Frequently Asked Questions

Find out the answers our Chiropractor team, at our Simi Valley and Los Angeles locations, frequently give to patients seeking to learn more about chiropractic care at their office. Learning more about chiropractic and its benefits can help you find the best chiropractor for you. If you have a question you don't see answered below, reach out to your team at Nurture Family Chiropractic.

What is a chiropractor?

A health-care professional that focuses on the spine and other joints of the body, and their connection to the nervous system. The word “chiropractic” means “to be done by hand.” Chiropractors use adjustments to restore joint function and support the nervous system. They help patients maintain optimal health while avoiding unnecessary drugs or surgery.

What is chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a very safe, specific, controlled force applied to a joint to restore proper function and mobility. Accidents, falls, stress or overexertion can negatively impact your spine or other joints. These changes impact tissues, the nervous system and other areas of the body. Left unresolved, this can make you more susceptible to chronic problems. Chiropractic adjustments reduce pain, increase movement and improve performance.

Are Chiropractors safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free & non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects.

Why should I choose your office?

Dr. Heather Valinsky goes above and beyond with her patients. She takes the time to listen to find the root cause of patients' specific issue, rather than just treat the symptoms. She tailors all her treatment plans to help each individual patient from infants to senior citizens.

What other conditions can be treated by chiropractic care?

We treat Pregnancy pain (Psoas muscle, round ligament, sciatica, hip and joint), breech baby presentation (Webster Certified), Pediatrics, Colic, Acid reflux, constipation, trouble breastfeeding, sleep issues, delayed development (i.e growth, retained primitive reflexes), plagiocephaly (flat head). Car accidents and personal injury, Family Health, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, TMJ, headaches, migraines, acid reflux, sciatica, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain, wrists, muscle pain and any pain associated with the human body is treated by Dr. Heather Valinsky.

Why is it so important to be under care of a Webster certified chiropractor care while pregnant?

Yes! The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis with the goal of reducing sacral misalignment and pelvic dysfunction in pregnant moms. When the sacrum is out of alignment, it has been found to "contribute to potentially difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation (Breech Baby) When the sacral misalignment is corrected with a specific chiropractic adjustment, it often has a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No, Dr. Heather Valinsky has different techniques that she uses, to accommodate all her patients. A pregnant patient is not adjusted in the same way as a regular person. Infants and children have specialized treatment and techniques utilized. The initial appointment is when Dr. Heather will assess the patient and determine their individual care plan.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Those unfamiliar with chiropractic school may think that you can simply earn a certificate in a year and just become a chiropractor. In fact, a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) earns a degree that follows a multi-year educational path similar to other health care professionals.
The D.C. degree is among a limited group of what are called “professional” degrees, which include: medical doctors, osteopaths, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, and others.

Chiropractic students usually begin by earning an undergraduate degree before they move on to more than three years of additional education at one of the 15 accredited chiropractic institutions in the United States. The time may fluctuate based on your educational background, but in most cases, you can plan on more than seven years of post-secondary education to earn your chiropractic degree. By the time their education is complete, most chiropractors hold at least a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.