Frequently Asked Questions

Do Chiropractic Treatments Hurt?

Most of our patients feel better following the first visit. Each patient’s situation is unique, so not everyone may feel an immediate improvement. Occasionally, patients may experience some stiffness after a treatment. This is normal with orthopedic or chiropractic care.

If there is discomfort, it’s usually because the patient’s muscles or joints have been inflamed, painful or dysfunctional for a long time. After the first visit, Dr. Schillinger always informs his patients how to best perform self-care at home to minimize any uncomfortable reaction.

One of the reasons Dr. Schillinger has been voted “Best” is because he uses a variety of adjusting techniques, which allows him to choose a treatment style that’s most comfortable for you.

In fact, millions of chiropractic adjustments are safely delivered to satisfied patients every day! There is abundant scientific research supporting the safety of chiropractic care.

How Long Will It Take to Get Better?

Treatment plans vary with each patient. The length of time it takes to get better depends on how long you’ve had the condition, how severe it is, your age, the type and severity of previous injuries you’ve had, and your general health (stress, diet, fitness, etc.).

Some patients only require a handful of treatments, while others may need three or four months of care to have their pain removed and their condition permanently corrected.

Dr. Schillinger offers a variety of types of care, which allows you to choose how much attention you want to give to your condition. Whether you choose to only receive pain relief care (intensive) or permanent corrective care (rehabilitative), Dr. Schillinger will always support you in whatever decision you make.

Why Does Chiropractic Often Require More Than One Visit?

Have you ever tried to lose weight? If so, then you know it takes more than giving up a single dessert or just one workout at the gym! It’s the same with chiropractic adjustments. If you’ve had severe structural problems for a long time, you would probably need more care than someone who only has had minor problems for a short period of time. The healing process takes different times for each person.

After your consultation and examination with Dr. Schillinger, he’ll clearly outline your treatment program, so you can decide how he can best serve you.

Are X-Rays or MRI’s Necessary?

Dr. Schillinger does not routinely takes x-rays, or order MRI’s for new patients. After 31 years in practice, he is confident in his abilities to help patients without these tests. However, he does occasionally recommend additional testing, if the patient’s condition warrants it. If these tests are absolutely necessary, he would discuss this with you to get your feedback and plan the way forward.

Which Chiropractic Techniques Do We Use?

When providing patients with chiropractic adjustments by hand, Dr. Schillinger uses the Palmer Technique. When it’s necessary, or when patients request it, Dr. Schillinger will use a gentler type of technique using the Activator Method – which does not involve any “popping”. Additionally, to help patients recover faster, the office provides physiotherapy, deep tissue massage therapy, yoga & Pilates instruction, exercise rehabilitation, stress management and nutritional counseling.

How Much Time Does a Treatment Take?

The first visit is the longest because Dr. Schillinger is very thorough with his initial consultation and examination. The detailed consultation and examination is 30 minutes and is only performed at the first visit. Each treatment with Dr. Schillinger takes between 10 – 20 minutes, so if you were also treated on the first visit, the total time would be approximately 45 minutes.

On the second visit, Dr. Schillinger will spend approximately 15 minutes reviewing his examination findings and treatment recommendations with you. With the addition of the 10 – 20 minutes of treatment, the total time for the second visit would be approximately 30 minutes.

After the first two sessions, the chiropractic treatments are approximately 10 – 20 minutes, if massage therapy (60 minutes) is not being performed.

What Happens in a Typical Office Visit?

Before Dr. Schillinger treats you, he’ll check in with you by asking you questions about how well you’re feeling and if you’re doing the exercises he’s shown you. Because his specialty is in the field of stress management, he’ll also inquire about how much stress you’re experiencing, since that can make your symptoms worse. In addition to the chiropractic adjustment at each visit, Dr. Schillinger will also teach you a simple and effective relaxation technique, if necessary.

In addition to an adjustment and stress reduction technique, you may receive physiotherapy (ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, heat, ice, etc.), exercise instruction (yoga & Pilates) or deep tissue massage therapy.

Can Chiropractic Help Sports Injuries?

Many chiropractors, including Dr. Schillinger, successfully treat most sport injuries.

He played organized sports almost all of his life, up until his late 50’s. Plus, he has been a yoga teacher for 31 years. Even now, at age 63, he regularly competes in Ultimate Frisbee and basketball. He understands the most common sports problems people acquire. By following a specific treatment protocol that includes joint manipulation, physiotherapy, deep tissue massage therapy and exercise rehabilitation (yoga & Pilates), he helps his patients recover in the fastest healing time, with no unnecessary setbacks.

When Does the Office See New Patients?

Dr. Schillinger sees new patients, in addition to established patients, all day on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, he works privately with patients in stress management therapy, life coaching and nutritional counseling. However, if there is a new patient emergency on a Tuesday or Thursday, he will make room in his schedule to accommodate it.

Click here to read about what happens at the first visit.

Can Kids Benefit from Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is just as safe for your children as it is for you. From the trauma of birth, through the falls and tumbles kids continually take, they are subject to spinal problems, just like adults. Dr. Schillinger recommends children be checked by a chiropractor a minimum of twice per year, to prevent minor problems becoming major arthritic problems later in life. Both of Dr. Schillinger’s children (Gabe, 33 years old, and Becca, 36 years old) have received checkups and treatment from him since they were toddlers!

What Problems Can Chiropractic Help?
Every cell in your body requires healthy nerve flow, in order to operate at maximum efficiency. Chiropractors specialize in treating conditions that alter the quality of nerve flow. By restoring proper nerve conductivity, chiropractic treatments can reduce, or eliminate, a wide variety of symptoms, including, but not limited to, back pain. For a more thorough review of conditions that chiropractic can help, click here.
Does Chiropractic Treat Car Accident Patients?

In 31 years of treating patients, Dr. Schillinger has helped thousands of patients with whiplash – type injuries in his chiropractic office. He and his are experts working with insurance companies and attorneys, to make sure your body and your personal injury claim are well taken care of.

Are X Rays Necessary?

Approximately 75% of the time, Dr. Schillinger can make his diagnosis and recommendations for care without X-Rays or an MRI. However, if he thinks there may be a fracture or other traumatic condition, or, if there’s evidence of long term spinal degeneration, he’ll probably recommend more testing. Naturally, he would discuss this issue with you first.

What Home Care Will I Get?

Home care recommendations are always given to his patients, whether it’s during an office visit, in any one of our free weekly, Vital Living Workshops, or at one of his monthly Wellness Workshops. He is continually mentoring and motivating his patients to make the best Lifestyle improvements possible. Patients who don’t participate in their care usually don’t enjoy life-long benefits from chiropractic care.

In the first phase of care (pain relief), most of the home care is directed towards reducing inflammation and providing immediate pain relief. This involves stretching and yoga, as well as natural medicinal remedies. He also teach simple stress reduction techniques that patients can do at work or home, taking no more than one minute to do.

The second phase of care (corrective care) involves both Dr. Schillinger and his personal trainers teaching patients how to strengthen their muscles with Pilates routines, using surgical tubing. Patients who are also working out at a gym are instructed in the prevention of unnecessary flare-ups when working out on their own.

Wellness care (third phase) supports patients to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle. Our monthly Wellness Workshops are given by Dr. Schillinger and guest instructors to help patients improve their lives in the following areas: ergonomics, relationships, stress management, nutrition and weight loss, Seasonal Affective Disorder, parenting, emotional trauma, exercise, meditation, time management, yoga, anti–aging and more.

Do Chiropractors Treat Arm or Leg Problems?

Chiropractic treatments are not only effective for the spine, but also for the upper and lower extremities (arms and legs) as well. Patients who have symptoms related to their shoulders, elbows and hands or hips, knees, ankles and feet can benefit from chiropractic treatments.

In addition to joint manipulation, our office uses a variety of physiotherapy protocols to reduce inflammation, including deep tissue massage, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ice. By combining these treatments with an exercise rehabilitation protocol, we’ve had great success healing extremity problems.

Do Chiropractors Require A Referral From An MD?

A chiropractor is a primary care physician, just like a medical doctor. Therefore, most insurance plans do not require chiropractic doctors to have a referral from a medical doctor. However, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or contact the insurance company directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.

* Feel free to call us at our San Rafael office, to have our staff call your insurance company to find out what your exact benefits are (415) 491-0959.

What if My MD Says I Shouldn’t Go to a Chiropractor?

Most medical doctors are unfamiliar with chiropractic doctors and the principles and practices they effectively to help their patients. Many medical doctors are still operating under the policy perpetuated by the illegal boycott of chiropractors by the American Medical Association in the United States from 1960 – 1987.

On September 25, 1987, a United States Federal judge ruled that the AMA had violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act, and that it had engaged in an unlawful conspiracy in restraint of trade “to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession.” The judge issued a permanent injunction against the AMA under Section 16 of the Clayton Act to prevent such future behavior.

Fortunately, more and more enlightened medical doctors see the value in chiropractic care, and support their patients to get the care that’s best for them.

Do Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic?

Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross/ Blue Shield plans for federal employees. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is often available to veterans at major veteran’s medical facilities.

This office is an In-Network Provider for most insurance companies. Our staff will show you how to fill out your forms and they will do the billing for you.

* Feel free to call us at our San Rafael office, to have our staff call your insurance company to find out what your exact benefits are (415) 491-0959.

How Do You Handle Someone Who Has Anxiety About Chiropractic?

I truly enjoy meeting prospective new patients, especially the ones who’ve never been to a chiropractor before. I’ve learned that the most important part of the first visit is to discover if there’s a good bonding happening between the patient and myself. If the patient and I are comfortable with each other, there’s a much greater likelihood that they will respond openly and honestly to me. It’s critical for me to receive thoughtful answers, because I will ask important questions, not just about your symptoms, but also about your happiness, stress, diet, work, exercise routines and family life.

I always encourage anxious new patients to ask me questions throughout the history and examination process. I always explain the reasons for my diagnosis and treatment plan in a way they can understand. By doing this, my prospective new patients feel knowledgeable enough to make a decision that’s right for them. Even when patients feel like they’re not ready for care, they thank me for taking the time to introduce them to chiropractic.

* Before your first visit, feel free to call speak to me on the phone for a free consultation at (415) 491- 0959, or email me any questions at

Do We Work with Medicare?

Absolutely. Medicare Part B covers Chiropractic treatments. As a courtesy, we bill Medicare for you so that you can then receive a reimbursement directly from them. Medicare covers 80% of the chiropractic manipulation fee after a $100 deductible. Medicare will bill your secondary insurance if you have it.

* For more detailed information about Medicare, feel free to call our San Rafael office at (415) 491 – 0959.

What is The Goal of Chiropractic?

The founder of chiropractic care, DD Palmer, was one of the first American leaders of the now popular Wellness Revolution. He stated over one hundred years ago, that human beings were capable of enjoying “remarkable energy.” In order to experience this type of vitality, he said that people needed to have a high performing nervous system – which controls all bodily functions. Palmer clearly did not agree with the prevailing notion that good health merely meant not having symptoms.

In order to possess great physical and mental health, Palmer said that chiropractors should treat the body and the mind. Therefore, the goal of chiropractic care is to help people possess great physical health and mental well-being. Chiropractic office visits at Schillinger Chiropractic and Wellness Center include treatments for both body (manipulation, massage, physiotherapy, nutrition and exercise) and mind (stress reduction, meditation, life coaching), with the intention of restoring vibrant health to their patients.

Voted best chiropractor Marin CA

Congratulations on being voted Best Chiropractor! You truly deserve it. You are so professional, respectful of your patient’s needs, funny, interesting and, of course, excellent at chiropractic medicine.

Kim Foulger