Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

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If you would like to take some time to read some of our most frequently asked questions or get a little info regarding the background of our professional chiropractic care services, please continue below. If you have questions regarding a specific service which we provide, please check the appropriate page for the answers:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of schooling, training, or experience do Chiropractors have?

After receiving an undergraduate degree, Chiropractic school is an additional 4 years of intensive study, and internship. An Atlas Orthogonal doctor has specialized training on top of that, with continuing education being ongoing throughout their professional work.

Why do I need an exam and X-rays at Pairmore & Young when I didn’t with other chiropractors?

The doctors use the X-ray films to then take very precise measurements of your upper cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in order for them to get a clear understanding of what is taking place along the spinal column, and to ensure that the Atlas Orthogonal technique and other treatment methods will be successful. We want to take the guess-work out of what is taking place in your body, and make the appropriate adjustments.

Why is it necessary to take X-rays of the full spine if I am only having neck issues?

We do not recommend X-rays unless there is a clinical need. During the doctor’s examination, it will become apparent which type of imaging may be needed. If it is determined that X-rays are needed, then the doctors will run a full panel of X-rays to get a complete picture of your spinal health; they want to make sure they aren’t missing anything going on in the lower part of the spine, even though you may only be feeling something in your neck.

If I have X-rays or MRI’s that I’ve received from somewhere else, should I bring them in?

Please do! We welcome any X-rays, MRI’s, or doctors notes you may have received elsewhere.

Is the radiation from the X-rays harmful?

Too much radiation can be harmful, however, we use the most up to date, lowest radiation X-ray technology that exists today in order to minimize any potential harmful effects. The amount of radiation you will experience is equal to the amount that you would be exposed to on a flight to Seattle.

Why does the treatment plan require that I have to come in for an adjustment two times a week?

In order for the treatment plan to be successful, the doctors typically recommend a 3-4 week initial, intensive schedule to reduce discomfort and get the body back in alignment. From there, periodic “tune-ups” may be required as needed. Likewise, the longer someone has experienced challenging symptoms, the longer it may take to get them back into alignment or feeling better, so more frequent adjustments are recommended in that case. Or, as Dr. Young would say, “It took God 6 days to make the world. It took your mother 290 days to make you. It took time to get in the shape YOU are in, and it will take time to get better.”

Take a look at our Road To Recovery document.

How long will it take to see results?

This varies for each individual. While some may feel an initial relief on their first visit, others may take a few adjustments in order to start noticing an improvement.

Our practical course of ACTIVE CARE has the following goals:

  • Within 1-2 weeks the pain pattern should be noticeably improved to both the doctor and patient.
  • Within 4-6 weeks the pain pattern should be 50% improved.
  • After that point, active exercise and strengthening can begin as warranted by the response to care and improving objective test results.
  • MMI (medical maximum improvement) will be reached when pre-injury status is reached or test results (dynamic surface EMG) become static.

The practical course of CARE has the following goals:

  • Frequency of care plan would be 3 times per week for 2 weeks, and then 2 times per week for 4 weeks, providing the goals described above are being met.
  • Further dynamic surface EMG screening would be an appropriate clinical tool to assess these goals of care at a probable frequency of 30-45 days.

What if my work schedule does not allow for the suggested amount of appointments per week?

Our clinic hours are very accommodating, and we try our best to schedule your appointment at times that will work best for you. We are open 9-6 Monday through Friday, and 9-1 on Saturdays. A typical adjustment appointment is 15 minutes.

Will the exam hurt?

The exam is not painful. However, if YOU are experiencing physical pain or difficulties in moving or bending, then you may experience some mild discomfort.


At Pairmore & Young, we practice several different chiropractic techniques to ensure that the best technique is used to remedy the problem. This ensures a more complete and sustaining healing process. If you are interested in learning more about the techniques that our doctors use, then please consult the list below.

Gonstead Clinical Study Society

Gonstead Seminar

Atlas Orthogonal

Standard Process


Alaska Chiropractic Society

Price-Pottenger Nutritional Foundation

Client Appreciation Mailer