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FAQ: Chiropractic Care | Bastrop County, Tex.

What Conditions do Chiropractors Treat?

The most common conditions most people seek out a Doctor of Chiropractic is for pain in the low back, neck, midback, shoulder, wrist and hand, and headaches. Many people continue to see their doctor of chiropractor to maintain their optimal spinal function and health.

How is a Chiropractic Adjustment Performed?

There are several types of techniques. There is an osseous adjustment in which there is an audible “popping sound” and an instrument adjustment. The key in the best Bastrop chiropractic adjustments, regardless of technique, is determining the segment needing adjustment and the line of drive for correction. Proper post analysis to determine correction is vital.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

A joint restriction causes a loss of mobility like a door that will not open all the way. If you take the door to its limit and impulse, you will improve the range of motion of the door. A joint that is out of alignment and restricted will cause gases to be released resulting in a popping sound when the joint is restored to its normal motion and position.


Common Conditions Treated


Is Chiropractic Effective for Low Back Pain?

According to a study published in the journal Spine, manual chiropractic adjustments, otherwise known as spinal manipulation therapy, can be a more effective treatment for acute pain in the lower back than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Does Chiropractic Relieve headaches?

Pressure on the nerves in the upper neck are often responsible for headaches. Gentle adjustments restore the normal alignment and soft tissue mobilization and stretching speed the healing process.

Does Chiropractic help whiplash?

Studies show untreated 43 percent of patients will suffer chronic neck pain following a whiplash. A study researching the benefits of Chiropractic demonstrated a 93% improvement rate in the chiropractic group. Injury 1996 Nov; 27(9)643-5

Can chiropractic help shoulder pain?

Our Board-Certified Rehabilitation and Strengthening expert and female chiropractor Dr. Wendee Whitehead has helped many patients have full recovery of their shoulder injuries and pain.

Can children benefit from Chiropractic Care?

Children respond quickly to Chiropractic. Chiropractic is safe and healthy and does not cause side effects that drugs do. Chiropractic Care is always adapted for the individual. Chiropractic Care for children is very gentle.

Can chiropractic help TMJ pain?

Dr. Wendee Whitehead combines gentle soft tissue mobilization and activator techniques to relieve the most painful TMJ’s.

Can Chiropractic help Neck Pain?

The key to relieving neck pain is to find the underlying cause. Sometimes improper posture aggravates the neck, sometimes it is a pillow, an imbalance of muscles with overactive and tight upper back muscles and weak lower shoulder stabilizer muscles can cause neck pain. Faulty breathing patterns can exacerbate neck pain and education in proper breathing offers relief. Our Doctor of Chiropractic, Wendee Whitehead will take the time and has the expertise to relieve your neck pain.

Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic?

Dr. Wendee Whitehead does not accept health insurance. However, she does accept letters of protection in accident cases. Most patients find that her fees are well below what the co-pay would be on their insurance. More doctors of all types of care are opting out of insurance because they can provide higher quality care to their patients.

Are Doctors of Chiropractic allowed to practice in hospitals or use outpatient facilities?

Doctors of Chiropractic were first allowed to treat patients in a hospital setting in 1983. Most chiropractors refer out for labs and x-rays when necessary.

What type of education and training do Chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are required to pass a 4-year doctorate program with a minimum of 4200 classroom hours. Chiropractors have more classroom hours in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, neurology, orthopedics, and radiology. In fact, Chiropractors have more total classroom hours than medical doctors as you can see in the chart.

Is Chiropractic Treatment ongoing?

Dr. Gonstead when asked how many adjustments a patient needed would reply… Just enough…. How much force…Just enough. Most patients realize the value of chiropractic in their health and wellness.

The concept of Just enough describes visiting the chiropractor just enough to restore normal joint function and relieve pain.
Patients suffering from an acute injury usually need to treatment more frequently in the beginning of care and then their visits reduced as they improve.

When a patient has full range of motion and no pain, I recommend visits at one month. If they maintain full range of motion and no pain at 1 month I recommend longer. Chiropractic Adjustments combined with a home exercise program will help patients have a pain free happy life.

How do I Choose the Right Chiropractor for me?

There are distinct types of chiropractors. Like golfers, you have the weekend golfer who is happy slugging away and you have Tiger Woods, who has committed his life to improving his game. The best chiropractors are the ones committed to excellence in technique and determining the true cause of a patient’s pain and restoring them to a pain free life.

About Dr. Wendee Whitehead

Dr. Wendee Whitehead completed her B.Sc. degree from The University of Texas in Austin and graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 1988 with academic excellence. She is Board Certified in Rehabilitation and Strengthening. She has advanced training in Gonstead, Thompson and she is Proficiency rated in Activator Technique. She completed a 120-hour certification in soft tissue injury and neurology covering advanced topics of whiplash injuries.

Dr. Wendee Whitehead has carefully invested in the most proven techniques to get you fast, gentle and effective results without having to drive into Austin.

Dr. Wendee Whitehead practiced in Austin for 29 years before opening her home office in McDade, Texas. Her mission is to offer extraordinary care in a safe environment.

She has combined her love of Chiropractic, Pilates and Rehabilitation in a serene country setting. Her home office focuses on a detailed history to discover the underlying cause of your pain, a thorough exam and a comprehensive treatment built on individual needs