FAQ’s About Chiropractic Care

How is “Chiropractic Biophysics®” different from “traditional” chiropractic?

Chiropractic Biophysics®, Or CBP® is a specialized chiropractic technique practiced by a relatively small number of chiropractors around the world. CBP® doctors specialize in correcting abnormal spinal structure, for example the angle of curvature in your lower back. Abnormal spinal structure places increased pressure on the bones of the spine and the discs. This has been shown to be a cause for many cases of lower back pain, leg pain and numbness and/or tingling in the feet.

Will you just “crack” my back?

While “traditional” chiropractic manipulation is sometimes performed, CBP® doctors do much more to relieve symptoms and keep them away. For many patients, spinal adjustments are not enough to correct the spinal problem. The adjustment only gives temporary relief, and they feel like “the adjustment isn’t holding or their spine feels like it is slipping back out of place.”

To correct abnormal spinal alignment, the muscles must be retrained and strengthened in order to maintain the new corrected position. Dr. Sheehan will create a specific exercise program for you to help with your unique spinal misalignment.

Spinal traction is also performed to restore the spine back to as near normal structural position as possible. This has the long-term benefits of reducing mechanical stress on your spine, discs and nerves. If this stress remains in your spine, it can lead to arthritis and spinal degeneration (wear and tear).

What should I expect at my first visit?

You’ll undergo a thorough examination. We’ll also ask you to give us your medical history. Next, we’ll perform a digital structural analysis. This analysis enables the us to detect and measure abnormal positions of the head, shoulders, rib cage, pelvis, knees, and feet.

The final phase of your first office visit is spinal X-rays. Properly taken, true plane X-rays are like a blueprint of your spine. They often hold the key to discovering the underlying cause of your pain and discomfort. We will analyze X-rays for bio-mechanical problems, such as structural spinal misalignment.

Without properly taken X-rays, we would only be guessing what is wrong. After we review the result of your exam, we will make a follow-up appointment to view the findings. We’ll explain what we found, and how we can help you.

Will insurance cover my treatment?

Everyone’s insurance coverage is different. Call us if you’re not sure about coverage. We’ll do a complimentary check. CBP® treatment is covered by most insurance plans. We are in network with most major insurance companies such as Health Partners, Blue Cross, Medica, and United Health. Medicare and auto insurance usually cover this treatment, as well.

How long have you been in business?

Family Health Trust Chiropractic has been serving the Twin Cities area for almost 40 years.