FAQs

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  • Where are you located?

    I am conveniently located on the northeast corner of Wilshire Blvd. and 10th Street in Santa Monica.

  • What are your rates?

    Rates vary according to the complexity of the condition being treated, length of time spent, etc. Sliding scale is available for the financially challenged.

  • What are your office hours?

    Monday through Friday:  9:00 a.m. to  6:00 p.m.
    Saturday:  9:00 a.m.  to  2:00 p.m.

     

  • Do you have parking?

    Yes, there is ample parking (complimentary for customers) behind the building as well as plentiful street parking.

  • What happens during a first time visit? How long will the visit be?

    The initial visit lasts about one hour. During this time I obtain the history of your condition, perform a thorough neurological and orthopedic evaluation, and discuss with you any questions you may have about chiropractic treatment. We will also discuss a treatment plan and start with a gentle adjustment of the area of complaint. I generally suggest a follow-up appointment within one week.

  • How are follow-up appointments different from first visits?

    The follow-up appointment is used to determine how you responded to your first adjustment and to make any corrections necessary. The follow-up visit usually lasts about 30 minutes.

  • Do you recommend chiropractic “check-ups”? When are these recommended?

    Yes. Once you have completed treatment for your initial problem, I recommend follow-up visits in 4-to-6-week intervals.

  • How often should I come in for treatment?

    This depends upon your diagnosis. A serious injury (e.g. motor vehicle accident) may require 2 to 3 visits per week for 2 to 3 weeks or more.  A not-so-serious problem may require 2 to 3 visits total.

  • Do you have a specialty?

    Yes. I have a specialty in Chiropractic Neurology. After obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, I entered a 3-year post-graduate course in Clinical Neurology. This course of study included regular lectures at the UCLA School of Medicine Dept. of Neurology (Grand Rounds) as well as practical experience at Rancho Los Amigos (Rehabilitation Facility). I continue to attend Grand Rounds in Neurology at UCLA on a regular basis. This enables me to keep up with the latest information in neurological research as well as the latest in diagnosis and treatment.

  • What adjusting techniques do you use?

    I use a variety of techniques that are selected to treat each patient’s specific needs. These techniques range from Diversified to Non-force and include the Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), Flexion-Distraction (Spinal Decompression), Activator and CranioSacral.

  • What physiotherapy modalities do you provide?

    I provide mechanical muscle stimulation, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.

  • What is “non-force” adjusting?

    “Non-force” adjusting is a non-traumatic treatment that mobilizes the spine gently, rather than forcefully. There are numerous non-force techniques; some use isometrics (e.g. the muscle energy technique, MET) to engage patient participation in the process.

  • Will the adjustment hurt?

    In general, chiropractic adjustments are not painful. Specifically, the techniques I use – mostly non-force and flexion-distraction (spinal decompression) – provide relief and are not uncomfortable at all.

  • Are there some techniques you don’t do? Why?

    I do not perform “hard” (forceful) adjustments of the spine. Instead, I use gentle, non-force techniques. These include the muscle energy technique (MET), sacro-occipial technique (SOT), flexion-distraction (spinal decompression) and a variety of myofascial release techniques. I find these techniques to be effective and they provide relief from pain without adding further trauma.

  • How are you different from other chiropractors?

    I am different in several ways. First, I see one patient at a time. I have a serene, quiet office space; no rush. Second, I perform “gentle” adjustments of the spine. I do not perform “hard” adjustments that scare and re-traumatize people. Third, I have an advanced degree in clinical neurology. I spent three additional years in post-graduate chiropractic training that assists me in diagnosing and treating complicated cases.

     

  • I’ve been in a car accident. Can you help me?

    Depending upon the nature of your injuries, chances are good that you will get relief from chiropractic care.

  • I was hurt at work. Can you help me?

    If you are filing a Workers’ Compensation claim for treatment, you will need to see a doctor who is part of a Work. Comp. medical provider network (MPN) panel. I am not on such a panel. However, I am certified with the State of California as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) and, therefore, perform evaluations of work-related injuries. You can request a “panel” QME from the Division of Workers’ Compensation or you can have your attorney obtain a QME.

  • Is chiropractic care recommended during pregnancy?

    Depending on your general state of health during your pregnancy, chiropractic is often quite beneficial. There are medical doctors who refer patients to this office for treatment during pregnancy. The adjusting table that I use adapts to accommodate the increasing size of Mom and baby. Mom can actually comfortably lie face down on this special table. Treatment specifically helps to relieve lower back pain and sciatica, common symptoms during pregnancy.

  • Do you recommend massage? Acupuncture?

    In general, massage and acupuncture work well in conjunction with chiropractic care. Again, this depends upon your diagnosis.

  • Can I exercise after an adjustment?

    This depends upon your diagnosis. In general, it is fine to do a “light” workout after an adjustment. However, if you are seriously injured (e.g. in a car accident), you may need to wait a few weeks.

  • How long before I feel better?

    “Feeling better” varies from person to person. Some patients experience immediate relief after an adjustment. Others feel better after a few days. If your condition has been “long standing,” it may take longer to resolve than a condition with an acute onset.

  • Does insurance cover chiropractic care?

    Many insurance plans do include coverage for chiropractic care. I provide a receipt (Superbill) for you to submit to your insurance carrier.

  • Do you accept credit/debit cards?

    I gladly accept Visa & Mastercard.

  • What is your policy if I need to cancel or reschedule?

    24-hour notice is customary and appreciated.