Frequently Asked Questions About Chiropractic


Chiropractic is the fastest growing alternative healthcare system.  Originally discovered in 1895 the profession has come a long way in regards to the ability to detect and correct vertebral subluxations.  The goal of a chiropractor is to remove nervous system interference, restore proper spinal motion and neurological function, and to correct any structural imbalances that may exist.

Subluxations are locks or misalignments found within the spinal column. The joint (which is made up of two spinal bones and a disc) loses normal motion and suffers restriction abnormalities.  This loss of motion directly effects the health of the disc and spinal nerves associated with the joint.

Subluxations are often the result of a trauma. Both major and minor impacts to the spine or joints can be enough to lock them out of normal position and restrict normal motion. Often times, the first subluxation in the spine occurs at birth due to forces applied to the neck during delivery. Many people suffer from symptoms caused by a subluxation but do not know that they are subluxated. On average, after a trauma- symptoms can take 10 years to appear.
  • The spine can easily be labeled as the most overlooked body part in our healthcare system. Our first health check ups begin when we are in the womb. Doctors monitor our growth to be sure we are developing properly. After birth we are checked every 6 months to make sure mile stones are being met. From a young age we are encouraged to have our teeth and eyes checked. As we age we investigate our skin health, our breast health, prostate health, and most talked about- our heart health. While every system mentioned is vital to life- all body parts operate off of function from our brains. The brain communicates with the body through the nervous system which is so delicate it has a spinal column to protect it. **The health and integrity of our spines is directly correlated to the function of our nervous system.
  • A spinal check up should be viewed the same way we look at a mammogram. It is a preventative measure taken to ensure things like arthritis, degeneration, herniations and so forth do not occur
The popping noise you may hear when you move your neck or back around is the sound of gases being released in the joint. If you hear the popping often it may indicate a hypermobile joint which occurs from the result of the bone above or below being subluxated. It is important to never force the spine to crack or pop. Doing this may create a subluxation or worsen an existing subluxation.
Dr. Casey’s approach to chiropractic treatment is bar none when it comes to safety. The advanced technology allows for precise and accurate adjustments to only bones that are visibly locked on motion x-ray. The drop table provides a lighter impact which removes the need for any twisting and cracking.

There is a cancellation fee for patients who cancel their appointment within 24 hours of your scheduled time.

Active Patients cancellation fee is $35 

Non Active Patients cancellation fee is $50 

When it comes to the pediatric spine very little force is required to unlock subluxations. The developing spine is much softer and responds much quicker than the adult spine. Majority of children only require a handful of adjustments to resolve misalignments.

Your doctor will demonstrate and explain every procedure to you so that you have a thorough understanding of any necessary adjustment(s). The procedure is usually very quick, and although some patients may experience some level of discomfort, there is no pain involved in any safely performed chiropractic adjustment.

Other than an increase in your overall health and well-being and decrease/elimination of pain or ailments, adjustments made by professional chiropractors will not lead to any detrimental, short-or-long-term side-effects.

Every patient presents with a different case. Dr. Casey does not believe in cookie cutter treatment plans where the same adjustment is delivered over and over each visit. Frequency depends largely on the severity of locking as well as the presence of degenerative changes. On average Dr. Casey recommends around 24 adjustments within a 12 month time period. This is significantly less care than the average chiropractic office which suggests 60-70+ visits in a year. With advanced tools patients are able to save time and money.
o Chiropractic adjustments/techniques should only be performed by licensed professional chiropractors only. If your neck or back “cracks” with certain movements it may indicate a hyper-mobile joint. Forcing the spine to crack on your own will put you at much greater risk of developing subluxations. Throughout your treatment Dr.Casey may suggest at home exercises to help facilitate correction and healing time.

Generally, a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (DC) requires a minimum of eight years of study. The student is required to complete a four-year undergraduate degree which includes two years of pre-professional studies emphasizing chemistry, physics, biology, etc. Upon acceptance to an accredited Chiropractic College or University, the student completes studies emphasizing anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pediatrics, dermatology, genetics and other subjects related to health and disease. During the final year of Chiropractic school, the emphasis is on the treatment of neuro-musculo-skeletal problems, spinal misalignments or subluxations, biomechanical problems, differential diagnosis and x-ray diagnosis. A one-year clinical internship must be completed prior to graduation in order to attain the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C) degree. After graduation, the Doctor must pass four demanding national board examinations and state examinations in the states in which they choose to practice. Dr. Casey earned her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from Life University, the world’s largest chiropractic school.

Our objective with every patient is to create a customized plan of action to achieve your healthcare goals. We begin with a complimentary consultation, which includes a thorough review of your health history, a thermography scan, a set of x-rays, and a motion x-ray exam. These tools allow us to see exactly where your spine is locked and the nerves are pinched. On a follow-up visit we review exactly what is causing your pain or ailment, and discuss a plan of action.

We encourage each of our patients to make an appointment prior to visiting the office. Please click here if you would like to schedule a visit.

Luminous Chiropractic provides out of network services.  Payments for services are due at the time of the visit.  If your insurance program offers out of network benefits the office will provide you with what is called a “super-bill”.  This bill can be submitted by you to your insurance provider for direct reimbursement.

Why are services out of network?

Unfortunately, many insurance companies base the need for healthcare off a symptom being present.  This means tests that are performed for preventative measures are often not covered.  At Luminous Chiropractic we believe no expense should be spared when it comes to accurately diagnosing subluxations in the spine.  The tools we rely on, including thermography scans and motion x-ray, are not recognized as necessary procedures for care.  Dr. Casey has spent a considerable amount of time publishing a research paper attempting to bring awareness to the importance of utilizing these tools prior to delivering an adjustment to the spine.

How do I know if I will be reimbursed?

If you are unsure of your benefits we recommend contacting the provider by using the number located on the back of your card.  Be sure to ask “Do I have out of network benefits?” and “What is my deductible?”.  The reimbursement rates will vary depending on the answers to these questions.

Initial Exam

The spinal check-up is $300.00 and includes a consultation with Dr. Casey, thermography scans, a full spine set of x-rays, a videofluoroscopy study, and your first adjustment.  Following the initial exam, patients will be scheduled for a report of findings appointment.  Dr. Casey will review any significant findings from the exam as well as a treatment plan, should your exam warrant care.  There is no charge for this appointment.

Additional Visits

Luminous Chiropractic offers various care plan options.  Patients can pay for the recommended number of visits up front to receive the greatest level of savings or can be set up on a payment plan to cover the spinal correction program.  Each plan consists of a re-examination and an anniversary exam where follow up x-rays are taken. The average cost is $98/visit.

How often will I have to be adjusted?

The frequency of visits will depend on the severity of spinal damage.  The average recommendation made by Dr. Casey is 24 total visits over the course of 12 months.  Dr. Casey has found that the tools utilized to detect subluxation allow her to reduce the number of adjustments significantly compared to most other chiropractors.  Many chiropractic practices place patients on high volume plans that can include 60-70 visits.  This is the standard 3 times a week for two months, then 2 times a week for a couple months, and so forth.  Highly specific adjustments cut this time in half.

Luminous Chiropractic is located in Center City, Philadelphia.

 We are conveniently accessible from the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines, and many bus lines.

The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St, Suite 1403
Philadelphia, PA 19107