How many times have you been to a chiropractor who sets you up on a plan where you are getting adjusted 3 times per week for 3 weeks, then 2 times per week for a few more weeks, and finally the blessed 1 time per week? Do you recall if you felt better immediately or did you feel beat up too many times? Were you lectured about the benefits of chiropractic for not just back pain but everything leading up to clearing fertility issues?
I believe in chiropractic care on your terms, providing customizable pain relief and teaching you how to care for yourself. My goal is basically to teach you how not to need me.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms and condition, your initial treatment may be simply once per week. My goal is to see you progress to every 2 weeks until you are stable with your care and optimally once per month just for a check-up. I will provide you with not only chiropractic care, but also the soft tissue work that goes along with your adjustment.
Muscles move bones. To offer chiropractic care without addressing the muscles and fascia (soft tissue) barely solves half the problem. I have been a licensed massage therapist since 1999 so I have quite a few tools in my toolbox. I also have tools other than my hands such as ultra-sound and now a micro-current low level laser. I have also been a yoga and Pilates instructor for several years so I have many tools to teach you therapeutic exercises, most of them designed to restore your core strength.
I have been quite successful in helping patients who have crawled in to the office on day one, to basically 80% of normal within 3 weeks. These patients only needed once per week care that included chiropractic, therapeutic exercises and therapeutic massage. I still offer hourly massages and that has been a tremendous enhancement to patient care so that I can explore all of the compensatory patterns of pain and correct them accordingly.
I offer a flat rate for your office visit, rather than billing for a la carte services. An example of “a la carte services” would be $X for an adjustment, $X more for extremities adjusting, $X for modalities (ultrasound, laser), $X for manual therapies. That kind of billing adds up quickly into $100 – $200 per visit. The flat rate office visit for $50 covers all of that. Many times, $50 is less expensive than your insurance co-payment. That $50 gets you all of the care you need for that visit for 20 – 30 minutes. You won’t be left waiting in an over-crowded waiting room and your appointment time will be on time. Most importantly, I want to make sure that our time spent together is productive so you don’t have to take extra time out of your schedule for another visit in the same week.
I’d like to give your body a chance to heal itself. This is what chiropractic care is truly about ~ allowing the body to heal itself. Your nervous system needs time to integrate what changes (adjustments) took place. Not just the spinal adjustment, but also the muscles being adjusted (released or activated), incorporating new breathing and/or stretching techniques, implementing new skills to prevent further pain or damage, adapting to chemical changes in the body through supplementation or cleaning up toxins, learning to relax the mind with body, etc. All of this takes time, so that resting period between office visits is still working to your benefit.
I could offer a lower office visit price, with more office visits per week for longer term care, take less time with my patients delivering just the adjustment and then shuffling you off to some other person for the soft tissue work… but I’m not that kind of doctor. I chose not to be a “high volume” practice because I want to spend time with my patients and really listen to what is working for them and what needs to be changed. I hope that you have chosen me as your chiropractor for the same reasons… and I hope that you will share with your friends and family these same benefits by referring them to me for the compassionate care that is needed in our healthcare system today.