

Using pain medication, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers can help alleviate symptoms, but unless normal musculoskeletal function is restored your spine will be unbalanced. Left uncorrected, your body will eventually adapt to these altered biomechanics, leading to chronic problems.

Will my insurance cover my care at Wellness Way Chiropractic?
We accept all insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, but chiropractic coverage varies by individual insurance plan. Click here to verify your insurance coverage.
Will I need x-rays?
In some cases x-rays are required to reveal the internal alignment of the spinal. We may also utilize imaging studies if we are concerned about underlying diseases or advanced disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, abnormal development, disc disorders, space occupying lesions or tumors. In these cases, x-rays can provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal alignment.
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