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Chiropractic

 

The "health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on general health." - World Health Organization

Conditions Treated:

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Neck and upper back pain

  • Low back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Shoulder and elbow pain

  • Knee, foot, and ankle pain

Why Choose Chiropractic?

Studies show that approximately 90% of Chiropractic patients claimed satisfaction with their care. Such satisfaction is likely the result of typical Chiropractic practices:  more information, better explanations of treatment, and manner of care.

 

About Chiropractic.

Chiropractic is the health care profession that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Emphasis is placed on conservative treatment, without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states in the U.S., and in most countries around the world.

Services

 Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments help relieve pain, increase range of motion, and improve joint alignment.  If you’ve never had a chiropractic adjustment, there are several videos available online.  The adjustment (also called manipulation) has been used for thousands of years.  Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used manipulative techniques.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a technique in which the hands directly contact the body to treat the joints, soft tissues, and/or nerves. Techniques include joint mobilization, massage, stretching, trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, neuromobilization techniques, etc… It’s a staple of chiropractic care. Chiropractic literally means “done by hand.”

 

Exercise

Exercise has been shown to decrease both pain frequency and intensity.  It increases a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living and remain independent.  Therapeutic exercise doesn’t need to be complicated, and usually requires little to no special equipment.  It is important, however, to do the correct exercises for your condition. Doing the wrong exercises could potentially make your condition worse.

FAQ's

Do I need a referral?

Chiropractors are primary care providers, meaning you do NOT need a referral to be seen.

 

When should I see a chiropractor?

There is no hard and fast rule on when you should see a chiropractor. We all tweak something from time to time, and you don’t need to rush to a doctor at every occurrence.

 

With that said, there are some general guidelines I recommend.

#1:  If you have a minor injury that has gotten 95% better within the first 3-5 days, you probably don’t need treatment. If you haven’t seen substantial improvement within the first 3-5 days, get treatment. The longer your pain persists, the more likely it is to become a chronic problem.

#2:  If you are injured and your pain is a 7 or above on a 0-10 pain scale (0 = no pain, 10 = unbearable pain), then get treatment.  Initially higher pain levels are also a predictor on whether or not your condition could become chronic.

As you can see, preventing chronic problems from developing is a critically important aspect of care.

#3:  Or, if you just generally feel stiff or achy and believe you could benefit from care, that is a perfectly valid reason to begin treatment as well.

 

Who can benefit from chiropractic?

Anyone, from colicky infants to great grandparents. Treatment is tailored to your age and present health status.

 

If I see a chiropractor once, do I have to keep coming back?

This is a silly question, but a lot of people ask it. The answer is obviously no.  It’s your body, and you can utilize chiropractic care as you see fit. With that being said, nobody builds muscle after one workout, or increases their range of motion in a single stretching session, or betters their cardiovascular fitness with just one jog.  Making physiological changes takes time and consistent effort. Benefiting from chiropractic care is no different.

 

According to studies, the recommended number of visits per patient at a chiropractic office is approximately 12.  It is similar in a physical therapy office as well.  Treatment plans can range from as little as 4, or as many as 24 visits. Treatment plans vary significantly based upon your diagnosis, your overall health, and your treatment goals.

 

Is chiropractic safe?

Side effects from any treatment are possible.  Side effects from chiropractic treatment are usually short-lived and benign.  Serious complications can arise, but are considered extremely rare. The best way to observe the safety of chiropractic care is to look at our malpractice premiums.  Malpractice rates are essentially determined by risk.  Chiropractors enjoy some of the lowest malpractice premiums in the health care industry.

 

Does the treatment hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments typically do not cause pain. Any residual soreness is usually mild, similar to that of starting a new exercise plan. The “popping” you hear when getting adjusted is just gasses moving within the joint.  The same as when you “pop” your knuckles. We also provide low force instrument assisted adjusting techniques using the impulse instrument. Which you can learn more about here.

 

How much does a visit cost?

Initial examination, diagnosis, and treatment costs 35 dollars.  Follow up visits (treatment) costs 20 dollars. 

 

Do you accept insurance?

We do not accept insurance, workers compensation claims, or personal injury claims at this time.

 

Why don’t you accept insurance?

Bear with me here. Insurance companies make money by collecting premiums, and then denying coverage.  That’s it, that’s the model. Ask yourself who does this benefit? 

 

Does it help the patient?  In theory it’s supposed to. Just like car insurance; share the cost, share the risk.  The idea is that you pay for health insurance in the hope that you never have to rely on it. But if you do, because the cost (risk) is shared by a pool of people, you won’t fall into economic ruin if you get sick or hurt. It hasn’t worked out that way though. Health care prices have grown 21.6% since 2007. For a decade it has been the number one cause of bankruptcy in America, by a large margin.  Every year premiums, co-pays, co-insurances, and deductibles go up, far outpacing incomes.

 

Does it benefit the doctor?  A chiropractor that takes insurance, charges on average 60 dollars a visit [1].  He/she charges that because he/she knows they will only be reimbursed 40 from the insurance company. But the doctor is busy treating patients, and doesn’t have hours to spend on the phone with insurance companies, verifying benefits, haggling over payments, and ciphering through the vague, often overly complex, and ever-changing reporting requirements. So, the doctor has to pay someone to do that. Administrative costs in a chiropractic office now accounts for up to 1/3 of all overhead costs [2]. So now that 40 dollars just became 27$.  On top of all this, the average co-pay for a chiropractic visit at an office that does accept insurance is still between 10-30 dollars [3]. We’ve decided to just charge 20 bucks, and skip the circus.

 

Is chiropractic cost effective?

“When considering effectiveness and cost together, chiropractic physician care for low back and neck pain is highly cost-effective, represents a good value in comparison to medical physician care and to widely accepted cost-effectiveness thresholds [4].”

About Us

Dr. Merritt

Born and raised in Wayne, WV.  Dr. Merritt attended Wayne High School where he played baseball and graduated valedictorian in 2001.  He went on to attend West Virginia University Institute of Technology where he met his beautiful wife Sara, played some more baseball, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology in 2005. 

 

He later enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida, graduated in 2010, and has been practicing since. 

 

Dr. Merritt likes spending time with his wife and two wonderfully awesome children, going camping, fishing, and of course, anything baseball. 

Education

Chiropractic Diplomate - Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Certified Health Coach - American Council on Exercise.

Certified Personal Trainer - Action Personal Training.

Dr. Levi Merritt, Chiropractor
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