Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of becoming a new patient?

Our new patient appointment has three parts.
 
First we will review your health history, any accidents you’ve had in the course of your life, big or small, any procedures you’ve had or remedies you’ve tried to learn what has and has not worked in the past.
 
Second we take our objective measurements to better understand what is happening past the basis of your symptoms. The objective tools we use in this office are 3D Imaging with CBCT to assess the structure of your spinal bones, paraspinal autonomic thermography with Tytron to assess your nervous system,  and detailed 360 posture pictures with PosturePro.
 

Thirdly, after we have done all the above, we ask you to return on a follow up visit to review all of these findings. During this appointment your upper cervical chiropractor will help to connect the dots between any symptoms you are experiencing with the structure of your spine and function of your nervous system. During this review of all your findings, your chiropractor will give you their recommended course of care, how frequently you should come in, and different payment options for starting care and getting your first upper cervical corrective adjustment!

What is your fee structure? 

Our new patient appointment is $150 for the new patient exam, and $250 for the 3D CBCT advanced imaging and report of findings.
 

Once you review all your findings with your doctor they will make a recommendation of the course of care needed to correct any misalignments, damages, nerves, and about how long it will take to get the spine to hold the adjustments you receive. Typically, we break down care into how many months you need to be under care to achieve good traction in your holding, and create an average monthly price for the recommended amount of time. Typically the recommendations are 3 – 6 months. In some cases less or more. Keep in mind these are averages and everyone is at a different starting place, so their end destination can vary. Our monthly fee’s range from $180-$460 depending on the level of care needed.

What if I cannot afford care?

We never turn anyone away for the inability to pay for the care they need. If you are willing to show up, we are willing to create a unique financial plan that allows you to get the care you need. Please be transparent with us about your financial concerns and we will be sure to help you.

 Do you take insurance?

We are out of network with all insurance companies. However, we do bill directly for auto accidents and workers comp cases if you have an open claim #. In many cases, patients with out of network chiropractic benefits can receive reimbursements from their insurance, and at the very least apply any money spent here to the deductible to help get better coverages in other offices.

Do you offer student pricing?

Yes! Please let us know if you are a student at the time of your new patient appointment.

Do you offer first responder and military pricing?

Yes! Please let us know if one of these applied to you at the time of your new patient appointment.

What are common outcomes of the Blair Chiropractic Technique?

Outcomes of The Blair Technique include:

  • Pain relief
  • Prevention of future pain
  • Improved posture
  • Increased energy
  • Improved cognitive performance
  • Return to hobbies and daily activities without limitations
  • Minimized symptoms from spinal degeneration
  • Better sleep quality
  • Improved moods
  • Optimal body performance

For people that have tried everything for their pain and health frustrations, The Blair Chiropractic Technique may provide you with the answers and results you’ve been seeking. For people who are mindful of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, The Blair Chiropractic Technique helps to identify and correct spinal vulnerabilities before a crisis develops.

Who can benefit from Blair Chiropractic Technique?

If someone asked you, “ Who could benefit from a dentist?’’, your response would probably be anyone with teeth, and especially those people who have bad teeth. On this same line of thinking, Blair Chiropractic Technique is potentially beneficial for anyone with a spine, and especially beneficial for people who have a bad spine. This is not to say that everybody needs treatment, but simply that everyone should be checked to determine if they have a spinal problem. In a Blair chiropractic clinic treatment is only provided to people that are found to have a quantifiable demand for care.

Oftentimes Blair Chiropractors end up seeing patients that have rather considerable pain, however more and more people are waking up to the idea that it is easier to prevent a problem than it is to correct one. The postural rebalancing produced by the precise and gentle Blair adjustment not only decreases pain, but also allows for the body to function more efficiently so the individual can redirect their energy to healing, performance, and maintenance.

Can children benefit from Blair Chiropractic Technique?

The Blair Chiropractic Technique is focused on gentle, precise, and effective correction of the spine. Why might it be necessary to check a child’s spine? Children fall innumerable times learning to walk, run, and play sports. In addition to this, even young children have dramatically increased postural stress due to increased screen time. For example, “Tech Neck” used to be a name given for improper neck curvature common in computer analysts who worked several hours a day in front of the computer. Now even young children are diagnosed with “Tech Neck.”

Females cervical spines reach maturity around 14 years old and males around 18 years old. Prior to this age, the vertebrae that make up the spine are still partially made of cartilage while they are growing. Modern day stress can interrupt the normal growth and development of the spine and nervous system. For these reasons it is important that your child’s spine is checked for Upper Cervical Subluxation and corrected if needed. Since Upper Cervical Subluxation is not an age related condition, it is advisable that babies are checked from birth, especially in the cases of stressful deliveries. A Blair chiropractor can help you select the proper schedule of pediatric spinal check ups to ensure their spine is developing correctly with minimal intervention. Children with an Upper Cervical Subluxation may present with the following symptoms or conditions:
  • Colic
  • Nursing difficulty
  • Torticollis
  • Poor posture
  • Ear aches
  • Constipation
  • Pediatric headaches
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Irritability
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Failure to thrive
  • Difficulty concentrating

What makes Blair Chiropractic Spinal Correction unique?

All healthcare professionals agree that spinal health is vital. The Blair Chiropractic Technique approach differs from conventional chiropractic methods in several distinct ways:
  1. Instead of focusing only on the areas where a patient is experiencing symptoms, the Blair analysis is systemic and checks total body alignment. Each patient starts off with a thorough postural and functional evaluation including Precision 3D Upper Cervical Imaging. The Blair Chiropractic Technique is built around a rigorous diagnostic process that helps to identify the needs of the individual rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
  2. Precise, gentle, and effective correction of the spine without twisting, popping, or cracking. While conventional chiropractic methods are designed to generally loosen the restricted motion of the spine, the Blair Chiropractic Technique is focused on sustainable results by helping the spine return to its normal movement and stability thus holding in its proper alignment. In other words, the Blair Technique helps return the spine to its “Factory Settings” or as close as possible!

How can I tell if I need a Blair Chiropractic adjustment?

Symptoms are often an unreliable indicator of the need for an adjustment, especially for new patients. Being evaluated by a Blair chiropractor allows for the appropriate diagnostic process to shed light on when adjustments are required, and when they are not.
However, many patients notice a pattern of symptoms or signs when they need an adjustment. Some may notice postural deviations, the return of pain or symptoms, brain fog, disruptions in mood or energy, tightening of the muscles around the spine, heavy head sensation, etc.
 
By paying attention to your body and working with a Blair Chiropractor, you can identify a more comprehensive understanding of your condition. Patients often develop “pattern recognition” for the tell-tale signs that they are out of adjustment, but it is still advised to be checked by your Blair Chiropractor on a routine basis to maintain progress.
 

My neck feels ok, but my lower back hurts.

When the posture is adjusted, the whole body rebalances causing less stress to all regions including your lower back. Your postural muscles are continuously working to keep an upright posture. Postural distortion leads to uneven weight distribution over all your joint surfaces. The muscles across your neck, back, legs and arms will compensate for this change in weight. Pain is going to show up in the region of greatest breakdown. The decrease in postural distortion given by the Blair chiropractic procedure decreases the strain on every area of the body and enables the potential relief of pain and appropriate healing.

What should I expect after an adjustment?

Blair Chiropractic Technique has been proven to be quite helpful in reducing postural distortions. Whether an individual’s postural distortion is related to symptoms they are exhibiting can only be determined by improving the position and detecting changes.

Responses to a Blair Chiropractic adjustment differ person to person. Because of these individualized responses, all patients are told what to expect based on post adjustment testing and their unique circumstances.

Due to the substantial postural rebalancing that happens following an upper cervical adjustment, people will often feel stiff and sore for 2-4 days as the spinal muscles normalize.

 How can such light pressure make such a big difference?

For exactly the same reason why one can move a pile of thick bricks with a light push of a wheelbarrow: leverage.

Even though the patient feels just a small pressure behind their ear while being corrected, there’s sufficient force being placed into the neck. Together with the first vertebra and the weight of the skull to obtain a biomechanics advantage, the physician places their body on a calculated angle to be sure the adjustment is unique to the patient’s individual misalignment. The force produced by the physician is transferred to the individual in such a gentle and precise fashion that many patients are unaware of any intervention at all.

Do I get an adjustment every visit?

The Blair Chiropractic Technique seeks to produce maximal results with minimal intervention. This means that adjustments are only given when absolutely necessary.

Patients are only adjusted when the objective findings indicate the presence of Upper Cervical Subluxation. 

Holding your Blair Upper Cervical correction is the key to recovering and maintaining progress over time. Additionally, Blair Chiropractors do not want patients to become dependent on frequent adjustments to feel well and function optimally. Your chiropractor will provide recommendations to assist you in reaching and maintaining an aligned state. Our purpose is to correct you as few times as possible, however quarterly to semi-annual assessments are often suggested to guarantee that any progress is not lost along the way.

What can cause me to lose my alignment?

Initially, physical trauma is the cause of Upper Cervical Subluxation. Most patients have a history of a fall, whiplash, concussion, or other forms of head and neck trauma. Trauma can be broadly divided into two forms:
  • Macro-trauma – significant one-time injuries (car accidents, sports injuries, hard falls jolting the spine
  • Micro-trauma – small repetitive stresses (poor posture, ergonomics, repetitive work activities

Many patients have a history of macro-traumas that are intensified over time by daily micro-traumas. In the early phases of Upper Cervical Subluxation, many patients do not feel symptoms. However, a wide range of symptoms are likely to develop when the spine continues to carry stress over time.

Patients who are under Blair Chiropractic care are more likely to need re-adjusted in the early stages of care. Over time as the spine is stabilized and strengthened, adjustments hold for longer durations.

How long until I get better?

Healing is individual and there are many contributing factors. The more personal responsibility the individual assumes in this procedure, generally the greater the outcomes.
 

Keep in mind that the healing process takes time. In the event that you should break an arm, then the medical doctor would cast it and you would be instructed to keep it in the cast for about six to eight weeks, the normal recovery time for bone. When coping with spinal misalignment, the integrity of the musculature and ligaments has been compromised and you need to allow sufficient time for these structures to cure in the aligned position. The longer your spine has been out of alignment, the more potential harm has occurred and therefore the longer recovery time required. A Blair Chiropractor will advise you on the best course of action for your own specific situation.

Do you have to continue the treatment for the rest of your life?

There’s a misconception that once one starts to see a chiropractor, they have to see one for the rest of their life.

This is simply untrue, and the Blair Chiropractic Technique seeks to provide lasting results without a dependence on frequent adjustments. The longer your spine has been breaking down, the longer it will typically take to recover and stabilize. Many patients benefit from a periodic checkup and adjustment as the spine often retains some residual damage after injury.

Why should I get checked when I’m feeling fine?

Symptoms may only appear after years of altered function. Many patients will begin to feel better during the first month of care, but their spine has not yet achieved an optimal state of correction and stability. We feel optimization and prevention are much better than reactive crisis management.

Our evaluation includes objective measures which are separate from subjective symptoms. It’s ideal to be assessed periodically to make sure that if you are misaligned, however non-symptomatic, you can be corrected to stop your body from becoming accustomed to a misaligned state.

Is it possible to go in and out of alignment on my own?

When the atlas misaligns it can only be corrected by a trained specialist. Following the first atlas adjustment postural reflexes begin to alter the alignment of the rest of the spine and pelvis. This process may take several months to fully complete, and the patient may feel different ups and downs thus confusing this for being in and out of alignment. This summons the cliche: “A patient is called a patient because they need to be patient!”

Why are there so many positive outcomes from a single procedure?

The body has an innate ability to heal itself when it is allowed to work without obstruction or alteration. Clearly there are many conditions which can obstruct or alter the normal function of our body. We also know some areas of our body are more vital than others. The upper cervical region, or cranio-cervical junction, is absolutely vital for human health. It is well known that dysfunction in this area causes systemic health consequences. The Blair Chiropractic Technique was created specifically to correct the upper cervical region with a precise, gentle, and effective adjustment. Hundreds of thousands of patients have improved from a wide variety of conditions related to Upper Cervical Subluxation. However, more research is needed to better understand the applications of the Blair Technique.