ChiroCare Center

Suzanne P. Grondin, DC

124 Maine Street, Suite 215, Brunswick, Me


Q: Why get chiropractic treatment?

A: Think of your body as the vehicle that gets you around. You would never drive a car that was out of its normal alignment as it would gradually become more and more obvious that its function is being lost. That’s true with the dynamic functioning of your body too. You can trade your car in for a new one, but the vehicle that moves you through life is the only one you get for your entire life. Keeping it working properly just makes good sense.

Q: How do I know if I need chiropractic treatment?

A: Generally, if you have had a serious injury or if you feel a recurring muscle tightness, a recurring pain or loss of normal range of movement, or loss of normal sensation, you should be evaluated for abnormal joint function. Ideally, the sooner you seek correction of a disruption to your body’s normal function, the faster the restoration and the less consequences of further complications in the future.

Q: Why do some people need more treatment than others?

A: When a problem has been ignored for a long period of time the body accommodates the best that it can. When a joint segment is out of its normal functioning mode, the proprioceptive nerves responsible for coordinating movement get disrupted and irritated by the abnormal pressures applied by that joint. The nerves fire out a protective response to the surrounding muscles to tightened up and splint the area from continuing to move. This tightening of muscles causes a loss of normal range of motion around that region, thus calling upon the surrounding joints and muscles to make up the difference. This creates more movement than those joints were designed to produce. It then creates strain and eventually the same irritation to the nerves with the same reflexive tightening of the surrounding muscles. A domino effect is created. When this happens, patients often come in with multiple areas of complaints and feeling like their body is out of control. Chiropractic treatment now becomes a process of having to address much more than just one complaint region. Rehabilitation may take months and also involve specific home exercises, life style changes, therapeutic massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, and even medical intervention. These are the most appreciative patients we see because they have their lives returned to a normal they may have believed would not be possible again.

Q: How does chiropractic work?

A: Chiropractic restores the nerves, muscles and joints to their maximum normal functioning mode. The chiropractor utilizes their quick responses to testing. The doctor’s observation and evaluation of the nerve reactions, the joint symmetry and muscle tension areas all help to direct a focus of treatment. The “Adjustment”, the force applied by the Activator instrument, is applied to the problem area and creates what can be similarly thought of as a “reset” to the nerve regions involved.

Q: When I get chiropractic treatment, will I get “cracked” and will it hurt?

A: No. The typically learned Chiropractic and Osteopathic techniques use a fairly forceful thrust into the joints which makes a cracking sound. But, ChiroCare uses a very gentle tool called the Activator instrument to deliver the needed force to make adjustments. It is usually experienced as very relaxing. In fact, attesting to the comfort, most people’s first comments after the first application are something like “Are you sure that does anything?” The instrument’s rubber contact point is a mere ½” in diameter making it very precise. Being very small in area of impact, the physics of the process allows a very high speed but low force. Up to 300 times faster than the human hand can deliver and too fast to hear an audible “crack”!

Q: What can I expect at my first visit?

A: At your first visit, you’ll be given time to fill out the paperwork. You’ll also be given time for the examination and treatment. Unlike a lot of chiropractors we never take x-rays. The only time we require them is if we suspect a fracture from an injury or if your treatment indicates that more information would be helpful in deciding a plan of care for you.

Q: Do children need chiropractic too?

A: Yes. Children are very active and are involved in falls and injuries on a regular basis. The good news is that because they’re so active, they’ll likely induce a movement which will naturally correct any abnormal joint function on their own. But if a child complains of pain on a regular basis, there’s a good chance they’ve not been able to self-correct any alignment problems. If their neuromusculoskeletal problems are not given proper attention, this could create a chronic problem for the rest of their life which can affect thier structure and overall health. Remember that these nerves also feed growing organs and organ systems. In the most extreme cases, disabilities can start as soon as early adulthood.

Q: Why do people keep going back to a chiropractor?

A: People keep going back to a Chiropractor because of how much better they feel and function. From someone who hasn’t had chiropractic treatment it might be quite hard to understand. When a patient who has had a long term, major pain problem and has tried all other forms of treatment, and only chiropractic has helped them, they don’t hesitate to call again as needed.

When your family or your livelihood depends on you, the pain and disability that come from alignment problems are seriously disruptive. Chiropractic care offers patients the chance to live in freedom from that restrictive and aggravating pain. Patients quickly learn that visiting their chiropractor keeps them free from suffering and from the need of dangerous pain medicines and surgeries.

Q: Which types of treatments do you used most?

A: Our primary source of treatment is with the use an adjusting technique known as “Activator Methods”. Activator Methods utilizes an instrument to give a gentle, quick, and precisely measured thrust into the misaligned, dysfunctional joints.

When following the established protocols of this distinctive chiropractic technique, the patient’s body can be evaluated for specific regions of abnormal joint function. Following the adjustment from the instrument, the technique allows evaluation to show if the joint dysfunction has been corrected with improved segmental relationships restored.

Q: What conditions do chiropractor treat?

A: Chiropractors treat conditions related to nerve, muscle, and joint (neuromusculoskeletal) problems. This includes, but is not limited to neck, back, upper and lower extremity pain, headaches and temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) problems.

Q: Does insurance cover chiropractic?

A: Almost all insurances cover chiropractic and we are providers for many insurances including Medicare.

Q: Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

A: In most cases you do no need a referal to see a Chiropractor. There is a state law that allows patients who have a HMO type of insurance to visit a Chiropractor for any acute episode of neuromusculoskeletal pain without needing a referral. Medicare likewise does not require a referral. There are a few insurance policies which do need a referal and if you have any question you should call the number on the back of your insurance card to inquire if yours does.

Q: How many visits will I need if I go to a chiropractor?

A: It’s impossible to determine the amount of visits needed without first having an initial exam to find the extent of the problem. A follow up visit or two to see how your body is going to respond to the correction will help determine the extent of care. The follow up re-evaluation quickly shows the doctor if your body is having difficulty in returning to its natural mode of functioning.

Everyone is unique and thus their response time varies. But certainly we can say that the longer you’ve had the condition the longer it’ll take to retrain the dysfunctional regions back to normal. ChiroCare will tell you each time you come in how we find you to be progressing and will give you instructions to help accelerate the process as it is appropriate. Our goal is the same as yours: To get you back to feeling your best!

Q: Do you offer preventative/maintenance treatments too?

A: Yes, but only to established patients. Preventative or “Maintenance Care” is available once a patient has gone through an active treatment plan to establish where their major areas of dysfunction lie. When they have come to a maximum level of progress, they have the option of returning for Maintenance Care. We also refer to them as periodic “tune ups”. They can range from every one to six months as is indicated by the progress of their evaluation. Unfortunately, when your maximum progress has been reached, insurances no longer cover follow-up treatments, which means these maintenence visits are not covered by insurance.