Fort Collins Chiropractic Care FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Search through the chiropractic care FAQ section below to find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Please reach out to Dr. McAndrew through email or by calling (970) 631-8799 If you don’t see your question, or if you need any extra assistance.

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions.  DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints.  These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury.  The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.

Palmer Package is group of manual adjusting techniques that are taught at Palmer College of Chiropractic. By training in a group of different techniques, we are able to cater to the patient’s individual needs and make the adjustment more effective and comfortable. The Palmer Package is comprised of Diversified, Gonstead, and Thompson Drop techniques.

Activator Methods is one of the most widely-researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with clinical trial to prove its efficacy.


Need for X-ray will depend on past health history and comprehensive exam findings. Dr. McAndrew has a classic approach to chiropractic and wants to find the problem or “the cause.” When warranted, Dr. McAndrew will use on-site digital x-ray to get a baseline for your spinal health. X-ray takes the guesswork out of chiropractic and lets us visibly see the condition and structure of the spine. “To see is to know.”

However, X-rays are not always needed. Chiropractors are trained in gross anatomy, spinal anatomy, physical diagnosis, and orthopedic testing and will have a good understanding of your health status after comprehensive exam.

By using digital X-ray, Dr. McAndrew is able to create detailed, personalized treatments while greatly reducing exposure to radiation while maintaining an environmentally safe and chemical free atmosphere.

Digital X-ray also allows the use of state-of-the-art chiropractic-specific software to analyze, magnify, and enhance your images. As well as burn patient CD’s of their X-rays to take with them so do not have to request copies between offices.

The combination of conservative chiropractic care and low level laser therapy allows the chiropractor to offer non-invasive treatment to help resolve acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Foot Levelers are specifically made for you. Unlike generic, over-the-counter orthotics, Foot Levelers are individually designed for your unique postural problems – not just problems with your feet. Foot Levelers help correct imbalances in your feet which can help properly align your spine and pelvis.

Most orthotics companies only support one arch. When only one arch is being supported, the problem shifts to another part of your body. Functional orthotics support 3 interconnected arches in your foot, called the plantar vault, providing support for the entire body’s equilibrium. The plantar vault optimizes the body by: 1) giving strength to support the weight of the entire body, 2) permitting flexibility to accommodate changes in terrain, and 3) providing momentum for movement.

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities.

Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.


The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.


Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.

In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary and dependent on each patient’s individual needs.  Through comprehensive exam and periodic re-examinations, our office will tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.