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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Breathe Chiropractic and Our Care


Chiropractic care is a holistic system of healthcare that resolves many types of pain and helps you become healthier from head to toe. If you’ve been struggling with recurring pain issues that have forced you to undergo the same treatment time and time again, you may be a candidate for a specific kind of therapy called Network Spinal, or NS. Our chiropractor at Breathe Chiropractic is the only chiropractor in the Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale and area who offers this particular form of care — so as you can imagine, we field a lot of questions on the subject.


Below please find a list of frequently asked questions regarding our chiropractic care, Network Spinal (NS) and payment options. If you find you have more questions, call us in Central Phoenix, AZ at 602-254-2454.

Chiropractic Care FAQs

What is chiropractic care and how does it work?

This healthcare discipline brings your brain and body into harmony and good health through optimal spinal alignment. Stress, injury, poor ergonomics and posture habits pull vertebrae out of correct alignment, which can aggravate many systems in the body; when nerves traveling from the spinal cord between the vertebrae are pinched, they cannot properly communicate or direct function in the area of the body they are responsible for. This leads to pain and dysfunction. Our chiropractor coaxes the spine back into alignment with extremely gentle, precise, stress-relieving adjustments.

How does your chiropractor perform spinal adjustments?

Dr. Danielle Stetzel uses a gentle and effective technique called “Network Spinal Analysis.” Through careful spinal analysis and patient history, he identifies triggers and stress points in the spine. By applying gentle pressure to these points, energy and pressure are released. The spine gently reorganizes, accumulated stress dissipates and the patient will feel better. Spinal adjustment provides pain relief, stress relief and improves clarity, stamina, energy and boosts overall wellness.

What conditions do you treat?

Our chiropractor has been able to help people experience relief from back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, headaches and migraines. Dr. Stetzel’s “entrainment” of the spine through gentle pressure on specific points triggers a wave of better breathing, spinal alignment and tension release that reduces the frequency and severity of the symptoms at their root (the spinal and nervous system), rather than covering them with painkillers.

What kind of results can I expect at Breathe Chiropractic?

You can expect to immediately feel more relaxed, loose and flexible in your body. Your breathing will become deeper and easier. You will develop more somatic awareness, which means a greater body intelligence. In most cases, your pain and tension levels will be significantly reduced within a short time.


That is really just the beginning! As your body shifts out of “fight or flight” or chronic stress mode, you’ll begin to experience more clarity, a sense of inner-calm and peace and a straightening of your posture. This is only a little of the life-changing benefits that Breathe Chiropractic has to offer.

What should I expect during an appointment with Dr. Stetzel?

Appointments are very comfortable and relaxing. You will lie down on a specially-designed, padded table, fully clothed, while our chiropractor uses the Network Chiropractic technique to evaluate your spine, muscles, posture and breathing. This gives him the information necessary to know what points to press along the spine. She will also ask you to breathe, adjust your position and otherwise participate in your healing process. You will start to feel more relaxed, comfortable and alert during the process. Also, if there are elements of your lifestyle that are aggravating your spinal stress, she can advise you on ways to reduce these pressures when you are not in our office. Appointments generally last around 15-20 minutes.

Are your chiropractic adjustments painful?

Not at all. Network Spinal Analysis is extremely gentle and freeing. There are no popping or cracking sounds, or post-adjustment sore muscles. This form of chiropractic is known for its ability to reduce both pain and mind/body stress at the same time.

I feel like the stress of working, my family, and trying to stay fit is affecting my whole life right now. How can you help me with all this stress?

The stress over having too much to do and not enough time to do it is epidemic in our culture. Chronically high stress levels trap the body in a “fight or flight” mode, making muscles tighter, rounding shoulders, making breathing difficult, and limiting blood and oxygen to the parts of your brain and body that are responsible for relaxation, rejuvenation, creativity, connection and growth.


We find that a stressful, busy life is typically not the problem. Fully participating in life is the ultimate goal of a wellness lifestyle. The problem lies with the inability to shift gears and unwind from the stress-causing factors that are overwhelming you.


Network Spinal (NS) care will help you release tension from your body and learn how to adapt to and handle the stress that you’re under without taking it home with you. Expect to work with us at least twice a week for about 8 weeks to get things moving along in a positive direction. We’ll help you release tension from your spine and nervous system, teach you helpful exercises and give you plenty of recommendations to decrease your stress levels quickly and naturally.

I work at a desk all day and I have constant pain. Can you help with this?

When it comes to their computer station, most people in have a far from optimal ergonomic setup. In fact, we find that even people with excellent workstations often get neck and back pain from long hours in front of the screen. With our Central Phoenix location, we see a lot of people with technical, computer station jobs.


The problem is that most people in either aren’t aware of, or just ignore their body’s cues and feedback telling them to move, stretch or reposition themselves. They regularly push through to finish a project, even though their bodies are building up considerable tension in the process.


Network Spinal (NS) care will help you get so connected to and in tune with your body’s cues and feedback that you’re able to stay present and attentive to the exact positions you need to be in. Then you will stretch or reposition in the moment instead of later when you already are in pain!


Instead of staying still at your desk and waiting for pain to let you know that you’re not being attentive to your body, with our care, you’ll be able to stay fluid and flexible instead.

I’ve suffered from back pain, neck pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, insomnia, or other pain, sypmtoms, or conditions for years. I’ve tried lots of doctors in Phoenix, but none of the treatments or medications they have prescribed have helped. Can you help me?

Although we don’t claim to diagnose and treat any symptoms directly, we’ve worked with hundreds of patients in Central Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale, AZ with many types of illnesses, or symptomotology ranging from migraines, Parkinson’s Disease, herniated discs, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, attention deficit disorder and depression. In most cases the severity and frequency of the symptoms significantly diminishes, or vanishes altogether when the spine and nervous system is free of interference and able to access its innate healing potential.


Medications only provide temporary relief for symptoms. We seek to understand the factors contributing to the problems and help you make the necessary life changes to keep the symptoms from recurring. Experience has shown us that symptoms, like any other pain signals, are a sign that your body is asking for a change in your behavior, your perceptions or your body structure.


We help you develop the awareness and discover the resources to change the way you’re living. The by-product of that lifestyle could very well be a symptom-free life!

I heard once you start going to a chiropractor you have to go forever. Is that true?

First of all, no one can make you do anything you don’t want to do. We find that at Breathe Chiropractic, our patients often choose to stay under care for many years. The unique results of Network Spinal (NS) will “spoil” people with regards to how great you can feel. In addition, the results of the research showed that there was no ceiling for how people’s health improved over time.


In other words, the longer people were under care the better they felt! That is the feedback we have received from our practice members, in that they only experience more wellness in their lives over time, regardless of the age group. How about that for an American culture buster!

Network Spinal FAQs

What is Network Spinal (NS) care and what makes it unique from other chiropractic methods?

Network Chiropractic (a.k.a. Network Spinal Analysis) was developed in the early 1980’s by Donald Epstein, DC to help patients resolve tension patterns which occur when the spinal cord is over-stretched during physical injury or when the body is under mental or emotional stress.


Like an over-stretched rubber band, the spinal cord stretches and twists under the pressure, changing the nervous system’s ability to respond to physical, emotional, and mental stressors. This tension is transmitted via the connective tissue throughout the entire body, affecting your organs, muscular system, immune system, and motor functions.


Instead of trying to mechanically adjust or align the spine through manipulation of the vertebra like a traditional chiropractor, a Network Chiropractor seeks to understand the physical, emotional and mental factors related to the tension pattern and then find the specific points on the spine that will help the body resolve its tension using just a few ounces of pressure.


No twisting, popping or cracking is necessary!

What is the basic concept behind Network Spinal (NS)?

NS revolves around the idea that the body’s own nervous system is capable of recognizing and dissipating tension within the body so that it can heal itself with optimal efficiency, with the aid of some gentle touches by the chiropractor.

How is Network Spinal (NS) different from other forms of chiropractic care?

Traditional chiropractic care focuses on correcting subluxation (joint misalignment); while NS focuses on relieving the stresses and tensions that so often promote these alignment issues and cause them to recur even after successful spinal adjustments, resulting in back pain, neck pain and other symptoms.

Where did my tension come from?

The body is capable of holding on to tension produced by traumas or emotional stresses long past. The accumulated tension can eventually grow strong enough to cause shifts in the body’s alignment that result in pain, emotional issues and neural dysfunction.

How does Network Spinal (NS) relieve longstanding stresses and tension in the body?

When gentle pressure is applied to key areas of the spine, our chiropractor affects the nervous system so that two different types of healing waves are generated — an initial “respiratory wave” from the sacral spine, and a “somatopsychic” wave directed by the brain through the central nervous system.

What do these healing waves do?

The healing waves act as a self-correcting mechanism for the body, improving the interface between the brain and the nervous system and improving overall systemic function. This improved internal communication allows the body to heal itself by dissipating areas of pent-up tension.

Is there science behind Network Spinal (NS)?

There certainly is. A University of California, Irvine College of Medicine study of 2,818 patients found that 78 percent of them experienced significant improvements in their quality of life in the major categories of stress, emotion, life enjoyment and physical well-being.

What conditions can Network Spinal (NS) help me with?

Network Spinal (NS) can aid greatly in pain relief. Back pain, neck pain and other side effects of subluxation can be relieved without drugs or surgery. It can also make your body more flexible and adaptable to stress, reducing anxiety while boosting your energy and mood.

Payment Options


Breathe Chiropractic believes in the value of chiropractic care for families because it is so important in working toward the goal of achieving total health and wellness for us all. Therefore, we have savings plans or are flexible to allow you to get the chiropractic care you need. Please call us to schedule a complimentary consultation. At this consultation you can bring your insurance card and we will be able to call and find out exactly what is and is not covered. For patients who don’t have chiropractic insurance coverage dont worry! We have savings options. To learn more about our payment options for chiropractic and wellness care, you can call our Phoenix chiropractic office directly at 602-254-2454 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to schedule you for your complimentary consultations where all your questions can be answered.

Payment Options FAQs

Do you accept insurance?

Because there are so many insurance plans out there, and because coverage for chiropractic care varies widely, please call us to schedule a complimentary consultation. At that time our staff will be happy to verify your benefits and explain them to you at no charge before you start a chiropractic care plan.

What if I don't have insurance?

Our goal at Breathe Chiropractic is to allow everyone to experience the benefits of chiropractic care and adjustments. For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, we can work with you to arrange a flexible payment program that fits your budget. If you have no insurance or if your insurance does not have any chiropractic benefits, there are still ways for you to receive the pain relief and chiropractic care that you need. Many patients choose to pay directly for their visits with the chiropractor, especially as they discover that chiropractic care is actually extremely cost-effective and affordable. For these patients, chiropractic care is often cheaper and more effective than alternative pain treatments such as pain medications or invasive surgery.

Do you offer family plans?

Our focus at Breathe Chiropractic is to actively help you and your family in taking responsibility for your total health, wellness, and disease management. Our chiropractor will assist and guide you as you take the time to care for some of the most 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 chiropractic plan that is specific to you and your family.

Do you work with patients on a budget?

At Breathe Chiropractic in Phoenix, we are convinced that chiropractic care will help you stay healthy and pain-free, using only a small amount of your time and money. Our chiropractor Dr. Danielle Stetzel, DC will help you care for your most important asset–your health. We truly believe the prevention is the best cure, and regular chiropractic care will be far less time consuming and expensive than trying to recover from pain or an injury after it’s happened. If you feel you do not have enough time or money to take care of yourself, please contact us at 602-254-2454–we can help!  The last thing we want is for you to come to our chiropractic 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.

What is all this going to cost?

The fees for care at Breathe Chiropractic are very affordable, especially when you consider the cost that doing nothing about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing could have on your life and health!


We have plans available to make the intensive care you need at the beginning affordable, so that you can receive all the care that you need to regain the health that you desire. When health goals are reached, we also offer wellness plans so that you can ensure that you keep the great results that you worked for, and to keep your health and wellness moving in a positive direction.


We also accept many types of insurance for the initial stages of care, including Medicare, and we’ll handle everything for you. Just present your insurance card at the time of your first visit.

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