This page is intended to address some Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropratic Care, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and our Practice. As always. the best answers will come after a visit with one of our practitioners. The practitioner, based on your medical history, condition, and what other treatments you have been or are receiving, can best help you decide which of our services is best suitable for your need

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where are you located?

Healthy Spine Chiropractic PC is located at 1400 Wantagh Ave suite 209, Wantagh, NY 11793

What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches...particularly with their highly skilled  manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. 

Do I need a referral from an MD?

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC. 

Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 major veterans medical facilities. 

Is chiropractic treatment an ongoing solution for my back or spinal problems?

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

There are far too many to list but here are just  few:

  • Decreases muscle tension and stiffness; daily activities are once again enjoyable when your body movements are eased
  • Promotes faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, allowing you to do more of the things you enjoy!
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Speeds healing after surgery or injuries; reduces pain and swelling; lessens formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing; overall wellness and revitalization is enhanced when your body tissues receive adequate oxygen
Do you only treat people dealing with chronic pain?

No. Providing chronic pain relief is just one of our focuses, we also work with people recovering from acute and sub-acute injuries from either work or play. As well, we help people who are receiving massage therapy as a part of their healthcare for maintenance of wellness and stress reduction.

How long is a massage therapy session?

1 hour is a common session length, though sessions are available in 45 minute, 1 hour, 1 ¼ hour, or 1 ½ hour durations.

Longer treatments give more time for your body and mind to unwind and allow me plenty of time to thoroughly address the ‘issues in your tissues’! During shorter sessions, I will be very specific in where I focus your treatment. I will provide relevant home care education and exercises with each appointment regardless of length. Session times include assessment, hands-on treatment and self-care education.

What is an acupuncture treatment like?

Acupuncture achieves the desired results by stimulating specific points near or on the surface of the skin - acupuncture points - that have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. Because acupuncture points are designated areas of electrical sensitivity, inserting needles at these points stimulates sensory receptors. This in turn stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain.

Do Acupuncture needles hurt?

There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. One reason is that they are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests - 25 to 50 times thinner than hypodermic needles. Further, the actual insertion is done very quickly. While some feel nothing at all, others experience a brief moment of discomfort, sometimes followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling or numbness (desirable sensations known as "attaining qi"). The needles are left in place for 20 to 90 minutes. Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep during sessions.