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I don't want to be "cracked" so can you still treat me?

Yes.  Some people don't like the "cracking" or "popping" sounds which accompanies a Diversified Chiropractic Adjustment... and that's okay.  We can work around this with a more gentle approach that can still get results.  Just mention to your chiropractor that you'd rather not get "cracked" or "popped" and they will figure out how to help.


I still don't understand what kind of chiropractor you are... Is it different than what my old chiropractor did?

Every chiropractor is a little bit different, that's what's good (and bad) about the profession.  It enables many different problems to be treated because there are so many techniques and ways of treating the same problem.  But on the other hand, it makes it very difficult for people to find a chiropractor similar to their previous one or understand what their new chiropractor actually does.  So our treament is basically a diversified adjustment, which typically results in the popping or cracking sound, used in concert with deep tissue muscle work, exercises and stretches.  We also use deep tissue work, stretches and exercises to help pain.  So if you're previous  chiropractor did some sort of deep tissue or active release or exercises with you then you'll probably feel very comfortable in our office.  If on the other hand your chiropractor only adjusted your spine then this will be a little different.  And if you are someone who is used to being treated with an activator, applied kinesiology or a drop table then this office will be very different than what you're used to.


What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.


Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

No, a patient does not need referral by an MD before visiting a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations. Following a consultation and examination, the doctor of chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis under chiropractic care, or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.


Is chiropractic treatment 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.

The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.


Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.


Are chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?

Chiropractors are being recognized to admit and treat patients in hospitals and to use outpatient clinical facilities (such as labs, x-rays, etc.) for their non-hospitalized patients. Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.


Do insurance plans cover chiropractic?

Yes, the majority of all insured American workers have coverage for chiropractic services in their health care plans. For example, the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management offers chiropractic coverage for federal employees in both the Mail Handlers and BCBS benefit plans.  However, just because it's covered doesn't mean there wil be no charges associated with coming into a chiropractors office.  Similar to how you may have a Co-Pay when you go to your medical doctor you will most likely have a Co-Pay when you see your chiropractor.  


What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.


Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?

The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your chiropractor should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.


Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released. There is no pain involved.


Does the adjustment hurt?

The adjustment is a painless procedure. If a person is already in pain any movement of course can be uncomfortable, but the adjustments are designed to ultimately reduce and eliminate the pain.


What is a “subluxation”?

A subluxation is a misalignment of the bones that house and protect the spinal cord. Any misalignment puts unnecessary pressure on the nerve system and damages the nerve supply to different parts of the body. Vertebral misalignments that are left undetected and unadjusted for many years can lead to symptoms of pain, diseases, and an unhealthy expression of life.


Do I have to have x-rays?

The doctor will determine if films are necessary during the examination and then will discuss this with you. In most cases, however, x-rays are not needed. They may be needed, for example, in the case of a recent trauma to rule out a fracture.


How long will my first appointment take?

The first appointment will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, which will include a thorough examination and your first treatment.


Does the doctor get adjusted?

Yes. James, Delghi, and Luke adjust eachother every two weeks.  


Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!


Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.


What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

Chiropractors base their care on the detection correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional medical therapies and only occasionally use manipulative procedures.


Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?

No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.

I saw Dr. Lauren Doscher for several months to be treated for frequent headaches. Before seeing her, I suffered from headaches on a daily basis. I essentially lived with headaches every single hour of every single day. With Dr. Doscher's help, I am now headache free! Any time I start to feel one coming on I just make an appointment with her and it goes away immediately! I am so thankful to her, because I am no longer taking pain medication every day and can live my life worry and pain free.


Dr. Lauren Doscher is the best chiropractor I have ever been to! I received treatment from her and have been asymptomatic and pain free ever since! She even gave me exercises to do at home to maintain my back health. I've been to other chiropractors before, but the pain always seemed to come back.

Dr. Doscher is really good at explaining things to you, listening to you and customizing your treatment. She is very personable, detail oriented and thorough. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Doscher. She's got your back!


Dr. Lauren Doscher is the best chiropractor I have ever been to! I received treatment from her and have been asymptomatic and pain free ever since! She even gave me exercises to do at home to maintain my back health. I've been to other chiropractors before, but the pain always seemed to come back.

Dr. Doscher is really good at explaining things to you, listening to you and customizing your treatment. She is very personable, detail oriented and thorough. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Doscher. She's got your back!


Dr. Lauren Doscher has worked miracles with my back. It bothered me for over twenty years and nothing seemed to help long-term. Through one of Dr. Lauren's community outreach presentations, I was fortunate enough to hear her speak. I later visited her office and she began to help me work through my back issues. Her care is second-to-none and holistic in nature. Each visit was personalized to my current needs whether it was tight hamstrings, lower back pain, or sciatica pain in my legs. Within a month of care, my twenty year pain was gone! I never felt better!

The best part of Dr. Lauren's treatment is her genuine care for the patient. She is not a chiropractic robot repeating the same treatment on every patient. She tailors her treatments to the patient's needs. I once came in for my treatment on crutches due to a badly sprained ankle. She immediately recognized and provided me with a 30 minute ankle treatment which probably saved me $100's of dollars at the doctor and helped my ankle heal in half the time.

I recommend Dr. Lauren with absolutely no hesitation. She is the best because she truly cares!


Best in Boston!

I've been seeing Dr. Doscher for about 3 years for sporadic lumbar pain and other mobility issues. Her knowledge of the profession and holistic approach to solving my weak points has worked wonders. I'm 5'11 190lb highly active muscular build male, and despite her size has had no problem adjusting me during our visits. Throughout our time she has impressed upon me the importance of full body care through stretching and strengthening my weak points which has greatly improved my day to day in and out of the office and gym. Her holistic approach to musculoskeletal health and friendly demeanor is why I continue to return to Copley Chiropractic. I recommend a visit if you have questions (from the conversations I've had and overheard all of the doctors are highly knowledgable and very friendly) or are looking for a change. Oh! and the office is conveniently located and comfortable.


I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Doscher. I've had a full year of hip pain (hip rotation) that has severely limited my ability to work and do everyday activities, and a different chiropractor and several physical therapists weren't able to do much for me. Dr. Doscher's combination of adjustments and deep muscle work have made an enormous difference. She clearly has excellent knowledge of the interactions between muscle groups and skeletal alignment, and her bedside manner is great.

She takes her time to make sure I understand exactly what she is doing, and really works with me to come up with the best plan. Though I had never had manual adjustments before, I feel completely safe working with her. She always tells me exactly what she is going to do, and asks for feedback to make sure her massage is not more intense than I can handle. I've also found it very easy to get an appointment with her.

On my first visit, because I'd already seen so many specialists, she made sure to set a time frame in which we'd expect to see progress, and planned to help me figure out the next steps for care if her technique wasn't helping me. I'm doing well working with her, so that hasn't been necessary, but the fact that she anticipated that concern of mine spoke volumes about her commitment to care and her sensitivity for her patients.

(I noticed one review saying that she isn't strong enough to do adjustments because she has a small frame. That's totally untrue. She's completely capable of performing manual adjustments.)

E. M.

Dr. Piretti is wonderful -- professional and reliable, he genuinely cares about your needs. It's so nice to have a physician that's sensitive to your schedule! I have had experienced a few PTs/Chiropractors in the past, but Dr. Piretti is by far the best care I've received. Highly recommend his practice to those in need!


I had a very good and positive experience with Dr. Piretti. He is very knowledgeable, informative and professional and I would recommend to any of my friends and colleagues.


I found both Dr. Piretti and Laura to be extremely helpful, supportive, and responsive to my needs. I had absolutely no waiting time and was welcomed into a very warm, receptive environment. Dr. Piretti is attentive and proficient, relieving me immediately of my neck pain. I highly recommend!


Dr. Piretti has been an essential resource for me, mentally and physically, as I started training for and competing in triathlons a year ago. My endeavor to complete a sprint-length triathlon was made especially challenging due to my prior lack of experience with sports and the stresses the body endures while training and competing.

From day one, I've been able to rely on Dr. Piretti to answer questions about unfamiliar training-related aches and pains and to provide appropriate chiropractic treatment that allowed me to safely train at high intensity levels. In fact, I felt so good midway through the season that I decided to do a half-Ironman distance triathlon. I don't believe I'd have been able to cross the finish line without Dr. Piretti's expertise.

Dr. Piretti and Laura have always been welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Copley Square Chiropractic to anyone seeking preventive or therapeutic chiropractic treatment for any reason. As evidenced by the other Yelp reviews, Dr. Piretti is clearly knowledgeable about a wide range of health care issues for patients of all types, not just athletes and sports-related treatment.


I've generally been skeptical of chiropractors after I went to a few where I live. One tried to charge me for treatments that would basically elongate my back (??) at $60 per session... four times a month. I've also gone to one that wanted to take up my Saturdays with "wellness seminars" that he swore were "part of the healing process for the spine". My spine prefers to sleep in on Saturdays.

Dr. Piretti was a breath of fresh air compared to those other guys. I travel a lot and have a weird curve in my back so at times it can get painful. On an extended stay in Boston, I went to Dr. P after reading the great reviews on this fine website and was blown away. He did a great job and didn't try to up-sell me on weird treatments that didn't make sense. He's also very easy to talk to and he explained things in way that I could understand them.

I highly recommend him to anyone in Boston or who is just passing through.


Dr. Piretti's adjustments to my neck and spine have been gentle yet effective in relieving my TMJ symptoms.
Short yet effective appointments, and he even takes my insurance.
Dr. Piretti and the front desk staff have been friendly, caring and helpful.
What more can I ask?


Everyone's review is right on par. I've been going here for about a month now and my experience here has been incredible. They're really flexible with times and scheduling and not to mention the incredible staff. The receptionist is so nice and always has a smile on her face. It's a great environment to be in, and super close to the Back bay/Copley station.

Dr. Piretti really understood my back issues and reassured me that I would be okay. He's super friendly and extremely professional.
I've been to my fair share of chiropractors and he really helped me out the most.
They also take insurance, I have Blue Cross and only pay a 25$ co-pay when I come in.

I highly recommend this place.


This was my first visit with any chiropractor. This office has exactly what I like at any medical location; streamlined history and intake forms, polite staff, and prompt appointment time. The doctor/Luke is also very personable. In terms, of expertise, he answered all of my questions and even left me with some new questions to think about. I had an excellent experience, but most importantly, my back is feeling better every day.


I've been going to Luke now since January...he's great! Not only did he help with my backpain, but has given me some great advice on improving my overall health and living a healthier lifestyle. He's personable and laid-back, his staff is also lovely, and it's usually pretty easy to get a last minute appointment. I would definitely recommend him!


I saw a great chiropractor years ago in California after a car accident and haven't been to one since although I think they are great. Lately my neck has been in pain, hurting when I turn it to the left and leaving me with headaches. Meeting Luke, after finding him through my insurance, was a surprise, he's young, hip and full of energy but he knows his stuff. His staff is extremely sweet and accommodating, working to get me a last minute appointment. He explained what was wrong and the treatment it would take. No up-sells and he is working his magic on my neck. The headaches are gone and I am more aware of my bad practices that got me to this point. See Luke, he won't disappoint.