FAQ

Will I Have to Keep Coming Back Forever and Ever?

Probably not, and only if you want to. There are no “treatment plans” and there is no formula to follow, because everyone is different, and everyone is different on different days. Follow-up visits always include some degree of exam. We decide if & when the next visit is based on how you respond. We do suggest, however, to have your body tuned for periodic trouble-shooting. Our goal is for you to enjoy excellent health, not for you to become dependent on our services.

results will be from what you do or don’t do. Please try your best to follow our recommendations—their purpose is to get you well faster.

Why don’t we file insurance claims or Medicare?

We would prefer to spend more time serving your needs and have adequate time for a quality office visit. Filing insurance claims would force us to shorten the visits considerably, making it necessary to schedule more additional visits.

What is Applied Kinesiology?

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function and find problem areas that can be corrected on the spot. AK is a non-invasive system that is unique in the healing arts, and has become a dynamic movement in health care in its relatively short existence.

Treatments may involve specific adjustments to joints, re-setting muscles, stimulating acupuncture points, dietary management, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures.

The triad of health lists the three basic causes of health problems. They are structural, chemical, and mental, with structure as the base of the triad. Literally, all health problems, whether functional or pathological, are involved with one part or all parts of the triad. This is not new to chiropractic, as its founder, D.D. Palmer states in his text, “The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic,” “The determining causes of disease are traumatism, poison and autosuggestion.” AK enables the doctor to evaluate the triad’s functional balance and direct therapy toward the imbalanced side or sides. The physician who is aware of the triad of health, and evaluates every patient for all three sides, increases his/her ability to find the basic underlying cause of a patient’s health problem.

What is Functional Neurology?

The majority of input to your brain is from the muscles and joints. Your muscles and joints, especially the spinal joints, are constantly sending information to your brain based on body movement, joint position, eye/head orientation, and the pull of gravity. The rest of the brain’s information comes from the senses.

Functional Neurology is a system by which we use elements of standard medical neurological evaluation, interpret what we find based on overall brain/body integration, and apply it using a non-drug, non-surgical approach.

It is impossible to not have a brain effect from a chiropractic treatment. Your brain ultimately controls muscle tone, movement, response to gravity, emotions, eye/head coordination, balance, digestion, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and response to stressors, to name a few. This is why a chiropractic treatment is much less about your neck or back than it is about getting all of your body systems functioning better– by changing the way your brain perceives your body, thereby changing its control of your body.

 

What is Acupuncture?

According to one of several theories, acupuncture is a method of changing the way subtle electrical currents flow throughout your body by way of, through circuits called meridians. Our bodies run on electromagnetic energy, which can get blocked or excessive due to stressors from the environment, weather changes, toxins (this includes toxic thoughts), injuries, and dietary factors. All systems require healthy meridian flow for optimal health. Your body is very tunable; and it does require tuning from time to time. For this reason, acupuncture is one of the best ways to improve and maintain health.

Is Treatment Safe?

It is very safe. We test on each visit to see what your level of tolerance is on a given day. No two visits are alike. What we do depends on what is going on in your body at that time. Spinal and extremity manipulation have very powerful and lasting effects on the functioning of your brain, so we use these tools judiciously and with great respect. Compared to prescription drugs and many medical procedures, Functional Neurology, Applied Kinesiology, and Acupuncture are extremely safe. To put this in perspective, the chances of having a serious adverse effect from taking even properly dosed anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or aspirin are literally hundreds of times higher than the chances of having a serious reaction to a spinal manipulation.

Did You Know?

  • Spinal stiffness was linked to visceral pathology with nearly 100% accuracy based upon sympathetic innervation. (Medical Times, 1921)
  • 1,000 capsules of Tylenol in a lifetime doubles the risk of end stage renal disease. (New England Journal of Medicine, 1994)
  • The average time for a whiplash-injured patient to achieve maximum improvement is 7 months 1 week. (Spine, 1994)
  • 93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain who have failed medical and physical therapy care improve with chiropractic adjustments. (Injury, 1996)
  • Taking the correct drug for the correct diagnoses in the correct dose will kill about 106,000 Americans per year, making it the 4th most common cause of death in the US. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for rheumatoid and/or osteoarthritis conservatively cause 16,500 Americans to bleed to death each year, making that the 15th most common cause of death in the US.(New England Journal of Medicine, 1999)
  • Glutamate and aspartame can cause chronic pain sensitization, and removing them from the diet for 4 consecutive months can eliminate all chronic pain symptoms. (Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2002)
  • Chiropractic spinal adjusting has been shown to be better than 5 times more effective than the NSAIDs pain drugs Celebrex and Vioxx in the treatment of chronic neck and low back pain. (Spine, 2003)
  • In patients suffering from chronic pain subsequent to degenerative spinal disease, 59% can eliminate the need for pain drugs by consuming adequate levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids. (Surgical Neurology, 2006)
  • Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to significantly lower blood pressure. (Journal of Human Hypertension, 2007)
  • The estimated incidence of chronic pain from whiplash trauma is 15-40%. (Journal of the Am Academy of Ortho Surg, 2007)
  • Meniere’s Disease has been linked to a disorder of the upper cervical spine facet joints. (International Tinnitus Jour, 2007)
  • Supplementing with vitamin D3 has the potential to reduce cancer deaths in America by 75%.
  • (Ann of Epidemiology, 2009)
  • Potentially, the largest exposure of Americans to the neurotoxin mercury is through the consumption of products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup. (Environmental Health, 2009)
  • Those who consumed the highest amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain drugs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aspirin, etc.) increased their risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s dementia, by 66%. (Neurology, 2009)
  • The newest estimate for the incidence of autism is 1 in 91 US children. (Pediatrics, 2009)
–this is happening because of Tylenol being routinely given to infants (Dr. Root’s comment)