Physiotherapy

CHIROPRACTIC
FAQs

What we get asked the most.

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Chiropractic Frequently Asked Questions

Ql. I'm already seeing another chiropractor, why would I come see you?

Dr. Gilmore: The truth is that most chiropractors do about 10% of what we do. In addition to what a 'typical' chiropractor may do, we offer many other services like soft tissue treatment, exercise programming, and rehab exercise. Most important, any treatment plan given is custom tailored to your specific needs. One size never fits all at enrG Wellness.

Q2. I don't want to be adjusted, do I have to be?

Dr. Gilmore: NO! There are a multitude of options of treatment for your condition. We have many other techniques and protocols that we can use to get the results that you need!  Your doctor will always review treatment options and information prior to you being treated.

Q3. What if I’m seeing a physical therapist?

That's great! We love seeing our patients work with skilled physical therapists.  However, many patients get a list of generic exercises and never actually see the Physical Therapist.  We believe in one-on-one care with certified/ licensed professionals and we can provide you with exercises that are tailored to your specific goals and needs, not be passed off to an assistant.

Q4. I've already got exercises from my physical therapist, why would I need MORE exercises?

Dr. Gilmore: The truth is that most exercises given in Physical Therapy are 'cookie cutter'. In other words, every person that walks in with back pain gets the same set of exercises, no customization. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. We believe in getting you the RIGHT exercises based on your needs.

Q5. You talk so much about exercise. What does that have to do with chiropractic?

Dr. Gilmore: I believe that proper exercise is often the BEST form of medicine for anyone. Most people in pain will benefit from the 'mixed' approach of both chiropractic care as well as proper exercise.

Q6. What type of patients do you work with? 

Dr. Gilmore: Here is a list of people we can help:

1) Active adults 30-64 who have been injured while exercising and who are looking to get back to exercise, pain free.

2) Adults 30-64 who would like to be active but get hurt every time they try to exercise.

3) Weekend Warriors who love to play sports but work long stressful hours and don't always have the time to get the proper medical care they need.

4) Serious youth and college athletes who have been injured playing their sport.

5) People who take their health very seriously and can't imagine that taking a 'pill' for every ache and pain is a good idea. They believe that exercise, nutrition, and proper stretching are the keys to good health NOT some silly pill bottle or injection.

6)Planning/Prepartum, pregnant, postpartum moms looking to ensure better health going into pregnancy (or are worried about physical ability surrounding), dealing with pain during pregnancy, or looking to get back to or improve upon their physical state after baby. This is about you too momma! Postpartum is never capped, it is not too late to begin addressing changes that occurred during pregnancy and might have never been addressed.

Q7. What if I come for a first visit and don't want to make another appointment?

Dr. Gilmore: That's totally fine with me! My first priority is to help you to understand what is going wrong and then help you come up with a treatment strategy. Once I have done that, it's your decision as to what happens next!

Q8. How likely is it that you will be able to help me?

Dr. Gilmore: If you have pain or stiffness in the following areas: Back, Hip, Knee, Neck/Shoulder, elbow/wrist, Ankle/Foot then there is a great chance that I can help AND if I can not, I will certainly tell you that and help you find the right person that can!

Q9. Can I talk to you before I come to the office?

Dr. Gilmore: Absolutely. Just call 251-943-9355 to schedule your 15 minute Discovery Call or fill out this form.

QlO. What will happen if I don't do anything about my injury?

Dr. Gilmore: In most cases, it won't heal and you will continue with pain. This is obvious. The not- so-obvious is that your joints and muscles will begin to compensate and cause other problems that will limit you, long-term. This could lead to  re-injury or other injuries. 

Q11. "This only happened the other day," how long should I wait before coming in?

Dr. Gilmore: ASAP. The general rule: "The longer something has been around, the longer it will stay around." The quicker we can get in for treatment, the quicker you will get the results you want.  

Q12. What happens if I come in and the spot that is hurting me doesn't really hurt at the time? Should I still come in?

Dr. Gilmore: Yes! In fact, this is often the best time to come in. You see, when you are in a lot of pain, most of your session has to be spent just working on the pain. When you don't have pain, we can really focus on getting to the ROOT Cause of your pain, so you can stay out of pain, LONG TERM!  

Q13. How quickly will I be seen?

Dr. Gilmore: Often, within days. If you need an emergency appointment, let us know on the phone or in your email and we can arrange it.

Q14. How long will I have to wait once I get to your office?

Dr. Gilmore: One of my personal pet-peeves is people that run late! We do everything in our power to keep your appointments for your scheduled time. Obviously, circumstances do happen but this is the exception and NOT the rule. We realize people are busy and deserve to be seen on time.  

Q15. My other chiropractor lays me on the table, cracks my back and I leave. Is that what you do?

Dr. Gilmore: No. In fact, this is about as far from what we do as possible. We will spend time working on you, doing hands on treatment but also expect that you are willing to learn and move your body!  

Q16. I have arthritis. Can you help me?

Dr. Gilmore: Yes! But understand there is no CURE for arthritis. What we can do is manage the symptoms that come from arthritis. Many people with arthritis get to a point where they have no pain at all!

Q17. I am a CrossFit athlete; can you help?

Dr. Gilmore: Yes, I train at a CrossFit gym as well. I understand exactly what movements you are doing and how to get you back to the WOD!  

Q18. Will you tell me to stop working out or training?

Dr. Gilmore: In the vast majority of cases, NO! My goal is always to help you continue to train or exercise even while seeking treatment.  

Q19. Is your service expensive?

Dr. Gilmore: Not in my humble opinion. As most things, it comes down to what you value. Most people will spend more money on going out to restaurants over the course of a month than they will spend at enrG Wellness.  

And, each condition and person is treating individually so therefore, there is no 'Set Price'. Upon evaluation, we will learn what your goals are and what you are trying to achieve and be able to match a care plan accordingly.  

Q20. My doctor told me not to see a chiropractor, why?

Dr. Gilmore: Many MD's are 'old-school' and believe that rest and pills are the best form of treatment. Some may have never really interacted with a chiropractor and aren't clear on exactly what we do. Also, I can pretty much guarantee, they have no idea what we do at enrG Wellness do since we are certainly different than most chiropractors.

Q21. My doctor says I need surgery but I don't want to get it. What do I do?

Dr. Gilmore: First, let's be clear. When talking about surgery, we are NOT talking about life or death procedures like heart, brain, lung, etc. We do not deal with that type of stuff and please, defer to your doctor who is recommending that.   However, if we are speaking about muscle, bone, or joint surgeries, many can be avoided or delayed with good treatment. And I always tell people, the surgery is on the list of options if our treatment does not get you better.

Q22. How long does a session last?

Dr. Gilmore: Depends on what you need! Our clients tell us they love our 1:1 sessions with the doctor that last a full hour, so that's what we do most!

Q23. Will I need a referral from my doctor or a prescription to see you?

Dr. Gilmore: Nope. Just give us a call and we can get you right onto the schedule.  

Q24. How often will I need treatment?

Dr. Gilmore: This always depends on the specific condition but generally treatment plans are no more than 1-2x per week. We typically reserve the 3x/week option for the most acute cases and will always discuss frequency of care with you and together decide what is best for your specific condition. 

Q25. Do I need to come forever?

Dr. Gilmore: No! This is a common misconception to many, as chiropractors in the past have demanded they come for treatment forever.   We certainly do not 'demand' a patient come for treatment once they are healed and back doing what they love. However, some do CHOOSE to stay on their own because of the value and long term health we have been able to provide.  

Q26. Will I be in pain after the treatment?

Dr. Gilmore: In general, no. In some cases, people do experience muscle soreness similar to as if you lifted weights for the first time in a while. All of this will be explained during the treatment and you will know exactly what to expect and what to do when you leave.

Q27. Will you give me exercises for home?

Dr. Gilmore: We will always encourage you to do exercises at home although it is not a requirement for treatment. Many people find that they get FASTER results when implementing home exercise while some would rather us just take care of it.

Q28. I'm working out with a trainer, will you be able to coordinate with them as to what I can and can not do?

Dr. Gilmore: 100% yes! Many patients find us this way, actually. They are frustrated by the fact that their doctor and trainer are not on the same page and they are wasting time at both! Within 24 hours of your first session, we will be in contact with your trainer {so long as that's what you want, of course)

Furthermore, you have just read the most common concerns, questions, and myths that surround enrG Wellness - Chiropractic & Rehab. I hope the answers have provided clarity, debunked any myths and put to bed any skepticism that may or may not be stopping you from accessing a very valuable service- one that can quite literally allow you to get back to fit and active lifestyle that you so value in your life.  

I hope this is the beginning of a great, long-term relationship where myself and colleagues become a source of cutting edge health advice for you and make a real difference to your life. 

We make every effort to ensure that we accurately represent the injury advice and prognosis displayed throughout this Guide.

However, examples of injuries and their prognosis are based on typical representations of those injuries that we commonly see in our physiotherapy clinics. The information given is not intended as representations of every individual's potential injury. As with any injury, each person's symptoms can vary widely and each person's recovery from injury can also vary depending upon background, genetics, previous medical history, application of exercises, posture, motivation to follow medical advice and various other physical factors. It is impossible to give a 100% complete accurate diagnosis and prognosis without a thorough physical examination and likewise the advice given for management of an injury cannot be deemed fully accurate in the absence of this examination from Dr. Gilmore or other doctors of enrG Wellness. We are able to offer you this service at a standard charge. Significant injury risk is possible if you do not follow due diligence and seek suitable professional advice about your injury. No guarantees of specific results are expressly made or implied in this report.

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