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Chiropractic care is a conservative approach to helping the body resource itself to heal and to function better, naturally. Compared to taking invasive measures like surgery or drugs with adverse side effects, chiropractic care is a great first step in many health care concerns even if patients do resort to more invasive or intensive approaches. My approach to care includes many lower force techniques. It's specific and has a “less is more approach”. With a number of approaches in my “toolbox” this allows me to do what is comfortable for the unique needs of each patient.
Chiropractic can directly and/or indirectly help the body move through many different forms of stress and injury. We hope for a visit or two to help create a big shift, but in reality some things move about quickly and others can be much slower. Your body’s inner physician has its own prioritized to-do list and it takes care of you in the order of most important- so that low back pain may be further down the list compared to helping your GI system calm down.
Depends on the concern. And, contrary to what you may expect, the focus is on resetting HOW the body is working, kind of like reorganizing your resources so that the same limited supply of resources impacts more things at one time. Over time, the body is able to add in more resources for handling the demands put on your body (be it stress or a new baby). As the body learns HOW to utilize or tap into its resources more efficiently, healing and health looks a lot more adaptive and shifts back to “normal” quicker over time. It’s a process, not a destination.
While honoring that the body moves at it's own pace, still at 6-8 weeks if we are not seen any changes, it warrants a referral or imaging to better understand why and to get you into the right hands to move forward.
We get this one most commonly, so let’s really spell it out.
Insurance qualifies care on the basis of something being wrong with you, versus the idea of capitalizing on what is right with you. That means, if they don’t think you “need” care, on their decision matrix, then you aren’t covered. This is especially the case with the pediatric population. Many people have high deductibles and that actually makes their care cost more through their copay than our office fees.
The insurance company did not go to school for chiropractic, nor take hundreds of hours of pregnancy and pediatric specific courses or do a masters in functional medicine- so how are they suppose to know what care you “need”? Their model doesn’t support preventative and wellness care, so working with them means waiting until worse to become worst- which is 100% unnecessary.
Last, by not taking insurance we give better care. You’ve been there- the chiro that takes your insurance and every visit entails some massage, TENS unit, heat pack, etc., and a whole 1-2 mins with the Doctor. That’s how many higher volume offices bolster the cost of your visit to get back maybe 30% of those fees, at best. They are encouraged to do this and to have higher volume to try to make up for the 70% of their time that they dont get paid. And, this means they need to hire additional staff to make all of this work, further increasing their overhead.
Our cash prices give us more time with every patient, more doctor-patient accessibility, and fees that go directly to the practice, not the insurance companies. You literally pay for what you get and you get the best of what we can offer.
That’s 100% up to you, and we likely aren’t a good fit long term as our practice is about teaching people how to look beyond JUST the pain and to focus on function and the things that led to that pain in the first place.. Luckily, there are plenty of Chiropractors and practitioners who are all about serving those who only want to get care when something is “out” or in pain. We are a small practice and with a specific focus, so we are happy to refer people to a place that is a better fit for them, ensuring we have room to see the people who have been waiting for someone like us to care for them! No judgment, as getting care for pain is 100% legitimate, but that is just not the sole supportive structure of our practice.
Yes, though my education and focus is predominantly on the unique needs of women, especially during specific phases of life, such as pregnancy, and the pediatric population.
My time has been and is being spent on a very specific population. With that, I value and benefit from seeing a population of women, as my limited time in practice can be more focused on me developing my clinical skills for women and children, helping me continue to build my expertise in that population’s unique needs.
Everyone deserves care and families under care can have better outcomes and support long term. And, that being said, regardless of sex/gender, we always make sure that people are a good fit for our practice and that I can give the best care possible, because that is what it is all about in the end!
From a developmental standpoint, kids are an advanced population! The amount of changes from 0-5 years old is wild and persistent, and understanding how to accommodate care to the growing population takes advanced care and education to do it well. Conversely, adults have more long term and structural dysfunctions hardwired into their nervous system, which takes a different kind of awareness and ability to accurately assess and care for. They are equally valued in different ways, so we additional family members prices versus discounting a specific population based on age/size.
I am not a medicare provider, given I focus on women of child-bearing age and children. This means that I legally cannot see anyone over 65, regardless of their ability to pay cash for our services. We have great referral partners for our seniors and know this is a population who really values this kind of care (and are some of the best patients!)
I do on a limited basis. These visits have a home visit travel fee starting at $50 to cover that time spent getting to /from your home. These visits are great for the families who want to get all their kids under care but getting them to the office all at once is challenging. I find doing the home visit makes it easier for us to focus on one kid at a time, while the other kids are playing and running around in a known/safe environment. These visits are also good for populations that have unique needs, like neuroatypical patients, newborns, and the solo-parent who can’t get coverage to leave the other kids to come to the office, etc.
Yes, and this will be more in place late 2023, as we polish up our systems for care. To learn more about this type of care and Dr. Danielle’s approach, you can book a Q&A call online or text/call: 484-552-4108.
This varies drastically based on the age or complexity of the case. Initial visits are 45-60 mins and regular visits can range from 10-30 mins. We will navigate this based on your child’s needs in the initial phase of care.
100%. Pediatric care takes extra education to give “general” care to them, it’s truly a specialization. This is why our fees are based on time, not the type of patient.
This depends on the child, our rapport together and you the parent. Some issues inherently take longer, some kids inherently do not like other people (ie. anyone but mom), same families have numerous kids with a hectic family schedule… etc. The culmination of progress is related to all of these factors. This is partially why we see kids more frequently at the start of care- to move through some of these barriers and to start making momentum.
I want to make it super clear: pediatric care isn’t some set finish line. It can absolutely help resolve issues, but at this phase of life it’s so much about supporting the body supporting itself through SO many challenges on their journey! Many kids end up seeing us for wellness visits after resolving issues about every 4-6 weeks for quick check ups.
Yes and who knows. I know that this care helps the body help itself, always. Think of it as intelligently reorganizing resources for better use when needed. AND, some things are things we know can’t be changes (ie. congenital issues) but we can make their life easier with that XYZ regardless. Every child has their own trajectory, I’m just here to support the possibilities of that path alongside you, the parent.
The biggest assumption ppl make with pediatric chiro care is that we adjust them like we do adults. Heck no. They don’t have the same structures and typically is less about changing their structure, it’s more about engaging the nervous system and the communication pathways.
The adjustment often looks like…nothing. Many infant adjustments are using a sustained hold with the amount of pressure you may use to check a tomato for ripeness or when pressing on your eyeball (about 7-8 grams, super light).
With babies, adjusting is less about force into the system and more about following their body into positions of ease that they cannot get to on their own. Remember, you and I have DECADES of gravity working on our body, they just left a fluid filled space- it’s a completely different system and needs a completely different adjusting approach.
Yes! We have 30 and 45 min time slots to see families. Typically 30 min is for 2-3 members and 45 is for 3-5 members depending on the needs of everyone and how much time that takes up. Sometimes, it just is not realistic to get everyone in at one time, many families have hectic schedules! We get it and we have ways to honor the family rates that meet the parameters of your family’s schedule.
We have family rates that help reduce the cost for families while ensuring we are still honoring our practice fees. We have monthly memberships and packages, please contact us further for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 484-552-4108
Some kids will have days where they will NOT let other people be hands-on with them or they are just on the struggle bus. If we cannot do any work, we will reschedule them for another day that week, and that visit will either be discounted or waived.
Respecting a child’s agency is just as important as providing care.