Frequently Asked Questions

Can I fill out paperwork before my appointment?
Q: I’ve tried chiropractic/acupuncture before and it didn’t help me.
A: It is important for the find right chiropractor or acupuncturist for you. We are not a one-size-fits-all, so you need to find the practitioner you connect with and whose style of practice gives you results you are looking to achieve.
Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: Acupuncture needles are not like the hypodermic needles that you get shots with. Acupuncture needles are solid, much thinner, and have a specially shaped tip that is designed to move tissue out of the way – not to cut it. As a result, most patients do not feel anything as the needle is inserted, but if they do, it is a quick prick. However, if at any time the needles are really bothering you, please speak up so your acupuncturist can adjust them to make your experience more comfortable.
Q: How is your chiropractic different?
A: My chiropractic technique is known as Advanced BioStructural Correction™ trade; or ABC™ trade;. It is a hands-on technique that addresses the meninges (the protective covering of the brain and spinal cord) along with the full spine and lower limbs. This comprehensive protocol allows me correct what your body cannot fix on its own, which then allows your body to heal itself the rest of the way to resolve your health problem(s).
Q: Once I start getting chiropractic, do I have to come forever?
A: The average person needs regular care for as little as a few months or up to a year or two. The rate of their recovery is primarily dependent on how long they have had the problem and how much of the home-care they engage in. Once they have worked through everything, they only come in if something else happens that puts their body out of alignment. Once you feel this good, you do not want anything interfering with it!
Q: Can I receive both chiropractic and acupuncture from you on the same day?
A: It depends. Both are balancing your body – the chiropractic addresses your physical form, whereas the acupuncture targets your body’s energy. For some people, doing both chiropractic and acupuncture on the same day can be too much for their bodies to process – they benefit more from spacing their treatments out. For others, they find that the two treatments work together to give them even better results. A great example is for treating pain. Acupuncture can help target the specific site of pain, such as your low back or hip, to help alleviate the pain and inflammation. Then with chiropractic, your body can be properly aligned to optimize your ability to heal. If we are treating completely different types of conditions, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments on the same day can also be warranted. For example, you have neck and TMJ pain that are due to your posture being out of alignment – you would benefit most from chiropractic adjustments to realign your body. But if you are also experiencing a common cold, acupuncture can help strengthen your body’s immune system to help you fight the cold so you get better faster. As always, it really depends on you and what your doctor think would be best for your body!
Q: Can I just do EndoNasal Cranial Correction by ABC™ without doing the rest of the protocol?
A: No. Your body works as a whole, synchronous unit, so it must be treated as such in order to correct the structure. EndoNasal Cranial Correction by ABC™ is only performed, if necessary, after the ABC™ protocol has been performed to ensure that only the cranial bones that are out of place in a direction the body cannot self-correct are corrected by the practitioner.
Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: Yes! We accept credit cards, checks, and cash.
Q: What should I expect during my Chiropractic Treatment?
For all chiropractic visits:

You will have to remove your shoes as well as any jewelry, watches, and belts prior to treatment. A shoe rack is available in the waiting room for your shoes, and any smaller items can put placed into small baskets available at the front desk and carried with you to the treatment room.

1.  Initial Visit

The initial visit usually 90 minutes. It includes a detailed history and exam to determine what is going on and how Dr. Pulley can help you. If chiropractic care is indicated and you consent to care, you will be adjusted.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out the initial paperwork and bring a complete list of your current medications or download it beforehand to bring in with you.

New patients may need to obtain x-rays of their spine to rule out problems that can only been seen on x-ray that contraindicate chiropractic care. These x-rays may be taken at one of the nearby radiographic facilities, and on average cost $40. If you already have x-rays or other imaging of your spine, please bring a copy for the office to keep on your first visit.

2.  Second Visit

The second visit usually takes 20 minutes. The doctor will give you a report of findings, including going over x-rays, if taken, and the course of care. She will answer any questions you have and then treat you.

3.  Follow-up Visits

Subsequent visits are usually 10 minutes long and run on time. If you have a new injury or condition occur, please call the office ahead of time to schedule a longer visit.

4.  Re-exams

Re-examination will happen roughly every 10-12 visits to document your progress to determine how you are responding to care. They are usually 30 minutes long and include a brief history and follow-up exam followed by treatment.

Q: What should I expect during my Acupuncture Treatment?
 

For all acupuncture visits:

It is recommended that you wear loose clothing so that your sleeves can be rolled up to the elbows or pants to above the knee. You will usually need to remove your shoes and socks for treatment as well. Please note that we always have gowns and shorts available for you to change into if you prefer.

1.  Initial Visit

The initial visit is usually 90 minutes long. It includes a detailed history and exam to determine what is going on and how Dr. Pulley can help you. A light treatment will be performed on the first visit to see how you respond to acupuncture, if you consent to care.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out the initial paperwork and bring a complete list of your current medications or download it beforehand to bring in with you.

2.  Follow-up Visits

Subsequent visits are usually 30-45 minutes long and run on time. If you have a new injury or condition occur, please call the office ahead of time to schedule a longer visit.

3.  Re-exams

Re-examination will occur roughly every 10-12 visits to document your progress to determine how you are responding to care. Re-exams are usually 15-30 minutes long in addition to treatment and include a brief history and follow-up exam followed by treatment.

Q: Do you treat children?

Yes, we treat children! Correcting imbalances before they become long-standing issues is our goal for children. We treat infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers.