These ideas may be entirely new to you or just good reminders of our philosophy here at BFCNC. In your varied experiences with other traditional and non-traditional health care practitioners you may have developed some preconceived ideas about what we do. Since what we do may be labeled ”alternative” or ”holistic” we’d like to clear up what we do and do not do so you understand exactly who we are and don’t confuse what we do with other Doctors or healthcare providers. What we do… We chiropractically adjust the body to help remove interference from the nervous system to allow better function. We test your body to tell us what organs and systems need support to get them function at an optimal level. We work with patients on their food choices and nutritional supplements. We encourage simple lifestyle habits to improve health like:
Get more sleep - Exercise more (or less in some cases!)
That’s it. Pretty simple. The results? A healed body through chiropractic adjustments, eating real food and wholefood-based nutrition.
What other professions do this? Not medical doctors. Not nutritionists or dietitians. Not physical therapists or nurses. Not even chiropractors, homeopaths, naturopaths or acupuncturists. Although there are individuals (including friends of ours) in every one of these professions that do heal with nutrition it is not those professions’ primary focus. What we don’t do… We do not give people food recommendations or pills that damage the body. We do not recommend drugs. We do not recommend low fat diets or vegan diets (which are too low in fat and protein.) We do not teach meditation, relaxation methods or yogic breathing. We do not counsel people on their job choices, relationships or religion.
There is nothing wrong with these practices; it’s just that we don’t use them in our office. We believe you should live your life the way you want to and we believe you should be able to do so as long as possible. We help you do that through adjustments of the spine and giving your body the nutritional support it needs to function at its best. If you want to be high strung, have a stressful job, or do a triathlon - then go for it. We’ll make sure your body is in good shape while doing so.
What to Expect
Laying the foundation In our clinic, patients have several routes they can take: Chiropractic, Nutrition, Acupuncture or all of the above! Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Acupuncture is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic and nutrition care . . .
Phase 1: Fine Tuning If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need chiropractic care 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks. For nutrition care we need to COMPLETELY fine tune your nutrition program by seeing you once a week for 4-6 weeks.
Phase 2: Healing and Observation During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical for chiropractic patients to need care 2-4 times per month for a few months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. For nutrition care, once your nutritional program is stable, patients need to be checked 2 times per month where their body is doing the healing and we as practitioners are observing and making changes as needed.
Phase 3: Maintenance Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor once per month, based on your lifestyle and goals. For nutrition, once all of your health problems have been addressed, naturally you will want to stay well. This will require a nutrition patient to have monthly checkups as well. At this point we want patients to take responsibility for their health because what you eat today is the body you live in tomorrow and the same is true for you family's health. We want patients to understand that good health is the best health insurance there is and a good maintenance program ensures that good health is maintained.
Q: What is different at Brennan Family Chiropractic and Nutrition Center than at other chiropractic clinics? At BFCNC we are concerned with the underlying cause of non-optimum health. Our goal is to "not" have to continually adjust a patient but find out why the patient needs adjustments. We use Nutrition Response Testing to find the underlying cause of non-optimum health and correct the health issues at the cause with wholefood nutrition.
Q: Can chiropractic help more than just back pain? Absolutely. It can help because when you receive a chiropractic adjustment, nerve interference is removed which allows your body to function better. Simply put, it helps your immune system kick in so that your body can heal itself.
Q: Can chiropractic help me? Chiropractic care will benefit almost everyone in some way, just as dental care will benefit almost everyone in some way. How you respond depends on how long you have dealt with your pain/symptoms, your lifestyle and your compliance to the care plan.
Q: What is a chiropractic adjustment? It is a small thrust applied to the body (misaligned vertebra) from the hands of a chiropractor.
Q: Can infants and children be adjusted too? Yes! It is best to have children checked for subluxations as early as possible. This will ensure that they are fulfilling their own potential to live and grow as healthy as they can. The birth process, no matter how natural, can affect an infant’s spine. Some studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infection or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Newborns also become subluxated in the same physical, emotional or chemical ways an adult does. An infant is also examined very carefully to determine if there is a subluxation and, if needed, receives a gentle adjustment involving very little pressure.
Q: What can I expect during the initial consultation? The Initial Consultation is usually 30 minutes long, depending on the complexity of the case. The individual completes an intake form regarding their health concern and the doctor then reviews it, discusses the case, discusses the chiropractic approach and also discusses if chiropractic care is right for the case. Upon request further discussion of office procedures or fees can be explained.
Q: How long does it take for Chiropractic to work? Results vary depending upon many factors. How long have you had the problem? Do you keep your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Are you in otherwise good health? Since chiropractic care depends on the healing abilities of each patient, results can vary. Some detect changes in a few short days or weeks. Others discover the healing process can take longer. However, within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to justify following through with our recommendations.
Q: What if my insurance won’t pay for chiropractic care? Insurance coverage can greatly limit your care by dictating what they’ll cover and when they’ll cover. They tend to overlook the lower cost and higher patient satisfaction enjoyed with chiropractic care. Furthermore, deductibles and co-pays have become so high, we’ve made our own cost-effective programs that are easy and affordable for just about anyone. Each of us has the freedom to place a different value on our health. Ultimately good health is about personal responsibility. While insurance companies may be helpful, be careful. Don’t allow a profit motivated company to make decisions about what you do with your health.
Q: Will I need chiropractic care forever? After patients get the relief they may choose to discontinue regular care or continue with wellness and prevention care. Many choose to continue with some type of periodic care so they can stay well. These chiropractic “checkups” can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. How long you continue to receive chiropractic care is up to you.