Frequently Asked Questions

what can I expect on my first visit?

During your first visit to Trinity you will meet Dr. Bo Bryson, who will sit down and talk to you about your health complaints. He will  inquire about family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had, (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.  All of these elements are important components of your total health profile and are vital in Dr. Bryson’s evaluation of your health.  A physical examination (including functional and structural analysis) will be performed and if deemed necessary, Dr. Bryson will refer you out for further testing which could include an x-ray.

what should I wear to my appointment?

It is best to wear clothing that allows free movement.  Sometimes the doctor will do stretching of your legs and hips so it is nice to have something on that does not hinder movement.  If you chose to wear a skirt bring shorts to go underneath so that you feel more comfortable during your visit.

what other services do you offer besides chiropractic?

Our office offers a variety of alternative health treatments, including soft tissue rehabilitation, neuromuscular re-education, core stabilization, nutritional consulting and massage.

There are also 4 other businesses located in our building, Deeper Than Skin Massage, circle ME (a Natural Baby Botuique), inspire ME (a rental party space), Doulasource.

I have insurance, how does it work?

click here for more information about using your insurance at Trinity.

what is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the science, philosophy and art based upon the understanding that good health depends upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.

what conditions benefit from chiropractic care?

Although chiropractic has been recognized as the best treatment for low back pain, studies have found it to be effective for a variety of conditions, such as migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and infantile colic. The Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine recognizes Chiropractic as the only proven effective treatment for whiplash injuries.

will the chiropractic adjustment hurt?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds.

what is the “cracking/popping” sound?

Your spinal joints contain a fluid known as synovium. The synovial fluid contains dissolved gases; mostly carbon dioxide. When your spine is adjusted, a vacuum is created within the joint as the joint surfaces are distracted and the dissolved gasses come out of solution, forming a gas bubble. This vacuum often creates a “pop”. This is the same reason for the noise created as you “pop” your knuckles.
Contrary to popular belief, treatment success is not dependent on this noise. Motion has been shown to occur in the joint with or without a cavitation, or “popping” sound.

are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor of injury is estimated to be in excess of one million to one. Your chances of being struck by lightning are greater than you having a problem with your chiropractic treatment.

what kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?

Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of
learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.

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