Frequently Asked Questions
There are several questions or misconceptions that are asked quite frequently in a chiropractic setting. Here are a few questions and concerns a lot of people have. For more information, be sure to download your free copy of Dr. Fleming's ebook on the home page.
“What is chiropractic?”
Chiropractors are physicians specializing in the management and treatment of disorders of the muscles, nerves and joints. Check out the video to the right for an explanation of chiropractic, the potential benefits, and what you can expect from your first visit. You may also check out the "What is Chiropractic" tab above for more details.
“How does chiropractic work?”
The spinal cord, which provides a line of communication between your brain and your body, is protected by the spine. Through daily activities and micro-traumas, these spinal joints may become misaligned and fixated (stuck in a position they shouldn't be in). This can lead to muscle spasm, pain, and if left untreated, can also develop into degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
The chiropractic adjustment relieves pressure and irritation on nerves and restores the body’s natural ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. By getting to the root of the problem, chiropractors are able to not just relieve your pain, but also correct the underlying problem.
“I heard chiropractic care is expensive. Is this true?”
Studies have shown that patients who get chiropractic treatment spend significantly less money on pharmaceuticals, have less outpatient surgeries and spend significantly less time in hospitals. Keeping your body in shape now will not only keep you out of pain, but it will also keep you healthier longer and save you a lot of money in the future. At our office, we accept most insurances and also have affordable cash plans that make care accessible for just about any budget. One of our top priorities is to make sure that care is affordable for everyone!
“How long do I have to come?”
This is a difficult question to answer because each condition and each person is a bit different. Muscle and joint injuries take about 4-12 weeks to heal but patients typically see us for no more than 4-8 weeks for active treatment. Thereafter, patients are often given home exercises and stretches to make sure the injury continues to heal properly. Many patients to continue utilizing chiropractic services after the conclusion of their active treatment plan to prevent re-injury and maintain a certain level of functioning. Wellness care frequency varies from anywhere between once a week to a few times a year. It looks different for everyone and depends on each individual's health goals.
“I’m no longer in pain, why do I have to keep coming?”
Pain is the last symptom to show up and the first symptom to disappear once healing starts. If you drop out of care early, you’re likely to re-injure yourself and make the problem worse (we see this all the time!). Sticking to the treatment plan will help you heal quicker and decrease the chances of your symptoms coming back. Many people often feel better after just one or two adjustments but it is important to give the body time to heal before discontinuing treatment.
“Will the doctor be able to fix my ________________ (problem)?”
Chiropractic has been shown to help with a number of conditions involving muscles, nerves and joints. At your first visit, your chiropractor will go over your history, do an exam, and will then be able to tell you if she believes that chiropractic care will help.
“What techniques does the doctor use?”
Thompson, Gonstead, Diversified, Flexion-Distraction and activator are common adjustment techniques used. The doctor also incorporates soft tissue therapies and modalities, as well as nutrition and therapeutic exercises when necessary. We also have a massage therapist on site to assist in the management of soft tissue injuries.
“What are the Dr.’s credentials? Dr. Fleming graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Science in Biology on the Pre-Med track. She attended chiropractic school at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, completed her preceptorship in Ormond Beach and opened her practice here in Daytona Beach shortly after graduation. She is licensed to practice in the state of Florida. License number CH 11686. She spent two years as an Anatomy and Physiology Professor at Herzing University and now works at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaching Biology and Anatomy and Physiology in the Aerospace Physiology Program. She is also the Chiropractic Physician for Embry-Riddle Athletics.
“How much do you charge for an adjustment?”
Our prices are very competitive and we pride ourselves in providing high quality affordable care for all of our patients. Unfortunately, our prices are affected by a number of factors including insurance and the type of exam and treatment the doctor recommends. We’d be happy to schedule you for a free consultation, during which we can verify your insurance and you can discuss your options further with the doctor.
“Do you take insurance? / Do you accept _____ insurance?”
We do accept most insurances and we will be happy to file your claim for you. We also have a number of cash payment options that are very competitively priced. If you’d like to schedule a free 10 minute consultation we’d be happy to go over your options in further detail.
“If you go to a chiropractor, you have to go forever”
Many patients seeking chiropractic care decide to continue to come on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis to maintain spinal and nervous system health. Many people find that many aspects of their lives improve with regular chiropractic care. Once you active treatment has concluded, you have the option to continue chiropractic care on a wellness care basis such as this. This is not a requirement and may not be recommended for each patient. Once active treatment has ended, you chiropractor will give you her recommendation based on your lifestyle, your health goals, and your specific needs.