FAQs

What is Chiropractic?

Let’s start with the word “chiropractor”. “Chiro” is derived from a Greek word meaning “hand”, and “practor” means “one who practices”. Therefore, chiropractor simply means one who practices with their hands.

The philosophy of chiropractic is that the entire body is controlled by nerves which branch off of the spinal cord and go to every muscle, cell, and organ in the body. The spinal cord is protected by your spine which is made up of 24 individual vertebrae. Sometimes the vertebrae can become misaligned, or subluxated, which can cause irritation to one of the nerves as it leaves the spinal cord. If that nerve is irritated and not functioning properly, then everything that is controlled by that nerve can lose its ability to function properly. (Imagine watering your lawn with a hose, but there is a kink in the hose 10 feet away from the nozzle. The water stops coming out of the nozzle, but the cause of the problem is the kink in the hose. Hence, this is why you can have pain in your leg, or numbness in your hand, but the cause of the problem may be a misaligned vertebrae in the spine.)

Symptoms may include pain, muscle tightness, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness. Sometimes there may not be any symptoms at all. A chiropractor’s job, in the most basic sense, is to properly detect and diagnose spinal misalignments and provide a specific spinal adjustment. The adjustment restores proper motion and alignment of the spine, decreasing irritation to the nerves, and restoring proper function to the body.

Why should I choose Dr. Porterfield and Arizona Active Chiropractic?

Here are the Top 10 reasons:
1. Professional athletes have trusted me with their health. You can too.

2. I am in network with almost all insurance companies.

3. Your time slot is for you and you only. I’m not booking multiple people within 15-30 minutes of each other. That means hardly any waiting and you won’t be rushed in and out because 4 other people are waiting, too.

4. I get results.

5. If I don’t get the results we’re looking for, then I will help you find someone who can.

6. I understand how the body works. Just because you have pain one place doesn’t necessarily mean all of your problems are in that one location. The body has a way of creating pain in one location due to a compensation from somewhere else. I’ll find the compensations and treat the cause of the problem.

7. I combine treatment for the joints with treatment for the soft tissue in order to get you better faster.

8. The youngest person I have treated so far was 4-weeks-old (colic), and the oldest was 102-years-old. I’m sure there is a good chance that you fit somewhere between that range.

9. My goal is to keep you active, not tell you to stop being active. I could tell you to stop lifting, running, working, etc., but then what’s the point?

10. First and foremost, my main objective is to get you feeling better as fast as I can. It may sound obvious, but I’ve learned from experience that not every practitioner makes this their primary goal.

How much will it cost?

The cost of care will vary depending upon your insurance plan. Everybody’s insurance coverage is different. We can find out what your chiropractic benefits are for you. If you do not have insurance or any chiropractic coverage, the cost of each visit would be roughly $40-$50.

How long will it take?

As far as visits go, the first visit will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending upon the complexity of the condition. Every other visit should take between 15-25 minutes. AZ Active Chiro uses a model that values quality over quantity. Each visit provides the amount of time necessary to give great quality care.

As for how long it will take for you to get better, than depends on your specific situation. It also depends on your goals. It may be possible to get you out of pain in only a visit or two. It might take a couple of months to fully correct the problems that are bringing you into the office. Some people understand that the absence of pain doesn’t necessarily mean the problem is fully corrected. They choose to continue care in order to correct certain imbalances in the musculoskeletal system to prevent the pain from coming back with activity.
Regardless of the situation, if no progress is made after 2 weeks of consistant care, we will find an alternative route for you to get care.

I heard that once you start going to a chiropractor, you always have to keep going. What’s up with that?

Like I said above, it all depends on what your goals are. Some people get better very quickly and they live pain-free for a very long time. Some people feel relief quickly and choose to go about their lives as they did before seeing me, yet the problem might return a short while after. Then they return to the office for treatment again. This is how I usually explain it to people: as stated above, misalignments of the spine create irritation or pressure to a nerve which produces unwanted symptoms. I can correctly align the vertebrae in the spine and reduce the symptoms.

Now imagine that the vertebrae of the spine are similar to teeth in the mouth in the sense that they may not always be aligned properly. If you put braces on teeth for only a week and then take them off, the teeth will shift right back to where they were. Same thing goes for the spine. I can treat you a few times and achieve relief, but if your issues have been present for a while, then there is a good chance that the vertebrae will shift back if we discontinue care. This is why it is always an option, and recommended, to continue with treatment for a bit (1-4 weeks depending upon your goals) once the symptoms have resolved to ensure that the spine stays aligned properly, the muscles in the area are no longer hypertonic (too tight), and in some cases exercises can even be done to ensure good support and stability and prevent a relapse.

Then there is the option of maintainence. You might know somebody who has been going to the chiropractor once every other week, or once a month for years. I would presume that person is feeling well for the most part and continues going to the chiropractor in order to keep themselves feeling good. Using the teeth/braces analogy, this person is now wearing their retainer every night in order to prevent things from going haywire again. This is called maintainence care. If you enjoy feeling good and don’t want to ever feel the discomfort that first brought you into the office, then you would probably choose to drop in once a month to get checked and treated for any underlying issues before they become symptomatic again.
The choice is yours. I’ll be here to help you when you need it.

What’s that popping sound?

When an adjustment is made to the spine, you may or may not hear a popping sound. That is the sound of nitrogen gas exiting the joint space when the bones are moved. It is not the sound of anything breaking or cracking.

Can you help problems that don’t involve the back or neck?

Absolutely! I have helped people with problems literally from head to toe. It feels great to rid somebody of their headaches or migraines. Many people in Arizona take advantage of the great weather and take up running. Do you know how many foot/ankle/lower leg/knee/groin/hip problems I see? A lot! Due to my own history of shoulder problems, I have taken a special interest in shoulders. This has allowed me to successfully treat shoulders on everyone from a 60+-year-old woman with a frozen shoulder, to a Major League Baseball pitcher post-op. With the use of spinal adjustments, extremity adjustments, and Active Release Technique, I feel confident that I can treat just about any condition. And if I can’t, then I will help you find the person who can.

What’s Active Release Techniques (ART)?

ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

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Chandler, AZ 85225

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