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7 Things to Know About Going to a Chiropractor

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen, DC

Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Last Updated on July 17, 2024

Today, chiropractic approaches are used extensively as what is known as alternative health care. They are safe, effective, minimally invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free. However, before choosing a newer practice, it is best to learn about it yourself. Prior knowledge helps you better understand your chiropractor and clearly inform them about your concerns. Advanced information about the methods used for neuromuscular skeletal manipulations will improve your experience with alternative health care professionals.

Here are things you need to know about going to a chiropractor:

  • Chiropractic is an Alternative Health Care: Alternative health care refers to methods to improve and restore normal bodily functions without using western medicine practices. It does not involve using pharmaceutical drugs or surgeries to help the patient. Chiropractic approaches have helped people suffering from chronic back pain, headaches, nerve issues. The alternative health care professionals, specifically chiropractors focus primarily on neuromuscular concerns for healing from the root issue.
  • Be Prepared For a Physical Examination: A patient undergoes a thorough physical examination after their interview with their chiropractor. During this assessment, the practitioner analyses and diagnoses the patient for any hidden concerns. If the initial exam identifies anything that may be a concern that can be better handled with imaging X-ray imaging will be utilized first. If the soft tissues such as a disc injury or nerve injury are involved then and MRI study of the area of concern will be utilized. 
  • Inform Your Chiropractor About Your Concerns: When you enter a chiropractor’s clinic, they will interview you to learn more about you. They will ask about your unique concerns and also about your general health. This interview will help your chiropractor understand you intimately and explain their process to you. It allows them to serve you in your expected manner.
  • Things Chiropractors Perform: Chiropractors can aid in the healing process of pain. Several issues such as sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, migraine headaches, and arthritis pain, have been shown in the research to benefit from chiropractic care. There is some emerging research on potentially beneficial effects it may have on ear infections, high blood pressure, frozen shoulder, and scoliosis. If you want to avoid surgeries and increase your joint movement, you should look into starting chiropractic care.
  • You Can Ask Your Chiropractor About Their License: Chiropractors need a license to practice professionally. They need to meet the eligibility required by the state board and pass an exam to get their alternative health care professional licenses. Make sure you check the educational background of your chiropractor. They must be trained from an accredited school approved by the Council of Chiropractic Education. 
  • Chiropractors are Trained Professionals: The training undergone by Chiropractors in the United states is very similar to medical school. In fact the hours of study done by chiropractic students at chiropractic school is comparable to medical school in all aspects except pharmacology. Chiropractors are well educated, trained, and receive a degree of Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) upon graduation. They are alternative health care professionals. 
  • Your Health Insurance Might Cover Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care can be expensive when done by an experienced professional. However, with the increasing demands of chiropractors today, most insurance companies have started to cover chiropractors under their policies. Many private health care insurance companies also cover chiropractic care. Some chiropractors elect to charge cash up front, if that is the case with your chiropractor many insurance companies will actually reimburse you. Check with your insurance company to see how that could work for you.

 

About Happy Family Chiropractic

Choose alternative health care methods for a better life with a chiropractor clinic in Juneau. Do visit us at Happy Family Chiropractic. We provide services like chiropractic re-adjustments, physical examinations, and re-evaluation exams at our clinic. Get your free consultation or book your appointment now! Call us on (907) 531-7604 or email us for more details.

Disclaimer: This article has been written for educational purposes only. If you are experiencing any health issues we recommend that you seek medical attention. You are more than welcome to contact Happy Family Chiropractic with any of your medical concerns and we can help guide you to appropriate treatment whether through chiropractic or through medical intervention. This article and the information herein is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult us or your medical doctor before you attempt any changes that could impact your health.

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Dr. Derek Larsen, DC Chiropractor
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

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