What To Expect
Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
What to Expect
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month for 6-24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Andresen Active Healthcare believes in the value of wellness care for you and your family and have maintained a pricing structure that allows care for all budgets. Our office participates in most insurance programs. We also accept auto accident and workers compensation cases. For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged. To learn more about our payment options for chiropractic and wellness care, you can call our office directly.
Most insurance plans are accepted at our office. We accept auto accident, workers compensation, personal injury and most health insurance plans, including Medicare. Since there are so many plans and coverage varies widely, please call us to find out if your plan covers care in our office. Our staff will verify and explain your benefits before treatment, at no charge.
For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged. If you have no insurance or do not have chiropractic benefits there is still a way for you to receive the care you need. Many patients pay directly for care, as they discover chiropractic to be extremely cost-effective and affordable.
Our focus at Andresen Active Healthcare is to actively help you and your family in taking responsibility for your health, wellness, and disease management. We assist and guide you to take the time to care for the important people in your world: you and your family. In an effort to make living the wellness lifestyle as easy and affordable as possible, we can create a customized family plan that is specific to you and your family.
Health on a Budget
At Andresen Active Healthcare we're convinced that a small amount of your time and money to care for your most important asset--your health--will be far less time consuming and expensive than trying to recover it. If you feel you do not have enough time or money to take care of yourself, please contact us--we can help! The last thing we want is for you to come to our wellness center in crisis. So please, we would like to encourage you to take your health very seriously. As the old saying goes, if you don't have your health, you don't have anything. Unfortunately, too many people don't discover how true that statement is until it is too late.
Your First Visit
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr.. Craig Andresen to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Craig Andresen to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Craig Andresen will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Craig Andresen will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
How can you help me?
How often do I need to come in?
What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, Dr. Craig Andresen will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Craig Andresen will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include:
ice or heat application instructions
certain activities or positions to avoid
at home exercises and/or stretches
If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique; therefore, everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.
No matter whether your condition was caused by a sport, work accident or otherwise, we welcome the chance to serve you.
I have suffered from migraine headaches for many years and was hospitalized because of them. After being treated with multiple medications I investigated Chiropractic care. Dr. Andresen helped discover the root cause of my headaches and developed a treatment plan. Through his excellent care over the years my quality of life has improved to the point where I no longer require medication. Dr. Andresen is respopnsive when additional treatment is needed while being caring and understanding.
Neck Pain Treatment
I am 43 years old and never had any neck or back problems - even though I played football beyond college. Then, this past winter, I started to have such pain in my left shoulder/back area, that it was affecting my sleep & prohibiting me from golfing...not an option!
So, I went to a trusted colleague of mine (another Dr) who referred me to Andresen Active Healthcare. I immediately starting experiencing results & pain relief. Within a short period of time (roughly 2 months) I was completely pain-free!!! I was so happy/impressed with Dr. Andresen & his practice, that I've already referred several personal contacts of mine...including my own wife!
For anyone looking for a chiropractor in the Elgin area, I whole-heartedly endorse Dr. Craig Andresen & Andresen Active Healthcare!
Neck Pain Treatment
Dr. Andresen uses a 'whole person approach'. This approach to wellness means looking for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. Using this unique approach, Dr. Andresen is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.
Monday - 7:00-11:00 am
Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - 7:00-11:00 am
Thursday - CLOSED
Friday - 7:00-11:00 am
Saturday - 9:00-11:00 am
Sunday - CLOSED