Frequestly Asked Questions

Chiropractic is a safe, natural, drugless method of healing that is utilized by millions of people of all ages. Chiropractic utilizes the innate healing powers of the body to allow an individual to function at their maximum potential. A chiropractic adjustment removes interference in the nervous system by correcting misalignments in the spine (called vertebral subluxations) in order to allow this complete expression of health. Chiropractic is a different approach to health care; it is not a treatment for disease or conditions. Everybody deserves a healthy spine that is free of nerve interference. At Garden State Family Chiropractic, we recognize the body’s own natural recuperative powers to heal and rejuvenate itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
Upon arrival you will be asked to complete a patient history form that will include pertinent information concerning your health and your reason for seeking care. You are able to skip this step by printing out and filling out these forms prior to your appointment. These papers can be found under "New Patient Forms". You will be given a chiropractic examination consisting of a complete chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological evaluation. You may be referred out of the office for spinal x-rays if deemed necessary. This first visit will take about 30 - 60 minutes depending on your past & current health history, as well as your age.
On the second visit the doctor will discuss the findings determined from your exam, and go over a personalized care plan that has been tailored for you. Depending on your goals for care, we will give you an estimate of how long it will take to make any spinal corrections, we will discuss home exercises and stretches, and will make recommendations. Any fees will be discussed then as well. This visit will take approximately 30 minutes. In general, every visit after that will be shorter depending on your personal situation but most range from 10-20 minutes.
Most, if not all, health problems begin long before any symptoms develop. Only 1/10th of the function of your nervous system is for sensation, the other 9/10th is for function of all the organs, glands and muscles in your body. In other words, you could have a lot of dysfunction going on and experience no pain at all! This is why our initial chiropractic examination is so thorough, in order to determine the complete health of your nervous system. In addition, pain is different from person to person depending on tolerance levels. In many disease processes, pain is the last thing to appear and the first thing to go away.
This all depends on your personal health care goals, and we will take care of you whatever that decision may be. Regular preventive chiropractic care is a wise investment in your health. We hope that you find or come to see the benefit of early prevention-based care which is easier and less costly than acute, relief-based treatment that may have been delayed because warning signs that were ignored. That is why we encourage maintenance and wellness care on a schedule that is appropriate for each individual. This is similar to eating healthy and getting exercise, something that must be done on a regular basis in order to reap the greatest benefits.

Once your relief care is completed, your chiropractor will suggest a schedule for corrective care, and then finally you will be recommended for a wellness and preventative care program. This is similar to going to the dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning, or to changing the oil in your car every 3000 miles. Occasionally, some people may need to have maintenance adjustments as often as once a week. Others may need to go as little as once a quarter. Your Doctor will make a recommendation based on their findings from your history, examinations, and prognosis. This will vary person-to-person depending on your past and current health history. Of course, how long you chose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
Dr. Dana is trained in many of the latest chiropractic techniques. She uses primarily manual hands-on adjusting but she also uses an instrument called an Activator, Thompson technique which uses gentle table drops, Sacro-Occipital Technique, Cox flexion-distraction, a variety of soft tissue techniques, and a variety of low- or non-force techniques including Logan technique and Cranio-Sacral techniques. Every person is different and there is no one technique for everyone! Depending on the specific needs of each person that is what determines the chiropractic technique.
Yes, Chiropractic adjustments to children are very gentle and effective. Even the so-called “normal” birth experience can subject a newborn’s delicate spine to excessive pressure, traction and stress, causing spinal misalignments or subluxations and nerve interference. A chiropractic adjustment removes this spinal nerve interference by gently correcting these misalignments in the spine (called vertebral subluxations). This nerve interference can affect the infant’s ability to express health to his/her fullest potential and can sometimes result in symptoms such as difficulty nursing, difficulty sleeping, ear infections, colic, etc.

Childhood is a very active time. Running, jumping, falls and accidents are all part of a normal childhood and yet they can cause spinal misalignments. Many parents may believe the children are fine because there is no external evidence of injury or obvious symptom. However, resulting spinal injuries are often overlooked and many times are left uncorrected. These subluxations can block the natural flow of life across the nerves to any part of the body and result in long-term damage in their future.

Dr. Metzger has attended hundreds of hours in post-graduate education, and is certified in Pediatrics through the Academy of Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P. certified).
Yes. Studies show that women are able to carry and deliver their babies with more comfort when receiving chiropractic care. These adjustments are specifically tailored to the pregnant woman. Correcting vertebral subluxation ensures that both the expectant mother and her unborn child have the best opportunity to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. We believe strongly in the benefits of chiropractic care to the mother and unborn child. Please click on our link Pregnancy and Chiropractic for more information.

Dr. Metzger has attended dozens of seminars in caring for pregnant women, and is also certified in The Webster’s Technique, She is also certified in the Webster’s Technique, a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment, primarily for pregnant women. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.
Yes! We are in network with just about all of the major insurance carriers in New Jersey. We also offer complimentary benefit verifications; you can call our office and give us your insurance information and we can let you know what your coverage is prior to ever stepping foot in the office.
Garden State Family Chiropractic offers many options to make care affordable for you and your family. Our non-insurance rates are $100 for the first visit and then $45 per visit after that. We offer a pre-pay option that brings the price down to $38/visit. We also offer family plans which are the first family member is $45, the second family member is $25, the third family member is $15, the fourth family member is $10, and the fifth family member on is $5.

Open Hours

Monday9:00 AM - 1:00 PM      3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 1:00 PM      3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday Closed

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