Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment Or Manipulation?

The purpose of chiropractic manipulation is to return motion to a fixated or restricted joint, and to stimulate the nervous system to encourage balance and appropriate responses to signals it receives from the body.

Do Chiropractic Treatments Hurt?

Chiropractic manipulation or adjustments are not painful and most often give an immediate feeling of relief and a letting go of tension.

What Is The Pop Or Crack I Hear When I Receive A Chiropractic Adjustment?

The spine is not cracked or popped during a manipulation or adjustment. The sound of a pop or crack has been researched and was found to be the cavitation or popping of bubbles in the tissue as it is rapidly stretched with an adjustment.

Is Chiropractic Manipulation And Adjustment Safe?

The safety of chiropractic has been established over its history. Low malpractice rates are a good indication of the safety of chiropractic procedures. A number of research studies, including a definitive Canadian study, have found that a chiropractic adjustment does not cause or lead to stroke, as is sometimes claimed in the popular media.

What Is The Difference Between An Osteopathic And Chiropractic Manipulation?

Historically, the osteopathic manipulation was more general, using longer levers to stretch tissue, and the chiropractic manipulation was more specific and used shorter, more precise maneuvers to stretch tissue. Today chiropractors like Portland chiropractor Dr.Strasser use a wide range of spinal manipulation encompassing long and short lever adjusting.

What Is Traditional Osteopathy?

Traditional osteopathy is a school of spinal manipulation and structural healing established in the later 19th century by Dr. Andrew Still, developed at the same time as chiropractic. Still felt that manipulation’s purpose was to increase circulation while David Palmer, the founder of chiropractic,
emphasized the nervous system. In the United States in the 1920’s, the osteopathic profession became a drug-based medical profession and lost its traditional roots.

Does Dr. Strasser Treat Children, Adolescents, And Infants?

For over 20 years, Dr. Strasser has made treating children a central focus of his practice. He has an easy-going style with his young patients and his children’s work is extremely gentle.

Are Older Patients Treated?

Older patients respond to the gentle and non-forceful chiropractic and traditional osteopathic procedures used by Dr. Strasser.

Is Nutrition A Part Of Dr. Strasser’s Practice?

Dr. Strasser has a commitment to providing well-researched approaches to balancing the body’s chemistry and providing information on nutrition. He keeps up with the latest nutritional research and uses selected botanicals and specialized supplements as a adjunct to his treatments, as indicated.

Does Dr. Strasser Us Physical Therapy And Exercise?

Physical therapies such as interferential and ultra-sound, as well as ice and heat therapies, are an important adjunct to Dr.Strasser’s primary treatment approaches. Therapeutic exercises are regularly prescribed when the proper mechanics of the body have been corrected. The type of exercise, and the timing of introduction, is important so the patient exercises into the corrected structure.

Are X-Rays And MRI Imaging Studies Taken?

Dr. Strasser prescribes x-rays and MRI imaging studies as necessary. He sends all patients to Epic imaging and he has no financial connection with this or any other imaging facility.

How About Laboratory Studies?

Lab work is assigned as necessary. Dr. Strasser sends patients to Lab Corp for laboratory screens, arthritic screens and other lab tests. He has no financial connection with Lab Corp.

What Are Dr. Strasser’s Fees?

Please refer to Insurance and Fees for information on Dr. Strasser’s fees. The office staff is available to discuss fees based on your individual situation.

How Do I Know If My Insurance Will Cover Dr. Strasser’s Work?

Please refer to Insurance and Fees for information on insurance coverage. We’ll be pleased to check your insurance coverage.

How Long Is A Typical Visit?

Your first visit with Dr. Strasser usually takes from 30-60 minutes depending on your circumstances. Office visits are from 10-30 minutes varying according to your treatment needs.

How Many Visits Will I Need?

Dr. Strasser will develop a treatment plan for your injury or condition, and will discuss this plan with you for your approval. Many problems respond rapidly and require only a short course of treatment. Complex and more serious disorders require longer treatment plans.

How Important Is Preventative Care?

Regular chiropractic visits, on a reasonable schedule, are important to keep joints moving, maintain spinal alignment and balance, and to maintain a healthy nervous system.

What Is Dr. Strasser’s Education And Training?

Dr. Strasser received a bachelors and masters degree prior to receiving his doctorate in chiropractic. He is active in continuing education in his fields of specialty. Dr. Strasser uses approaches that have scientific and clinical research to back them up. He has 20 years of clinical practice and is active in teaching and writing.