Chiropractic Healing Process
How does Chiropractic care work?
The body sends millions of signals to the brain every second, letting it know what’s going on in and around us. The brain and brainstem, in turn, coordinate and regulate all of the body’s functions, including healing.The passing along of this neurological information from the brain to the body can be interfered with when joints of the spine are not moving, or not functioning properly or sustainably. The resulting interference affects the coordination and function of all systems and tissues of the body. Chiropractic care aims to remove this neurological interference by restoring normal movement and function to the structures that house our central nervous system. The body heals and works better overall when normal nervous system function is restored.
How long do I need to be under care? How many visits/adjustments will it take for me to feel better?
As life is unique to each person, our corrective care plans are custom-tailored to each individual’s needs. Some may experience a decrease in their symptoms within as few as two or three visits, with total resolution of issues coming in a few weeks. Chronic and long-term health issues can take months, or even years to correct. Our goal at The Foundry is to help correct your health issues as soon as possible, and to give you the tools to maintain an active state of health, moving forward. Once corrective care is complete, The Foundry offers periodic check ups to help assess your progress, and to address any minor issues before they become major issues.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a manual force applied to a specific place in the spine. We use objective measures that indicate when to and when NOT to adjust you. We also use objective measures to see if an adjustment was effective, and whether to make any changes in the next adjustment.
Will I receive adjustments to all parts of my spine?
At The Foundry, we know that the body can experience global and systemic distortions, and dysfunction due to subluxation. While Dr. Burd specializes in Upper Cervical Care, he is also trained and certified in Full-Spine and extremity adjusting. Other areas of the spine and body may be adjusted when deemed clinically necessary.
Will it hurt when I get adjusted?
Making changes to the body can sometimes be uncomfortable. Dr. Burd has trained and continues to train meticulously everyday deliver adjustments gently, with speed and precision. The adjustment is usually over before you know that it’s happened. With Upper Cervical care, there is no excessive twisting of the neck. Full-spine adjustments, when necessary, are done in positions of ease and relaxation, allowing the most comfortable experience.
What can I expect after my first adjustment?
People tend to experience a full spectrum of feelings after the adjustment ranging from discomfort and soreness, to total release of pain, stress, and tension. At The Foundry, the adjustment process includes a short relaxation period in our resting room, designed to help the body recalibrate and hold the adjustment longer. Dr. Burd lets the first adjustment to settle over the next couple days to see how the adjustment holds, and to help determine the proper amount of care moving forward.
Will I hear cracking sounds during the adjustment?
Gases and fluids that lubricate all of our joints make sounds when they shift, or when the pressure inside the joint space changes. Much like opening a bottle of champagne or activating a glow stick, a “pop” or “crack” may be heard and/or felt during the adjustment. There is no dislocation of joints or cracking of bones that occurs during the adjustment. Adjustments are done with respect to the tissues surrounding the affected area, and the body as a whole. The “pop” or “crack” does not determine whether or not the adjustment was successful; rather, the restoration of structure and function is the determining factor.
Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. Many peer-reviewed studies have shown Chiropractic care to be remarkably safe and effective when compared to other forms of healthcare. Chiropractic care does not carry the risks of drugs or surgery, and helps most people reach their health goals naturally. In rare cases, Chiropractic care is not appropriate for an individual. The Foundry uses thorough examination and the most up-to-date research to determine whether Chiropractic care is right for you.
Will Dr. Burd work with my medical doctor?
Absolutely, yes. As it should be in any healthcare setting, The Foundry aims to help you attain optimal health, even when that means drawing from multiple disciplines. Healthcare providers that respect a person’s informed choice, and are dedicated to finding optimum health solutions for their patients are open to co-management alongside other certified physicians and healthcare providers.
What if Chiropractic doesn’t work?
In the case that Chiropractic care doesn’t resolve your health concerns, The Foundry uses its dense healthcare referral network to help find the right solutions for you. The Foundry also uses this referral network to provide resources in nutrition, rehabilitation, exercise, and stress management.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is when one of the top two bones of the neck (the atlas or axis) moves out of position three dimensionally, applying torsion and pressure to the brainstem and surrounding tissues. This pressure affects the neurological information exchanged between the brain and the body, and therefore affects our perceptions of pain, and the body’s ability to function as a whole.
What causes a subluxation?
Three things can cause subluxation:
- Physical Stresses
-Trauma or accidents
-Physical abuse of any kind
-Chronic poor posture and heavy use of technology
- Emotional Stresses
-Depression, sadness, fear, anger, anxiety
-Emotional abuse of any kind
- Chemical Stresses
-Drugs including prescription and recreational use or abuse
-Environmental toxins from the air, water, or land
Can I adjust myself?
Unfortunately, no. The Chiropractic adjustment takes years of training, and endless study and practice to master. Being able to make one’s own joints “pop” or “crack” does not fix dysfunction, and can lead to further damage to our joints, and their surrounding muscles and ligaments. Even Dr. Burd has to go see a colleague to have his spine adjusted.
If I’m sick, should I cancel and reschedule my appointment?
Getting adjusted has been shown to directly improve the body’s immune function, so getting checked when you’re sick is important. If you’re physically able to make your appointment, we encourage you to do so.
Does The Foundry accept insurance?
The Foundry does not accept insurance, and is happy to provide you a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. The Foundry also does not bill Medicare.
Is it safe to receive Chiropractic care while I’m pregnant?
Yes. Dr. Burd is ICPA certified in Webster Technique, which aims to balance the bony, muscular, and ligamentous structures of the maternal pelvis, therefore improving function of the maternal body. By definition, “The Webster Technique is a specific Chiropractic and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and/or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In so doing, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.”- International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.
Can children receive Chiropractic care? How old does my child need to be to see a Chiropractor?
Children benefit greatly from Chiropractic care. A special, gentle approach is used when checking and adjusting kids. Birth can often be the first trauma experienced in life, so it’s always a good idea to check for any subluxation that may have occurred during the birth process. Studies suggest that colic, poor sleeping, unusual crying, the inability to latch and nurse on both sides, and infrequent bowel movements can all be signs of spinal subluxation. In many instances, babies are checked and adjusted, if necessary, immediately after birth. Dr. Burd’s two children were checked and adjusted within days of their birth.
I’ve started to feel better. Should I stop coming?
Relief from symptoms can sometimes be experienced almost immediately. We want to insure that whatever problems you present are fully resolved, and that you have the best chance of experiencing optimal health moving forward. Nature takes time to accomplish great feats; we encourage everyone to be patient with the healing process, and to be sure and ask any questions you have about your progress.
What will my first appointment be like?
The first appointment will last up to 45 minutes and include a detailed discussion with Dr. Burd about your health concerns, a physical examination including appropriate orthopedic, neurological, and postural exams, a thermographic scan to evaluate brainstem function, and the taking of x-ray images.
How much does the first visit cost?
The initial exam, any x-rays, and the first adjustment cost $200. This is broken into two appointments. After your initial exam, Dr. Burd will analyze all of the information gathered and create a Report of Findings. On your second visit, Dr. Burd will review with you all findings and make your first adjustment. Afterward, Dr. Burd will check and see how your body has responded, and determine if this is the proper care for for you!
What will ongoing care cost?
Your unique findings will determine how we custom-tailor your care plan. How much care you need will determine the cost. At The Foundry we believe that healthcare is a basic human right, and we never want finances to get in the way of anyone beginning care. We offer a sliding scale, when needed, to help facilitate care.
How is Upper Cervical Chiropractic different?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic focuses on the brainstem region and upper two bones of the neck, known as the atlas and the axis. Since the upper cervical region affects the function of the rest of the spine, Dr. Burd will start here, and address any other issues as needed.
Do I need a referral from my medical doctor to see a Chiropractor?
Doctors of Chiropractic are Portal of Entry doctors and may be seen without the approval of any other healthcare provider. Chiropractors are trained to differentially diagnose injuries, diseases, genetic disorders, and other dysfunction. We are certified by national and state boards to be able to create effective treatment plans, or refer out to the appropriate healthcare provider for issues lying outside of our scope of practice or clinical competency.
Will I need to have x-rays taken? Why?
The brainstem region is delicate, and requires specialized x-ray images and measurements to determine the type and degree of misalignment. Each person’s spine is unique, and an Upper Cervical Chiropractor uses these specifics to customize each person’s adjustment. We don’t want to guess when it comes to your health.
The Foundry uses the most up-to-date, digital x-ray imaging. This offers the lowest possible exposure to radiation, and eliminates the use of film and processing chemicals.