Frequently Asked Questions in Rockaway

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractors in Rockaway. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best chiropractor in Rockaway for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give Adjust Health Center a call at (973) 957-0836 and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is an all-natural, holistic method of healthcare with proven ability to increase vitality and promote well-being. As a result, chiropractic has earned its place as the largest drugless and non-surgical healthcare profession in the United States. Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of locating and correcting interference in the nervous system, which are called subluxations. Chiropractors correct subluxations through specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the body to communicate better and function more efficiently.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is very safe. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive, drug-free approach to health and is among the safest of all health care practices. Chiropractic does not take anything out of the body or put anything in the body. It is designed to clear the path of communication from the brain to the body so the body can heal and maintain its own health. Because chiropractic is so safe, chiropractors are able to enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all healthcare practitioners.

What is a subluxation?

A subluxation is a misalignment of spinal bones (vertebrae) causing nerve interference. Our vertebrae house and protect the spinal cord, but when these bones shift out of alignment they put unnecessary pressure on the nerve system. This disrupts the communication between the brain and the body, causing the body to not function optimally. Subluxations are not always associated with pain. Many subluxations are present for up to 10 years before they cause pain or any symptoms

How do I know if I have subluxations?

Although pain is usually an indicator of a subluxation, the reverse is not true. Not all subluxations cause pain. This is because most of the nerves in our body do not carry pain signals. As our nerves go to every muscle, tissue, and organ in our body, subluxations that are left untreated can negatively impact the functions of our organs and ultimately affect our overall health. Chiropractors use a variety of methods to locate subluxations including posture analysis, chiropractic instruments (like the Integrator), and highly-trained hands. At ADJUST, we use state-of-the-art technology that can tell us if you have subluxations and how severe they are.

How did I get subluxations?

There are a variety of ways you can become subluxated. Causes of a subluxation can be broken down into the 3 T’s: Traumas, Toxins, and Thoughts. “Traumas” can be from a car accident, sports injuries, repetitive motions, or even the birthing process. “Toxins” can be from exposure to smoke, medications, household chemicals, or processed foods. “Thoughts” can be caused by emotional stress, like an argument, a long workday, or anxiety. While it’s easy to understand how traumas can cause subluxations, chemical exposures and emotional stresses need further explanation. When the body perceives a threat, physical or non-physical, it elicits a similar response. Muscles contract to defend and brace the body which holds bones into positions that can cause asymmetry in the spine, leading to subluxations.

What other services do you provide besides chiropractic?

At ADJUST we pride ourselves in providing high quality chiropractic care and wellness education. We are highly trained in other modalities such as nutrition and physical therapy; however, we choose to focus our energies on our core passion and expertise – chiropractic. As strong advocates of the holistic lifestyle, we understand nutrition, exercise, mental health, etc. are essential to overall health, so we have developed a network of trusted and respected holistic doctors and professionals that we refer patients to upon request.

What conditions do you treat or cure?

As principled and neurologically-based chiropractors, the only condition we treat is the subluxation. Chiropractic is widely known to treat back pain, but back pain is ultimately a nerve issue, and when the subluxations are corrected, back pain tends to go away. Correcting subluxations enables the body to heal itself and express itself to the fullest.

Isn't chiropractic just for back and neck pain?

There is no other method of healthcare that has proven itself more effective than chiropractic in relieving back and neck pain. However, seeing a chiropractor for just back pain is like buying an iPhone just for the calculator. The rewards of chiropractic are numerous as it is centered on restoring the body to its optimal form and function. People under regular chiropractic care continually report better health and well-being.

Are chiropractors doctors?

Yes, chiropractors are doctors. While often referred to as chiropractors, the official title is Doctor of Chiropractic (also known as DCs). Chiropractors are not Medical Doctors (MDs). Like MDs, DCs undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensed professionals. Their curriculum is grounded in the sciences, but while medical doctors focus largely on pharmacology, chiropractors dedicate those hours to nutrition and neurology.

What kind of training do chiropractors have?

Like all healthcare practitioners, chiropractors undergo extensive education and training before receiving their doctorate degree and licensing. Prior to entering the doctorate program, students are required to master the core sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and physics. Once in the doctorate program, students continue training into the advanced clinical sciences, including neurology, bacteriology, virology, radiology, toxicology, orthopedics, and differential diagnosis. Chiropractors do not practice medicine, but instead receive PhD-level education in nutrition. Students also receive extensive training on adjusting techniques and must complete clinical internships to perfect these skills. Lastly, all doctors of chiropractic must pass several rigorous board exams and state exams before obtaining their license.

Do I need to get x-rays taken?

The doctor will determine if x-rays are necessary during your initial consultation. In most cases the doctors need to study specific postural x-rays in order to give their recommendations for care as x-rays reveal spinal integrity and alignment. It is also a powerful diagnostic tool to see things like spinal degeneration, abnormal bony development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors, spinal curvatures, and determine if there are any contraindications to chiropractic care.

At ADJUST we have a state-of-the-art digital x-ray suite. The digital x-ray emits a very small dose of radiation and is a fraction of what patients would be exposed to with a film-based x-ray. The average person in the United States receives about 3 mSv of naturally-occurring radiation every year from the environment. The average spinal x-ray emits 1.5 mSV of radiation. In other words, the digital x-ray is equivalent to 6 months of naturally-occurring radiation.


Why would a pregnant mom need to see a chiropractor?

Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments help with a variety of pregnancy-related issues like sciatica, back pain, and breathing difficulties. There are even research studies that show women under regular chiropractic care may experience less pain and delivery times by up to 60%. Chiropractic care can also prevent dystocia – the leading cause of cesarean section in the country. At ADJUST we specialize in helping pregnant mothers to have a safer, more comfortable birth experiences. To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant moms, contact our office today.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care BEFORE pregnancy?

Preparing for pregnancy should happen long before conception. Chiropractic has been known to promote regular menstrual cycles, optimize uterine function, prepare the body for healthy implantation, ensure proper nerve supply to the reproductive organs, and increase fertility.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care DURING pregnancy?

Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that focuses on achieving optimal neurological and structural balance throughout the body. By reducing nerve interference with specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments, the inherent recuperative power of the body can heal itself and function at its maximal potential. This can a number of benefits for overall health, but particularly for a pregnant woman. Some of the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include: pelvic alignment and balance, reduction in preeclampsia, less back labor, reduced need for pain medication, less back pain, and shorter labor times.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care AFTER pregnancy?

One of the hormones circulating in a pregnant woman's blood is relaxin. This hormone is needed to loosen the ligaments of the pelvis and uterus to accommodate the growing baby and prepare the mother's body for delivery. But, relaxin also makes the spinal bones prone to misalignments, called subluxations. Once the mother delivers the baby, this hormone disappears from circulation very quickly, so any misalignments would get locked down. It's important to get checked regularly by a chiropractor for subuxations. More specifically, chiropractic can help with greater milk production, more comfort while breastfeeding, and less incidence of postpartum depression.

Is chiropractic safe for pregnant women?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive and drug-free discipline. In other words, the risks associated with it are extremely low. To prevent the rare incidence of an adverse event, a complete assessment should be performed before commencing care. And while all chiropractors are adequately trained to handle the needs of pregnancy, Dr. Marissa has obtained advanced training in chiropractic care for pregnant women.

What is Webster Technique?

Webster Technique is a very gentle and specific analysis and adjustment that improves nervous system function and pelvic alignment. It is a technique that can be used on any weight-bearing individual, but has become very popular for pregnant moms because of the overwhelming positive outcomes.

If a pregnant mom has a pelvis that is misaligned, the muscles and ligaments in the pelvis become taut and restrict the baby's ability to get into the best possible position for birth. By correcting subluxations in the pelvic region, we can restore normal body function as well as assist moms in having a safer, easier birth.

Dr. Marissa specializes in chiropractic care for pregnant women, and has advanced certification in Webster Technique.

Can Webster Technique turn my breech baby?

Due to the empirical observations that moms with breech fetal positions were reporting correction of the breech position to the ideal vertex position, the technique has been (inappropriately) referred to as a breech turning technique. Webster Technique does not turn breech babies; however, we do know that when the pelvis is in proper alignment the baby tends to go head-down.


Is chiropractic appropriate or safe for children?

As chiropractic focuses on reducing interference to the nervous system, people of all ages and sizes can benefit from chiropractic care. Many health problems that emerge in adulthood can often times be avoided by having subluxations corrected as a child. At ADJUST, we utilize a very gentle and specific technique that can be used on even the most delicate spines.

Can you help my sick child?

Chiropractic does not directly treat sickness. However, when subluxations are treated, your child’s body will be better equipped to combat infections, viruses and other illnesses. Children (and adults) tend to experience stronger immune systems when adjusted regularly. Because chiropractic boosts the immune system, more and more parents are seeking pediatric chiropractors to treat an assortment of childhood ailments. Not to mention, approximately 1/3 of children in the United States are on prescription medications. All medications have side effects. It is our priority at ADJUST to help your children live drug-free lives, as was intended. During your child’s initial consultation and evaluation, we will discuss health history, goals for care, and explain more specifically how chiropractic can help.


What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a method of treatment that is unique to chiropractic. It is a term that implies a specific, gentle, and non-invasive impulse or thrust. This force is intended to remove interference, pressure or irritation to the nervous system. By removing the nerve interference, the pathways of communication between brain and body are cleared, allowing the body to heal and function better. Some chiropractors use their hands to deliver an adjustment. At ADJUST we use an FDA-approved instrument called the Integrator.

Does an adjustment hurt?

The doctors at ADJUST use a technique that is painless and is so gentle that it can safely be applied to even the most fragile bodies. Our gentle adjustments can be performed on babies from 1 minute old to seniors that are 101 years old! We are confident that you will feel at ease in our office.

Will I feel better after getting an adjustment?

Many people experience relief almost immediately after the first adjustment. For others, it takes longer and you may experience healing sensations. Your care is unique to you because HOW your body heals and responds is also unique. Studies show that immune response improves, blood pressure normalizes, and antioxidant processes increase with regular chiropractic care. Patients commonly report more energy and mental clarity after their adjustment.

When will I start feeling better?

Different people have different healing times. The healing rate can depend on a number of factors. A big factor is the length of time you’ve had the subluxation(s). Some people experience relief immediately after the first adjustment, while for others it may take weeks or months. True healing takes time and repetition.

How many times do I have to come?

Every person and case is different. It is difficult to know how many visits you will need before your initial consultation and evaluation. The doctor will determine a care plan based on your health history, the nature of your current condition, and your personal health goals. While many people seek chiropractic care for treatment of specific conditions, most people continue regular care after their symptoms have subsided, as they embrace chiropractic as part of their healthy lifestyle choice. A care plan of the doctor’s recommendations will be presented and discussed on your second visit, after the doctor has had a chance to fully evaluate your condition.

Do I need to keep coming back if I feel fine?

As doctors of chiropractic, we feel it is our responsibility to inform our members that “feeling fine” is not the same as functioning well. Usually when you get a subluxation your body compensates for the underlying dysfunction, and if left untreated for an extended period of time the subluxation will begin to manifest as pain. In other words, the presence of pain usually tells us your body has been dealing with dysfunction too long. Our goal at ADJUST is to help restore and maximize your health through regular chiropractic adjustments to ensure optimal function.

Can a person who has had back surgery get adjusted?

Chiropractic has been known to prevent the need for back surgery. However, for individuals who did not seek chiropractic initially, chiropractic adjustments are safe after spinal surgery. More than half of people who undergo spinal surgery experience a return of their original symptoms eventually. At ADJUST, when adjusting patients who have had back surgery, we are careful to avoid contacting the spinal segments directly affected by the surgery.

How long will it take to get adjusted?

After the first two visits, a typical visit usually takes between 5 and 15 minutes – that’s it! There will be an occasional re-assessment or re-evaluation, which on average takes no more than 30 minutes. You will be notified ahead of time of these extended appointments. If you would like to schedule extra time to talk one-on-one about a particular issue, just speak to the front desk staff and we will gladly accommodate you.

Is it ok if I "adjust" my own back and neck?

A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific force applied in a specific vector to a specific joint. A person cannot safely or accurately adjust oneself. While turning, bending, or twisting may elicit a cavitation or popping sound, this type of manipulation is typically counterproductive to the chiropractic adjustment, can make the spine even more unstable, and may have dangerous consequences.


How much will chiropractic care cost?

Not only is chiropractic proven to be effective in treating a variety of ailments, it is also extremely cost-effective. Studies have shown chiropractic patients save significantly on healthcare costs such as hospitalizations, surgeries, medications and more. Since every person and situation is different, it is difficult to know how much your treatment will cost before the doctor has had a chance to evaluate you. Once your initial consultation and evaluation are complete, the doctor will be able to determine recommendations for care and a care plan. Upon your second visit, all financials will be explained and questions answered. It is important to note that investing in your health delivers quality of life.

Do you take my insurance?

Chiropractic has proven to be one of the most cost-effective forms of healthcare in the entire healthcare market. Many healthcare plans provide coverage for chiropractic care. Once you come into the office, we will do a complimentary insurance benefits check to see if and what your insurance covers. We also offer a federal discount program in lieu of health insurance to make care affordable for everyone.


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85 Green Pond Road #3
Rockaway, NJ 07866

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