Q. Why is the nervous system so important?
A. Your brain, spinal cord, and nerves coordinate and control every cell, tissue and organ in the body and adapt them to their internal and external environment. If the nervous system is not responding properly, the body will not perform at 100% as nature intended. The result…reduced immune function, disease, fatigue, premature aging, stress, poor metabolism, hormonal imbalance, difficulty concentration, muscle and joint dysfunction, etc.
Q. What is a subluxation?
A. A subluxation is a spinal bone out of place causing interference to the nervous system. This can be caused by chemical, emotional, and physical stress leading to the body's inability to regulate, heal, repair and regenerate its cells, tissues, and organs for optimal function.
Q. What do chiropractors do?
A. Chiropractors locate interference in the nervous system using diagnostic tools such a patient history, posture analysis, computer imaging, range of motion, spinal x-ray imaging, and analysis techniques unique to chiropractic. Chiropractors correct interference in the nervous system by using specific chiropractic adjustments leading to better joint function, muscle balance, and nerve function.
Q. I heard chiropractic cures diseases, is this true?
A. The body heals itself when it is given the tools it needs for healing, namely proper nutrition, adequate rest, physical exercise, mental and spiritual balance, and a nervous system that is working properly. Nerves control the immune system, skeletal system, respiratory system, reproductive system, digestive system hormone (endocrine) system, and the list goes on. Chiropractic facilitates healing because it restores proper nerve function. As a Chiropractor, I remove the interference to the nervous system and get out of the way… I allow the body to do what it is innately suppose to do when the channels of communication are clear. Chiropractors do not cure anything. The body cures itself if allowed to do so.
Q. How long will it take for my body to heal?
A. Healing is dependent on your personal history, genetics, current physical condition, level of stress, and how well you follow the chiropractic recommendation. Your body has tolerated physical, chemical and emotional stress for years. It took years for you body to get to its current level of dis-ease. Healing is a process, and like every process in nature, healing takes time. It is arrogant to expect permanent correction of a condition instantly after the body has been abused for decades.
Q. Why do you insist we follow the chiropractic recommendations?
A. I am committed that you get the desired results quickly, the effects are long lasting, and you do not waste your time and money. It is disappointing to see patients stop chiropractic care before they have even given their body a chance to heal, only to return weeks, months or years later with the same problem, if not worse, than that brought them to the office in the first place. If you only go to the gym on an irregular basis, and when you do work out, you don't follow the trainer's recommendations, which would be at fault if you did not get the results you hoped to achieve?
Q. Why do I need to get adjusted more frequently when I first start chiropractic?
A. The initial state of chiropractic care is designed to reduce inflammation and restore joint mobility as quickly as the body will allow. This state addressed the symptom relief. The second phase, or wellness care, is designed to further the healing process and maintain the progress you body has already made. Using the gym example again, if after months of working out you feel and look great, is it wise to stop working out? You might not have to work out with the same intensity that got you into shape, but it would be smart to maintain your progress.
Q. Do I have to get chiropractic care for the rest of my life?
A. You do not have to do anything for the rest of your life – it is your choice. You can choose not to brush your teeth, not change the oil in your car, not to make repairs to your house, not to eat a healthy diet, and not to exercise. However, there are consequences to your actions. If you want to get the most mileage out you body, then yes, you must take care of its for the rest of your life. The spine and nervous system is not exception.
Q. When should someone start chiropractic care?
A. Chiropractic care should be started at birth. The point is to maintain health for your whole life, not to abuse/ignore your body for decades and then put our fires when you are in physical distress. The spine and nervous system is subject to trauma from day one until death – twisting of the neck during the birth process; falling while learning to walk and playing sports injuries; carrying heavy backpacks, purses, laptop computers; poor posture; driving; sitting all day; inadequate exercise; gravity; stress; chemical interactions. It is never too early or too late to start chiropractic wellness care.
Q. What are your responsibilities as a doctor?
A. My responsibilities are to be the best technician, educator, and communicator that I can be, to serve with my mind, my heart and my hands. To create a friendly office with efficient procedures and a simple/fair fee systems. I attend weekend continuing education seminars and hire mentors to coach me in my chiropractic and business skills.
Q. What are my responsibilities as a patient?
A. Your patient responsibilites as a patient would be to follow you recommended care plan; to call ahead if you must reschedule an appointment; to attend the new patient orientation; to communicate with me about any concerns you might have; to adhere to your financial agreements; to refer others to the office for the health potential workshop held on Monday evenings; to share your results with friend and co-workers; to get your family under chiropractic care; to help me find speaking opportunities ( in your church, office, daycare, etc. ) so that I can share my message of health with others.
Q. Why is the new patient orientation important?
A. This event is held so those new patients understand what chiropractic really is and is not. It is also a time to learn how you can best benefit from care, find out about your own health potential, ask questions, broaden your horizons, have a wake up call, see me in action in a way you have never seen before, share chiropractic with a friend who might be interested in getting care but who want so find out more before deciding if chiropractic is right for him/her.
Q. Why are you not a provider on some PPO plans?
A. I choose to work for what is the best interest to the practice member, rather than being part of a system that is unfair to the patients as well as to the doctors. The more time we spend on ironing our insurance hassles, the less time I have for the people that matter most to me, my patients and staff. My commitment is to focus on the patient, and not on the bureaucracy, the insurance companies.
Q. What is the bigger picture?
A. There is a power greater than ourselves, that we call God. That part of the power is put within us at conception and is called Life. To keep that power running through our nervous system with out interruption is my main goal. My patients share in my goal by taking responsibility for your body and its care, through nutrition, rest, mental health and having fun. Enjoy the gift you have …Life… to the max. Express who you are from your heart. Give thanks each morning and night for what you have and the good things that have come into you life.
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