How much do you charge?
If you call around you will find that most Chiropractors charge about the same within five dollars or so. On the first visit, which requires more time, we normally charge $100 if we are billing your insurance. If you do not have insurance, we give a time of service discount of 50% off, so the fee is only $50. Remaining visits are $45.
How many times do I need to come in?
Since each case is unique, Dr. Story can give you an estimate of how long it will take. You can decide then if you wish to continue.
Many people are under the assumption that if they have condition XYZ, that there is a cook-book formula to solve it. This is supported during television commercials that seem to solve every condition quickly with a simple call to doctor "to ask if drug XXX is right for you."
We don't have crystal ball, but because of our experience, once we truly understand what your condition is, we can let you know upfront how many visits you might expect to need. At that point it's up to you.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
No. We utilize a unique adjusting instrument called the Arthrostim. This tool is able to adjust you without the normal popping and twisting that is experienced with traditional methods. Patients find this much more comfortable and more effective. The patient feels a soft tapping on the areas that need to be adjusted. Afterwards, many people feel less pain, greater range of motion and less muscle spasms.
Do I have to have X-rays?
Only if they are necessary. They are not always necessary.
Most of the conditions we see are painful conditions that involve muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, and joint movement patterns as well as other soft tissue problems. X-rays are not useful to diagnose these conditions.
We will not X-ray you unless it is absolutely necessary...and in most cases it is not.
What kind of education and training do Doctors of Chiropractic have?
Chiropractors receive an education that emphasizes neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.
Do you adjust on the first visit?
90% of the time we will do a treatment for you on the first visit. Because every case is different, it's best to talk to the doctor about what your needs are on the first visit.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first thing we will do is ask you where you are having pain. We may ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed to discover what structures are injured; either joint, muscle, tendon or ligament. We look carefully for any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. Once we know what structures are damaged, we can apply therapies that will assist the healing of them.
What other services do you offer?
Our office offers a variety of alternative health treatments, including soft tissue therapies, Cold Laser Therapy, nutritional consulting, and extremity adjusting. We have electrical stimulation, ultrasound, biofreeze, and kinesiotaping methods that work very well. We are experts in exercise therapies that heal injuries.
Can my spouse and I come in at the same time?
I need to concentrate and focus on one person at a time. You can schedule your appointments on the same day, but we will need to see one person at a time to give each of you the same quality of care.
What does the Cold Laser Therapy do?
Cold Laser Therapy has been proven to be a ground breaking treatment. The Cold Laser Therapy accelerates ATP production AT A CELLULAR LEVEL. This accelerates healing of injuries so you heal faster.
Most patients are blown away by how quickly injuries heal when we apply Cold Laser Therapy. Athletes in particular are very impressed by how quickly they can resume their sport.
What is the Vibracussor Instrument that you use?
Percussion therapy is an effective method to help muscle, tendon and ligament problems. It is very comfortable for patients with fibromyalgia because it effectively helps trigger points without deep pressure and painful injections.
The Vibracussor is used by professional sports teams to reduce pain within the muscles, enhance healing and prepare the athlete "for battle."
How it works is by delivering a wave of percussive impulses deep into the muscles. This promotes circulation in the muscle to decrease muscle spasms. This is very different from standard "massagers" that you can buy. The main function of the Vibracussor is that it produces a peizoelectric change deep in the muscles and fascia.
How can you adjust me without "cracking or popping?"
We can use an instrument called Arthrostim. This instrument is special because it can do things that no doctor can do with standard adjustments, such as adjusting you during movement, adjusting you into improved postures, adjusting you with minimal force, etc.
By delivering 10-12 small taps per second, we are able to divide the energy of a regular adjustment into 10-12 smaller impulses. The adjustment is therefore extremely comfortable even for those that are frail, don't like standard adjustments, or in many cases where it would be an advantage to use the Arthrostim.
Because the Arthrostim is so gentle, it is able to stimulate specific nerves that block pain without causing any discomfort. Patients really appreciate the fact that our office is unique with this regard.