Q: There are a lot of chiropractors and physical therapists out there, why should I work with you? ...
I believe it’s important that you know what you’re getting yourself into. There are plenty of health care options out there, and the best care usually comes from informed decisions. So what makes me different?
Lifestyle - A lot of therapists will tell you the best way to do certain movements or activities despite having never done them in their life. That’s not me. I walk the walk. If being active is an important part of your life, I understand your world. I’ve been active my entire life, continue to be to this day, and plan to be until the day I die. If you run, lift weights, do yoga, ride bikes or any other number of activities, I get it. I’ll never tell you to stop doing these things, I’ll try to help you do them better.
Patients - I have worked with patients of all ages, and varieties of activity levels. I have worked with people trying to get active for the first time, and I have worked with All-Star professional athletes. I have seen the spectrum of what the body can do and I know how to make it work better.
Education - Most practitioners did the bare minimum to get their degree, and do the bare minimum to maintain their li. Are these the kinds of people you want to trust with your health? I do 100s of hours of hands-on continuing education every year. Partly because I’m a geek that loves learning, but also to help provide the best treatment possible.
Q: I've heard once you start seeing a chiropractor, you'll always have going forever. Is that true? ...
No! Traditional chiropractic treatment plans are based on the belief that spinal health is dependent on outside intervention. Most chiropractors believe that you will ALWAYS need “maintenance” adjustments (sometimes as frequently as every week) for the rest of your life. Instead, I’d rather just teach you how to move better, and not simply give you repeated passive treatments. If I do my job properly, you shouldn’t need me.
Q: What should I expect if I work with you? ...
One of the unique parts of my approach is that I try to see the big picture before drawing any conclusions or rendering any treatment. That means my initial office visit starts with a 60-90 minute comprehensive assessment of your biomechanics. This involves measuring and assessing every movement pattern in your body. I want to know what moves well, what doesn't, what's too weak, what's too tight and how it all integrates together.
From there, we should have a blueprint for what's necessary to start functioning better - this could be stretches, exercises, modifying something in your day-to-day life, or treatments from me (my main treatment modalities are manual therapies). After the first visit I'll usually give you 1-2 weeks of 'homework', (usually via email correspondence) based on what we find in the exam. We want to give your body an opportunity to begin to move differently before the next appointment. Follow ups are typically 30 minutes of 1-on-1 treatment.
Most patients start noticing changes within their first week of treatment, and it's very rare that people aren't starting to notice some sort of change after 3-4 visits.
Q: My doctor told me there’s a lot of damage on my X-Ray/CT Scan/MRI. Can you still help? ...
Probably. Most medical imaging findings show up well AFTER the body has been moving abnormally. Quite simply:
Abnormal stressors x Time = Breakdown
Also, just because there are imaging findings, it doesn’t mean they’re what’s causing the problem. In fact, in a 2012 study looking at low back MRI findings in people WITHOUT pain, it was found that:
- 91% had disc degeneration
- 56% showed disc height loss
- 64% showed disc bulges
- 32% showed disc protrusion
- 38% showed annular tears
Similar trends are seen in other areas of the body. A digital snapshot in time doesn’t show how the body actually works. Moving better usually helps fix joint, muscle and nerve problems, regardless of the levels of degeneration.
That being said, if you have copies of images or imaging reports (X-Ray, CT, MRI, etc.), please do bring them in.
While the images aren’t a substitute for a proper movement assessment, they can help show which areas in your body are under the most stress
Q: Will I have to stop participating in my sport/exercise routine while I am getting treatment? ...
VERY rarely. Occasionally this is a necessary move to allow for the most rapid and full recovery, but this is the exception. My goal is to get you back to the activities you love, as fast as possible. You’ll NEVER hear me tell you to stop doing an activity you love.
Q: How many treatments will I need until I’m 100% again? ...
This is always a tricky question, because it varies with every patient and is dependent on a large number of factors. What I can say is in general, you will usually need less than half as many treatments as you would expect to need when going to a more traditional PT clinic or Chiropractor.
Pain and dysfunction that has been present for a long time will usually, but not always, take longer to fix than more recent/acute problems. Certain conditions like herniated disks and frozen shoulders will obviously take longer to resolve than something like an ankle sprain.
In general, it is rare that we need more than 5-6 treatments for the average patient, and quite often 2-4 treatments are all that is needed. In an industry where 2-3 treatments/week for 3-6 months (or forever) is the norm, that’s quite good.
Q: What are your prices and fees? ...
The initial appointment is $200, and will last between 60-90 minutes. Follow up treatments run approximately 30 minutes and are $70.
Why don’t you directly bill insurance? ...
Because I want to give you the services you need, not what an insurance company thinks you need.
Chiropractors in clinics that bill insurance often have to see at least 4-6 patients per hour (usually much more) and use technicians to apply multiple modalities like ultrasound and e-stim. They must do this, as these are the services that insurance companies usually reimburse. I don’t believe that modalities are nearly as effective as hands-on treatment (and neither does the research). I also don’t believe in simply counting sets and reps of an exercise in the clinic that that you could perform at home.
Instead, your follow up visits will be 30-60 minutes of direct face-to-face treatment, which is one reason the results are so much faster than average. Given fewer visits, better quality treatment and better results, most patients end up spending far less than they would seeing your average physical therapist or chiropractor at 3x/wk for months.
Q: Can I bill my insurance? ...
This depends on the insurance you have, but yes! You should be able to print claim forms off your insurance company’s website, and send it in with the needed receipts and treatment codes that will be provided upon request at the clinic. The amount of reimbursement (or application to deductible) is completely dependent on your own personal insurance plan. Ask about reimbursement for “out-of-network Chiropractic” expenses, and make sure there are no other requirements like a pre-authorization before you get started.