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Q. Does chiropractic hurt?
A. No. Dr. McKinnon uses a gentle technique called prone specific.

Q. Is chiropractic safe?
A. Yes.

Q. Does acupuncture hurt?
A. No, it is very safe.

Q. How long has Dr. McKinnon been in practice?
A. He has been a chiropractor since 1992. He has been an acupuncturist since 1994.

Q. How long has he practiced in Tennessee?
A. Since 2007

Q. How long does the 1st visit take?
A. Varies. It depends on how the patient fills out their paperwork. If you have e-mailed it or printed it out usually 15 minutes maximum. If you fill it out in the office, however long it takes for you to fill it out plus the 15 minutes maximum.

Q. What does it cost?
A. Prices vary depending on your insurance coverage, the number of visits needed, the number of x-rays taken, the types of treatment, and other factors. We will work with patients to come up with a plan that is affordable. Remember the money isn’t the issue the issue is your health.

Q. Do you take insurance? If so what types?
A. Yes, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, United, Cigna, Humana, Medicare, AARP, Genworth, plus others. Feel free to ask over the phone or when you come in.

Q. Do you take workers compensation and personal injury (auto, etc…) cases?
A. Yes

Q. Is it safe to adjust children?
A. Absolutely even newborns.

Q. Is there any age which it is unsafe to be adjusted?
A. No, Dr. McKinnon has adjusted patients ranging in age from babies to 90 plus years.

Q. Do I have to have x-rays taken?
A. No, it depends on the case. Factors include whether or not you have a copy of recent x-rays, possibility of pregnancy, how many x-rays have recently been taken, etc… Dr. McKinnon generally likes to take new x-rays to make sure he is giving you the best treatment possible.

Q. How long does a visit take after the 1st visit?
A. Varies. The 2nd visit is similar to the first. After that each visit is around 5 minutes. 10 minutes would be maximum.

Q. Will I have to come forever?
A. No. However Dr. McKinnon usually recommends maintenance visits. His recommendation varies depending on the case. Just remember, regular adjustments helps you stay healthy.

Q. Do I have to take the additional therapies Dr. McKinnon recommends?
A. No. However he recommends the therapies for a reason. He only wants the best for his patients and only recommends things to speed healing and make your adjustments more effective.

Q. Do I have to stop taking my medication?
A. No. However, you will find your medication is more effective. So this may lead to you lowering your dose or being able to stop taking it.

Q. How long will it take to respond to treatment?
A. It varies from person to person. Each individual responds differently. We have seen patients respond in 1 treatment. Although this is not the norm we take positive changes anytime. Generally people fall into 3 categories. Fast responders people who respond in 1 to 8 treatments. Intermediate responders people who respond in 8 to 20 treatments. Slow responders people who respond in 20 plus treatments. It doesn’t matter as long as you respond.

Q. What is the training for a chiropractor?
A. 4 years of college and 4 years of graduate school.

Q. Do chiropractors prescribe drugs or surgery?
A. Not in the state of Tennessee.

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Dr. McKinnon combines the latest innovative techniques with traditional methods to produce outstanding results.

Q. What is Chiropractic?

A. Chiropractic locates and removes a severe form of spine and nerve stress, a condition that puts pressure on nerves, unbalances your body, lowers your resistance to disease, and weakens you; the vertebral subluxation complex.

Q. What does a chiropractor do?

A. The doctor of chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxation using his/her hands and other analysis tools, and then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using careful spinal adjustment techniques.

Q. How do we get spinal nerve stress (subluxations)?

A. From stress. It may occur in infancy from a difficult birth or from childhood falls. Later in life, emotional tension or stress can gradually damage your spine or violent injuries from automobile accidents or sports can suddenly knock you “out of whack”.

Q. Who is affected by subluxation?

A. Nearly everyone eventually gets spinal nerve stress. It is a “hidden epidemic” and it is for that reason that we all need to have our spines checked for this condition by a doctor of chiropractic every once in a while, just as we get our eyes, teeth and blood pressure checked.

Q. When was the first chiropractic patient treated?

A. Modern chiropractic began in 1895 when Dr. D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic “spinal adjustment” on his deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. Lillard’s hearing returned and Palmer though he had discovered a cure for deafness. But as patients with digestive troubles, sciatica, menstrual trouble, migraine headaches, epilepsy, heart problems, back pain and may other conditions responded to spinal care, Palmer realized that he had discovered something more far-reaching indeed.

Q. Assuming I’m going to take chiropractic treatments, how are they performed?

A. Chiropractics work with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord respectively. Chiropractors spend years in highly specialized training in order to locate where misplaced spinal vertebra are impinging the nerves which travel down the spinal cord and out through the spinal column to the muscles, organs and glands of the body. After locating the vertebrae impinging the nerves (subluxations), a chiropractor uses various specialized techniques to replace the misplaced vertebrae and thus release pressure on the nerves. That is called a spinal adjustment.

Q. Can I receive chiropractic treatments if I’m under medical care?

A. Absolutely. Having your spinal nerve stress corrected is important no matter what other type of care your receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy or medicine. M.D.’s and other healers cannot tell if you’re suffering from spinal verve stress (vertebral subluxations) and are not trained in correcting it.

Q. What are some of the conditions commonly treated by chiropractic?

A. All kinds of conditions are treated with chiropractic care, such as colds or ear infections, PMS, spinal or disc problems, arthritis, insomnia, stress, vision problems, headaches, allergies, bedwetting, colic, high blood pressure - the list is long! And yet, please remember, the goal of chiropractic treatment is not the treatment of disease but rather the enhancement of health through the reduction of spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation complex). The above list may seem long as through chiropractic were a panacea. The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred diseases. Please be mindful of the fact that chiropractic care is not like one drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, it is a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc., and seeks to correct health problems within those systems.


The Chinese definition of Health is “All parts of the body functioning normally,” all 400 trillion parts. If there is an interruption in the transmission of energy flow
or life force (called chi in Chinese), then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.


Q. Where does the interruption of energy flow occur?

A. In either or both locations 1. In the channels of energy flow, which are located throughout the body, just beneath the skin surface; 2. In the spinal column where vertebrae may become misaligned, thereby compressing vital nerve trunks.

Q. Are there other causes of disease besides those associated with the interference of the transmission of energy flow?

A. Yes, of course. Psychosomatic states, hereditary factors, poisons, adverse environmental conditions, injury, germs, malnutrition, etc. are all disease producing.

Q. How do you detect the disturbance in energy flow within a patient?

A. By many methods, including certain signs, symptoms, pain spots, organ reflex points, and by pulse or instrumental findings.

Q. Assuming I’m going to take acupuncture treatments, how are they performed?

A. First, the related skin points are determined. Then they are appropriately treated by one of over thirty methods of stimulation some of which are: 1. Long needle insertion 2. Short needle insertion 3. Non piercing needles 4. Fingertip pressure (called shishin) 5. Metallic balls taped to points 6. Electrical stimulation. 7. Moxabustion (the burning of herbs over the points)

Note: The non-piercing needle (teishin) is very popular because the technique is practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection, and results are equal to, if not better than other techniques.

Q. What are some of the conditions commonly treated by acupuncture?

A. Typical ailments usually responding to acupuncture health care include: neuralgia, headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, tics, spasms, muscular rheumatism neuralgia of the shoulders and arms, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, ulcers, stomach problems, diarrhea, hepatitis, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, coughs, certain types of heart troubles, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, lumbago, bladder irritation, bed wetting, certain types of kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, glaucoma (sometimes), weak eyesight, hay fever, loss of smell, tonsillitis, loss of hearing, skin conditions, eye pain, sinuses, thyroid disorders, dizziness, Parkinson’s, insomnia, smoking, dieting, joint pain, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disease, Bell’s Palsy, common colds, numbness, obesity, ringing in the ears, tooth pain, depression, anxiety, and even nervous or psychiatric factors based on the fact that often mental problem areas stem from physical disorders.

Q. Out of, say 10 patients for acupuncture health care, how many usually respond favorable?

A. An average of 8. Two out of the ten fail to respond favorable for a variety of reasons. Advanced ages, severities of the condition, irreversible tissue damage, etc., are deterrents to recovery.

Q. Are spinal adjusting treatments necessary with acupuncture?

A. Absolutely. Spinal adjusting is part of the acupuncture health care. World authorities, including Feliz Mann M.D. of England, Paul Nogier M.D. of France; and Kunzo Magayama M.D. of Japan are very emphatic on this aspect of “getting well”. Dr. Mann states that many internal diseases are cured by the spinal adjustment alone. Leaving the adjustment (chiropractic) out of the treatment plan invites failure.

Q. In Acupuncture (Meridian therapy) are there other significant factors besides skin points stimulation and vertebral adjusting?

A. Yes, there are four laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity:

1. proper nutrition; 2. adequate rest; 3. moderate exercise; 4. a positive mental attitude.

Q. Has any research, other than empirical, been conducted?

A. Meridian therapy is natural healing based on knowledge of another biological principal new only to the western world. Soviet scientist Novinski and Vorobiev have proven the premise of ancient Chinese healing by localizing meridian points with Wheatston bridge, using an alternation current to prevent polarization. This was fed by a generator of sonic frequency and recorded on a cathode ray oscillograph. When the electrodes touched an active acupuncture point the amplitude of the wave on the oscillograph diminished. Best results were derived from frequencies of a fe kilohertz and voltage from several millions to 4 volts. Research? The Russians have already done it. The research needed concerns results in the country on the sick Americans. I’m doing that here in Knox Co. How? Our member doctors are sending in testimonials from their patients from all over this nation. A report on this project later. We should welcome new knowledge as it is found… that’s what science is all about. Acupuncture wont swallow us up… it’ll strengthen our medical professions.

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