Interview with Chadd Burckhardt, owner and chiropractor of The Wellery MN, exploring what whole family chiropractic care can look like for your family.
Chadd Burckhardt has been practicing since 2008, treating people from all over the world. He is serious about providing the best chiropractic care and experience to his patients, and appreciates the value of good will and good humor. He believes your family will find The Wellery to be an effective, yet fresh and fun approach to chiropractic.
Through 2016, he practiced in Maple Grove, Minnesota, specializing in women and children’s health. From 2016 to 2019, he and his wife Melissa moved to Bangalore, India where he practiced full-time. In India, he also volunteered weekly at Accept Society Orphanage for children with HIV, as well as Sukrathum Home for Boys where he provided chiropractic care to the children, residents and staff. This experience further strengthened his love for caring for children and solidified his plan to open a practice dedicated to serving families upon return from India.
He is certified in the Webster Technique, a specialized prenatal chiropractic method that helps ensure the pelvis and surrounding structures are properly supporting the growth and development of the baby. He is also an active member in The Pediatric Experience, an organization dedicated to bringing top pediatric chiropractors together for training and further education. In March 2022, he received his Certificate of Proficiency in Pediatric and Family Chiropractic Care by the Life University Department of Postgraduate Education and The Pediatric Experience.
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In today’s episode We’ll be hearing from Chad Burkhardt. he is a whole family chiropractor at the Wellery. He has been practicing since 2008, treating people from all over the world. He is serious about providing the best chiropractor.
To care and experience to his patients and appreciates the value of goodwill and good humor. He believes your family will find the Willie to be an effective, yet fresh and fun approach to chiropractic care. Through 2016, he practiced in Maple Grove, Minnesota specializing in women and children’s health.
From 2016 to 2019,
he and his wife Melissa, moved to Bangalore, India where he practiced full-time in India. He also volunteered weekly at Accept Society Orphanage for Children with H I V as well as home for boys, where he [00:03:00] provided chiropractic care to the children, residents, and staff. This experience further strengthened his love for caring for children and solidified his plan to open a practice dedicated to serving families upon his return from India.
In our conversation today, you’ll get to hear what exactly a whole family chiropractor does, what the practice looks like, how to know when it’s time for you to explore this option for your family, and you’ll get to hear specifically about the Willie and what it’s like to be a part of this amazing community.
Welcome to the Twin Cities Well Connected podcast. I am your host, Cynthia Shockley. And as a reminder, this first quarter of 2023, we are focusing on finding the right fit for your family. Recognizing that the Twin Cities has so many. Different integrative holistic care models that we can lean on, not just going to the [00:04:00] clinic or urgent care.
So we’re here with Dr. Chad Burkhart of the Willie, and he is going to share a little bit about his own practice where it is very focused on prenatal and also child. Chiropractic care .
I know I’ve personally experienced so many benefits from chiropractic care, and I’m sure listeners too are interested or have experienced chiropractic care and all the benefits there are. I wonder, Chad, if you can speak a little more about the science of chiropractic care the things you’ve studied, the things you’ve seen for someone who might not know exactly what.
Yeah. Chiropractic care it’s been around for, several hundreds years. There’s evidence of Romans like doing, spinal manipulations, things like that.
It really started as a very nervous system focused, holistic practice of that
primary physician, right? You’d go to the chiropractor first and then through different things it dwarfed into like back and neck pain. And so [00:05:00] now we’re fighting that of saying, no, we, if your nervous system focused and you realize that the nervous system controls everything else and that you’re looking to connect a brain body connect.
there’s so much more that we, that chiropractic can offer besides the neck and back pain. You introduce yourself as a chiropractor and immediately people like grab their, their back and their necks like, oh, I think it could crack me. It’s oh no, not really. And so I think those of us that are really nervous system focused, we realize that it’s so much more.
And the research is, there’s some research out there, but obviously more needs to be done of. Conditions and a course of chiropractic care and then some outcomes. We have, tons of stories and there’s awesome chiropractors around the metro that are having these awesome outcomes and individual stories that, you came in with this, you went to chiropractic care and this was your outcome, but not on a big research scale.
. The image that comes to mind, cuz I know I learned about chiropractic care a while back and [00:06:00] I remember going to this museum. Are you familiar with body World? ? Yep. I looked back in the day it’s been here probably several times. But yeah. Yeah. So Body World. Shows you the human body in all its layers.
And I remember this display of the human brain, but then the entire nervous system, right? Because there’s the brain that’s one part, but it’s connected through the entire spine to every single organ system in the body. It’s just a upside down tree that branches out. Yeah. Yeah. And so when you think about chiropractic care and adjusting the spine, It’s really opening up pathways, clearing up access so that those little branches of your nervous system can actually function optimally.
. It makes so much sense logically to me when I see that image of the brain and the entire nervous system. Yeah, exactly. I’ve been in practice for 13 years of more and more people realizing that, that spine is a window into the nervous system. And because the nervous system controls everything else[00:07:00] you can really have an effect. And I think the beautiful thing that you said, you said you had the brain and it kinda looks like roots, like just going down. I think the one thing that we can sometimes get lulled into is that this brain is this master puppet control where the brain is telling the body everything to do.
Yes, to a certain extent, but if you look at that, the brain is only as good as the information coming from those nerves, coming from those roots, so to speak, and going up to the brain. And we work with kids, we can use some of our scanning technology and things like that to say, okay, yeah, we’re seeing those behaviors, but what is the body telling the brain?
That the brain is processing things and then saying, yeah, this is appropriate behavior. This is an appropriate way to act in target. This is an appropriate way to act when we get out of, at school and we lose it, right? Or whatever it is. And so that the brain is, just, think of it like more like an air traffic controller
it’s only as good as the information coming in, so if your body is giving dysregulated, asymmetrical, we call it just noisy information, the brain’s gonna output [00:08:00] dysregulated, asymmetrical, noisy output, right? And so behaviors, right? And so I think having that visual of that brain and that.
Root system almost going down is awesome because just a tree, right? You need everything from the roots to, to get soil and get the nutrients and and then that tree can grow. And so it’s kinda the same principle, right? What’s coming up from the roots? When we look at the tree, we’re like, oh, look at the tree.
What’s going on with the leaves? What we really want do is like what’s going the root system, so to speak. Exactly. And it’s interesting because you have focused in on the demographic of prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care. First, I wanna know what brought you into this space, and then I’d love to hear a little more detail about what that looks like day to day.
Yeah, so I I was an athlete in high school, had some injuries that’s, so I got introduced to chiropractic care. I sprained my ankle once, bad in basketball, got it adjusted and three days later I played and all my teammates were like, what? What happened? You were like, limping off the court what [00:09:00] happened?
I was like, where’s the chiropractor? And I was like, oh, that’s kinda cool. . And so I, when graduated from chiropractic school, I’m like, I wanna work with athletes. Cause that’s what I knew, that was my lens of chiropractic. And I soon found out that was not very fun.
They, athletes are, they’re wonderful people, but they wanna be better yesterday. And I’ll never forget a mom brought her baby in and it was having some clic issue. And we just did this super light, what we call sustained contact.
There’s no twisting, there’s no bending, just a light pressure. I tell parents it’s like the pressure you check at the grocery store for like the rightness of a avocado, just very, gentle. And so I just held it there, and she stopped crying. And I just, my eyes got big and the mom’s eyes got big and I was like, whoa, what just happened?
That is really cool. And so from that moment I was like, oh no, this is what I want to do. Because it selfishly gave me so much energy. Wow. I can have that effect. Holy cow, that’s amazing. She went home, she slept, she pooped, she did all these things like, okay, this is my space. This is where I wanna be.
And so from [00:10:00] that point forward, it was, Pregnancy, pediatric, everything that I do, that I study, the seminars and everything else has been around that population. And so today at the Wellery, we see full families. Usually it’s the mom or baby that’s coming in, or child. And then stereotypically the dad will stumble in three months later and okay, family’s doing really well.
I better check this out. It’s kinda so we get the whole family under care. So at the Wellery, I look at it sometimes and it’s man, this is pretty cool. Just the vibe, the energy, it’s super uplifting. The space is open. I honestly, I feel really lucky to be here and to work in the space with with my team.
And listeners, if you aren’t following it’s the Willie MN on Instagram. It’s such a fun feed with all the kids and the costumes I saw for Halloween and the games. And then you recently host. Did a networking event. So there’s a lot going on in that space, and I love too, seeing [00:11:00] how you adjust babies, how you adjust pregnant women, and being able to just see what that looks like and how it’s not just.
Crack, crack, like you said, right? I’ve heard it called ear candy before. . Yeah. There’s a lot of TikTok ERs that are not doing any service for chiropractors right now. Cause they put the microphone right. And get that little cavitation and ev everyone’s. , a little bit different.
And that’s why, we are un unapologetically who we are. Right? And if you’re looking for that, you, there’s people that can do that too. But we’re very nervous system focused and very gentle and very holistic in that approach. And yeah, I tell people if you’re if you’re having a tough day at work, swing by the Willie, hang out, have a coffee, get the baby giggles and kids run around, you’re gonna leave feeling a lot better, I guarantee.
Oh, that’s amazing. And I can definitely sense that from social media and what I was seeing there. I wonder if you have any stories to share of, families that might come in, the kinds of symptoms they might come with and the [00:12:00] healing that happens there. I’d love to hear some examples.
Yeah. Typically where, how it starts is there’s usually one one child that’s maybe struggling and that could be anything from, a newborn with, colic or we graduate into like ear infections and then it’s, constant colds and, I don’t have to tell any parents about this winter, about R S V and.
Bronchitis and flu and all that stuff that’s going around. And so it’s not that your child is sick, it’s that they’re always sick, and so that could be one think of it. One example we had a, he was one and a half came in, he hit a right head leg. Three or four rounds of antibiotics.
One rounds of tubes. He was a slow grower vocab was behind, always getting sick. Mom was, really concerned. We’ve tried, several rounds of antibiotics. They’re threatening with a second round of tubes. And she came in and we scanned little guy. And over the course of, two to three to four months, he could tell his energy was back.
He had, he, to this day, knock on wood, he’s never got another ear infection. His vocab exploded. He started eating more. He started [00:13:00] growing. And then as most things happen to mom’s if that’s good for him, wonder if what’s good for my other son who is dealing with some, Four year old kind of anxiety.
Unfortunately, we we’re seeing that earlier and earlier, some anxiety issues. And so we got him under care and then the mom under care and then the dad under care and stuff like that. So it’s been really fun. I think usually it’s okay, I’m gonna see if this is really what it’s, hyped up to be, and then that one child or the mom or the dad gets improvement and then the whole family comes in.
We make it really easy too, to. Have full family wellness and wellness in our in our clinic. Looks either once a week or once every other week where you come in, you get adjusted, your nervous system checked, and we just keep that keep the ball rolling, so to speak. And make the analogy of going to merry round, right?
It takes a lot of effort to get that thing going right. So upfront it’s, it’s several visits over maybe a month or two months. And then once that momentum is going and your body and your brain are really communicating really well and you’re able to adapt to stress better and ward off, bacterias and viruses better, and to have all those things going [00:14:00] for you, then it’s just keep it going.
And so most of, if you sit in the day with us, 70 to 74% of our people coming in are just wellness people. They’ve been through that tough point. We’ve got ’em up to the other side and they really don’t wanna go back.
So there is that aspect of maintenance too. So yes, you come in for symptoms, but also it’s maintenance to make sure these symptoms don’t arise to make sure that you can.
Eat well, sleep well function better in general. Yeah. I’m glad you said that. Cause it’s, I tell people if you come in with a McDonald’s bag and smell like cigarette smoke, you know it’s gonna be tougher for us to help you. It’s definitely a team approach ,, our job is to , Get them over that hump.
Get their nervous system more connected where they can all of a sudden start sleeping better. And we know, we don’t have to go into the benefits of sleep, right? You’re sleeping better, then you’re making better decisions. Then you’re have that energy to work out. And so all of a sudden that momentum starts going.
, I tell people, if you do your job and I do my job, you’re gonna be really healthy. You’re gonna do, you’re gonna do lots of [00:15:00] good things. But it’s just, we just need help sometimes. And that’s part of the integrative, model of, we have all these other practitioners in our, on, on our team, right?
Is it yoga? Is it pelvic floor pt? Is it ot? Is it postpartum, doula Is any of these people that you, we need, we can draw from. And so our job as a. As a trusted practitioner, when people are coming to see us as have other trusted providers in the area to say, you know what, why don’t you go see they’re really good.
I know them. I’ve met with them. You guys are really gonna, and I’m a big guy in energy. I’m like, you guys will vibe well, right? So you need some supportive help. You need different providers that are experts in their field because there are so many awesome providers.
And we had that get together, December 6th at the well already. And it was just awesome to see all these people coming together that are just, you have conversations with them, you’re like, holy cow, I didn’t know you existed. Like, where have you been? And Cynthia, you’re one of those oh my gosh, we need to meet, we need to have coffee.
Holy cow, how have I not known about you? And so I think it’s our job as providers to network and just to know that [00:16:00] who’s on your team, so then they can be on then our clients and our patients team to get the best care uh, possible.
And that is why Well Connected exists for just that, right?
The opportunity for practitioners to be able to meet each other, to refer authentically, and I just love that you’re living and breathing that and you’re able to provide that value to your own patients to know. If you’re not the right fit for this specific issue, that you’ve got them still, you know who to connect them with.
the Wellie, it sounds like has a lot of different options within, but also outside of the wellie, all the connections and networking that you’ve done. Yeah. And it’s really been really been awesome to meet all these different providers. And I think what you said really like refer authentically, right?
Instead of giving them a couple, websites that you’ve met the provider you’ve had a conversation with them, you’ve felt their energy, you’ve felt their passion, you’d know like, [00:17:00] yep. They’re gonna be a good fit for you. I know that for sure. And they’re gonna help you. And that makes a huge difference.
And I would want that in my doctor, right? I want my doctor to say, gosh, you know what, Chad let’s pull in this other person. I think they could really help you instead of I. Being an expert on everything, I can do everything. I can help with everything. I refer to chiropractors, three, four times a month cuz you know what I’m not the rehab shoulder expert.
There’s people down the street that are really good at that. They’re experts in, if you get an auto accent, they’re experts in these different areas. I’ll be here to support you when you’re done with that. And, I think people really I think expect that now, which is a great thing.
Yeah, it’s really a trusting energy and space to be able to be honest as a human being. You can’t be perfect at everything. So you’re looking for the best in their fields so that your patients are getting the best possible care, which is just.
So I was reading through your bio and you lived in India for a couple of years and did some work there. I’m curious if you’d share a little more [00:18:00] about that and how it informs your practice today. Yeah. We lived my wife and I, Melissa, lived there 2016 2000 2019. So just under three years.
And I, and that’s kinda how the Wellery was born. Cuz I stepped away from my associateship practice in Maple Grove. And as I was treating more moms and babies, I’m like, oh, this is not maybe the practice, to do that. Wonderful practice. Really good friends with them and I sent people to them.
Wonderful practice, but I’m like, ah, I just wanna see kids and babies. That’s all I wanna do. And family more wellness, type, neurologically focused stuff. So, , Yeah, we went to India and it was really an education on Strengthening what I really wanted is that nervous system wellness full family care, because when I was over there, I was in a 10 by 12 room.
It was a little sticky a little muggy. And I was on tile floors and I was bent over this table that was not made for a six foot dude. And it was just really really on fire. Like herniated discs, they’re riding the mopeds and the women are riding side saddle, [00:19:00] on these mopeds, and they’re standing all day on these tile floors, barefoot cooking and doing all these things, and.
And so as much as I loved, helping them cause I was one of three chiropractors in the whole country of whatever, it’s gonna surpass China, right? It’s the most populous country in the world. So I was busy and to the fact that, it was to my detriment of like I was wearing down, right?
Because I was just seeing all these people. My wife says it really well. At the end of the day, my cup is full of water and everyone comes by and sips on it, but no one’s refilling it.
And that’s what I felt. There is just I want wellness people that are coming in that are really. Not just seeing chiropractic as as soon as I’m out of pain, then I’m good and I’ll wait till something else happens, right? So it’s seeing them on a consistent basis and forging those relationships with families.
So I could be that trusted provider instead of more of an emergency room type thing. The other thing I really realized Is that the energy, there in a like chronic healing and iver etic modalities and just that energy that you bring into the room is so paramount. [00:20:00] And knowing that if you’re in a good head space as a provider and you’re present with that, Patient, they’re gonna get so much better, so much quicker.
So that’s the one thing that really drove me home too, if I was having, was the 70th patient of the day, and, I wasn’t there fully, they’d come back the next day and they’d say, doctor, I don’t feel any better. I was like, you know what? Yeah, that’s on me. , I wasn’t present as I could have been.
And so a huge lesson there of just being present and knowing what a well-intended purposeful. Touch and adjustment can do to somebody. . Yeah. That’s such a great takeaway for me is how important it is to be present with your patients and how your presence. Then influences their outcome. Our last episode, Alex and I, were talking about how important it is to feel safe with your provider, how important it’s to feel connected to your provider, because that affects your nervous system, right?
If you feel [00:21:00] that connection and that relationship and rapport with your provider. , your nervous system’s more relaxed. You aren’t in that stress state. And so your body can do that healing process that chiropractic is helping facilitate as well. And it just all comes together to create a more optimal healing situation.
And that’s, any practitioner, right? Anything that’s especially. Especially hands-on when you’re sharing energy when you’re in a room with someone. Yes, absolutely. But you’re really sharing energy when you’re having hands-on contact with somebody. And I think that’s really paramount and whether it be, a massage or a yoga instructor or a chiropractor or whatever it is that healing starts when you walk in the room.
And so I think that was the one thing I realized and why we built the wellery, what we did, where it’s nice and. Say so bright, it’s inviting. I came from a practice where we were lab coats, right? White coat doctor. That’s not you. You walk into a white coat and close the door behind you with a two-year-old, no, their nervous system is out the roof cuz they’ve been there before and they know it’s gonna [00:22:00] happen, right?
They’re gonna get a shot, something is gonna hurt most likely. And so having an open very casual. Upbeat atmosphere. We got music playing and we, it’s just, it’s really fun. And I think when people walk in they just go, oh, they have that sense of just I think I’m in the right spot.
And especially for kids, cuz man, they can really pick up on that. If you’re coming at them and you’re not present and you’re not calm and you’re nervous system isn’t connected, they sense that. They sense that. And so one of the comments we get a lot is, you have a lot of babies and kids, but I don’t hear much.
I was yeah that’s purposeful for sure. And that’s because they know babies know, kids know they’re in a trusted spot. They know that you’re gonna help them and it’s really a beautiful thing. Really beautiful. I love that. That is a part of your intentionality, is creating the right environment for your key demographic for these children who are very sensitive.
Very sensory as well, being able to see and hear and smell and [00:23:00] everything is just taking in. And so to have some music playing and to keep it feeling more casual, I can see why. Families would be really drawn to that kind of environment for everyone, right? Not just the kids, but for the parents to also be a part of that.
Yeah, we’ve been very fortunate and we designed it we used a designer that had never done a clinic or a medical, anything like, perfect you’re our person. Cause we want to feel like a house, we want to walk in and we have a, a huge island. We have snacks and we have this fridge and we have all these things.
And so we don’t have, dangling spines from the ceiling and all these, kind of things that some chiropractors can get into. So it doesn’t. Clinic doesn’t feel like a clinic. And so I think that’s one of. Biggest advantages is that, especially like you said, some of those sensory kids that the parents are like, I don’t know if they’ll sit still.
I don’t know how this is gonna go. And I say, you know what, a, we’re not gonna force anything. Come in. And if it’s five minutes where they just play a little bit and they wanna leave, great. We’ll get it next time. But it’s very rare for us not to be able to do [00:24:00] what we wanna do and get that exam done, because immediately the parents, which is the kids feel off the parents, right?
The parents feel like, oh, okay, this is good. I’m feeling good about this. And the kids recognize that, and the kids realize that the parents aren’t worked up. I’m nervous, right? They’re relaxed, they’re drinking coffee, they’re hanging. So then it really, it snowballs into a good effect. And they wanna come back.
They can’t wait to get back. And that’s, we love when the only crying that happens is when the kids have to leave the play area and they’re like, we have to go. We have to start supper. We need to leave. And so that’s the only crying really that happens around the well area. What a testament to the environment you’ve created there.
I wonder for families out there who maybe. Go to traditional clinics or pediatricians and things like that. I guess how does working with you at the Weller re fit in? Is it something to do alongside, is it something, can they see you as a primary provider? I guess what would that process look like or decision making process look like for a family?
Yeah, great question. We. [00:25:00] Defacto primary care providers for, for our people. Like for our established people, like they’ll call and say, Hey, little Johnny’s been tugging at his ear. What do you think? You’re like then we get him adjusted.
Obviously let’s get some garlic jobs. Let’s get do this. We say have certain things like that. So in that case, we are kind of a primary care. People use us as that first line of defense, so to speak.
They’re saying well, I got this thing going on. I’m gonna get adjusted a few times. It’s not an emergency. I’m gonna get it adjusted a few times and see if we can get this thing turned around. And if not, then yeah. It’s alongside those pediatricians and the other doctors we wanna, you.
Educate our people and save them from that two oh am their baby’s crying. We think it’s an ear infections or it’s clic or whatever, and going to urgent care. And in this day and age, it’s three to four hours and you get 10 minutes with somebody and you’re gonna get sent home with antibiotics. No. No matter what,
And so we can be that. Okay let’s get ’em in, let’s get ’em adjusted right away in the morning. I remember I gave you those garlic drops. I gave you those things. Do that right. Here’s some other things. And so just [00:26:00] educating parents that, there are other things that we can do and I, that’s who I see chiropractic is that, there are definitely, I would not wanna live in any other country if I had an acute episode.
Unfortunately we had that professional football player uh, collapse. Uh, Recently, and if he wasn’t, on the football field or paramedics and we do C P R and all those things, it’s probably not gonna be a great outcome. But, but we are horrible in the United States, like chronic, health which is underlined by chronic inflammation, and we just, we keep putting band-aids and band-aids and bandaids on things, and we wonder why our kids are the sickest generation they’ve ever been.
Our kids are getting sicker, they’re not getting healthier. All this stuff we. and all the information we have, they’re still getting sicker and sicker and adults are getting sicker. And so we wanna educate our people of, there is another path. There are things we can do and we can always escalate things if we need to, but a lot of times, like you said earlier, man, if we can eat the things we should be eating and if we can hydrate ourselves and we can get sleep, and we can take time for Cynthia and take [00:27:00] time for Chad, wherever that means, right?
Is it reading a book? Is it meditating? Is it yoga? Whatever. I hate the word stress management, whatever you can do to make yourself like more adaptable to stress. And so we educate our people on a lot of those things that you can do. Actually, you are controller your health you are in control, till let’s not wait for a drug or something else to come along to fix those, fix that thing.
You can be proactive and you can take control of you and your family’s health. And that’s why we love family wellness. It’s not, and it’s because we know that the families that stick with. Get weekly adjustments. They don’t get as sick as often. They don’t sick as much or as long, I should say.
And they know that that if we go, we get adjusted. We have tools in our toolbox to do at home that they’re gonna be healthier overall. Sorry, I went on kinda . I can’t, I love it. I eat this stuff up so it. So cool. How with chiropractic care, so like you said, there’s more of the antibiotic bandaid approach versus let’s learn [00:28:00] how to live healthier.
Let’s learn how to keep optimizing. And a word that I have come across recently that I’ve been using instead of stress management is soul tending because Ooh, because. Yeah, I thought you would . Hundred percent. I love it. I’m using that. Do have to, that’s like what you’re, give you credit every time or can I Oh no, cuz then I got it from someone else at a retreat and so it’s all communal.
Good. Good. I love it. She gave me permission to use it. It was great. . Alright, cool. Yeah. So to take that mind, body, soul approach and yes, you’re adjusting the spine but also. All, it’s the integrative approach, right? It’s taking it from all angles, because like you said, you can, if you’re adjusting them, but they’re going out and eating fast food all the time, smoking cigarettes it might not really affect you the way that you want it to. And so being able to empower your patients and your families to. What they need to do to [00:29:00] maintain their health, to improve their health. And I love that it’s family. So it just keeps adding right generationally that they can all get healthier together and learn together.
And it’s just such great modeling for the next generation. And that I think, those of us that know have a responsibility to. To go on podcasts, to hold seminars to educate our people that are in-house, to know that just because your mom or your dad has diabetes or that they have to have their both knees replaced.
That, it’s not written that way. It’s your environment. A lot of it’s your environment. What are we gonna do at that family’s generation to change the next generation? And taking responsibility and living a healthier lifestyle. And being educated and a lot, that’s the biggest thing.
We don’t know what we don’t. So being educated and when you’re going to PR a provider, whoever that is, that you’re getting you said empowered to make, better decisions, for you and your family and healthier decisions. And it’s, everyone’s on that continuum, right?
You have. Someone that wakes up in the morning and does an hour meditation and eats all [00:30:00] organic and does all these things, right? And you have other people that are on that different journey of okay, so water is really important. I should really, man, I should really get 78 hours of sleep. Oh, I should really move my body.
I feel better. So everyone’s on that continuum and our job is to meet them where they’re at. And just move them along. And just drop little seeds and educate them. And not overwhelm them and shame them cuz they’re not doing certain things or they’re doing certain things. It’s empowering them to reach some of those conclusions on their own almost. And to make better decisions for them and their family. And it’s hard to be seeing families here. They’re super busy. They’re overwhelmed with school and after school activities and appointments and all these other things, so it’s not an easy environment right now for families.
And we try to be efficient with our appointments and. Some joy and we kinda say no matter what, whether you get adjusted or not, we want you to come in, spend some time in our space and leave feeling lighter, right? And so that’s our motto is that, the adjustments will take care of themselves, we [00:31:00] wanna provide a place where it’s not like, Ugh, I gotta go to the chiropractor.
It’s okay. We to see, we get to go to the weathering today. All right, cool. The kids are excited, the family’s excited cuz they know the benefits and they know that life is just better when they come in. A home away from home to just hang out and feel better. , feel at ease,
I’m so glad that this exists where exactly is the well re located? Yeah. We’re in Maple Grove. We’re on for 24 and Bass Lake, so it’s like South Maple Grove, north Plymouth. . . Great. So it’s in that Maple Grove area. And what would it look like if someone’s listening and they’re like, oh, like this sounds cool, I wanna check it out.
What would you recommend to get started or get familiar? Yeah. We offer and I know a lot of. Practitioners are doing this, we call free discovery calls, right? So you can hop on a call, 15, 20 minutes with me and if you’re like a little curious, right? I don’t know, I got this thing, or my child’s got this thing, or We’ve been thinking about this, we’ve been seeing it, we’re not sure.
That’s a free, just 15, 20 [00:32:00] minutes like you said earlier. Cynthia, do you think we’d be a good fit? Ask those questions and I’m gonna ask you questions and see if this is the place to be. And if you’re, if you think, yeah, I think this is something we wanna try, then we’d come in for the first thing we scheduled is of a series of two, two appointments.
The first appointment would be to obviously further our knowledge of kind of what’s bringing you in and your goals. And our online intake form is really easy to fill out, but it’s extensive and we ask a lot of questions, especially in that pregnancy and prenatal. Pediatric world, you know how your pregnancy was matters.
If you’re under stress, it matters. You know how that birth was. It matters, so we ask a lot of those questions and dig deep into we tell, we say everyone has a story. We wanna know your story the best we can, and We’ll do that. And then we use our scanning technology. It’s all surface level based.
One is H R V, which is getting more popular and people have maybe heard of. We have a surface E M G, which is just measuring basically how your body is regulating its energy. And so this is one we use a lot with A D H D sensory. What we [00:33:00] talked about earlier is what is that brain being told?
Is that really symmetrical, like energy being brought up to the brain or is it very chaotic, asymmetrical, disorganized, right? So that can give us a nice objective view of what’s going on there. And then the third one will be a thermal exam where we’re just, we don’t have to, the, one of the main jobs of our nervous system is to regulate temperature, and no one knows that better than Minnesotans, right?
Your body’s constantly going hot, cold, hot cold and trying to regulate that. So we use that to our advantage in saying, okay, is there areas where your body’s not maybe regulating temperature, which would then give us an indication of maybe it’s not regulating some other things too.
There’s some stress there, and we’ll do that and it gives me a day or two to go over those scans and what the scans show what you’ve been telling me. And then on the second one, we go over the scans and say, Hey, this is what your body’s telling us. This is what you’re telling us.
This is the game plan. Moving forward. There’s, we’ll recommend a care plan to get you to wherever your goals are. And that’s what we want to do is meet people where they’re at. We if their goals are to get out of pain, then we’ll get ’em out of pain. If their goals is to lower anxiety and, be more adaptable to stress and we’re gonna do that too, it’s [00:34:00] nice especially for parents to see that objective data to say, okay, I’m just not this weirdo that’s touching your babies and saying, yeah, we can help with getting that constipation.
You’re like, what are you talking about? We can say, Here’s where the stress is. You see where this area is. That’s area that’s, regulating their digestive tract and there’s stress there. So if we adjust that and free that up, then we’re gonna have some good results. So it’s really good to having up some of that objective data too.
We lean on that a lot, especially for. Our pediatric population to say, here, mom, dad, caregivers, this is what we’re seeing. We can see it here. This is how we’re gonna enter that nervous system and have a good influence. And then from then it’s just it’s all dependent, right?
Everyone’s a little bit variable on kind of the length of care plan, how many visits they, they need, but. It’s this time of year, I make the analogy, it’s like going back to the gym. It just takes time and frequency. You’re not gonna see your abs after a week, right? You just need to , keep going at it, and you’re gonna see the results.
And we, we measure success in weeks. And so we want you to be better, whatever that is for you next week than you were this week. Because as the body heals, , you know what? There’s gonna be some ups and downs and when we’re dealing with [00:35:00] pediatric population and a lot of sensory and other issues, there are gonna be some times where you’re like, what is going on here?
I’m bringing to Chad. And there seem to be a little bit more behavioral issues. That’s the body detoxing, that’s the body unwinding some of those things. So there’s gonna be some ups and downs, but like I said, we want next week to be better than your current. I would love if before we close our conversation for you to share.
something applicable, that listeners can walk away with. Cuz you can’t manipulate their spine from the podcast unfortunately. But is there a tool something that you feel a lot of your patients really end up appreciating or utilizing that people could apply even today? Wow, that’s a really good question.
Just from my experience, and we talked a little bit about going over in India it sounds weird, a chiropractor’s saying this. We talk a lot about energy. We talk a lot about almost like mindset things and viewing things through a certain lens. And I think [00:36:00] for anyone out there, and this isn’t really chiropractic specific at all, but Is to, I think ask questions and if you’re going to a provider and they’re not educating you and they’re not empowering you, then it’s okay to, go do another provider and to seek that out.
It’s hard to give maybe specific things to do, but I think really that the energy and the mindset of, especially, coming into a new year, we’re all kind of thinking about goals and things like that. But I think to have, just to know that if something doesn’t feel right to trust your gut, and I think, we as parents you’ll have that gut instinct and we all have that within us.
But I think we do so many things to ourselves during the day, whether it’s not eating healthy, not moving our bodies, that we have this brain body dis. And so it’s getting hard and harder for us to listen to that gut because we’re dumping so much stuff on it. There’s becomes this bigger disconnect.
So I think, in the new year get back to moving eating, making some better choices and then you’ll be able to, get in touch with that gut feeling of, okay. , is there something else there? And so I think that’s the biggest thing for me that [00:37:00] I’m working on the new year is just, doing all those little things, correct.
So I can show up for my people the best that I can. And then also, we’re telling a lot of parents take care of themselves cuz so many times the kids come first, the babies come first and Stereotypically, the moms are left behind, right? They’ll, they wanna make sure the baby’s okay.
I think that, just taking time for yourself is huge and getting in, in touch with your inner gut feeling. Hmm, You’re speaking to my heart. Yes. No need to be a martyr, cuz that doesn’t really serve anyone. In the end, make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
Do some body tending in order to do some better soul tending . I love that. Yes, perfect. They’re unseparable, right? They’re inseparable, so you have to do both and come up from both angles. And if one is out of alignment with the other they’re both gonna, they’re both gonna struggle.
And so if you can take care of your body and do some things for your soul and spiritually I think that’s a good combination to have moving in the new year for sure. 100%. Yes. [00:38:00] Thank you so much, Chad, for your time, your energy, and gosh, the work that you’re doing and the space that you’ve created.
It just sounds like such a treat and I need to go visit and get. Some adjustments probably too. It’s been a while but I think post pandemic coming back to some of the practices that got left behind. Yeah, very true. And I think when you see that on the daily, right? We had some in the other day, it’s yeah, I’ve gained 20, 30 pounds.
I’m sick of it, right? I wanna get back to it. And I think Covid disrupted a lot of things in some good ways and some not so good ways. All of a sudden, it’s amazing how a year and two years can go. Really quickly and we create these unhealthy habits.
And yeah, I’m looking forward to people, coming out of that and being in touch with what their body needs and actually acting on it and taking time for yourself. And it takes time, it takes money and takes energy. To work on yourself and to do those things for your family.
So, , I’m excited for families to, to take that free discovery call or send an email, just get that ball rolling so that you [00:39:00] can, do what speaks to you and your family, whatever that might be, and to start acting on some of those things that probably in the back of your head you know you should be doing or think you should be doing .
. Yep. Just get a nice reset and do it in community. You don’t have to do it alone. . So we’ll in the show notes, have the website for the Wallie information about the discovery call as well, and just ways to connect. But thank you again for joining me today and sharing your story, the work that you’re doing.
Very grateful and hope that. Touches our listeners one way or another. Well, Thank you Cynthia, and thank you for all that you do and I’m wanna wish everyone happy and healthy new Year.