The office of Cara L. Hacht D.C. P.A. delivers quality chiropractic care and massage therapy to the communities of Pasco County and surrounding areas. We welcome patients of all ages, from newborns to those in their golden years.
We are dedicated to providing our patients with prompt, professional and friendly service. Our goal is to ensure the complete satisfaction of every patient, while offering knowledgeable service in a supportive and caring environment.
We know that you have a choice of chiropractors and appreciate your consideration. Our hope is that you will feel confident in our ability to meet your expectations and know that our patients are always our number one priority.
What To Expect During Your First Visit
Average Length Of Initial Appointment - 60 min.
Our number one priority is creating a care plan that is specific to your needs and wants based on our findings at your initial exam.
Conversation about your health concerns, goals and expectations
Review of new patient forms that will be filled out upon arrival
Posture, physical, orthopedic, neurologic and spinal exams
We will write you a referral for x-rays if indicated by the prior exams
At your second visit we will discuss the findings of your initial visit and the details of your care plan. This will include your diagnosis, frequency of treatment, cost of care, how we can help you and what you can do at home to improve your condition and health. We welcome all questions and want you to understand the benefits and alternatives to chiropractic care. If we feel chiropractic is not the best care for you at this time, we will be honest with you and refer you to the appropriate doctor. If you are ready to start care you will receive your first adjustment and/or treatment today!
Meet The Team
Dr. Cara Hacht, D.C. P.A.
Dr. Cara is a chiropractor, massage therapist and owner of Cara Hacht D.C. P.A. She is dedicated to providing patients and families with a natural, holistic approach to preventative healthcare and wellness.
She has a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa as well as a license in massage therapy from Suncoast School of Massage.
She is an active member of the Florida Chiropractic Association, North Suncoast Chiropractic Society and CBP Non-Profit Inc.
Dr. Cara enjoys spending time with her husband, Thomas and daughter, Carolyn.
Ursula Groll, L.M.T.
Ursula is a licensed massage therapist. She received her license in massage therapy from the Suncoast School of Massage.
She combines her knowledge of various techniques and a background in physiotherapy to deliver customized therapeutic massages to her clients. She understands that no two bodies are the same.
Outside of the office, Ursula enjoys playing tennis, baking delicious treats and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Carolyn is Dr. Cara's daughter.
When she isn't busy enjoying time with her horses or traveling, you can find her behind the front desk or answering the phones at the office.
Carolyn also runs her own small business with Rustic Roots Creations. She provides hand crafted and custom car fresheners. Her products are available online through Facebook or at a local pop-up market.
Manual or instrument-assisted adjusting
Special accommodations for adjustments during pregnancy
Neck and low back decompression
Heat and ice
Corrective Exercises & Stretches
Exercises and stretches assist the chiropractic adjustment in stabilizing the spine and extremities to allow you to move and function better long term.
Deep tissue massage
Trigger point therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic?
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 services are 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.
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.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours. Doctors of chiropractic are well trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.
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.
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.
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, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at more than 60 major veterans medical facilities.
What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant for 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. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.
In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education, 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 doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands–or an instrument–to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. 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 doctor of chiropractic 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 (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.
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Dr. Hacht is a miracle worker. I injured myself with a new exercise and thought going forward it might entail me using a cane. In less than 45 days Dr. Hacht eliminated the pain and provided me with an exercise program I can use the remainder of my life. She and her staff are top notch.
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Dr Hacht and her staff are amazing they make you feel like a friend rather than just a patient they're always very friendly and outgoing couldn't ask for a better chiropractor.
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She is a good listener and very helpful. Every friend I have referred has raved about Dr. Cara. They all received great results from her treatment. She is amazing!