At ANH Wellness, we are able to help maintain your entire family's wellness from birth to adulthood.
Dr. Hickey specializes in pediatric, pregnancy, and postpartum care. She's focused her education around women's and children's health and continues to learn as much as possible on all the ways she can better assist her patients and their family's health needs. Dr. Laudeman also specializes in pregnancy care and is continuing her training with Dr. Hickey to learn the specific techniques we use to help our tiny patients function at their best. Both Doctors are working on their Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics.
Our patients are our main priority here at ANH Wellness. Everyone meets with Dr. Hickey or Dr. Laudeman one-on-one and has plenty of time to make sure their health needs are met. At your first visit, a full extensive initial exam is performed to determine if chiropractic care is beneficial for you. Then a personalized care plan based on your symptoms, and current, and past medical history is created. Dr. Hickey & Dr. Laudeman will be sure to answer all your questions as well as educate you on your body and how your specific care plan will help you heal.
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. As chiropractors, we are able to determine how these dysfunctions can affect our current health. It is a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. In addition to broad diagnostic skills, Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises and provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle assistance.
Spinal manipulation or Chiropractic adjustment is the most common therapeutic procedure performed by Chiropractors. This restores joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury. Tissue injury, whether from a single event or repetitive stress, causes the tissue to undergo chemical and physical changes that can include inflammation, pain, and diminished mobility and function. Restored mobility, through adjustment, can alleviate pain and muscle tightness assisting in tissue repair. Chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment or be used to complement and support traditional medical treatment, depending on the nature and cause of the condition. Doctors of Chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, imaging and other diagnostics to determine when, how, and where chiropractic treatment is appropriate. Additionally, routine Chiropractic treatment can assist in prevention and maintenance of overall health. Our bodies deal with stress on a daily basis and Chiropractic care can support the body's own natural ability to heal.
Here at ANH Wellness, we have a very gentle approach. We like to make sure our patients are educated and fully understand how their individualized care plan specific for their needs is going to help them heal and function properly. Patient education is a very important part of our practice. At ANH Wellness, we also include myofascial work into most of our treatments if it's appropriate. Increasing blood flow and nerve flow is important to help the body function optimally. Some patients are concerned about adjusting, but with different modalities at ANH Wellness, we are able to restore joint mobility in a way that is more comfortable for the patient and still provides a therapeutic healing response.
Imagine if you were sitting in the same position for months. You would be a little uncomfortable, right? This often can happen after labor with infants due to the position in the womb, as well as during the birthing process which puts stress on their cranial bones and neck. The goal of treatment is to restore movement to the joints and tissue and to assist the body into the most biomechanically beneficial position allowing for optimal development and growth. The stress and irritation are reduced on the central nervous system, restoring the body's ability to communicate, allowing a better and faster healing process. Chiropractic treatment for infants and children is different from a regular chiropractic adjustment– oftentimes the joints are mobilized with vibration and a soft tissues massage.
Chiropractic can help with a variety of things such as:
Sensory processing issues
Our approach with babies and little ones is a very gentle one. Many parents are nervous about chiropractic for kids, but it's truly AMAZING. Babies and kiddos respond so quickly and it can provide parents with emotional relief to finally have an explanation for their concerns.
At your first visit, we'll spend a lot of time going over everything from mom's experience with pregnancy, labor, and delivery, up to the present day. We'll cover your little ones' habits from sleeping, eating, gas, movements, and much more. There is a lot that can go into a pediatric visit and what your baby might need. It's important to draw attention to things you might think are "normal" for your baby but we actually can improve, to help both parents and baby be more happy and comfortable. Many parents worry about "stranger danger" and their little ones' nervousness when at the doctor's office. At ANH Wellness, Dr.Hickey and Dr. Morphet take their time to make sure our little patients are very comfortable and excited about their chiropractic care. Oftentimes our little patients will help take care of their parents on their visits and learn all the fun tools our doctors use. If you're interested in chiropractic care for your little ones and still have concerns or questions, please feel free to schedule a call with one of our doctors.
Webster technique is a chiropractic technique used during pregnancy to help promote optimal pelvic function. During pregnancy, a mother’s body goes through many changes that cause increased stress on the body, including pelvic misalignment along with torsion and tightening of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their effect on the uterus can prevent the baby from assuming the best possible position for birth. Webster technique provides chiropractors with a gentle and effective way to restore pelvic function, allowing the associated muscles and ligaments to relax, and for the uterus to be in the most optimal position for the baby’s growth. Webster Technique decreases many discomforts associated with pregnancy, encourages ideal alignment, and assists in decreasing complications in the birthing process.
Seeing a chiropractor can be intimidating, especially during pregnancy. Let us ease some of those nerves by explaining what to expect. We take a very gentle approach to chiropractic and fully explain each step of the Webster Technique. There are specific muscles and ligaments known to become tense during pregnancy. Some of these muscles and ligaments are located in more intimate areas. We like to make sure the patient is completely comfortable for the entire treatment. Having a private treatment room also ensures privacy and effectiveness in remaining relaxed and stress-free. We have a comfortable pregnancy pillow that allows momma to lay on her belly for part of the treatment so that we can fully assess the Sacroiliac joints and sacrum, along with the associated muscles and ligaments. If you're still nervous about chiropractic and pregnancy, please feel free to set up a call with us so we can fully answer any questions you may have!
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Questions About Insurance?
ANH Wellness Chiropractic PLLC currently is in-network with Excellus BCBS insurance.
Unfortunately, they do not cover wellness visits. Please note that once your care plan is finished, your insurance will not cover maintenance visits. We are no longer in contract with any other insurance companies. However, patients requesting to utilize your medical benefits will receive a detailed bill of services that you can submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. Patients are allowed to use flex spending or their health savings account (HSA) to pay for their visit costs.
Some health insurance plans don’t cover maintenance chiropractic care because many health insurance companies don’t see maintenance care as medically necessary. Why don’t they consider it medically necessary? That’s a question only insurers can address. It’s likely they prefer to pay for treatments that help people recover from an illness, injury, or other situation. They don’t want to pay for treatments after someone hits a plateau and stops showing signs of improvement. That’s a common reason few health plans cover maintenance chiropractic care. Don’t assume that’s true of your plan, though. Before you schedule anything, review your plan and see if it says anything about chiropractor visits. If it doesn’t, contact the insurance company and ask for clarity. And don’t just ask if your policy covers this type of care, but when and how much and for how long as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
We care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. We're especially well known for our expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches using highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. We also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, ligaments, and joints. These painful conditions may involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant from the region of injury. In addition, chiropractors offer advice to patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Does chiropractic treatment require an MD referral?
A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic; however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan directly—to find out if there are referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with your chiropractor of choice.
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient's pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments improve the pregnancy experience and make delivery easier. Adjustments are adapted to accommodate the stage of pregnancy and the unique needs of each patient. Chiropractors are trained in special techniques for adjusting pregnant women. Because of the inability to take medication for pain, the natural approaches of chiropractic are the logical choice for pregnant women. More and more, obstetricians are referring to chiropractors due to the effectiveness of spinal adjustments for pain relief. Also, techniques designed to naturally turn a Breech baby are safe and effective. Lastly, women under chiropractic care have significantly faster delivery than those who are not.
Why do adjustments make a popping sound?
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. However, some techniques do create a "popping" sound. This audible release is the result of gas shifting in the joint; similar to the noise created by "cracking" your knuckles. This sound is painless and causes no harm. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of a joint; it affects the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest nondrug, noninvasive forms of health care available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some form of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care and we are highly specialized in pediatrics. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness, or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. In the case of children, it is very gentle.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
The hands-on nature of chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.
Can I see a chiropractor if I had back surgery?
Unfortunately, research shows that up to one-half of those who have spinal surgery report a relapse of their original symptoms within months or years. This common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome," and usually results in the necessity of additional procedures. Chiropractic care may prevent repetitive surgeries, or better yet, if used initially, may help avoid surgery in the first place.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Each patient’s care is unique and therefore customized to meet their specific condition and needs. Your chiropractor will modify adjustments based on your size, weight, age, and health condition.
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Chiropractic Helps With
– Ear infections
– Latching dysfunction
– Sleep issues
– Ear infection
– Respiratory distress
– Sensory processing issues
– Neck pain
– Quality of sleep
– Range of motion
– Immune function
– Healthier pregnancies
– Decreases stress
– Reduces opioid reliance
– Improves posture
– Reduces inflammation
– Children's acid reflux
– Sensory processing issues
– Back pain
Myth: After your first visit, you’re stuck going for life.
Fact: Every treatment plan varies, and ultimately, you decide how often you go.
Myth: Adjustments hurt.
Fact: Adjustments may be uncomfortable, but they are not typically painful.
Myth: Chiropractic care is expensive.
Fact: It varies per patient, but the average cost is about $56 per session.
Myth: Chiropractic care is unsafe.
Fact: Chiropractic care is widely accepted as a safe and low-risk natural procedure to achieve pain relief, improved mobility, and overall wellness.
Myth: Chiropractic care only treats back pain.
Fact: Chiropractic care enhances the overall wellness of a person, and as a result, can be used to treat a variety of health issues.
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