Frequently Asked Questions
Please review the frequently asked questions below. If you don’t find the answer to your question, feel free to contact us via email, or set up a FREE Discovery Consultation.
What does chiropractic mean at Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a “by hand and heart” art and science form of healing that enables physiological intelligence to heal itself. A Doctor of Chiropractic is a state licensed health care provider. They are recognized and regulated in all 50 states and must pass rigorous national and state board examinations to obtain professional licensure. They complete four years of academic study, very similar to their medical and osteopathic colleagues. In fact, chiropractic students attend over 1000 hours more classroom time than medical students do. Chiropractic philosophy is geared towards not using unnecessary drugs and surgery, but allowing the body’s innate intelligence to heal itself through adjustments and wellness care. A traditional chiropractic adjustment is effective in relaxing the muscles and resetting the balance of the body thereby alleviating nerve interference anywhere in the body and allowing the process of innate healing to take affect. Muscle energy techniques can also serve as a form of adjustments which involve a cooperative effort through a neurological phenomenon called autogenic inhibition. It is a very slow and gentle form of re-alignment that can be as effective as an osseous adjustment without the quick low amplitude adjustment most associated with traditional chiropractic.
How often do I need to come back for adjustments?
Together, we can determine what care plan will be most effective based on your goals. Client compliance places a huge bearing on the outcome achieved. Good lifestyle choices including but not limited to daily moderate exercise, adequate and focused nutrients through food intake or supplements, plenty of filtered water, and good posture all determine the amount of visits needed and accelerates healing. All processes take time so depending on whether you want to just survive or thrive, will help determine your care plan. We offer private single visit options and discounted 3 or 6 private visit packages. We also offer an affordable short term unlimited membership for those that have a combination of complex musculoskeletal problems that need a lot of attention in the beginning stages of care.
Health is not an event, but a process, so in chronic cases, repetition in the initial stages of care help build healing momentum and eventually correction of a problem is achieved. Functional health consultation and diagnostic testing may prove helpful in targeting underlying causes of your symptom or problem where some types of alternative care that focuses only on symptom resolution is quite limited. You likely know if you are that person or not.
Does chiropractic help with other things besides neck and back pain?
Yes! Chiropractic adjustments are like resetting the circuit breaker of your nervous system. A nerve circuit “blows” due to poor posture, emotional strain, physical injury, environmental toxins, poor nutrition, and repetitive motion with improper form. All of which causes malposition and defense mechanisms of the joint and causes inhibition of associated muscles and organs resulting in dysfunction and usually pain. Chiropractic care is an evidence based form of healthcare that will improve your quality of life and allow for improved perception and awareness of emotional health as well as allieviate pain and improve function.
What is the goal of chiropractic care?
The goal of Chiropractic care at Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic is to improve function and lifestyle. When the body functions properly, commonly associated pain resolves as a result. Function is tested using muscle tests and then feed forward neuromuscular control is restored right on the table during your chiropractic visit(s). When the proper adjustments are initiated based on a functional analysis, alignment of the spine and joints are improved, tension resolves and you feel and function better. Correction of a problem is the focus at Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic.
What should I expect on my first chiropractic visit?
On your first visit, a full health history will be taken to help identify possible triggers associated and understand your goal’s involving health. You will also undergo a comprehensive and functional physical exam. The first visit may take up to half an hour and follow up visits and adjustments may take up to 10-20 minutes. Always feel comfortable asking any questions to help you understand the healing process because education and assuming an active role in your health care is very important regarding your progress. Often times adjustments will be provided during the initial visit.
Will I have to get x-rays taken?
If you have had a traumatic spinal or joint injury, or have a condition that shows evidence of certain injury provoking spinal instabilities, an x-ray may be necessary. All x-rays are taken at the local hospital or orthopedic center and your health insurance may cover the costs.
Do you take insurance?
Due to drastic health insurance system changes and inadequate coverage for wellness care, Dr. Amy Denicke is an “out of network” chiropractor. This means that if your insurance covers “out of network” chiropractic care, you may get reimbursed for your payments collected at the time of service at our office. It will be up to you to request a “superbill” that you can personally submit the information necessary for a claim to your insurance company. If you feel you cannot afford chiropractic care, we offer various payment plan options to fit your budget such as Care Credit and a variety of discounted packages. Please understand the importance of your well being to be a priority and it is advisable to not allow “health” insurance companies dictate how you should maintain your own health. Todays health insurance plans are commonly regarded as Disease Management, versus Health Care.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
The beauty of the chiropractic adjustment is that it interferes with pain and most often the pain subsides immediately. Not only does chiropractic offer pain relief, it can be used to correct chronic physical problems. We offer muscle energy techniques that can be as effective as a traditional adjustment and don’t require quick movements that sometimes result in an audible “pop” that some people are concerned with. We can accommodate any request for adjustments as your comfort is our priority. Any skilled chiropractor can and will adjust his/her approach to meet your needs and desires. There should never be fear associated with chiropractic care. It is a very pleasurable experience when applied appropriately.
What is Functional Health Care?
Functional Health Care is client-centered form of healing at its best.
Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. Some people know of “Functional Medicine”, however, at Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic, while we see a place in society where the medical system fits, we practice true “health care”.
When health care treats just the symptom(s), it rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, as Functional Health Care does, has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient’s health challenge.
Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and treatments other than drugs or surgery, Functional Health Care restores balance in the body’s primary physiological processes. The goal: the individual’s lifelong optimal health.
How does Functional Health Care Fill a Key Health Care Gap?
Today’s “health” care system is in trouble because it applies a medical management model that works well for acute health problems and not so much for chronic health problems, where it has been proving itself a failed system in such.
If you have a heart attack, traumatic accident or sudden lung infection such as pneumonia, you certainly want a traditional medical doctor to use all the quick-acting resources of modern medicine, such as life-saving technology, surgery and antibiotics. We are all grateful about such interventions.
However, jumping in with drugs, surgery and other acute care treatments too often does not succeed in helping those with chronic, debilitating ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or stress related conditions.
Another approach such as functional health care is usually the only approach that works in those cases.
The Healing Approach of Functional Health Care?
To battle chronic health conditions, Functional Health Care uses two scientifically grounded principles:
1. Add what’s lacking in the body to nudge its physiology back to a state of optimal functioning.
2. Remove anything that impedes the body from moving toward this optimal state of physiology. Plainly put, your body naturally wants to be healthy. But things needed by the body to function at its best might be missing, or something might be standing in the way of its best functioning.
Functional Health Care first identifies the factors responsible for the malfunctioning. Then it deals with those factors in a way appropriate to the patient’s particular situation.
Very often Functional Health Care practitioners use advanced laboratory testing to identify the root cause or causes of the patient’s health problem. Old-fashioned medical diagnosis helps too, in the form of listening carefully to the patient’s history of symptoms and asking questions about his or her activities and lifestyle.
For treatment, Functional Health Care practitioners use a combination of natural agents (supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals, homeopathic remedies), nutritional and lifestyle changes, spiritual/emotional counseling, and pharmaceuticals, if necessary to nudge a person’s physiology back to an optimal state. In addition, educating people about their condition empowers them to take charge of their own health, ultimately leading to greater success in treatment.
Does Functional Health Care Treat Symptoms?
In the dominant health care model today, medication is used to get rid of a person’s symptoms. If they stop taking the medication, symptoms generally return, right? So, how can that be very helpful?
Functional Health Care approaches health problems differently.
Instead of masking the problem, it aims at restoring the body’s natural function. This in and of itself, eliminates the symptoms. Although Functional Health Care practitioners may utilize pharmaceuticals, they are only used to gently nudge the patient’s physiology in a positive direction so the patient will no longer need them once the underlying cause is addressed.
For example, conventional doctors would normally prescribe pharmaceuticals like Prilosec, Prevacid or Aciphex to treat acid reflux or heartburn. When the patient stops taking such drugs, the heartburn symptoms often come back. In contrast, a Functional Health Care practitioner might find that a patient’s acid reflux is caused by a particular bacteria in the stomach that causes acid refux, for example. Identifying through testing and eradicating the bacteria might very well lead to the end of heartburn symptoms, permanently.
It’s also important to note that in Functional Health Care, support for similar problems might vary tremendously for different people, according to their medical history and results of laboratory tests.
Factors that can come into play in producing the same symptoms include toxic chemicals, pathogenic bacteria, parasites, chronic viral pathogens, emotional poisons like anger, greed or envy, and structural factors such as tumors or cysts.
What are the roots of Functional Health Care?
You may be surprised to learn that Functional Health Care isn’t new. It actually represents a return to the roots of modern scientific medicine, captured in this statement by Sir William Osler, one of the first professors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and later it’s Physician-in- Chief: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
Another important saying by Osler is “If you listen carefully to the patient, they will tell you the diagnosis.” This encapsulates the importance placed in Functional Health Care on taking a thorough history from the patient.
What May My Experience Be With A Functional Health Care Practitioner?
We call functional health care practitioners, ” Medical Detectives,” because people often feel their Functional Health practitioner is leaving no stone unturned in their relentless research to pinpoint the causes of a particular person’s symptoms.
When you consult a Functional Health Care practitioner, the first step is always your history. Practitioners are trained on how to unravel and make sense of a complicated story. Often patterns and clues in the story lead to the identification of key imbalances.
The next set of clues comes from a comprehensive physical examination, which includes many nearly forgotten examination procedures used by famous diagnosticians (both living and long gone), such as chapman reflex points, tongue, skin, and nail inspection.The final set of clues comes from specialty laboratory testing.
Innovative, cutting-edge lab tests help the practitioner look deeply into a person’s physiology to identify how it has been compromised and how physiological balance can be restored. After diagnosis and treatment, a Functional Health Care client can expect his or her symptoms to diminish in severity, with a renewed sense of well-being and significant increase in health and vitality sometimes in just the first few weeks of care.
Why are functional specialty tests important and how much do they cost?
Labs are a vital part of the process in uncovering hidden dysfunctions, discovering healing opportunities, and getting to the root cause of your health issues. Without the data and information that labs provide us, we would just be guessing about your health issue. We prefer not to guess…so sometimes, we test.
Blood draws can be performed at any Quest Diagnostics lab, “Any Lab Test Now”, and at Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic’s Basalt location. Please note that all laboratory ordering through our practice is a priveledge reserved for program holders and members only.
Saliva, Urine, and Stool test kits are available for clients to take home so they can be done in the comfort of their own home. Price of the home kits include testing and shipping. If you live out of area, they can be drop shipped to you usually at no charge.
We use Genova Diagnostics, Great Plains Lab, Spectracell, Pharmasan labs, Realtime Labs and Quicksilver as our “go to” specialty lab partners.
The average program holder can expect to pay anywhere from $500-$1500 for initial specialty testing. Health insurance covers a bulk of the testing prices, but in the case where coverage isnt possible, as a program/membership holder, you will receive wholesale practioner pricing on all specialty testing. This will save you hundreds of dollars alone.
These types of specialty tests are instrumental in helping us identify the root cause of an individuals health condition(s) and as well as the importance of treatment specifics. Sometime follow up testing is also necessary to provide important data to identify treatment outcome and progress. The art of knowing which tests are important comes with the experience and education level of the Functional health practitioner. Usually the more experience and educated the practitioner, the less testing is needed.
Which Supplement Brands Are Recommended And Where Do I Get Them?
While over the counter supplements (for example, Natural Grocers, GNC, etc…) may be less expensive, they contain suspect ingredients used as fillers called excipients. The excipients extend shelf life and maintain adequate dispersion of the supplement in the capsule or pressed pill. There has been some research on excipients that reveal that they aren’t good for you. Over the counter supplements are not as concentrated as the supplement suppliers that we use due to child safety laws. In the long run, you likely end up paying more for over the counter supplements due to lack of potency, excipient burden, and fillers.
There are a lot of illegal and counterfeit suppliers lurking on Amazon, so know your supplier if you order online. The problems with getting much “cheaper” supplements on Amazon is:
- They are likely counterfeit and probably dangerous.
- They are likely useless expired products that have been repackaged as new.
- They are likely stolen products released on the black market without any quality control.
Supplements ordered and recommended through Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic are mainly Xymogen, Pure Encapsulations, and Apex Energetics. We also use a quality controlled distributing company, Full Script, that makes online ordering of quality brands easy and cost effective. These products are manufactured for the highest purity, highest potency, and absorptive capacity currently on the market. This assures the most bang for your buck and quality on investment.
Does functional health care cost more than standard medical care?
Functional health care being “expensive” is a very big misconception. In reality, it is the most affordable form of healthcare available. In fact, insurance companies and governments are now running pilot projects to demonstrate the significant cost savings to both patients and healthcare systems using a functional healthcare model. It’s always important to recognize the true cost of services that are rendered. Just because something is covered does not make it cheaper. In fact, our average autoimmune patient saves over tens of thousands of dollars each year in medical expenses utilizing functional health care over pharmaceutical management. It’s also important to note that functional health care teaches you a liberating life skill, which makes your care cost less over time versus the allopathic model which gets more and more expensive over time (more testing, more medications, more scans) all while not teaching you a life skill or addressing the root cause.
Take The First Step Today On Your Journey Back To Health
Maybe you have some questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision on becoming a client. Maybe you want to learn what the difference is between functional medicine vs integrative medicine. Or maybe you found us through searching the web for a functional medicine chiropractor near you and want more information. Our office is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to see whether or not Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic is right for you. We are proud to serve the communities in Aspen, Basalt, and surrounding areas in CO.