Q: Why is the nervous system so important?
A: Your brain, spinal cord, and nerves coordinate and control every cell, tissue and organ in the body and adapt them to their internal and external environment. If the nervous system is not responding properly, the body will not perform at 100% as nature intended. The result? Reduced immune function, disease, fatigue, premature aging, stress, poor metabolism, hormonal imbalance, difficulty concentrating, muscle and joint dysfunction, etc.
Q: What is a subluxation?
A: Interference to the nervous system caused by chemical, emotional, and physical stress leading to the body’s inability to regulate, heal, repair, and regenerate its cells, tissues, and organs for optimal function.
Q: What do chiropractors do?
A: Locate interference in the nervous system using diagnostic tools such as the patient history, posture analysis, computer imaging, range of motion, orthopedic tests, nerve reflexes, assessment of trigger points and muscular imbalances, and analysis techniques unique to chiropractic. Correct interference in the nervous system by using specific chiropractic adjustments leading to better joint function, muscle balance, and nerve function.
Q: Are you against drugs and surgery?
A: No. There is a time for both. However, I am more interested in finding and correcting the cause of a problem rather than covering up the symptoms with a toxic chemical experiment that may cause deadly side-effects (just listen to the drug commercials!). Why not try conservative and non-invasive procedures first before cutting into the body and removing organs? Surgery is financially, emotionally, and physically dangerous and should be used only as a last resort.
Q: I heard chiropractic cures diseases. Is this true?
A: The body heals itself when it is given the tools it needs for healing, namely proper nutrition, adequate rest, physical exercise, mental and spiritual balance, and a nervous system that is working properly. Nerves control the immune system, skeletal system, respiratory system, reproductive system, digestive system, hormone (endocrine) system, and the list goes on. Chiropractic facilitates healing because it restores proper nerve function. As a chiropractor, I remove the interference to the nervous system and get out of the way…I allow the body to do what it is innately supposed to do when the channels of communication are clear. Chiropractors do not cure anything. The body cures itself if you allow it to.
Q: How long will it take for my body to heal?
A: It depends on your personal history, genetics, current physical condition, level of stress, and how well you follow the chiropractic recommendations. Your body has tolerated physical, chemical, and emotional stress for years. It took years for your body to get to its current level of dis-ease. Healing is a process, and like every process in nature, healing takes time. It is arrogant to expect permanent correction of a condition instantly after we have abused the body for decades.
Q: Why do you insist we follow the chiropractic recommendations?
A: I am committed that you get the desired results quickly, the effects are long-lasting, and you do not waste your time and money. It is disappointing to see patients stop chiropractic care before they have even given their body a chance to heal, only to return weeks, months, or years later with the same problem that brought them to the office in the first place. If you only go to the gym on an irregular basis, and when you do work out, you don’t follow the trainer’s recommendations, who would be at fault if you did not get the results you hoped to achieve?
Q: Why do I need to get adjusted more frequently when I first start chiropractic?
A: The initial stage is designed to reduce inflammation and restore joint mobility as quickly as the body will allow. This stage addresses the symptom relief. The second phase, or wellness care, is designed to further the healing process and maintain the progress your body has already made. Using the gym example again, if after months of working out you feel and look great, is it wise to stop working out? You might not have to work out with the same intensity that got you into shape, but it would be smart to maintain your progress, right?
Q: Do I have to get chiropractic care for the rest of my life?
A: You don’t have to do anything for the rest of your life – it’s your choice. You can choose not to brush your teeth, not to change the oil in your car, not to make repairs to your house, not to eat a healthy diet, and not to exercise. However, there are consequences to your actions. If you want to get the most mileage out of your body, then yes, you must take care of it for the rest of your life. The spine and nervous system is no exception.
Q: When should someone start chiropractic care?
A: As soon as they are born. The point is to maintain health for your whole life, not to abuse/ignore your body for decades and then put out fires when you are in physical distress. The spine and nervous system is subject to trauma from day one until death – twisting of the neck during the birth process; falling while learning to walk and while playing; sports injuries; carrying heavy backpacks, purses, laptop computers; poor posture; driving; sitting all day; inadequate exercise; gravity; pregnancy; carrying and lifting car seats and strollers; osteoporosis; emotional stress; chemical interactions. It is never too early or too late to start chiropractic wellness care.
Q: How long does it take to become a chiropractor?
A: Four years of college, four years of graduate school, clinical internships, state and national board licensure, continuing education courses. What do you study? Everything they teach in medical school (same books, same curriculum) as well as chiropractic philosophy and chiropractic adjusting techniques. Chiropractors are primary health care providers, in the same category as general MD practitioners, dentists, and podiatrists.
Q: Is chiropractic dangerous?
A: My malpractice insurance premium per year is less than $1,000. A general practitioner MD pays at least $60,000 per year. Insurance companies base their premiums on how risky it is to insure a person or profession. Based on these figures, whose office poses a greater risk? My car insurance costs more than my malpractice insurance!
Q: What are your responsibilities as a doctor?
A: To be the best technician, educator, communicator that I can be. To serve with my mind, my heart, and my hands. To create a friendly office with efficient procedures and simple/fair fee systems. Every month I attend weekend continuing education seminars and hire mentors to coach me in my chiropractic and business skills. Every week I am on conference calls with my mentors and colleagues.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a patient?
A: To follow your recommended care plan; to call ahead if you must reschedule an appointment; to attend the new patient orientation; to communicate with me about any concerns you might have; to adhere to your financial agreements; to refer others to the office for the health potential workshop on Tuesday evenings; to share your results with friends and co-workers; to get your family under chiropractic care; to help me find speaking opportunities (in your church, office, daycare, etc.) so that I can share my message of health with others.
Q: Why is the new patient orientation important?
A: So you understand what chiropractic really is and is not, learn how you can best benefit from care, find out about your own health potential, ask questions, broaden your horizons, have a wake up call, see me in action in a way you have never seen before, share chiropractic with a friend who might be interested in getting care but who wants to find out more before deciding if chiropractic is right for him/her.
Q: Why are you not a provider on insurance plans?
A: I choose to work for what is in the best interest to the practice member, rather than being part of system that is unfair to the patients as well as to the doctors. The more time we spend on ironing out insurance hassles, the less time I have for the people that matter most to me, my patients and my staff. My commitment is to focus on the patient, and not on the bureaucracy the insurance company creates.
Q: What’s the bigger picture?
A: Get healthy naturally, stay well, appreciate and respect your body, lead a life that is full of joy, self-expression, fun, personal growth, and activity. If that’s what you want, let’s go for it!!…In love and appreciation, Dr. Brycen