What to Expect with Vital Chiropractic

Why We Offer a Shared Family Treatment Space:

We believe that community is built through connection.

As we are working to connect your brain to your body and your body to your brain though specific chiropractic adjustments, you can also connect with your little ones or new friends at the table next to you.

The playroom is just a few feet away, which is comforting for toddlers and older children who want to make sure their mom or sibling isn’t too far from them.

Our open space allows others to see that what we do is safe, gentle and effective.

*To honor your personal space, a private room is used for all consultations and at any patient’s request.

Houston Family Chiropractic Clinic
Houston Family Chiropractic Clinic
Houston Family Chiropractic Clinic

Why we choose a tonal approach to chiropractic care:

Chiropractic techniques fit into 3 basic models based on the three body systems primarily addressed by chiropractors. Chiropractic intimately involves itself with the skeletal system, the muscle system and the nervous system. Therefore, while all chiropractic techniques involve all three systems, the techniques themselves can be differentiated from one another based on their method of assessment and their method of correction.

Our chiropractic care includes the following techniques:  Torque Release Technique, Webster Technique, MC2, Dynamic Body Balancing, Craniosacral therapy, Craniopathy and Sacro-occipital Technique (SOT).

  • 1 Segmental or skeletal system centered chiropractic techniques adjust vertebrae that are not in their optimum position back to a more normal position and, in so doing, affect the nervous system first and then the muscle system next.
  • 2 Postural or muscle system centered chiropractic techniques first involve putting tension or relaxation within the muscle system in order to allow an easier structural adjustment to take place. In so doing, this approach involves the muscle system first which then affects the skeletal system and then, finally, the nervous system.
  • 3 Tonal or nervous system centered chiropractic techniques are not muscle or bone based but rather focus on the nervous system and the related changes in a person’s physiology. As such, tonal chiropractic techniques look at the nervous system first and the doctor’s input into the nervous system then affects the muscle system which, in turn, affects the skeletal system.

Since all three technique models work and produce good results, why would we prefer a tonal approach?

The answer comes in understanding how the interference to a person’s nervous system takes place to begin with. Did the bone move out of place thus affecting the nerve which then affects the muscle? Bones cannot move by themselves so there must have been a muscle imbalance first.

Did the muscle imbalance occur first thereby causing the bone to move out of its normal position? Muscles do not think or act on their own so a muscle imbalance can only be the result of an unbalanced nerve supply to the muscles. So, the bone can only move if a muscle moves it and a muscle will only move when the nervous system tells it to. For us then, it makes more sense to address the nervous system first so all else can follow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take my insurance?

We do not take insurance because we do not want insurance telling us what we can and cannot do for you. In general, insurance companies are not focused on any preventative or wellness services. They were designed for quick, short-term symptom and disease care and treatment which is heavily invested in the conventional model of health care that too often relies on drugs and surgery. As Chris Kresser says, “Insurance-based medicine is not evidence-based medicine.” We must realize that what our culture calls health care is actually “sick” care, since it has little to do with advancing true health. It’s mostly about suppressing symptoms while ignoring the underlying cause. If you have a policy it will probably help with at least some of the expense of your sick care. But few policies pay for things that help us keep our health. We are committed to a vitalistic model that addresses the underlying causes of your symptoms with gentle and specific nervous system centered chiropractic care.

Most insurance does not cover chiropractic care for children. We are not willing to exclude a segment of the population that chiropractic care can benefit and impact the most. It is, and always will be, easier and less expensive to grow healthy children than to repair damaged adults.

​The great news is that by not having to deal with insurance companies, our office costs are kept down, so we can offer affordable chiropractic care for the whole family. Our prices are usually cheaper than a co-pay. We accept HSA and FSA forms of payment in our office and always welcome open and honest conversations about finances. We are here to serve you and will do all that we can to help.

Why do kids need to see a Chiropractor?

There is actually a variety of reasons for a child to see a chiropractor. In fact, the #1 reason children see a chiropractor is for wellness. Many parents nowadays are choosing to be proactive with their children’s health, rather than reactive. This fits perfectly with chiropractic, which is wellness-based and thus proactive and preventative. Many of our parents bring their newborn infants to our office on the way home from the hospital, before even going to the pediatrician.

What are common misconceptions about what you do?

A common misconception is that chiropractic is just for neck and back pain (not that they won’t benefit from chiropractic care if they are in pain but it’s not for that…the only reason we adjust the neck and back is to affect the nervous system).   We don’t control whether or not symptoms go away, but we do remove interference to the nervous system and increase your likelihood of your body being able to heal itself.

The other major misconception regarding chiropractic care is the expense---If you compare it to any other healthcare out there, you get more bang for your buck out of chiropractic care than anything else out there. And Dr. Whitley says in regards to your health “You either pay now, or pay later. But if you pay later, there is interest that accrues.”

When will I be done with care?

The field of chiropractic has more in common with dentistry than medicine. Just like your dentist works for you, we do too so you can quit any time you want.  But once the symptoms are gone people continue with dental care for their overall health. Chiropractic care works the same way: if you want to patch one problem after another for life you can, but if you want to stay healthy for the rest of your life chiropractic care should be part of your wellness plan. Keeping your nervous system functioning optimally is a lifelong choice.