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Frequently Asked Questions

Does your office accept insurance?

Yes, our office currently accepts the following insurance companies:

  • Medicare

  • Blue Cross Blue Sheild

  • Group Insurance Commission (GIC)

  • Harvard Pilgrim

  • Health New England 

  • Cigna (most plans covered)

  • United Health Care

Motor Vehicle Accidents accepted

How can chiropractic help me?

People often seek chiropractic care to address an injury, stress, or chronic pain. Patients have experienced significant, long-lasting relief from these problems because chiropractic treats the underlying causes of these issues, rather than just alleviating symptoms. This is achieved through a course of "adjustments" at each visit, which involve a doctor applying precisely directed force to joints that are "locked up" or not moving properly. Restoring normal motion to joints allows bones to return to a more proper position, relieving any nerve interference. When your spinal nerves are free from obstruction, our body's natural healing processes are then able to work for you at their optimal level. With spinal maintenance, many patients gain a degree of health and energy greater than they enjoyed before their problem occurred. Because of this, we encourage coming in for regular wellness care even after your pain or dysfunction is resolved. We not only want to mend your ailments, but also prevent them from returning and other injuries from ever occurring. Keep your body running like a well-oiled machine, and get your spinal tune-up!

Will I be adjusted on my first visit?

First visits typically last 45 minutes and involve consultation and examination only. During your second visit, which will be scheduled as soon as possible, Dr. Collins will discuss with you his findings, your diagnosis, and the treatment plan going forward. Your treatment will then begin, which frequently involves an adjustment.  

How long will it take for me to feel better?

The response to chiropractic treatment varies. Some patients get results quickly, while other patients with long-standing spinal problems heal slower and find it can take several months. The healing process takes time.

The speed of your recovery is dependent on :

  • If your problem is acute or chronic

  • The severity of your case

  • Frequency of care (Keep your appointments!)

  • If you're following your prescribed exercises 

  • Your physical, emotional, and chemical stress levels

  • And if you are truly reviewing and addressing your negative lifestyle practices and routines with the support of your chiropractor

Do you treat infants and children?

Yes, we treat children of all ages! The very first stress placed on a child's spine is during the birthing process.

A child's spine is then frequently subjected to repeated forces when learning to walk, experiencing childhood mishaps, sports-related injuries, and poor posture. Because of this, we encourage having your child's spine checked regularly for any signs of spinal imbalances or misalignments. Chiropractic treatment has had many positive effects on common childhood problems such as colic, acid reflux, chronic ear aches, constipation, bedwetting, and asthma.

The next time you come into our office, bring your children for a spinal checkup, so the whole family can experience the benefits of chiropractic care!

What is involved in a chiropractor's education?

Becoming a chiropractor involves 7-9 years of college (4 years of undergrad and 3-5 years of chiropractic schooling). In the United States, the Council on Chiropractic Education accredits and evaluates chiropractic programs. These programs must have a curriculum that includes at least 4,200 instructional hours of course credits.

Listed below are some of the courses chiropractic students must take:

  • Gross anatomy and physiology

  • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology

  • Human biochemistry

  • Microbiology

  • Biomechanics

  • Pathology

  • Radiology

  • Diagnostic imagine

  • and nutrition

... just to name a few.

In their final year of chiropractic college, students work a clinical internship in a chiropractor's office. In addition to treating patients under the supervision of an experienced doctor, many students also complete a clinical rotation at a hospital or veterans clinic. 

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