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Lakeshore Chiropractic
275 Pearl Nix Pkwy SW, Ste 1
Gainesville, GA 30501
(P) 770.532.8200
(F) 844.272.8652

Hours:
M/W/Th 8am - 12pm & 3pm - 6pm
Tues 8am - 12pm
Fri 9am - 12pm
Sat 9am - 11am
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What is a chiropractic adjustment?
What is the popping sound I hear during an adjustment?
What is a “subluxation”?
What are the warning signs of a subluxation?
Is Chiropractic safe?
Why do children need chiropractic care?
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Can I adjust myself?
How long will I need chiropractic care?
What kind of training do chiropractors have?
Do you take insurance? What if I don’t have insurance?
Is there a way to pay a minimal fee each month so I can afford to get the care I need?

What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is when a Doctor of Chiropractic applies specific pressure, normally by hand, to a vertebral joint that is subluxated (“locked up” or not moving properly), restoring spinal function and mobility. Chiropractic healthcare is based upon the scientific premise that when the bones of the skeletal system are misaligned, resulting in subluxations, nerve transmission is disrupted, causing pain and illness in the back, as well as other areas of the body.

What is the popping sound I hear during an adjustment?
The sound that you hear when an adjustment is made is similar to what you may hear when someone “pops” their knuckles. This popping sound is simply the harmless escape of a Nitrogen bubble escaping the joint capsule. Nitrogen accumulates in a joint as a by-product of the chemical reactions in the soft tissue surrounding a joint.

What is a “subluxation”?
The spinal cord passes along a passageway made up of vertebrae. The spinal cord connects every cell, tissue and organ of your body to your brain through a pair of nerve roots that branch off from it. Millions of impulses flow continuously from the brain, along the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue, and back again, continuously monitoring how your body is functioning.

Subluxations (also known as “Segmental Dysfuntions”) are problem areas of your spine where the spinal bones are misaligned or have lost their normal range of movement. The result is that communication, via nerve cells, to and from your brain is impaired, which can cause severe dysfunctions and conditions. Subluxations may also involve muscles, discs, ligaments and tendons.

What are the warning signs of a subluxation?
Symptoms may include headaches, back pain, stiffness of the neck, shoulder pain, arm or leg pain, numbness in the hands or feet, fatigue or nervousness. Symptoms usually manifest themselves long after the root cause (the subluxation) is discovered, so treatment of the subluxation is critical to providing symptom relief, as well as long-term results in avoiding the reoccurrence of such.

Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic care is extremely safe. For more information on the safety of Chiropractic, please click here.

Why do children need chiropractic care?
Many spinal problems seen in adults begin in childhood, including during the birthing process. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health. Regular chiropractic checkups are helpful to monitor spinal development as infants sit upright, support their heads, learn to crawl and take their first steps. Chiropractic adjusting techniques are modified to fit the child’s size, weight, and unique spinal problem. Chiropractic care for children has been effective in the treatment of: asthma, allergies, colic, frequent colds, ear infections, headaches, hyperactivity, childhood fevers, reflux, trouble nursing, trouble sleeping, bed wetting, behavioral problems (ADD), upper respiratory infections, scoliosis, head tilt, high shoulder or hip, and sports injuries.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique medical history and condition and develops an individual course of care. Additionally, there may be multiple patients that complain of headaches as a symptom, yet there may be a different root cause for each person. Each patient has a unique situation, and is, thus, treated with an individual treatment plan.

Can I adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is most often counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can even be dangerous. Even your doctor must seek out the services of another Chiropractic colleague to help restore and maintain his/her spinal function.

How long will I need chiropractic care?
The answer to this is entirely dependent upon your current health, as well as the type and severity of condition(s) from which you are suffering. Spinal problems neglected since early childhood may require ongoing care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.

Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help them maintain optimal health. Those who are active, have stressful jobs or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive care is helpful in the maintenance of good health. Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their pain becomes unbearable. When someone seeks chiropractic care solely for the alleviation of pain symptoms, a treatment plan which will not only reduce or eliminate these symptoms, but also treat the core cause of the problem will be recommended to reduce the likelihood that these symptoms reoccur. Ultimately, you will govern the decisions as to your goals in utilizing chiropractic care and the amount of time and resources you put forth in optimizing your health via chiropractic.

What kind of training do chiropractors have?
Doctors of Chiropractic are well-educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others.  Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. 

In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes over 4400 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.  After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Doctors then apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques. To see more on the educational requirements, please click here

Do you take insurance? What if I don’t have insurance?

Yes, and the likelihood, if you have healthcare insurance of some type, is very strong that Chiropractic care is covered

Some interesting facts, per the American Chiropractic Association1:

  • Chiropractic treatment is a covered benefit in nearly all traditional insurance policies. As many as 87 percent of all insured American workers have coverage for chiropractic services in their health care plans.
  • The U.S. Congress has authorized that certain chiropractic services for all Americans be covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
  • All 50 states have authorized the provision of chiropractic care under state workers’ compensation laws.
  • Chiropractic care is available to members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases in the U.S., and more than 60 Veteran’s Administration (VA) medical facilities.
  • Federal employees have chiropractic coverage in the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program and in the Federal Employee Worker’s Compensation Program.
  • Chiropractic services are included in the Railroad Retirement Act.
  • The Internal Revenue Service includes chiropractic services as a valid medical deduction.

For your convenience, we will gladly bill your insurance company on your behalf.

No insurance? We always provide affordable care, so no worries.  We have served the Gainesville community for the past 25 years by providing superior care at values that allow those that need care to receive it.

Dr. Mionie has a personal commitment to providing this care to this community and has made it a core value of the practice to provide care for all that need Chiropractic care.


Is there a way to pay a minimal fee each month so I can afford to get the care I need?
Yes. We took our commitment to providing care at reasonable rates to the next level and partnered with Care Credit Payment Plans, a GE Money Bank company, providing you with no interest payment plans (speak with the Lakeshore Chiropractic staff for more details). Also, the office accepts most major credit cards, including, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.


1. American Chiropratic Association website - https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Access-Coverage/Insurance-Coverage