QUESTION: I thought the skull fused, but looking at your patient gallery, clearly you are making changes... how do you do it?
ANSWER: There is a lot of misinformation about the skull and this is a question that we will address with some videos, but the reality is that the skull is plyable and mobile throughout adult life in nearly all circumstances. There are some bones that fuse together limiting change as we age, but not many. We correct the skull using a variety of techniques from around the world, done almost exclusively by hand, which allow correction. The "adjustments" are not a forceful thrust, but carefully applied pressure on one or more areas at once, sometimes even 7 or 8 points of contact in precise order and angle. The result is restoration of order, and thereby, health.
QUESTION: Does it hurt?
ANSWER: No. There are places on the head that we work that may be sore, however we ask everyone to be in clear communication so we know when we are on areas that are sore. We can always find ways to care that are not painful. We work on babies, toddlers and all ages and know how to work with individual patient needs; it is all customized.
QUESTION: How should I prepare for my first appointment?
ANSWER: Please send us, ahead of time if possible, recent electronic images, CT scans, Cone-beam images, MRI or x-rays if you have them of the patient's head. Old images are sometimes helpful, but not usually. Drink plenty of WATER between now and your appointment. Please submit the patient's information ASAP; please do not wait until the day of or day before.
QUESTION: How many treatments will it take to get better?
ANSWER: Most patients are feeling improvement by the first or second correction, however some patients take longer based on the number of maladies we are dealing with. The number of total appointments is case dependant and truly is on a patient by patient basis.
QUESTION: Is there anything I can do to make the changes happen better or progress?
ANSWER: See our Nutrition page, nutrition is important. Hydration and avoiding carbonation is key. Avoiding contact sports, trampolines and poor sleeping positions are also important.
QUESTION: How much of this is genetic?
ANSWER: Not much at all. Some patterns seem to pass in families but the structural deviation we address is not genetically passed.
QUESTION: If my first baby has problems, will the next?
ANSWER: This depends upon the structure of the mother, most frequently pelvic shape. We recommend an assessment to get the most accurate information.
QUESTION: Will the corrections hold over time?
ANSWER: Yes, if the areas involved in the issue are addressed and corrected. The most influential hot topics on this list are bio-mechanics (feet, hips, spine), airway, central nervous system, jaw and bite mechanics, mouth and swallowing structures and mechanics, cranial structure and mechanics.
QUESTION: Do all face / head deformities need "fixing"?
ANSWER: No, there are cases where the issues are better left as-is, they are of little consequence, and there are many that are compensation patterns from influences outside of the skull. This is all on a per-case basis as there are MANY variables involved.
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QUESTION: What ages do you see, how old, how young?
ANSWER: Our youngest patients are usually a few days old and on the other side, we can usually make significant change on patients into 70's and 80's. Our methods between the years and ages ranges vary significantly, however the goal, wellness and pain-free living, is the same.
QUESTION: How long do appointments last?
ANSWER: First intake appointments are usually one hour. Correction appointments are 30-120 minutes depending on agenda, and follow-up appointments are 15 minutes to 120, depending on case specific needs.
QUESTION: How will I feel after the appointment?
ANSWER: Our first appointments are measuring, photos and intake; these are low-key. You will not want to schedule mentally demanding tasks after correction appointments; most patients relate feeling very "loopy", they can drive, they can function, but it's not a day to take the SAT. This usually lasts 8-24 hours and some patients, especially children, will sleep more in the 24-36 hours after a correction as the body adjusts to the changes. Added sleep is good and should be encouraged if desired.
QUESTION: Do you take insurance? Payment options?
ANSWER: We do not accept insurance. Payment is made at the time of service or in advance in the case of Plan Discounts or, if circumstances exist, payment plans over time may be arranged. We accept cash, check, credit card, debit card, Paypal, etc. We use BillMeLAter also, which gives free financing options to patients through PayPal.