Do chiropractors really treat health problems besides back and neck ailments?
Yes. Although chiropractic is best known for its success in treating back and neck pain, it has helped millions of people worldwide with all kinds of problems. Chiropractic primarily works with the spinal column and its intimate relationship with the nervous system which in turn controls the body. So chiropractic works by positively affecting part or all of the nervous system.
What kind of training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractic education consists of four years of clinical and academic training about all aspects of health and the body with an emphasis on neuro-muscular diagnosis and treatment. This is followed by another year of clinical internship. (Medical doctors also go to school for four years.)
Should I see my regular medical doctor (M.D.) or a chiropractor (D.C.) for my problem?
That’s up to you. Many patients say that they appreciate the fact that they don’t feel hurried during their appointments with Dr. Cohen. Many people also like chiropractic’s holistic view of health and the emphasis on natural healing techniques. You can also receive care from both a medical doctor and a doctor of chiropractic to treat different aspects of a health problem; chiropractic can be either a complementary or alternative treatment to “traditional Western medicine.” Of course, if Dr. Cohen feels that chiropractic isn’t appropriate for you, he will gladly refer you to another healthcare provider.
What should I do before my first chiropractic appointment?
Wear comfortable cotton clothing if possible. Bring any insurance information you have. Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out new patient information sheets
What will happen during my first visit with Dr. Cohen?
Dr Cohen will discuss your health and functional concerns with you, and then perform a detailed functional assessment. If time and clarity of the issue permit, some sort of initial treatment will be performed. A follow up appointment is then ideally scheduled for within the next 3-7 days, to follow up, discuss treatment options, and decide if this is a good fit and how to move forward in care.
How many adjustments will I need?
Obviously it varies greatly from person to person. In general, the amount of care that you will need in order to achieve optimal health depends on two main factors: the severity of your problem, and the length of time that the problem has been present. Newer injuries tend to respond more quickly to treatment than chronic conditions.
Many people need “relief care” when they first come to see Dr. Cohen. The goal of this kind of care is to relieve the discomfort of acute symptoms. As the discomfort decreases, you may need some “rehabilitative care” to stop, slow or reverse the misalignment process and strengthen the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) around the distressed joints to help them keep the bones in the proper position. To maintain optimal health and functioning and to prevent future problems it is highly recommended that you come in once in a while for “maintenance care” (for the same reasons that you go to the dentist for check-ups).
Dr. Cohen follows the “4 R’s” of treatment:
1. Realign the vertebrae and joints of the body
2. Release bound-up soft-tissue structures (muscles, fascia, ligaments)
3. Retrain incorrect postural patterns & Rehab weak or tight muscles
4. Reprogram emotional physiology stored in the body & Rx nutritional supplementation
The only way to know how many appointments you will need is to meet with Dr. Cohen to discuss your individual situation. The length of care may not be apparent up front, so Dr Cohen often recommends starting with a short clinical trial of 3-6 visits before recommending any further care.
Are chiropractic treatments safe?
Yes, chiropractic treatments are very safe. Many people think that chiropractic is safer than “traditional Western medicine” such as drugs or surgery because nothing foreign is put into your body. Statistically speaking, most Medical treatments for back pain such as steroids, pain medications and surgery are much more likely to result in a negative outcome. Chiropractic makes use of the body’s capacity to heal itself and only uses non-invasive methods of care.
Do adjustments hurt?
No, adjustments almost never hurt. Most people think adjustments feel great and look forward to their appointments. Many adjustments are very subtle and gentle but extremely effective.
Will I hear a popping sound when I get an adjustment?
Only if you are manually adjusted. Your bones are not cracking! The sound that you might hear during such an adjustment is caused by the equalization of the gases that are dissolved in joint fluid. (Think about opening a can of carbonated soda.). If Dr Cohen adjusts you using other tools, you won’t hear these pops.
What will I get at Innate Chiropractic that I won’t get at another Chiropractic office?
Although all chiropractors are well trained through their educational process and board licensure examinations, Dr Cohen takes it to another level! He has an extensive holistic background and advanced trainings and certifications in many techniques to assess and treat you. He often successfully sees patients who weren’t getting anywhere with traditional chiropractic care, and these results are often quicker as well (no promises!)!
Our office is located on San Pablo Avenue, and is easily accessed via car or public transportation. There is usually ample 90 minute street parking in front of the office. If you are driving from I-80, take the Buchanan exit, turn right to drive East on Buchanan, and turn left on San Pablo Ave. Then make a U-Turn at Solano Ave and we are down to the right (SW corner San Pablo and Solano).
Dr Cohen's Fee Schedule 2017
Dr. Cohen’s chiropractic office hours are:
- Monday 12-6
- Tuesday 8-12
- Wednesday 12-6
- Thursday 8-12
- Friday 8-2
Massage & Rehab services are available outside of these hours by appointment. Office hours are subject to change. Please call 510.528.5216 to confirm availability.