7170 Chagrin Road
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Dr. Ivan Nassif, MS, DC, LAc
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a chiropractic treatment like?:
A typical first visit last approximately 1 hour and will consist of a brief consultation to ensure that the condition that treatment is being sought for can be helped with chiropractic care. Next a detailed examination will be performed including thorough orthopedic and neurological tests. Upon completion of the examination X-rays may be taken to help in the diagnosis of the patient’s condition. Dr Nassif will go over the findings and present a treatment plan. If chiropractic treatment is warranted, the initial treatment will be performed on that day.
A chiropractic treatment consists of gentle manipulation of the spine. It may also include soft tissue work, flexion and distraction, ultrasound, electric stimulation and/or other techniques. Dr. Nassif may also indicate specific exercises and recommendations to help your body to heal itself.
Do I have to come forever after I start?
How often you come is completely up to you. You know your body best and what it needs. We see people on a variety of schedules of their own choosing.
Does my insurance cover chiropractic?
Most major insurance companies cover chiropractic care as well as Medicare and Worker’s Compensation.
Does it hurt?
Many people would describe acupuncture as being painless, although some may experience a sensation similar to a mosquito bite or bee sting upon insertion of the needle. This sensation is usually transient lasting only a few seconds. Dr. Nassif uses filiform (link to explanation of these needles below) acupuncture needles which part the skin instead of tearing it (as a needle used to give a shot would do).
Many patients find acupuncture to be a relaxing experience, and often fall asleep during treatment. Others describe feeling a rush of energy. Some may describe a dull ache in areas around where the needles are inserted. Most people find acupuncture to be a pleasant experience.
How big are the needles?
Acupuncture needles vary in size but are typically small and very thin. The typical needle used is approximately 1 inch in length (including the handle) and is .25mm in thickness (32 gauge). To get a sense of the thickness of the average acupuncture needle, consider this, 1-2 acupuncture needles can fit inside the “barrel” of a needle used to give a flu shot.
Dr Nassif uses filiform acupuncture needles which “part the skin” rather than tear at it like a normal hypodermic needle would. The difference is in the design of the acupuncture needles. A hypdodermic needle is essentially a hollow barrel cut at an angle with a jagged edge which tears at the skin. In contrast a filiform acupuncture needle is thinner and is comes to a solid point for more gentle insertion.