Q: Are Chiropractors "real" Doctors?
A: A chiropractic college grants a D.C. or Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors are licensed as health care providers in every U.S. state.   Chiropractic and medical school curricula are extremely rigorous and virtually identical. In fact, chiropractors have more hours of classroom education than their medical counterparts. As part of their education, chiropractic students also complete a residency working with real patients in a clinical setting, supervised by licensed doctors of chiropractic. Once chiropractic students graduate, they have to pass four sets of national board exams as well as state board exams in the states where they want to practice.

Just like medical doctors, chiropractors are professionals that are subject to the same type of testing procedures, licensing and monitoring by state and national peer-reviewed boards. Federal and state programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Workers' Compensations programs cover chiropractic care, and all federal agencies accept sick-leave certificates signed by doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractors are also commissioned as officers in the military.

The biggest difference between chiropractors and medical doctors lies not in their level of education, but in their preferred method of caring for people. Medical doctors are trained in the use of medicines (chemicals that affect your internal biochemistry) and surgery. Consequently, if you have a chemical problem, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or an infection, medical doctors can be very helpful. However, if your problem is that your spine is mis-aligned or you have soft tissue damage causing pain, there is no chemical in existence that can fix it. You need a physical solution to correct a physical problem. That is where chiropractic really shines. Chiropractors provide physical solutions -- adjustments, exercises, stretches, muscle therapy -- to help the body heal from conditions that are physical in origin, such as back pain, muscle spasms, headaches, and poor posture


Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic

Q: Does an adjustment hurt?
A: No! Dr. Nicolette specializes in gentle manipulations which are not traumatic or painful.

Q: Are those my bones cracking when I get an adjustment?
A: That cracking sound is actually gas being released, similar to the popping of a cork. Between each joint in your body is fluid which lubricates it and keeps it healthy. When a joint gets stuck or out of position ,the result is built up gas and pressure. The adjustment simply repositions the joint, and restores its normal motion and function, at the same time releasing the gas (popping or cracking sound).

Q: Do I have to be a patient of Dr. Nicolette to get a massage?
A: No, anyone can schedule a massage. Our therapists offer a variety of massage techiniques, and Massage gift certificates make a great gift for that special someone.

Q: I heard once you go to a chiropractor you have to go for the rest of your life?
A: Not true, if you want to experience the true benefits of chiropractic and the full potential of your body's nervous system functioning at its highest potential, then you would need to see a chiropractor for life. Just as if you wanted to experience the true benefits of exercise or eating healthy or dental care, you would need to have some form of repetition or route. However that is not for everybody, and there are plenty of people who only get treated when they are in pain or have symptoms.

Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: Yes, we accept most insurance plans, give us a call at 353-8800 and we'd be happy to explain what your insurance covers or visit our "insurance benefits inquiry" page and we'll contact you with benefit information.

Q: What does the "custom" in your name mean?
A: It means that we evaluate and diagnose each patient individually and every patient has an individual treatment plan based on their symptoms. We even take into consideration our patients experience with chiropractic and apprehension level. Those new to chiropractic and nervous about an adjustment will get very mild, gentle adjustments to begin their treatment.

Q: Where did Dr. Nicolette receive her Doctorate of Chiropractic?
A: Dr. Nicolette graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was the first chiropractic college in America, founded in 1897.

Q: Do I have to see my medical doctor before seeing a chiropractor?
A: No, Chiropractors are Primary Care Physicians and no referral is needed from your medical Doctor.