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162 Boylston St, Suite 41
Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-451-1111
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Administrative Questions
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
  A:  Cash
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Creditcards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
Insurance: Dr. Chartoff is a preferred provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United, and Harvard Pilgrim insurance companies. We also accept other kinds of health insurance (Aetna, Cigna, PHCS, HCVM and many more). We would be happy to check chiropractic benefits for you. We also do all the billing for you.
     
Q: Do you handle Worker's Compensation and Auto Liability cases?
  A: 

Absolutely.

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Questions About Chiropractic
Q: What causes that cracking sound during an adjustment?
  A:  Not all techniques produce that cracking or popping sound, but many do. It is the sound of release caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated.
     
Q: Is it bad to crack your neck or back frequently?
  A:  Feeling the need to crack your neck or back is caused by tension from fixated vertebra, which causes another part of the spine to compensate by moving too much and making that popping sound. The fixated part of the spine should be adjusted by a chiropractor to balance the rest of the spine.
     
Q: Am I adjusting myself when I crack my neck or back?
  A:  Cracking your neck or back provides temporary relief but the urge to crack will soon return because the spinal tension has not been corrected.
     
Q: Can I detect a subluxation myself?
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You may have a subluxation for a long time before any symptoms appear. It is possible for you to know you have a subluxation, but it is rarely possible to know that you do not. That is why periodic spinal checkups are a good idea.

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Q: Can I just go to a chiropractor once?
  A:  Once is certainly better than never. Chiropractic can help in so many ways it is a great idea to talk to a chiropractor about your specific needs.
     
Q: Is chiropractic addictive?
  A:  It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced from chiropractic care. You may become more aware of your body and know when you have lost your alignment.
     
Q: What will happen if I stop going?
  A:  Spine and nerve stress will continue to accumulate, but it will not be eliminated or reduced if you discontinue chiropractic care. If the stress is not relieved your health will suffer, just as it suffers if you never go to a chiropractor.
     
Q: Can spines go back in place themselves?
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Yes. It is possible for spines to accidentally adjust as a result of a fall or trauma. A professional adjustment is a lot safer. Also, different types of therapy including massage and other body work can reduce musculoskeletal stress, sometimes allowing the spine to automatically realign. A cathartic emotional release, and even a great night's sleep, can occasionally correct a subluxation.

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Q: Is chiropractic safe?
  A:  Chiropractic is among the safest forms of healing.
     
Q: Is massage similar to chiropractic?
  A:  No, chiropractic works with the spinal column, nervous system, meninges, and body structure, while massage deals with muscle tension, circulation and body fluid drainage.
 
Q: Do chiropractors have medical (MD) degrees?
  A:  Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degrees that are granted from chiropractic colleges. MD and DC education are similar in some ways but different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and medical doctors do not correct the vertebral subluxation complex.
     
Q: Can I go to a chiropractor while undergoing medical care?
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Yes, having your subluxations corrected is always important. Many MD's and DC's work together to help patients.

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Q: Do chiropractors work in hospitals?
  A:  DC's in hospitals are becoming more common, beginning to make natural methods of chiropractic care available to hospital patients.
     
Q: Can someone who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
  A:  Yes, chiropractic can even help prevent repeated operations.
     
Q: Can chiropractic prevent back surgery?
  A:  In many cases, yes.
     
Q: Can someone with a broken back or neck see a chiropractor?
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After the break heals, chiropractic checkups are recommended for people who have had broken bones because accidents usually cause subluxations. There is no need to worry about the safety of an adjustment for healed bones. A broken bone forms a callus or bone scar when it heals that is actually stronger than the rest of the bone.

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If you have any questions not answered here please email them to Dr. Chartoff at drchartoff@boston-chiropractic.com or call 617-451-1111.