Mission Chiropractic FAQ


Here are a few answers to the most frequently asked questions received by Mission Chiropractic. We hope that these will be helpful to you, but if you have a question that is not answered here, please do not hesitate to call us – we will happily answer any question you may have about chiropractic care.

Q1 - Do I need a referral from my GP in order to see a chiropractor?

It depends. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners and can provide chiropractic services independently. This means that you can set up an appointment with a chiropractor without first consulting your GP, although your Doctor may suggest that you see a chiropractor if he or she feels that chiropractic care may help you. Your insurance (ASH, Kaiser, Senior Advantage etc.) may require you to see your MD prior to being treated by a Chiropractor in order to have your insurance cover the visits.

Q2 - Are Chiropractic Adjustments safe?

When performed by an expert, manipulation is safe and effective. Our doctors are well trained, experienced and licensed to perform manipulations. They are able to recognize patients who should not receive manipulation, and minimize the risk of injury to all patients on an individual basis. Complications of chiropractic care are extremely rare and not nearly as likely as they are with surgery or other forms of treatment. Dr. Alan Arnone D.C. and Dr. J.P. Bourget D.C. will discuss this with you on your initial visit.

Q3 - If I start chiropractic care, will I have to continue chiropractic treatment for life?

Many people think that once chiropractic care starts, it has to continue. While we do recommend that our patients keep periodical appointments in order to ensure their condition remains stable and monitored, chiropractic care is not the reason patients keep coming back. Good health and well-being in many conditions can be successfully treated so that the patient does not need to continue with chiropractic treatment.

Q4 - I have had back surgery. Can I still benefit from chiropractic care?

Yes, you can. It is an unfortunate fact that many people who have undergone back surgery see symptoms of their original condition (often in the form of pain or reduced flexibility) come back after a number of years or even worsen. Chiropractic care is a safe and efficient way of alleviating the pain associated both with your back condition and the stress of back surgery. We also employ a variety of modalities and techniques that allow us to continue to treat pre and post-surgical patients.