FAQ

What makes you different from other chiropractors?

I specialize in helping active people prevent and recover from sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries so that they can get back to the activities they love. Most chiropractors only adjust the spine, and spend little to no time working with the extremities and the soft tissue system. It’s been my experience that most dysfunction in the body requires an integrated approach, addressing the muscular concerns right alongside the skeletal issues. I have the skills, techniques, and tools to get you back to your activities quickly!

Your rainbows and unicorns are magnificent, but can straight people come too?

Absolutely! I don’t discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender, sex, age, or race. I feel that’s it’s important to let it be known that I’m queer and that I can safely hold space for other queer/trans individuals during treatments. From personal experience, I know that it can be an uneasy feeling going to a new healthcare provider when I don’t know how they might treat me based on my gender presentation. All bodies breakdown from time to time, and I serve everyone with the same love and compassion.    

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.

What can be done about my injury?

Every injury is unique. Did you know that two people could have the same symptoms (let’s say heel pain that’s worse in the morning), but different root causes of the problem? The first person might have dysfunction within the foot due to over-pronation when running, the second person might have a weakness in the hip that is throwing off their biomechanics all the way down the chain to the foot. We are experts in discovering the cause of your problem, as opposed to technicians just treating your symptoms. You can’t treat a dysfunction until you can accurately diagnose it, and that’s just what we are here to help you with!

But I’m not injured, why should I go?

Even though we specialize in helping people recover from sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries, we also help active people stay active by checking for problems before symptoms occur. Many of our clients have discovered the benefits of ongoing chiropractic care (fewer “aches and pains”, better alignment, and a stronger body-mind connection) and come in on a regular basis, regardless of whether they are in pain.

Is it true that if I go once, I have to go for the rest of my life?

Choosing chiropractic care is like choosing to eat healthy organic produce and choosing to go to the gym. If you eat one apple and go to one Zumba class, that’s better than nothing. If you make healthy eating and exercise a regular part of your life, that’s even better! Chiropractic checkups are designed to keep your body in alignment so you can stay active and feel balanced. Once a patient is out of the acute stage, we will offer suggestions for frequency of ongoing care based on your condition, but chiropractic is no more addictive than fresh fruit, so you choose the appointment frequency that would best serve your healthy lifestyle.

Are chiropractic adjustments painful?

If a joint hasn’t been moving for quite some time, it is sometimes a little tender or sore during the adjustment or post-adjustment.  Most adjustments, however, are perfectly comfortable, and often feel good, as extra pressure and tension are released from the area.  Dr. Baird has years of experience with hands-on work, and is attentive to finding the most comfortable positions and techniques for each patient.

What is the popping or cracking sound that I hear during an adjustment?

Rest assured, the sounds that sometimes occur during a chiropractic adjustment are not evidence of your bones breaking or  cracking.  The sound occurs because nitrogen gas within the joint capsule rushes in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated.  This is similar to the pop you hear when opening a bottle of champagne or the crack you hear when opening a can of soda.  Not all adjustments produce audible cavitations (sounds).

Is chiropractic safe for if I am pregnant?

Not only is seeing a chiropractor during your pregnancy safe, it is highly beneficial!  Your spine and joints are placed under increasing load during this time, and it’s important to keep the forces well balanced across a healthy and flexible spine and stable pelvis.  Several pelvic changes occur throughout pregnancy, including a buildup of tension on the pelvic ligaments.  Restoring proper tone to the ligaments and checking for proper alignment go a long way towards both your comfort and the comfort of your baby in terms of establishing proper and spacious position.  We use gentle techniques that avoid undue pressure on the abdomen, and have pillows and supports available for a comfortable position on the table.

For more information about chiropractic care during pregnancy, click on the American Pregnancy Association website.

Will my insurance cover it?

We have found that unfortunately most insurances do not adequately cover the services that we provide that actually get you better. Dr. Baird is out-of-network with all insurance companies. Typical insurance reimbursements cover only a quick “whack-n-crack” adjustment scenario, not the comprehensive soft tissue work, manual therapies, and rehabilitation exercises that accompany chiropractic adjustments to actually make a difference in healing your injury. The good news is that we can issue you a Superbill, which is a document containing specific codes, that you can submit to your insurance company for direct reimbursement. This saves you money overall, since we are allowed to offer you a discount for payment up front if we don’t bill your insurance.

I have a pain that feels more muscular than joint related, can a chiropractor help me?

Absolutely. The muscles, ligaments, fascia, nerves, and bones are all intricately connected. As chiropractors, we are specially trained to locate the exact source of your problem, whether it be muscular or skeletal. A massage therapist could help relax your muscles, but often there is more to the story than just tight muscles. It’s the old “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” paradox. Whether you view the situation with the lens of the tight muscle causing the joint problem, or the joint fixation causing tight muscles, chiropractors can unravel the musculoskeletal tension to address both conditions. Active Release Techniques, one of the core modalities offered at Riverstone Chiropractic, is used to treat a wide variety of muscle, joint, and nerve problems.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please send us an e-mail, we’d be happy to discuss them with you!

Riverstone Chiropractic is conveniently located on Grand Avenue in Oakland CA. We serve patients from Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Richmond, Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, Emeryville, San Leandro, Alameda, and surrounding cities in the bay area. Riverstone sports chiropractor Dr. Sandy Baird uses their background in athletics and massage therapy to provide their patients with effective and personalized sports medicine treatments, which include Active Release Techniques, chiropractic treatment, deep tissue massage, and rehabilitation exercises. Riverstone Chiropractic - 3409 Grand Ave #5 Oakland California 94610 - (510) 465-2342