FAQs for Dr. Sam Yanuck2020-01-19T17:55:06-05:00


For Dr. Sam Yanuck

What Are Your Hours?2019-12-30T17:43:06-05:00

Dr. Sam Yanuck sees patients on a rotating schedule, with different days each week. His staff is in the office from 9am to 5pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to noon on Fridays. On Fridays when Dr. Yanuck sees patients, the staff is in the office until 5pm.

Does Dr. Yanuck Work With Other Doctors?2019-12-30T17:44:00-05:00

Dr. Yanuck is always willing and able to communicate with your other doctors, and coordinate the details of your care with them.

How do I know that this approach can get to the root of my problem?2019-12-30T17:44:19-05:00

Dr. Yanuck combines the most effective elements of many clinical methods into a single unified whole. His approach is not a set program. Instead, Dr. Yanuck will identify the specific details of your unique condition, and deliver a combination of treatments that matches your needs correctly. No two people get the same treatment, even if they have the same type of problem, since the cause may be different in different cases. In this way, each factor contributing to your problems is always matched to the correct treatment method at every point in the treatment. As your needs change, the treatment can change as well.

Do You Accept Payment From My Insurance Company?2019-12-30T17:44:58-05:00

Some of the services that Dr. Yanuck provides are covered by some insurance companies. Payment is required at the time when services are provided. You will be provided with the forms that you need to submit to your insurance company. It is up to you to determine whether you will be reimbursed by your insurance carrier.

In order to minimize the cost to patients, Dr. Yanuck does not maintain a large office staff to file and track insurance claims. This allows Dr. Yanuck and his staff to focus solely on your treatment, in a calm, uncomplicated, and supportive atmosphere.

Are Your Fees Higher Than Other Chiropractors?2019-12-30T17:45:23-05:00

In 1992, the average fee for a visit to a chiropractor was $25 for a five minute visit. That’s $300 per hour, but requires the chiropractor to see twelve patients per hour. Dr. Yanuck sees only one patient per hour, and charges less than the 1992 national average hourly fee. Though this means his fees are lower than those who see many patients per hour, Dr. Yanuck recognizes that an hour of time at this lower rate still represents a fee that is not insignificant. Keeping his fees this low is an attempt to meet patients half way in providing the undivided attention necessary to provide truly exceptional care.

What are the goals of treatment?2019-12-30T17:45:48-05:00

Treatment goals depend upon the problems being addressed. If you have a chronic illness, such as an autoimmune disease, the overall goal of treatment is to minimize the frequency, duration, and intensity of flare-ups of your disease. The aim is to reduce the disease activity as much as possible, so that you are as minimally affected by it as possible. This is done through a combination of treatment, instructions for modification of diet, nutrition, and neurological home exercises, and other factors.

In most cases, the immediate goal of treatment is relief of your symptoms. The overall goal, when possible, is to restore your body to full function, so that you are genuinely free of the problem you began with. In cases involving chronic disease, the goal is to support and optimize your health, strength, and ability to function, to improve your overall outcome. In all cases, these goals are achieved through a detailed, thorough, and accurate diagnostic process, and the application of treatments according to your specific, unique needs.

How long does it take to get better?2019-12-30T17:46:12-05:00

Since no two patients are the same, it is not possible to accurately predict the course of treatment before the process begins and Dr. Yanuck starts working with you. Typically, the longer a problem has been present, and the more factors there are reinforcing the illness, the more complex the case will be. Once Dr. Yanuck has worked with a patient in the initial treatment and follow-up, he can give a clearer prognosis.

In general, Dr. Yanuck works to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, and identify ways in which you can help to reinforce the positive effects of treatment. This may include rehabilitating the affected area, as well as recommending specific changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle. As with the treatment itself, these recommendations are tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

Once the problem has been resolved, Dr. Yanuck recommends that patients return periodically, as they would with the dentist, to maintain optimum function.

Does Dr. Yanuck prescribe drugs or medications?2019-12-30T17:46:34-05:00

No. Though Dr. Yanuck is not opposed to the use of medications at appropriate times, his approach to treatment involves affecting the body chemistry through nutritional supplementation, dietary recommendations, and treatment procedures that resolve symptoms and improve function. When medications appear necessary, Dr. Yanuck will coordinate with your conventional medical doctor or with other conventional doctors with whom he has referral relationships.

Do you perform blood tests, urine tests, etc.?2019-12-30T17:46:50-05:00

Yes. Through these tests Dr. Yanuck evaluates your body’s chemistry and follows up on the effectiveness of your treatment and nutritional supplementation. His initial examination typically includes blood work done in the office. Other laboratory tests can be performed as needed. Dr. Yanuck makes use of a range of specialty labs that provide tests needed under various clinical circumstances. All lab speciments are sent to standard reference laboratories.

Do you interpret these laboratory tests the same way other doctors do?2019-12-30T17:47:13-05:00

Yes and no. Dr. Yanuck looks at your lab results from both traditional and nutritional points of view. Lab test interpretation typically focuses on ruling out the presence of disease. But the absence of disease doesn’t necessarily indicate optimal health. So he views lab results looking for more subtle changes in body chemistry that can signal a loss of optimal function.

By correlating the assessment of your functional status with your lab values, history, physical exam, and other standard diagnostic values, Dr. Yanuck can make more accurate judgments about your nutritional status, food allergies, chemical hypersensitivities, and other possible metabolic imbalances. These changes in body chemistry can then be addressed using nutritional and other therapies.

When patterns of poor function recur, Dr. Yanuck may seek additional laboratory or other testing to identify the underlying problem. In this regard, patterns of poor function serve as a great help in pinpointing just what tests should be performed. Many of these are state of the art tests that have been developed only in the past few years. Most are used only by doctors whose practices encompass the treatment of functional illness.

How is functional illness different from disease?2019-12-30T17:47:36-05:00

Functional problems or illnesses are those that fall into the gray area between optimum health and disease. Pathological illness is the term used to designate when the process involves change in the actual structure of the tissues, such as a fracture, tumor, or tissue-destroying infection.

Functional illness might be compared to a car that is badly in need of a tune-up, but is still running. Pathological illness is present when one of the car’s parts is broken. Left unchecked, the declines in health associated with functional illness may later lead to pathological illness.

Do you treat patients with severe pathologic illnesses?2019-12-30T17:47:55-05:00

Dr. Yanuck doesn’t treat the disease; he treats the patient that has the disease. Severe pathology usually requires medication or surgery, provided by clinicians whose training is focused on these areas. In these cases, Dr. Yanuck treats these patients in conjunction with their other physicians. By treating these patients to strengthen their systems and optimize their ability to function, Dr. Yanuck is often able to improve factors like immune modulation, control of inflammation, and restoration of metabolic integrity. These efforts can support the healing process, aid in the speed of recovery and/or help to make the patient more comfortable.

What about standard physical examination and other clinical diagnostic tests?2019-12-30T17:48:14-05:00

Dr. Yanuck performs standard neurologic, orthopedic, and physical exam procedures as appropriate in each case. He combines knowledge of the body’s physiology, neurology, and biochemistry with a holistic approach to healing. This allows natural therapies to be delivered in a way that supports your health, according to a specific understanding of the underlying causes of your illness.

What good does balancing muscle function do?2019-12-30T17:48:37-05:00

Muscular function is controlled by the brain. Assessment of muscular function is a routine part of the standard neurological examination. Most neurological testing turns out to involve a stimulus to which a muscular response is observed. This includes shining a light in the eyes and seeing the pupils constrict (a muscular response), tapping under the kneecap with a reflex hammer and seeing the foot kick out, and the majority of other neurological testing responses.

These muscular responses (technically, motor nerve responses) can be used to understand the effects of other sensory stimuli in addition to those used in the conventional neurological examination. Any stimulus can be used as a challenge to the system, while observing for changes in motor responses of muscles as a reflection of the effect of the stimulus.

By observing these changes in the way the nervous system controls and coordinates muscle function, Dr. Yanuck can assess the impact on the neurological function from a broad range of stimuli. This aids in the assessment of problems with the body’s chemistry, immune or hormonal imbalances, stress and other aspects of physiology. So the muscular system is a window through which additional useful information about the functions of the body can be derived.

Is it possible that all my different problems are related?2019-12-30T17:48:56-05:00

Multiple symptoms often indicate a problem with one or more fundamental body functions. If your basic functions are not working properly, many other problems can begin to develop. For example, if your digestive tract is not working well, you will absorb fewer nutrients from food. You may then develop several problems related to poor nutrient status. But, in this example, none of these problems is the primary one. Once the digestive system is functioning optimally, these other problems go away.

If I have a knee problem, why don’t you spend the whole time treating my knee?2019-12-30T17:49:19-05:00

The cause of a problem is usually not limited to the place where you feel the symptoms. To get the best results, Dr. Yanuck focuses on the area of the symptoms, and also works to correct any underlying patterns of dysfunction that may interfere with a complete resolution of the problem. This may include structural, nutritional, neurological, and acupressure corrections. This comprehensive approach gets to the root causes of the knee problem, speeds your recovery, improves your body’s overall function, and therefore lessens the chance of recurrence.

What is Chiropractic?2019-12-30T17:49:40-05:00

Chiropractic is the largest natural health care profession in North America. Chiropractors are primary health care providers and portals of entry into the health care system. Traditionally, chiropractic was based on the relationship of the normal and abnormal alignment of the spine to health and disease. But many modern chiropractors are concerned with restoring all aspects of function, including neurological function, nutritional status, acupuncture meridian system function, and other aspects of function as the need arises. Chiropractors have learned that spinal health is closely related to the functions of the body’s muscles, organs, acupuncture circuits, and to nutrition, diet, exercise, and emotional health. Therefore, some chiropractors consider all of these factors and more in approaching a patient’s problems. Many chiropractors now practice chiropractic as a naturally oriented, holistic system of health care, concerned with both the treatment of health problems and with the enhancement and preservation of wellness.

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