Frequently Asked Questions

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One of the goals of Lehigh Valley Chiropractic is to educate and empower you with knowledge.
We want to provide you with information that will enable you to live well.

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system and promotes healthy living practices such as nutrition, exercise, stress management and lifestyle modifications.
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What does D.C. stand for?

Doctor of Chiropractic
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What types of problems do Doctors of Chiropractic treat?

As neuromusculoskeletal specialists, doctors of chiropractic treat non-surgical disorders of muscles, joints, discs or nerves. Conditions seen commonly in a chiropractors office include mid and low back pain, sciatica, sacroiliac dysfunction, radiculopathy, TMJ disorders, neck pain, headaches, migraines, pain related to pregnancy, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndromes, rib joint pain and dysfunction, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis/golfer elbow and shoulder pain.
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What type of training do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?

Doctors of Chiropractic often hold a bachelor’s degree in a science related field and must complete a pre-chiropractic program before applying to Chiropractic College. Standard chiropractic education is typically 4-5 years of intense graduate level academic and clinical training. Students are required to pass 4 national board exams and a physiotherapy exam prior to licensure. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and in countries worldwide.
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What types of additional training have the chiropractors at LVC received?

Dr. Scott Bentson holds a M.S. (Masters of Science) degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Kristen Bentson holds a M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and has biofeedback training from Widener University. Drs. Scott and Kristen Bentson are additionally certified in Active Release Technique®.
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Will the chiropractors at LVC work with my other doctors?

The chiropractors at LVC want to be a part of your healthcare team. They will make every effort to coordinate your care. If your condition will not respond to the therapies offered at LVC, you will be referred.
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How many treatments will I need?

The chiropractors at LVC stress the importance of individualized care. There is no way to predict the number of visits that will enable you to achieve your healthcare goals. Please be assured that the chiropractors at LVC will make every effort to release you from care as quickly as possible. They hope to teach you strategies that will enable you to manage your condition through lifestyle modifications and exercise without being reliant on an outside source for relief. However, if at any time your condition returns and you unable to manage the symptoms on your own, you are welcome to schedule a visit, and we will make every effort to help you.
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What types of tests do chiropractors order?

Depending on your case, special tests such as MRI, CAT scan, X-ray, or blood work may be ordered.
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What is manipulation?

Manipulation (also referred to as a chiropractic adjustment) is often used when a patient presents with a painful joint that is not moving properly; this is commonly referred to as joint fixation. In this type of manual therapy, a joint is moved beyond a passive range of motion with the goal of restoring proper motion and decreasing pain. There are many techniques used when performing manipulation. Often, with this type of treatment, you will hear a cavitation which is a slight popping noise. This is a release of a gas within the joint as it is moved through a rapid range of motion.
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What is mobilization?

Mobilization is a type of manual therapy where a restricted joint is gently moved within its usual range of motion. Mobilization is often used when a patient presents with a painful joint that is not moving properly, a condition commonly referred to as joint fixation.
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What is Active Release Technique®?

Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft tissue technique that involves a gentle yet firm contact to a painful or injured tissue while it is moved either actively or passively through its full range of motion. There are specific protocols for muscle, fascia, many of body’s ligaments, and nerves designed to decrease pain and improve function. Conditions that commonly respond to ART include headache, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and tennis elbow. Athletes and performing artists (dancer, actors, instrumentalists and singers) often perform repetitive movements which make them prone to muscle imbalances and repetitive stress injuries. ART is a unique system of treatment that provides for optimum performance whether on the field or center stage.
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