FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q) What is chiropractic? Chiropractic is a safe, natural, drugless method of healing that is utilized by millions of people of all ages. Chiropractic utilizes the inborn healing powers of the body to allow an individual to function at their maximum potential. A chiropractic adjustment removes interference in the nervous system by correcting misalignments in the spine (called vertebral subluxations) in order to allow this complete expression of health. Chiropractic is a different approach to health care; it is not a treatment for disease or conditions. Everybody deserves a healthy spine that is free of nerve interference. At Empowered Life, PC, we recognize the body's own natural recuperative powers to heal and rejuvenate itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
Q) How long is the first visit? Upon arrival you will be asked to complete a patient history form that will include pertinent information concerning your health and your reason for seeking care. You will be given a chiropractic examination, orthopedic and neurological testing. This first visit will take about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours, depending on your past and current health history.
Q) How long are subsequent visits? On the second visit, you will sit down with the doctor to discuss the findings determined from your exam, and a personalized care plan will be tailored for you. An estimate of the duration of your chiropractic care will be presented and your investment in your care will be discussed. This visit will last approximately 30 minutes. Every visit after that will be shorter depending on your personal situation.
Q) Why should I see a chiropractor if I don't have any pain? Most if not all health problems begin long before any symptoms develop. Only 1/10th of the function of your nervous system is for sensation, the other 9/10th is for function of all the organs, glands and muscles in your body. In other words, you could have a lot of dysfunction going on and experience no pain at all! In addition, pain is different from person to person depending on tolerance levels. In many disease processes, pain is the last thing to appear and the first thing to go away.
Q) Once I get adjusted, do I have to go for the rest of my life? This all depends on your personal health care goals, and we will take care of you whatever that decision may be. Regular preventive chiropractic care is a wise investment in your health. We hope that you find or come to see the benefit in our belief that early prevention-based care is easier and less costly than acute, relief-based treatment that is delayed because warning signs that were ignored. That is why we encourage maintenance and wellness care on a schedule that is appropriate for each individual. This is similar to eating healthy and getting exercise, something that must be done on a regular basis in order to reap the greatest benefits.
Once your relief care is completed, your chiropractor will suggest a schedule for corrective care, and then finally you will be recommended for a wellness and preventative care program. This is similar to going to the dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning, or to changing the oil in your car every 3000 miles. Occasionally, some people may need to have maintenance adjustments as often as once a week. Others may need to go as little as once a quarter. Your Doctor will make a recommendation based on their findings from your history, examinations, and prognosis. This will vary person-to-person depending on your past and current health history. Of course, how long you chose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
Q) Do children need chiropractic care? Yes, Chiropractic adjustments to children are very gentle and effective. Even the so-called "normal" birth experience can subject a newborn's delicate spine to excessive pressure and stress, causing spinal nerve interference. A chiropractic adjustment removes this spinal nerve interference by gently correcting misalignments in the spine (called vertebral subluxations). This nerve interference can affect the infant's ability to express health to his/her fullest potential.
Childhood is a very active time. Running, jumping, falls and accidents are all part of a normal childhood and yet they can cause spinal misalignments. Many parents may believe the children are fine because there is no external evidence of injury or obvious symptom. However, resulting spinal injuries are often overlooked and many times are left uncorrected. These subluxations can block the natural flow of life across the nerves to any part of the body.
Q) Can pregnant women get adjusted? Yes. Studies show that women are able to carry and deliver their babies with more comfort when receiving chiropractic care. These adjustments are specifically tailored to the pregnant woman. Correcting vertebral subluxation ensures that both the expectant mother and her unborn child have the best opportunity to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. We believe strongly in the benefits of chiropractic care to the mother and unborn child.
Dr. Sanches has attended seminars in caring for pregnant women, and is also certified in The Webster's Technique, a very specific chiropractic adjustment for expectant women who have their unborn child in the breech position (intrauterine constraint). If the baby has not moved into the vertex position (head down) after your 7th month, call or visit us today. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system, balances out pelvic muscles and ligaments which in turn removes constraint to the woman's uterus and allows the baby to get in the best position for birth. Many times, this avoids a C-section birth.
Q) Do you accept insurance? Our office is an Out-of-Network office, many insurance plans cover our services though the type of coverage depends on your individual policy. For this reason, we ask that you bring your insurance card at the time of your first visit. Our office will be happy to contact your insurance company to find out what your specific coverage is, your yearly deductible if there is one, and whether that deductible has been met. In many cases, you are responsible for a deductible and a portion of the fee not covered by your contract. If your insurance covers out-of-network chiropractic benefits, care is paid up front and a Superbill will be provided for you to submit for reimbursement.
Q) What if I don't have insurance or don't have coverage for chiropractic care? If you do not have insurance, or your insurance does not cover chiropractic care (or if your deductible is too high), you will be given the opportunity to get involved in a program that makes the care you need available at affordable fees. Preferred Chiropractic Doctor (PCD) is a membership organization for patients that allows them to receive care at more affordable rates from participating PCD Providers. Our office is a participating member of PCD. Through PCD, you will receive discounted rates at our office. See our office or http://www.bewell2.com/ for more details.
Q) How can I pay for my visits? Payment for all services are due at the time chiropractic care is rendered, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Our office accepts cash, personal checks, Mastercard, Visa and Discover as forms of payment.
Please call our office with any questions that are not answered here or if you need further explanation.