Who is C. Bret Sullivan D.C., F.A.C.O.?

What Is Chiropractic?

  • Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, prevention of mechanical disorders of the spine, and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. 

  • Chiropractic is a form of health care that is drugless, non-invasive, and actively promotes health.

  • Chiropractic care is holistic, meaning that the entire body and person’s lifestyle are examined and treated.  When Dr. Sullivan works with a patient, the cause of the patient’s physical problem is addressed and lifestyle factors that may affect the problem (such as a diet, posture, exercise, and others) is modified to speed recovery and prevent recurrence.

  • Chiropractic care uses natural health methods such as exercise, nutrition and diet, and lifestyle modification to promote wellness.

  • Chiropractic has been shown in research studies to make significant improvements of even chronic symptoms including back-related leg pain.

What are Common Symptoms Treated with Chiropractic?

  • The most common symptoms that are treated by chiropractic care are back, neck, leg, ankle, shoulder, wrist, and sacroiliac joint pain.
  • Dr. Sullivan also treats headaches, whiplash, ear pain, scoliosis, and herniated disks. 

What Education Is Required to Practice Chiropractic?

  • Chiropractic education's foundation in the basic life sciences includes coursework in anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physical and laboratory diagnostics, radiology, physiology, pathology, nutrition, and public health.
  • In addition, chiropractic education involves a detailed study of clinical sciences as well as clinical experience.  
  • Chiropractic education is similar to medical and osteopathic education except that these practitioners emphasize surgery and pharmacology while Doctors of Chiropractic focus on the diagnosis of musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders and treatment through clinically and scientifically established conservative procedures.
  • This education means that Dr. Sullivan has the expertise to diagnose, treat, and/or manage many different health problems.

What Do D.C. and F.A.C.O. Mean?

  • D.C. stands for "Doctor of Chiropractic". This means that Dr. Sullivan practices a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
  • F.A.C.O. stands for "Fellow of the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists". This title is given to Doctors of Chiropractic who have completed extensive post-doctoral or graduate level education in non-surgical orthopedics, and have passed a specialty board certification examination to become board certified chiropractic orthopedists.

What Is an Adjustment?

  • Chiropractic care is known (but not exclusively) for its use of the adjustment, sometimes called manipulation.  An adjustment is a precise procedure in which Dr. Sullivan exerts corrective pressure at specific places on your spine or other joints. 
  • When a thorough examination reveals joints that are not in proper function, adjustments are applied to correct joint alignment/mobility, relieve associated muscle and nerve tension, improve balance and assist healing.  In most cases, adjustments are performed manually by Dr. Sullivan.

What Can You Expect from Treatment?

  • You will be asked to complete a comprehensive health history, including past health problems, diet, exercise, occupation, and other information of importance.
  • Examination may include palpation (examination by touch), x-rays, range of motion, strength, neurological, orthopedic, blood and/or urine tests.
  • Besides the adjustment, Dr. Sullivan may use physiotherapies such as electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, moist heat, ice, massage, or others.  He will also take the time to counsel you about the prevention of disease and the methods for living a healthy lifestyle. 
  • You may not receive an adjustment at every appointment. The treatment you receive will be designed specifically for you based on your symptoms and examination findings.

How Is Your Progress Monitored?

  • Your progress under chiropractic care will be carefully monitored.
  • The subjective improvement as well as the objective findings will be noted, and your treatment plan will be modified to meet your changing condition. 
  • Communication between Dr. Sullivan and other health care providers will be encouraged for your benefit.  If Dr. Sullivan is unable to treat you, he will refer you to the appropriate specialist.

What Insurances Does Sullivan Chiropractic Accept?

  • We accept most insurances including, but not limited to, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser, Chirometrics, Medicare, Humana, TriWest, and Workers' Compensation. If you do not have chiropractic insurance, our prices are $111 for the initial visit and $46 for every visit after. We do not accept MediCal or Covered California, because they do not cover any chiropractic treatment.