The first visit will consist of a complimentary consultation with one of our Doctors to see why you are coming into our office, and more importantly, if you are in the right place. After the consultation if you are ready, we will do an exam which will consist of Orthopedic, Neurological, and Chiropractic Testing. These tests give us a better understanding of what is causing your particular problems, and how we can best correct them naturally. At the doctor's discretion you may or may not get adjusted on the first visit. Some patients may need further diagnostic testing including possible X-Rays, MRI's, etc. in order to come up with the best diagnosis and course of care.
Chiropractors use adjustments to restore range of motion to joints that aren't moving properly, improving long term abnormal biomechanics. According to the American Chiropractic Association, "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.[*]" Essentially we facilitate your body to heal on it's own naturally, allowing it to function at it's highest potential. This means that you can live your life to the fullest by increasing the quality of your life, and add quantity to your years!
Yes, chiropractic is one of the safest professions not only in alternative medicine, but in medicine as well. This is shown through our malpractice insurance costs which are very low. In our office, we do strict Orthopedic, Neurological, and Chiropractic testing, to get to the root cause of problems, as well as red flags for care. We individualize each and every technique to best suit a patient, creating a very safe environment for your body to stay healthy and well. In our office, we go above and beyond what is required in an already safe profession, to minimize risks as much as possible.
Chiropractic adjustments may cause aching or soreness, but typically are pain-free. Non-manual adjusting techniques like instrument assisted techniques may not feel like anything. Many times patients won't even know that an adjustment was performed let alone have the adjustment be painful.
Think of your spine as an organ system. The thought process for years is that the brain and the spinal cord are protected by the skull and spine. This is true, however there are millions of nerves that are constantly feeding the spinal cord information about what is happening in the body. We have two main types of nerves in and around the spine, called nociceptors and mechanoreceptors. Think of them on a constant see-saw. If mechanoreceptors (movement) are firing, nociceptors (pain) can't fire. With adjustments, we are passively getting mechanoreceptors to fire sending afferent bombardment (good) signals to the brain. This tells the brain that things are working as they're supposed to. The adjustments are literally affecting your brain and the adaptability of the body to it's environment by better balancing the body. Each adjustment is capable of doing amazing things in our bodies, due to the information reaching the brain. This is why chiropractic is so amazing, and we hear so many success stories!
Absolutely! We have certain techniques specific to pregnant women, as well as tables that allow a comfortable laying position to get adjusted. Research has shown that chiropractic helps with pain during the pregnancy, creates a balanced environment in the pelvis, and creates an easier delivery when the time comes.
Children can absolutely receive chiropractic care! The adjustments are much lighter for children, as their bodies are still developing, but are nonetheless still put under similar stressors as adults. These specific and gentle adjustments (about the same pressure as feeling the ripeness of a tomato) help create an environment for healthy growth and development of our kids.
This is where our office differs from others. Chiropractic is covered by most insurances, however insurance only covers the basics, creating a doctor that is limited in what they can do. Doctors will only do the basics to get you out of pain, never reaching the cause of your problem! This creates a cycle of you being in constant pain. At our office we want to build relationships. We want to get you on a path towards health, and then keep you going on that path. The only way this is possible is through eliminating insurance to give the best possible care for a reasonable price. This decision ultimately allows us to spend our time doing what matters most: keeping you and your family healthy and well for years to come! We do accept HSA Healthcare and Flexible spending accounts, as well as credit cards, cash and checks. We also have the ability to provide you with a receipt of services which you may present to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to come under chiropractic care, however we do have many M.D.'s and other health professionals including Orthopaedists, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Massage Therapists, etc. that regularly refer patients for care and understand the benefits of Chiropractic.
Dr. Amy and Dr. Kunzwiler both received a 4 year undergraduate degree, before receiving another 5 years of chiropractic education condensed into 3.5 years. During their education in chiropractic school they learned subjects from Biochemistry to Microbiology. They studied Advanced Anatomy, learning the intricate details of the human body. They also received extensive training in Radiology, taking and viewing X-Rays, MRI's, CT scans, etc. They are trained in patient assessment, where they learn to determine your specific diagnosis, and if it is safe to adjust you. Finally, they are taught countless hours of adjusting technique, learning the specific palpation skills, adjusting speed, and vectors necessary for specific adjustments to the spine and extremities.
Please feel free to ask. We want to be as open as possible while you make a decision to come under chiropractic care. If you have any questions that aren't listed, we can always answer them through an email or on the phone to put your mind at ease. A well informed patient will make well informed decisions.