Introduction to Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care.Daniel David Palmer is credited with developing modern chiropractic care in the U.S. in 1895. Since that time, chiropractic care has spread across the world and in many practices involves more than spinal care alone—though the basic philosophy of chiropractic care remains the same: to diagnose and treat the physical body without the use of prescription drugs or surgery.

Education and Certification

There are 40 chiropractic schools worldwide, and half of these are in the United States. The first chiropractic school was founded by Daniel David Palmer (the same guy mentioned above) in Iowa in 1897. That school, Palmer College of Chiropractic, is still teaching chiropractic students today. While each school differs in its educational requirements for admission, all schools require students to complete a rigorous program of study that typically takes 4 years after undergraduate education requirements have been met.

A chiropractic student spends over 4,200 hours in the classroom and practice lab learning about basic sciences, clinical sciences, chiropractic philosophy and technique before beginning work in the practical clinic. Each student spends a minimum of 1,000 hours in the practical clinic before earning a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic. During chiropractic studies, students must complete and pass a series of tests from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners to become a licensed chiropractor and legally practice chiropractic in the United States.

Learning doesn't stop for chiropractors after graduation. Each year, chiropractors must complete continuing education credits to keep their license to practice current. The number of continuing education credits needed varies, depending on the specific state licensing board.


There are a number of different techniques that chiropractors use in the office. Some of these are taught in chiropractic school, and some chiropractors develop other skills and techniques in continuing education classes. Many chiropractors use their hands as their main treatment tool. However, there are also techniques that use hand-held devices for treatment. Some of these devices are manual and others are electronic, but all are controlled by the chiropractor.

In addition to chiropractic adjustment techniques, some chiropractors may use other therapies in the office to help you. These therapies may include therapeutic ultrasound, interferential current (also known as “electric stimulation”), low-level laser therapy, hot/cold packs, stretching, strengthening/stabilizing exercises, movement taping and many more. You will receive the types of treatment that are most appropriate for your individual condition.

What to Expect

During your first visit, you will be asked about your complaints and concerns. After the discussion, we will perform an examination consisting of neurologic and orthopedic testing, as well as check out the joints and soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons) in the areas of concern to diagnose the condition. Often a diagnosis can be made in the office, but sometimes more information is needed from an x-ray, MRI or lab work. After a full examination and review, we can talk about which treatment options are right for you.

Whom We Treat

Chiropractors, in general, are trained in family chiropractic practice—to treat both children and adults. Some chiropractors continue their training to specialize in treating a certain group of people (athletes, children, pregnant women, elderly, etc.) or certain types of conditions (headaches, motor vehicle accidents or sports injuries, to name a few). Whether you are looking for wellness or preventive care or need treatment for a painful problem, chiropractors are happy to help.

Chiropractic care has been around for a long time and has served many patients well. If you have specific questions about chiropractic care, please let us know.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
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  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.

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