Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about NUCCA Chiropractic care?

Below are some common questions. Please visit our page on The Chiropractic Experience at Wellspring Centre. Scroll down for questions about Acupuncture.

Should I be concerned about the x-rays you take?

Absolutely not. The developers of the NUCCA procedure have taken many steps to enable NUCCA doctors to take the best films with the least possible x-ray exposure. In addition to this, we use digital high frequency x-ray technology in our office, further reducing the dose. The established guidelines for personal x-ray exposure are no more than 5000 mrem in a year. A typical CT scan is 800-1100 mrem. A mammogram is 30 mrem. A complete NUCCA x-ray series is less than 10 mrem. Even the most difficult case would rarely receive more than 30 mrem in an entire year.

Here is some helpful information to help you understand x-rays:

What is Radiation?

Radiation is a form of energy that is a part of our everyday lives. All of us receive a “dose” of radiation each day. Most of the dose comes from naturally occurring radioactive materials such as uranium, thorium, radon, and certain forms of potassium and carbon. The air we breathe contains radon, the food we eat contains uranium and thorium from the soil, and our bodies contain radioactive forms of potassium and carbon. Cosmic radiation from the sun also contributes to our natural radiation dose.

We also receive radiation doses from man-made sources such as X-rays, nuclear medical procedures, power plants, smoke detectors and older television sets. Some people, such as nuclear plant operators, flight crews, and nuclear medicine staff may also receive an occupational radiation dose.

Measuring Dose

Radiation doses are normally measured in a unit called the rem. The dose is based both on the amount of radiation received by an individual and the biological effect associated with the particular type of radiation. Since our radiation doses are normally very small, we usually record the dose in millirem (mrem). One rem equals 1,000 mrem.

Most of us receive about 360 mrem a year from the radioactive sources listed below. About 300 mrem comes from natural sources, and the other 60 mrem from man-made sources. To put this in perspective, the average dose from a chest X-ray is about 10 mrem, and we get about 3 mrem when we make a cross country flight.

Levels of Radiation:
  • Complete NUCCA x-ray Series (5 views): 10 millirem
  • Gastrointestinal series (upper & lower): 1400 millirem
  • CT Scan (head & body): 1100 millirem Radon in average household: 200 millirem/year
  • Plutonium-powered pacemaker: 100 millirem/year
  • Natural radioactivity in your body: 40 millirem/year Cosmic radiation: 31 millirem/year
  • Mammogram: 30 millirem
  • Smoking Cigarettes (1 pack/day): 15-20 millirem/year
  • Consumer products: 11 millirem/year
  • Chest X-ray: 10 millirem
  • Dental X-ray: 10 millirem
  • Using natural gas in the home: 9 millirem/year
  • Road construction material: 4 millirem/year
  • Living near a nuclear power station: 1 millirem/year
  • Air travel (every 2006 miles): 1 millirem
  • *Source, 2004 DOE Annual Site Environmental Report Summary

Do you take insurance?

We are not in network, or a preferred provider for any insurance company.

Here’s what we DO do:

We offer Super Reciepts to our patients rather than billing the insurance companies directly. A Super Receipt is a receipt that has your insurance information on it, as well as all of the billed charges and payments made for that date of service. We will provide you with a stamped envelope for you to drop off in the mailbox on your way out the door, or at your convenience. This way your billing gets done after every appointment! This will allow for faster and possibly higher reimbursements for you.

We recommend you call your insurance company to verify coverage for out-of-network providers if you are curious what you might be reimbursed.

Do you take Medicare?

The care we provide at Wellspring Centre is not deemed medically necessary by Medicare. If you are a Medicare recipient and would like to become a new patient please note: we take payment at time of service; we will submit billing for any potentially covered charges. More often we see charges being denied in our office. Please be financially prepared to cover 100% of your visit fees.

How long does it take to notice results?

Most of our patients report noticeable changes within a day following their first correction. Other cases take more time of staying in alignment to experience change. The most important factor in experiencing life-long change it to restore and maintain a balanced body. Once the correction has stabilized (which usually happens in about 6 weeks), we recommend a wellness maintenance schedule that works for you (usually quarterly).

How does adjusting my neck help lower back pain?

Lower back pain has many causes. Often degeneration, muscle spasms, disc bulges, and other common low back problems are related to the stress of body imbalance. These often quickly resolve following the NUCCA spinal correction. At Wellspring Centre for Body Balance we also must do our due diligence to rule out any complicating factors.

I don’t live in Southern Oregon, but I’ve heard about you and would like to come see you. What can you do for me?

If this is your situation, please call. We’ll be happy to discuss it with you

I used to drive 4 hours to see a NUCCA practitioner, and you’re closer. What can you do for me?

This situation varies on a person-by-person basis. If this is your situation, we will discuss your case with your current NUCCA practitioner and gather important information to help us proceed. Call our office and we can arrange this for you.

How do you protect my personal information?

Our online intake forms use high-grade 256 bit SSL encryption for secure (https) connections, the same level of security used by banks and other financial institutions. Your form results are encrypted using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)algorithm, the encryption standard adopted by the United States government. Digital data in our office is stored on a fire-walled, password protected computer under lock and key. Paper-based data is contained in a locked file.

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Please also visit our page on The Acupuncture Experience at Wellspring Centre.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of an ancient healing system that treats medical problems, prevents disease, promotes health and maintains well-being. By inserting ultra-thin, disposable needles into specific points on the body, the person’s own inner resources are stimulated to correct chemical and structural imbalances. Acupuncture is a time tested method of promoting health and healing. It can be used in conjunction with many other types of medicine & healing practices, including conventional medicine. When practiced by a licensed professional it is safe, the risk of side effects are extremely low, and it has been proven to work time and time again!

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a therapy which uses natural laws and energetic with the application of needles and pressure to specific “points” on the body. These points are grouped along specific pathways or meridians that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is either absent, deficient, interrupted, excessive or blocked in an area, health is disrupted, resulting in illness or pain. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is released and regulated, and health is restored. Studies indicate that Acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system.

Evidence shows Acupuncture releases endorphins from the brain which make it particularly effective in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture works with the body, harmonizing and balancing energy. It improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.

Who should get Acupuncture?

Anyone and everyone is welcome to get Acupuncture! Many people seek acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, and some because they simply feel generally unwell. Others use Acupuncture as a preventative method to maintain good health. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, including babies and children and can be used alongside conventional medicine. Acupuncture has been used worldwide on millions of people to treat an endless list of diseases that range from acute to chronic and even life threatening illnesses. Please visit our Acupuncture page and scroll down to the bottom to see a list of conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture.

What can Acupuncture do for me?

Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints such as headaches, skin conditions, respiratory disorders, allergies, gynecological problems, neck, back and dental pain, to a more general feeling of ill health such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, emotional issues, digestive problems or low energy.

Acupuncture is used in the treatment of a variety of conditions and in conjunction with Western Medicine to both enhance its benefits and to minimize side effects from things like IVF, chemotherapy and pre or post-operative procedures. Increasingly women are choosing to have Acupuncture to assist in conception, to support them throughout pregnancy, labour and after giving birth and to treat menopausal symptoms. Acupuncture can also be particularly effective when used in conjunction with Herbal Medicine, Massage and Dietary Therapy or alongside other therapies such as Chiropractic treatments

What is a treatment like?

During your visit you will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatments you have received in the past, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. Your pulses will be felt on both wrists and your tongue will be observed. Depending on your complaint other forms of diagnosis may be used, such as postural analysis and range of movement may be observed. In the case of back pain, the musculature and underlying structures of the back will be palpated. A thorough analysis will be conducted and a personalized treatment individual to you will be formed. Usually 8 to 14 needles are used in a typical treatment (depending on your condition) and are retained for 20 minutes.

The Acupuncture points used are not always close to the part of the body where you experience the problem. For example, although you might suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand. There may be other modalities such as cupping, moxa or Tuina massage used as well. In combination these techniques work on a wide range of problems and are very effective, not to mention they feel wonderful!

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Because Acupuncture treatments are drug-free, you avoid the risk of drugs which can cause many side-effects and even a dependency. During each Acupuncture session your acupuncturist can adjust the treatment according to your symptoms so that you receive constant monitoring of any changes. Acupuncturists receive extensive training and are licensed by strict state and country regulatory boards. Many highly trained acupuncturists work closely with medical doctors in their local community who regularly find the combination of treatments is very effective and beneficial for the patient.

Acupuncture needles are very different from the needles that most of us are used to. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use and very thin and flexible. People are surprised to see how thin Acupuncture needles are and any hesitation about the treatment usually disappears after the first needle is inserted. Many patient’s do not feel the insertion of the needles, while other may feel a slight pinch or poke that quickly subsides. There is often a sensation that accompanies Acupuncture which patients may describe as feeling heavyness or tingling. After the needles are inserted most patients feel so relaxed and comfortable they often fall asleep until their treatment is finished

How many times do I need to come?

The frequency and length of your treatment will depend on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after five treatments, although sometimes after only one or two treatments. Some patients may need treatment over several months or long-term especially in the context of chronic conditions or pain management. You will normally be asked to come once a week for the first month, unless your case is acute or severe.

After their symptoms have resolved many patients choose to have regular treatments to maintain their health, or they may return for a couple of treatments when they feel they are ready to work on something else. Some people return just because they like how relaxing it is, and it allows them to take time for themselves.

Should I tell my Doctor?

Acupuncture is very compatible with other types of medical treatment. It is a good idea to tell your Western Medical Doctor that you are having Acupuncture treatments. If you are taking medications, don’t stop them without the advice of you doctor. As treatment progresses, you and your doctor may discuss changing the dose or stopping it all together. If you would prefer, I can also talk with your doctor when the time comes.

Where can I learn more about Acupuncture?

For more information about Acupuncture, please visit these websites:

  1. www.acupuncture.com
  2. www.acupuncturetoday.com
  3. www.itmonline.org
  4. www.tcm.health-info.org