Do you practice a specialty that is related to my condition? Do you commonly treat my condition?
Dr. Parker believes the body has the power to heal itself. She holds so great a respect for its ability to do so that there is no assumption on her part to deliver a method of treatment without first testing your system for what it needs. As a part of this practice philosophy, she approaches your standard of care from the center of rehabilitating the dysfunction and weakness of the nervous system and immune system. When weakness, misalignment and incongruence are resolved, many condition symptoms can be affected without treating them directly.
Do you treat….?
As a chiropractor, I address your nerve, muscle and bone concerns. Because many chronic issues have a particular name, those are not directly addressed with chiropractic care. Conditions relieved and even resolved by rehabilitating and resolving stress in the nervous system is an indirect, yet effective and efficient way to address your chronic health concerns. Nerves act on muscles, muscles move bones, bones dampen function to systems through pressure placed on adjacent nerves when out of alignment. Understanding and unwinding the mechanisms that set those factors in place is best understood when looking to the nervous system first. It is the master system, without it nothing works properly. Nutritional support is also addressed as well as any need for detoxification.
Recent research has shown the cerebellum (lower portion of your brain) is responsible for coordination of movement: physical and emotional. This points to the necessity of directly addressing stress in the nervous system (nerves and brain) for hope of resolving chronic issues.
Under what circumstances would I need to see a different practitioner or spine specialist?
If your symptoms do not improve under this type of care, you will probably need to see a specialist. Dr. Parker will determine your need at each evaluation and discuss any concerns with you as they arise. It is the responsibility of the patient to express concerns as they are presented so they can be addressed in a timely manner.
Can I pick and choose pieces of the recommended treatment?
While we understand time and money play a large role in how you spend what you have, Dr. Parker makes her decisions based on what best serves the outcome of your issue. Discussion about the benefits and detriments due to the flexibility of your individual plan will be considered and discussed with you at your report visit.
What are the top 3 things I can do to get the best results?
Dr. Parker will have an effective, personalized treatment plan designed just for you. This plan includes resolving underlying stress patterns and weakness that affect you chemically, mentally and ultimately physically. (1)Following the recommendations for your custom nutrition to support or detoxify your system, (2) being consistent with your appointments, and (3) engaging in the self-administered aspects of the techniques Dr. Parker provides will give you the best outcome. Hence, your participation and compliance by following Dr. Parker’s advice is very important to obtaining a prompt, effective outcome. You will receive an outline of the specific needs you have and detailed plan of action to effect a change with those needs.
Will I need care from other health care professionals?
Because every case different, each patient is evaluated for their individual need. At times, other professional’s expertise is required to complete the resolution of your health concerns. If this need arises, appropriate referrals will be made.
Can you tell me not just my diagnosis, but the functional issues that caused my diagnosis?
This is the wheelhouse of Dr. Parker’s practice. From the testing to the application of treatment Dr. Parker addresses how the body functions. The fundamental system of your body is your nervous system. When it functions at its optimal level symptoms resolve or at the very least express more clearly. If Dr. Parker determines you are a candidate for this type of treatment, a new, more conscious awareness will be evident to you.
So much of our common care seeks to disconnect, quiet and even reverse symptoms. Because of the stance to care Dr. Parker takes, her desire is for you to be more aware and have a better understanding of the signals your body tries to communicate to you.
Your report will help you to see what weaknesses contribute to your pain/dysfunction. For example, L5-S1 nerve/muscle weakness can cause low back pain/weakness but also can affect walking (gait) pattern dysfunction. This can contribute to neck pain, yes, neck pain because of the relationship of how your body works together like a well-rehearsed orchestra.
What percentage of your patients have the same condition that I have, and how many of those patients resolve 100%?
As mentioned in the other answers, because the nervous system is the master system and controls the coordination of all the body’s actions, THIS is the focus for the large majority of the patients Dr. Parker sees. In spite of various named conditions (collection of symptoms) a person may have, nervous system weakness and interference is the reason these symptoms exist.
Many of the patients who enter into care receive relief in the first few visits. Even more have resolution by the end of their first care plan. Those who don’t attain resolution usually have other areas of improvement with their health and wellbeing as well as have a better understanding of their current condition and direction for next steps for further care with Dr. Parker or another care provider.
How can chiropractic care help me?
Standard chiropractic care offers treatment for restricted joint movement (subluxation) in the spine as well as the other joints of your skeletal system. This standard approach is only a fraction of what you will receive as we navigate your path to wellness but is fundamental to your care. The difficulty is understanding why these restrictions are happening. When looking at the relationship of the body systems and these restricted movements, it is discovered they have less to do with the joint and more to do with the system that controls their action-the nervous system. Dr. Parker seeks to discover the reasons behind such restrictions to minimize the need for further care.
Manual or instrument adjustments are used at every visit. However, these are usually done from a seated position, and are delivered concurrently with other therapies. The focus is to resolve the causes of subluxation and other “incongruence” in the system.
What are the causes of subluxation and nervous system incongruence?
From the roots of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer understood health was affected by traumas (physical), toxins (chemical) and autosuggestion (mind). These effects cause subluxation, weakness and incongruence in the functioning of the body. If we focus on unwinding the causes, we are able to resolve, not just relieve, the symptoms you experience.
What type of Adjustments do you offer, and are they gentle?
There is no single approach or technique that is the perfect fit for everyone, Dr. Parker has a handful of different techniques will help you with your speedy recovery. As most chiropractors, the use of hands-on techniques to do the adjustment is used, but also there are additional tools like the Activator (adjusting tool) and Drop Table assisted adjustments that can deliver an adjustment with little force to the body. These types of techniques are very gentle and safe, and offer you the variety of a low(er) force technique.
Which techniques do you use?
NeuroEmotional Technique (NET), Quantum Neurology (QN) and Lebowitz Protocols. These techniques not only provide resolution but also, are not forceful or heavy handed. Hands-on manual or instrument adjustments used are very gentle and precise.
What services do you provide?
Mind-body awareness, nervous & immune systems rehabilitation, education and dietary/nutritional counseling. Adjunctive therapies are available in the same building where Dr. Parker practices. Massage therapy, mental health, thermography and detox services are available both as a request and referral when needed.
Does the Chiropractor provide care to the Entire Family?
From the cradle to the grave as it were. Chiropractic care is not only for adults but also for children as well. The problems that we have as adults could be due to a fall or trauma that occurred when we were younger, or even arise from the moment we were born. Many of the bad posture habits that we experience as an adult could have started when we were younger. Finding a chiropractor with the capability of taking on care for your entire family can be a good move in the right direction when looking for the right chiropractor for you or you and your family. Seeing a chiropractor regularly throughout a child and adult’s life can maintain their bodies natural defense system (immune) at an optimum level, and maintains the structure of the spine allowing it to grow the way it’s supposed to grow naturally. There is a saying from a wise person that stated, “Prevention is always better than a cure.”
Does the Chiropractor only do Adjustments to the spine?
No, sometimes Dr. Parker helps you to adjust your attitude! With the use of NET, impulsive behaviors can be addressed by turning off or neutralizing the alarm response. Most chiropractors mainly look to the spine for any misalignments that may be causing irritation, which could be what is creating the pain, tingling or numbness sensation that you are possibly feeling. However, Dr. Parker also looks at what may also interfere in your health by looking at the relationships between your spine and your other systems.
Adjustments made may not only happen in the spine, but also in your arms and legs or even the bones of your head. Chiropractors should look at the entire body for any areas that are not moving in the normal range of motion. Understanding that the nerve controls the muscles that move the bones and the nervous system is responsible for orchestrating the healing process, addressing any weaknesses or interferences in the nervous system allows for the system to recover and heal in the most efficient way.
Chiropractic is for the entire body, as you use your entire body every day so should it get evaluated like your spine.
What is that “Popping” sound that occurs when the adjustment happens?
When the Chiropractor makes an adjustment there may be a release of gas from the joint, which makes that “Popping” sound. This release of gas is similar to a concept like opening a jar of jelly. When you buy that jelly jar and open it for the first time you get a “POP” sound, as the air was released from the internal seal of the jar itself. This release of the air creates that “Popping” sound that you hear. This sound is created because there is a change in pressure that is inside the joint. This sound that you hear is called a cavitation, which is the same sound you hear when someone cracks their own knuckles.
However, because of the low force techniques Dr. Parker uses, this “popping” may not occur. The sound you hear is not an indication of correction, but rather what happens when a stuck joint moves. This can also happen when someone attempts a self-adjustment of their own neck or back. The problem is that with the self-adjustment the joints that can move will move and those that are stuck will still likely be stuck. This is why it’s best for you to have your spine (especially) evaluated and only adjusted by a trained professional, like a chiropractor.
What are your qualifications?
All chiropractors must pass National and State board examinations to obtain licensure, but realize that each chiropractor is unique and may vary greatly in their individual practice style and approach to patient management. Dr. Parker holds 2 bachelor’s degrees – Health and Wellness, Anatomy (2013); Professional Doctorate in Chiropractic (2013); Formally licensed massage therapist (2005-2017); Level III Basic Certified NeuroEmotional Technique practitioner (2014); Level I & II trained Quantum Neurology.
Can you tell me about your treatment philosophy? Bottom line, the body has the ability to heal. But, in all of us from time to time interference keeps that from happening. What are those interferences?
Thoughts, Traumas and Toxins… or our belief systems/limiting belief about our healing, physical traumas which have yet to complete their rehabilitation and finally our chemical soup of toxins and necessary nutrients that are out of balance. When these interferences are present they are seen as symptoms. These symptoms aren’t something to quiet or eliminate but rather to use as a guide for resolution. Dr. Parker uses your symptoms as a guide to the roots of your health concerns.
MIND – Our thoughts cause us to feel something. That in turn creates a chemical recipe to signal our action. If these thoughts create a reactive feeling, the alarm response is turned on and Fight/Flight is engaged. This chemistry in the short term is a necessary coping mechanism to keep us alive. In the long term, it causes our body to breakdown and function inappropriately.
CHEMISTRY – What we take into our body is what is used for the building blocks of repair and healing. It’s said, “Garbage in, Garbage out.” What you consume for fuel is as important as what type of fuel you might use in your car.
STRUCTURE – What you do with your physical structure is what determines your strength, agility and ability to continue to move, “movement is life.” Exercise, injury, sitting or starting something new all play a role in how your body responds to this movement.
RELATIONSHIP – Finally, if you were injured, how that injury happened can be as much a physical issue as a mental one. For instance, if you were hit by someone in your car, and you sustained a physical trauma you also likely sustained an emotional one as well. The person that hit you invaded or breeched your personal space. That is a boundary. This connection to other areas of your life where your boundaries have been violated can interfere with your healing process if not resolved.
What Occurs During the Initial Consultation / Exam?
At your first visit, a detailed history will be taken related to the nature of the problem, everyday activities, job activities, sports you play, and other recreational activities will be discussed. You will also have a comprehensive exam, including functional neurological tests, testing of the meridian system (acupuncture) using muscle testing, and immune function testing. If X-rays are needed based on the initial exam, which allows us to do a detailed examination and diagnosis of the problems that are occurring a referral will be made.
What type of diagnostic testing is needed?
Provided your case is appropriate for this type of care, much of the testing you will receive requires a level of feedback from your own system through the use of muscle testing. Because of this, much of what is done in the beginning is as a result of that feedback. If there are persistent issues or concerns then, opting for further evaluation via labs, imaging and the like, will be discussed. It is her goal to provide the best standard of care while minimizing cost where possible. She will often ask patients if they would want to know more about their issue or do they want to do something about it. Many times testing is only a confirmation of what is already known or suspected and may not change the course of action. Those dollars can be better spent actually doing something about the issue.
Do you take x-rays only when necessary?
Yes. This service would require a referral to an imaging center and is typically only used when injury has occurred or when deciding if another professional may be necessary to provide the best care.
Will I be able to get an Adjustment on the 1st Visit?
The short answer is not likely. Because of the intensity and therapeutic nature of the exam you receive from Dr. Parker, the first visit is focused on discovering the nature of the concerns you have. During the initial exam there will be postural assessments, ranges of motion, neurological tests, and muscle tests that will help the chiropractor determine the extent of the problem.
How much time does my appointment take in the office?
Visits are scheduled on the 20s. Sessions include adjustments and any additional therapies needed to resolve what is discovered at each appointment. Some patients take advantage of the extended session that run for 30-40 minutes.
How many times a week must I come for an adjustment?
As with anything new, if you do it consistently and persistently in the beginning, you will better maintain the results you’ve acquired. Over the years many doctors of chiropractic, who have practiced in this manner, have found the more you do in the beginning lessens treatment cost and duration. Your commitment to the first treatment plan is vital to your improvement. After this first plan is finished, you will be evaluated for the necessity of further care. Long-term commitments are only offered once you have established this type of care fits your goals and wellness needs.
How long does each session last?
New patients have 2 separate required visits that each last approximately 1 hour for consultation, exam, history and report. Afterward, visits range from about 15min or more depending on the work we are doing. Package visits are based on 12 (15-20min) sessions that include all therapies, adjustments and consultations. Extended or combined sessions are also offered.
Do you offer free consultations?
Dr. Parker would prefer to spend 10-15 minutes with you to help you decide if this is a right fit for you. If longer time is needed, a fee may be required.
What are the estimated costs?
Cost is determined by the need for each case. Every patient is assessed for nutrition custom to their need. This will vary for each individual. An estimation of cost will be given before treatment is started.
How is billing handled?
Dr. Parker operates as a cash clinic. She offers packages and family plans to help offset some of the cost of your commitment. Since many parts of the techniques used are not a typical fit for billing, every appointment is approached based on the need of the individual in the moment of care. Flex Spending Accounts (FLEX Plan) and Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSA) are accepted and receipts for these purposes are available.
Do you accept insurance?
Although many insurance companies have chiropractic coverage, most do not cover the type of care you will receive from Resonate Wellness & Chiropractic. Medical insurance is typically for acute injuries rather than maintenance of chronic conditions or wellness care. Prices are kept low for this reason and package pricing is available.