Frequently Asked Questions in Hilliard OH


Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractors in Hilliard OH. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best chiropractor in Hilliard OH for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give 614 Chiropractic a call at (614) 742-7423 and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.

Answers In Hilliard OH

How does chiropractic work?

Dr. Esser will go in with a series of Chiropractic adjustments (spinal manipulations) to try to fix the subluxations (state of less energy going into the body from the brain) and increase nerve flow to the parts of the body that are affected while taking pressure off the nerves. There are hundreds of ways to adjust the spine. If you have a preference, just inform Doc and he will accommodate accordingly (especially those nervous about any popping or twisting). There are multiple ways to get you better while ensuring you are comfortable and enjoy your visits.

What can chiropractic help with?

Chiropractors really don’t “treat’ anything. We make adjustments to the spine in an effort to allow the nerve flow to run at full power in the body- creating a normal state of optimal health. It’s all connected. You can only feel 10% of your body so if a person says they “feel good” that just means the 10% they can feel is probably ok. How you “feel” has little to do with how you actually are. That is why X-rays and MRIs don't lie when they show and tell you what the problem is and the chiropractor will come in with the game plan.

I’ve heard that if I start going to the chiropractor, I have to keep going forever. Is that true?

As with all good things, regular maintenance is required for optimal function, recovery, and sustainability. When you go to the gym, you do not stop going once you are fit. You keep going to maintain your fitness. This same principle applies to your spinal health. When joints become fixated or stuck together, it takes 30 days for there to be a decline in tissue quality, for this reason, it is recommended that all patients get adjusted at least once a month once after you’ve completed the initial care plan. Dr. Esser will review your specific frequency recommendations at the end of your initial care plan and we will come up with a way to keep you well until you croke or I croke!

What is the Roller table doing?

The Intersegmental Traction Table— better known as the roller table— stretches, exercises, and massages the spine prior to your adjustment with Dr. Esser. Priming the spine in this way allows the adjustment to be more effective. After sitting all day in a neutral or flexed forward position, the discs can become dehydrated and stiff. This traction table allows fluid to flush into the disc as it makes its revolutions through the spine for a smooth and comfortable adjustment.

What is Decompression and can it help me?

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression is a modality that creates a negative pressure in the disc space. By creating this negative pressure, a vacuum effect takes place and the disc that is protruded into the spinal canal is given an opportunity to retract back into its assumed anatomical position. This makes it ideal for patients with disc herniations, bulges, degeneration, or radicular pain. In addition to these more severe cases, decompression is great for heavy lifters, prolonged sitters, runners, and just about anyone with a spine. Due to the compressive forces of gravity, decompression can be a great option for a wide variety of patients.

Everybody can benefit from Decompression as we all have gravity acting down on us all day long! That’s why every Thursday at 12:15 you will find Doc on the tables himself!

*Talk to Dr. Esser if you are interested in this service so he can evaluate your case and determine if you are a good candidate.

Is Chiropractic Really Like Dentistry?

A Dentist recommends yearly checkups to ensure proper maintenance. A Mechanic recommends semi-yearly tune-ups to ensure a properly running vehicle. Both of these have the ability to have parts replaced. Teeth can be replaced. An engine can be replaced. Your Spine cannot be replaced. It can only be fused which will reduce the range of motion, limiting your ability to work or live, or desensitized with drugs. This is essentially taking a sticky note and putting it over the warning light of your car dashboard, then driving that car for miles and miles. The problem will escalate to a total engine replacement (surgery).

Why Is the Spine So Important?

To some, Chiropractors are known as Back Doctors, but in reality, we are Nervous System Doctors.

The Brain and Spinal Cord (Nervous system) control every Cell, Tissue, and Organ Gland in the body. The Spine just happens to be the portion that protects the Nervous system and provides foundational support.

The Spine is freely movable to allow a proper range of motion, that ability to be free movable is where issues can arise. The pressure being placed on the nerve disrupts nerve flow/nerve power to the body from the spine or disc itself.

Remove the interference, allow full communication from the brain (immune system) and the body will have the highest potential for healing.

Should I Get My Child/Infant Checked by a Chiropractor?

Many parents are choosing to be proactive with their children’s health, understanding the importance of nurturing a growing nervous system!

Chiropractic care is both proactive and preventative when it comes to wellness for kids. Pediatric adjustments are safe and gentle, using no more pressure than what you would check the ripeness of a tomato.

Our office focuses on making sure your child has a properly functioning nervous system, creating health right from the beginning of life!

Symptoms that have been brought into our office in the past week:

  • Troubles latching
  • Constipation
  • Birth trauma
  • Bedwetting
  • Ear infections

If you want your kids to develop the same issues as you, then leave them at home. - Dr. Esser specializes in Pediatrics, getting your kids checked to ensure they are not developing abnormally can save you time and money in the future!

Why Does It Seem Like Chiropractors Practice So Differently?

There are multiple paths to accomplish goals in life. The premise is overall the same in that removing the interference (subluxation) is the goal. There are multiple different types of lawyers, accountants, and medical doctors, all with different approaches and techniques. Finding the right fit for you and your family is vital, as they can be a resource for your entire family’s lives forever!

Should Athletes Go to the Chiropractor?

Yes! As we compete, we are putting stress on our bodies that over time needs to be addressed so that we can perform at our highest levels. Small Unaddressed Microtraumas Over Time Create MACROTRAUMAS. All 32 NFL teams have a Chiropractor, that’s not a coincidence.

Is Chiropractic Good for Seniors?

Chiropractic is fantastic for Seniors. Achy-ness, Reflux, Pain, Numbness, Tingling, Anxiety, Degenerative Disc Disease, and Bulging discs are all symptoms that have been brought into our office in the past week. Chiropractic can be tailored to the individual. A lighter technique is used if it is a patient's personal preference. Medicare benefits are one of the best insurances around. Even the government (Medicare insurance) knows that Seniors need care.

Is It Expensive?

Compared to what? An emergency room visit at a thousand dollars just for walking through the door? A huge surgery? Having the ability to live your life with little to no pain, and functioning at your very best is priceless. Ever been congested and all stuffed up? The entire time you are stuffed up, you constantly think to yourself, I really take for granted when I am not stuffed up and can actually BREATHE. Your health is the same way, except it’s not a simple cold that we are discussing. YOUR GREATEST WEALTH IS YOUR HEALTH. A million dollars in the bank doesn’t matter if you cannot function to enjoy it!

How safe is Chiropractic care?

A fun fact I tell my patients: Chiropractors’ Malpractice Insurance, the insurance needed in case anything happens in the office, is what all healthcare professionals have. A chiropractor's Malpractice Insurance cost is one of the lowest out of all the professions, meaning that the insurance company knows how safe our care is compared to dentists, surgeons, M.D.s, D.O.s, and other physicians of the world with higher rates.

If you are nervous about having your neck evaluated and adjusted, you can rest assured that your care can be altered and lighter techniques can be used. There are many ways to adjust you and we will find a way that you are comfortable with so that you can enjoy every visit.

What About Exercises, Stretches?

You didn’t over or under-stretch yourself into your situation, the same
with exercise. It’s a matter of time and repetition on your body that has pushed your body into the pain threshold. Continue your current regimen if you feel comfortable and it does not produce pain, we will not alter anything you do for the first few weeks. If Dr. Esser feels that you are not on pace with improvement as expected, he will evaluate your routine and determine what will need to be changed or restricted.

Will I be sore?

You may be a little sore after your first few visits as we begin to retrain your body after years of havoc. Nothing you can’t handle, as we continue on, you will become less and less sore!

What About Massage Instead?

Massage is a wonderful commodity that Dr. Esser himself uses monthly in addition to his weekly Chiropractic and Decompression. Increasing the Range of motion, and reducing stiffness, it’s wonderful. But there is no substitute for Chiropractic. Picture this, picture a room in your house as one of your joints. That room fills with fluid and fills to the ceiling. That joint becomes stiff, achy, and loses range of motion. With massage, it’s as if we open the door & let all the fluid out. We feel fantastic, we are less stiff, have a greater range of motion, not to mention more relaxed than ever. But, as soon as the massage stops. The door shuts. The issue causing the fluid to build in the room was not fixed. Therefore, the leak in the ceiling continues to pour fluid into the room and the trouble begins all over again an hour later. We have to remove the leak in the ceiling (the subluxation/the problem). That will get you long-term success by fixing the issue at its source.

My Family Member Got into A Car Accident, What Do I Do Next?

Call us! Whether it’s from hitting a deer, getting rear-ended, or side-swiped on the interstate. Vital that care be sought after as soon as possible to ensure that detrimental whiplash effects are not set in that will lead to future degenerative joint disease. We can get them evaluated in the office right away, and from there we can get any further testing required through a direct referral if needed. “I’m Fine” - Studies show an impact while traveling as slow as 7mph can produce whiplash symptoms, those symptoms may not show for months or years. Which may be long after your Insurance claim is closed and you will have to pay for those costs yourself!

My Doctor Told Me to Avoid Chiropractic Care?

We would suggest finding a new Doctor.

We work with multiple physicians across Columbus, who all agree that Chiropractic care can be useful in the majority of situations and always tailored for your specific case!

What About Pain Medication?

Our goal is to significantly reduce the amount of pain medications taken in the greater Columbus area over the next 100 years. We won’t give advice on pain medications that you should or should not take.

Ice Or Heat

Tip: A great recommendation after your first appointment, if you need to ice afterwards you may, Dr. Esser suggests 20 minutes of Ice followed by 20 minutes of no ice. You may use that sequence as often as you like. For those wanting heat, ensure that ice is the first and last application and as much heat as you would like in between.

Beds And Pillows

It is important to find what is comfortable for you, as Chiropractors we are more concerned with your body positioning while you sleep. For side sleepers: Head and shoulders perpendicular, pillow not too large, not too small, placed between the knees. For back sleepers: A small pillow is placed in the middle of the neck to accentuate the Lordosis curvature of the neck; The back of your head should practically be touching the bed. For stomach sleepers: Avoid, if possible, a couple of sleepless nights of training your mind and body to handle a different sleeping position can benefit your health for the rest of your life.

How Long Does It Take to Get Better?

This time period for adults is right around 90 days. Why 90 days? It is simply the time it takes for ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, and nerves to heal. If you sprain an ankle, it takes about 90 days to get better. The spine works the same way.

What Can I Do to Get Better Faster?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions in the office. The body heals at the pace it heals. That being said: the faster we get these initial visits in, the faster your body will begin healing. Therefore, there is no magic exercise or stretch to do. It’s a matter of removing the subluxation that has accrued over many years of compounded destruction that we do to our bodies on a daily basis. Make your visits. Be seen as often as your schedule allows.

How Does Chiropractic Care Work?

Dr. Esser will go in with a series of Chiropractic adjustments (spinal manipulations) to try to fix the subluxations (state of less energy going into the body from the brain). Increasing nerve flow to the parts of the body that are affected while taking pressure off the nerves to reduce any pain symptoms. There are hundreds of ways to adjust the spine. If you have a preference, just inform Doc and he will accommodate accordingly (Especially those nervous about any popping or twisting). There are multiple ways to get you better while ensuring you are comfortable and enjoy your visits.


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614 Chiropractic

5250 Cemetery Rd
Hilliard, OH 43026

(614) 742-7423