Frequently Asked Questions
How does the adjustment work, and what is the technique you use?
Drs. Leopardi specialize in the Gonstead technique of analysis and adjusting. This is a well-established, highly researched analysis and technique of chiropractic. Gonstead analysis utilizes 5 different forms of analysis to ensure we provide the best care for you and your spine. These forms of analysis include:
- Static Palpation
- Motion palpation
Over years of stress, the joints of the spine can lose motion, symmetry and eventually will begin irritating and placing tension on the nerves they were made to protect. In order to heal these diseased and damaged joints, we must restore motion to the “misaligned” joints and place them back into a healthy position. To accomplish this, a certain amount of force must be applied to a very specific area of the spine. The Gonstead technique allows us to correct these joints and help these nerves in a very gentle way, by creating force through speed and acceleration. It also allows us the opportunity to be very, very specific to correct the exact joint that needs correction without affecting the healthy joints around it.
Why do I have to change into a gown before I receive an adjustment?
In order for Dr. Ty and Dr. Brittany to be as specific and precise as possible when administering your chiropractic adjustment, they need to have skin on skin contact. This reduces the likely hood of clothing altering the adjustment (i.e. slipping, snagging, etc.). Again, the two things we value most in our office are your health and our reputation, this is just one more step allocated to making sure we provide you with the best care we can.
Why do you utilize so many tables in the adjusting rooms?
The reason we have 4 adjusting tables is because we need to obtain a mechanical advantage over your spine. We want your body to absorb the adjustment in a comfortable and stabilized manner. These 4 tables allow us to methodically plan out which position promotes healing quickly and most efficiently for your unique body. For example, practice member “xyz” may have great results with the pelvic bench when adjusting the lower back, but since we are all unique, you may respond better on the knee chest table when adjusting the same area.
What is the sound heard during the adjustment?
During a specific adjustment, your spine undergoes quick, gentle stretching of the spinal joint, and you may hear a noise. Small pockets of air being released from the fluid that surrounds your joints cause this sound. When joint tissues are stretched during a chiropractic adjustment, the pockets of air “pop”, which creates that sound you hear. Sometimes you may not hear a noise, but that just means there were no pockets of air around the joints at that time. The sound does not indicate the effectiveness of an adjustment.
How do you know where to adjust?
We have been fortunate enough to care for a number of people, each with their own body type and health challenges. With that experience combined with the Gonstead analysis approach, we are able to use many different types of “indicators” when determining where to adjust each practice member, and to do it effectively and efficiently. For example, we use our hands to detect subtle changes in spinal muscle tension, inflammation and tension, tone, restricted motion or misalignment of the joints. We are constantly visually observing practice members for changes in posture, unusual walking patterns, head tilt or rotation, along with many other visual indicators. X-rays help us confirm what we are feeling with our hands and observing with our eyes, since we haven’t been able to master x-ray vision yet :).
What can I expect after my adjustment?
Throughout the day, your body will be processing your adjustment. Most practice members feel very relaxed initially and may even need to take a nap. While some feel a surge of energy and others do not feel an immediate change. Some practice members experience some soreness after their adjustment. Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out the toxins being released by your body. This will help to facilitate the recovery process and jumpstart healing.
When will I see results?
Every individual heals at a different rate. The problem that brought you in developed over a period of time, and healing will also take time. How quickly you feel better depends on how severe your problems are, how long they have been in place, as well as your overall state of health. The first two weeks can be likened to a roller coaster ride, there could be peaks and valleys felt. Typically, we do see noticeable improvements within the first 2-4 weeks of care.
When do I need to come back?
We have found that more frequent visits at the start of care is the most effective way to change the pattern your body has developed and to jumpstart your body’s natural healing capabilities. As your muscles, ligaments and tendons heal, the bones tend to stay in proper position and we will need to see you less frequently to continue reducing the number of subluxations experienced and for your body to continue to function optimally.
What can I do to help my adjustments hold?
Gonstead technique actually works with your body’s natural movement and motion to help correct the restricted and misaligned segments in your spine and pelvis. Because of this, we encourage all new practice members to dedicate themselves to regular exercise while they are under care. Simply walking for 15-20 minutes each day and drinking plenty of water can make a huge difference in your results.
What happens after my Initial Corrective Care Plan is over?
Just like getting a retainer on your teeth after your braces have come off, your spine and nervous system requires regular maintenance checks! While we are not treating symptoms, we are continually reducing subluxations which are misalignments causing interference to the nervous system so your body has the best ability to heal and adapt to your environment. Many practice members choose to continue their chiropractic care on a preventative and maintenance basis to continue to move forward with their family’s health. Remember, health does not end and your health does not have a ceiling!
Are you in network with insurance?
We are not in network with medical insurance. We provide you the best care you need for true correction versus just short term. Functioning optimally long term often times, is not covered by insurance, so we make care as affordable as possible. We offer care plans utilizing individual and family savings plans. No matter what the situation we will always work to make the care affordable for everyone.
Directly from Medicare Section 2251.3
“B. Chiropractic maintenance therapy is not medically reasonable or necessary and is not payable under the Medicare program. Maintenance therapy include services that seek to prevent disease, promote health and prolong and enhance the quality of life, or maintain or prevent deterioration of a chronic condition.”
*As chiropractors, we are required to be enrolled in Medicare.