Frequently Asked Questions

Chiropractic Longview WA Treatment Room

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractors in Longview WA and Battle Ground WA. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best chiropractor for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give Advantage Chiropractic a call at our Longview WA location at (360) 425-6620, or our Battle Ground WA location at (360) 369-5150 and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.


What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic restores function, enhances overall health and well being. Chiropractic is based on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. Dysfunction of the spine and its joints can lead to dysfunction within the nervous system. The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the systems of the body. Spinal dysfunction can therefore have wide ranging of effects on the body’s health. Chiropractors highly are trained to evaluate and adjust this spinal dysfunction.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. Occasionally if a person is injured, the area of injury can be sore to the touch. Generally speaking, people report a feeling of improved mobility immediately after an adjustment. Most people also report relief, calmness, and a sense of well being. The many children of Advantage chiropractic often argue over “who gets to go first!”

Can adjustments make me worse?

Absolutely not. Chiropractic adjustments increase mobility, decrease inflammation, and improve function of the spine. Proper movement of spinal joints has been shown to be decrease pain, increase overall function and improve brain function.

Do I need to go forever?

No, adjustments are not “addictive” and the schedule of care is always based on your health goals. People who have experienced chiropractic and understand the way it works often choose to go forever as part of a healthy lifestyle.

How is this going to change my life?

Chiropractic care is based on treating your body as a whole, instead of merely compartmentalizing its parts. We are focused on optimizing health to help your body heal and resist disease. Unlike drugs and surgery, our focus is to correct the problem because we believe that given the right tools, the body has an inherent ability to heal and thrive.

What’s the difference between a chiropractor and a PT?

Chiropractors specialize in restoring function to the spine, knowing that the spine is intricately connected to healing and function. Chiropractors believe that without spinal interference, we all have the ability to heal and thrive. Physical therapists are trained to mechanically make change to muscles and their associated parts. PT can be a valuable tool for injury recovery but is very different from the chiropractic approach.

Can adjustments cause arthritis?

No. Chiropractic adjustments restore the alignment of a poorly moving or non moving joint. Chiropractic adjustments improve joint function and therefore are known to slow down, prevent and in some cases even help reverse arthritis.

What do chiropractic adjustments do?

Chiropractic adjustments restore motion and alignment of the spine. This is the first step in helping the rest of the body to self-regulate, self-maintain and self-restore. This is due to the spine’s direct influence on the rest of the body. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that ” The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, since our body structure affects our overall function.” - Chiropractic adjustments tap into the recuperative abilities of the body by restoring the relationship between a properly aligned spinal column and a well-functioning nervous system. - Chiropractors are trained to carefully analyze the spine to determine the presence of vertebral subluxation, which is when a spinal bone misaligns, causing interference to the nervous system and nerve irritation. In other words, chiropractic care is beneficial because it allows for better communication throughout the body. - The brain and spinal cord are the controllers of your overall health. Together the brain and spinal cord help with communication and coordination throughout the body that affects every organ, tissue and cell. Chiropractic adjustments restore and improve this communication and coordination.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Dozens of research studies have documented the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are significantly safer than taking medications or having surgery. Research shows complications from chiropractic adjustments are extremely rare.

Can I adjust myself?

No, this is dangerous and not recommended. Doctors of chiropractic are highly trained professionals. The art, science and philosophy of chiropractic can only be delivered by a doctor of chiropractic.

Are Chiropractors real doctors?

There is a common misconception that chiropractors are less qualified and undereducated than medical doctors. Although chiropractors are intentionally very different than medical doctors they attend 4 years of undergraduate school and go on to receive their doctorate after another 4 to 5 years of studies. They must also pass State and National board certifications to become licensed.