You’ve Got Questions About Chiropractic. We’ve Got Answers.

Confucius says, “the only stupid question, is the one not asked.”

Chiropractic is a manual healing treatment that is designed to realign the spine in order to remove tension and pressure on the joints and nerves of the spine. The expected result of this treatment is an increased level of overall health and decreased pain.
In our office we only directly treat the spine and extremities, but many different conditions may benefit from this type of treatment including: Neck pain, headaches, back pain, numbness and tingling, bulging or herniated discs, hip pain, sciatica, jaw pain, sinus conditions, digestive conditions, fatigue, sleep disorders, migraines, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, and others.
The cracking sound or cavitation of a joint is the exact same process that occurs when you crack your knuckles. It is nitrogen gas that is coming out of solution in the joint fluid into a gas phase. This phase releases energy and pressure in the form of noise- or a cracking sound. This cracking sound is completely harmless.
We will evaluate you very thoroughly on your first appointment to make sure you are a good candidate for chiropractic care. Physical exams, neurodiagnostic scans and/or x-rays may be used to evaluate you to make sure you are in the right place. Dr. Jessica Thompson has a fantastic network of healthcare professionals in Longmont to refer to if she feels another type of care is the best recommendation for you.
YES. Not every person being evaluated requires x-rays. Dr. Jessica Thompson has digital x-ray in office for use when it is an appropriate evaluation tool. X-rays can help to see the true health of your spinal bones and they can help in determining the best type of care for you.
On your first visit to our office you will have to fill out some basic paperwork before you will see the doctor.  Then the Wellness Coordinator, Joanne, will take you back into an examination room.  She will ask a lot of questions about your health conditions in order to figure out what may be the cause.  Next the doctor will perform all relevant range of motion, orthopedic or neurological tests that will help determine the cause of your problems.  Following the examination,  x-rays will be taken of your spine if the doctor feels that this is necessary to diagnose your condition properly.
Most major medical plans have some chiropractic coverage. It all depends on your policy. We will verify your benefits on your first visit to our office.
In most cases of a car accident you will be covered at 100% through the MedPay benefit on your car insurance.  There are some cases when you would not have any coverage for this type of injury.  Call the office and we will go over your case with you and find out what your coverage would be.
A chiropractic adjustment is a manual manipulation of the spine.
Pain during an adjustment is very rare, in fact it usually feels good! Really good!
Chiropractors are required to attend 4 years of undergraduate college before attending chiropractic school. Chiropractic college is another 4 years followed by a series of national board exams and state level exams.
Cafe of Life Longmont has been in practice since 2005.