Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions
If you have never been to a chiropractor, you probably have lots of questions. We have listed several of the most common chiropractic questions and answers below. If you have more questions please feel free to submit it to us or just give us a call. We love to talk with new patients and help them learn more about what we can do to reduce pain and improve peoples lives.
Dr. Hoeffner and Cooper will be happy to answer your questions.
General Chiropractic Questions
What precautions are you taking to protect patients from COVID 19?
We take our patients health and safety seriously. To ensure your visit is a safe for all our patients we have taken the following steps:
- All treatment tables and equipment is sanitized with hosptital grade sanitizer before and after each patient.
- All surfaces in the office are constantly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day such as chairs, door nobs, bathroom surfaces.
- Touchless check in and checkout proceedures are in place.
- Touchless office entry using foot handles.
- Doctors and staff are wearing masks during all patient visits.
- Plexiglass protection between office staff and patients.
Of course we ask that all patients who may have been exposed or are symptomatic do NOT come to the office.
Who should visit a chiropractor?
Anyone who is experiencing pain in their back, neck, jaw, shoulders, ribs, knees, ankles, arms or hands as well as individuals with headaches, dizziness and/or balance problems.
Anyone who hasn’t been to a chiropractor on a periodic basis to have their joints, muscles and nerves functioning at optimal levels.
What do chiropractors do?
After careful diagnosis and analysis, chiropractors use a number of gentle techniques to relieve pain and restore normal function, often patients feel better shortly after their treatments. In additional to adjustments, various therapies may be used to reduce inflammation and reduce pain. These therapies may include Cold Laser treatments, TENS therapy, massage therapy, and various physical therapies. Most patient copays cover the full cost of adjustments and therapies.
How much time will I spend at the Chiropractic office?
The initial visit includes a significant conversation about your health and movement as well as a number of tests to determine which approach will work best. If warranted, digital x-rays may be taken on site. That visit will likely last between 45-60 minutes. Subsequent visits usually average 15-30 minutes.
What should I bring to the office on my first visit?
You must have a valid Photo Id. If you will be using health insurance, your insurance card or insurance information including the member id will be needed.
Upon arrival, you will be asked to fill out a new patient information form which will ask about how you are feeling, a brief medical history , HIPPA disclosure form, financial responsibility disclosure and a treatment consent form. This form can be downloaded and filled out in advance by clicking here. You may also want to review our About US and testimonial pages as well.
Will I be asked to sign a contract for a specific number of visits?
Absolutely not! We do not believe in extended contracts. Appointments are based on your need and how you are feeling. We typically see new patients 2-3 times a week for a week or two until they are feeling better and we are confident adjustments are holding.
Optilife does recommend maintenance adjustments once a month to prevent problems from arising. Pain is often one of the last symptoms of a problem affecting your health. We do offer care plans for families to help reduce the cost of family treatments.
Do you take walk-ins?
Yes for existing patients. Because new patients take more time we would prefer that you schedule an appointment. However, we can usually accomodate new patients the same day if you call before noon. Give us a call 813 926-9500. We are here to help!
Do accept insurance and medicare?
Yes we do. We are in network with most of the common health insurance providers in the Tampa, Fl area. Please see our Insurance page for more information.
We also accept Medicare patients.
Do you have a massage therapist on site?
Yes! Fred Fields is a liscensed massage therapist who specializes in active massage therapy techniques. Fred is also certified in pre-natal massage therapy and advanced stretching. Fred has raving fans here at Optilife.
Can I bring my children with me to my our appointment?
Yes of course your children are welcome. We are a family friendly office and often treat children of all ages. We have kids toys and our pups to play with during your visit. For their safety, we ask that you keep your children with you in the treatment rooms while being adjusted.
About Our Services
General Chiropractic Care
Optilife chiropractic services provide targeted and affordable chiropractic care for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. Optilife chiropractors use gentle adjustment techniques designed to help you feel better quickly. We accept most major insurances and provide affordable options for non insured patients. We recommend a treatment plan designed to get you back to a pain free healthy lifestyle. Then it is up to you to determine when you need to come back, although monthly chiropractic services are always recommended. There are no long term treatment contracts!
Prenatal Chiropractic Care
OptiLife is home to one of the most experienced prenatal and pediatric chiropractors in Tampa Florida. Dr. Amanda Metzger has extensive specialized training in the care of mothers, moms-to-be and children. Prenatal chiropractic adjustments will help with the “normal” back-aches and pains associated with pregnancy or the post-natal period. Therefore ensuring optimal spinal and pelvic health. We use specialized approaches for pregnant women, including the Webster technique that was specifically designed to help mothers through their pregnancy.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care
Pediatric Chiropractor Dr. Amanda Metzger loves to treat kids from infancy to Adulthood. Children of all ages can benefit from gentle child specific chiropractic adjustments. Strong evidence suggest kids Chiropractic treatments may help resolve many common childhood conditions. Read More.
Auto Accidents and Whiplash
Auto accident injuries can include the spinal column being jarred out of alignment which cause mild to severe pain. Whiplash is also a common injury to the neck area that can be successfully treated by a chiropractor.
Dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident can be stressful and confusing. Optilife’s staff are experienced and can help you navigate through the process to ensure you get the help and benefits you deserve.
Whether born naturally or via C-section your baby endures traumatic stresses to his/her spine and spinal cord while coming into this world. Chiropractic care is very important for infants.
Learn more about gentle chiropractic adjustments for newborns.
If you’re an athlete, you understand that even a minor injury can interfere with your training and active lifestyle. Optilife chiropractors and massage therapist understand the need for proactive and restorative sports rehabilitatio and therapy. Read more about sports therapy and rehabilitation.
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