Frequently Asked Questions in Madison Heights

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractors in Madison Heights. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best chiropractor in Madison Heights for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give Chiropractic Center of Royal Oak a call at (248) 548-3333 and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.

1. What is a chiropractor?

A primary care healthcare professional that focuses on Vertebral Subluxation correction to allow the patient's body to heal and work at its full potential.

Traditional health care focuses on the germs and blood. Chiropractic Health Care in Madison Heights produces results by helping your nervous system work the way it should and allows you to be as healthy as you can be. Dr. Batton looks for areas of the spine that are misaligned and not functioning properly. These areas of dysfunction are called SUBLUXATIONS. Subluxations put pressure on delicate spinal nerves, which prevent the nerves from functioning properly. After several specialized tests to locate subluxations, specific techniques are used to move the misaligned spinal bone back into proper alignment. This is called a Chiropractic Adjustment.

2. What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is a total healthcare approach that is focused on the analysis and correction of Vertebral Subluxation.

Usually, “symptoms” are the last thing to appear when there is a problem in our bodies. One example of this would be high cholesterol. It is possible to have high cholesterol and not have any symptoms. If you go to your medical doctor and he does a blood test and finds out that you have high cholesterol you are put on cholesterol lowering medicine even if you have no symptoms. Therefore, pain is not a good indicator of how healthy you really are or how well your body is working. What this means is that pain or a symptom is not a good indicator of your state of health. NO PAIN DOES NOT MEAN GOOD HEALTH. IT MEANS NO PAIN!

3. Are chiropractors doctors?

Yes, Chiropractors receive the same education as any other primary healthcare professional including MD and DO.

4. What is the History of Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic was founded in 1895 when Dr.  Palmer adjusted Harvey Lillard and by doing so restored his lost hearing.  From this Dr. Palmer surmised that removing interference to the nerves from the brain to the body would allow the human body to do what it does best which is heal itself.

5. Does chiropractic work?

Yes, removing Vertebral Subluxations allows the body to heal itself.

6. Are chiropractors safe?

Yes, the malpractice insurance companies verify this.  The annual cost for malpractice insurance for a Chiropractor is roughly $1,500.  The annual cost for an MD / DO is roughly $15,000.

7. How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

Everyone is different, in my 34 years of practice I have found that most people will be symptom-free in 3 – 8 visits but I then suggest regular maintenance care.

The length of care depends on the healing abilities of each person. Results may vary from person to person due to the amount of damage to their spine and nervous system. Your current condition determines the frequency of your office visits. It may take longer to correct subluxations that have been present in the spine for many years. As your subluxations become manageable, your frequency of visits will be decreased to a wellness schedule.

8. How much does a chiropractic care cost

My normal office visit fee is $40.00.

9. Why should you choose our office?

I have been practicing for 34 years.  There is a reason it is called practice.  As a doctor, I am always learning and perfecting my diagnostic and adjusting skills. 

10. What are common chiropractic techniques?

Gonstead, Diversified, Side Posture, Toggle-Recoil, Knee Bench, Activator.

11. What other conditions can be treated by chiropractic care?

The only condition treated by Chiropractic is Vertebral Subluxation.  Removing subluxation can allow the body to relieve neck pain, back pain, leg pain and any other malady that impedes good health

12. Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Yes, during pregnancy the body produces a hormone that causes ligaments to relax.  This creates conditions for vertebral subluxations occur.  Many pregnant women experience back and/or neck pain as a result.

This is a time when having a nervous system free of interference is especially important to both Mother and Baby.

13. How does a chiropractor help lower back pain?

By removing the Vertebral Subluxation.  When the vertebra is subluxated the body will use the muscles to try and correct this issue.  In many cases, this is what the patient feels, muscle spasm.  Correcting the subluxation allows the body to relax the muscles.

14. How does a chiropractor help neck pain?

By removing the Vertebral Subluxation.  When the vertebra is subluxated the body will use the muscles to try and correct this issue.  In many cases, this is what the patient feels, muscle spasm.  Correcting the subluxation allows the body to relax the muscles.

15. Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children have spines and taking care of them early in life will help ensure that they have fewer issues as an adult.  I have adjusted children as young as 5 days old.

16. What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Bachelor's Degree and Doctorate Degree as well as 2 years of clinical training.

17. Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

All joint spaces have a small amount of gas in them.  When you move gas between 2 hard surfaces it can make a sound, just like snapping your fingers.

18. Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No, everyone is an individual and as such needs to be assessed and then adjusted appropriately

19. How does a chiropractor help sciatica?

By removing the Vertebral Subluxation which is often the source of the pressure on the Sciatic Nerve.

20. Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain?

If the pain is the result of spinal misalignment creating a subluxation then yes it will.

21. How Does Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care removes interference to the nervous system by adjusting the vertebra. When your spine is not properly aligned it can cause interference to the nerves exiting the spinal column. This condition is called a Vertebral Subluxation. Chiropractors identify and correct Vertebral Subluxation allowing the body to function at 100%.

22. I Didn't Hear A Sound. Does That Mean The Adjustment Didn't Work?

Chiropractic adjustments are not always accompanied by an audible noise.  Your Chiropractor will exam and palpate following an adjustment to determine if a correction has taken place.

23. Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic Visits?

Each individual policy is different and you should consult yours to see if Chiropractic is covered.  If it is not we offer cash discounts, contact the office to find out more.

24. How Safe Is Chiropractic?

Very safe, Chiropractic malpractice insurance costs roughly 1/20 that of medical malpractice insurance. The Insurance companies know that Chiropractic is much safer and effective than traditional medical care.

25. How Long Will It Take To Work?

Everyone is different but in most cases patients will experience some level of immediate relief.  My experience has been that most patients will have maximum correction in 3-8 visits.

26. Can I Become Addicted To Chiropractic Adjustments?


27. How Much Schooling Does A Chiropractor Have?

Chiropractic requires 4 years for a Bachelor Degree then an additional 4 years of post secondary Doctorate study along with 2 years of clinical experience. Chiropractors receive the same education in anatomy and physiology as medical practitioners.

28. Can I See A Chiropractor If I've Had Back Surgery?

Yes, the Doctor will take this into account when doing an exam and use the appropriate care

29. What forms of insurance does Dr. Batton accept?

Dr. Batton accepts the following forms of insurance: Blue Cross, CINGA, Medicare, and PPOM/Cofinity, Aetna, Veterans Choice, HealthNet, as well as most other insurances.


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Chiropractic Center of Royal Oak
27623 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 548-3333