What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural approach to healing using non-invasive, non-surgical methods to treat the whole person. One major focus within the chiropractic profession is on what is called a subluxation or spinal misalignment. When subluxation occurs it causes dysfunction in the joints involved, the tissues that surround them as well as the nerves as they exit the spine. When there is irritation or interference to the nerves, the organs and tissues they supply can’t function optimally. Chronic misalignment leads to degeneration of the spine, which can often lead to pain or disease in the body.

Symptoms and Applications

Symptoms of a stressed spine and nervous system are many, but may include headaches, fatigue, back pain, decreased range of motion, muscle tension, numbness and tingling in arms and legs, or any feeling of dis-ease in the body. Subluxation can be present without noticeable symptoms. The worst symptom is no symptom at all!

Applications where chiropractic care can benefit include health restoration, sports injuries or other physical traumas, childhood injuries, pre & post natal care, pediatric and geriatric care, and wellness maintenance.

Our Doctors – Experts in Wellness

Our team of doctors, with 70 years of combined experience in the latest techniques and breakthroughs in chiropractic, are experts in the field of wellness. Our doctors have advanced training within the chiropractic profession in orthopedics, pediatrics, neurology, and internal medicine, designating us as one of the most highly trained collective team of doctors in the country. They hold reputations of providing exceptional treatment in a warm, nurturing environment. Our doctors work with clients, as their personal case manager, to integrate care within the Center utilizing a whole body approach to healing.

Personal Assessment

As part of a comprehensive wellness assessment, clients receive initial and routine follow-up object and subjective evaluations including a nervous system scan, BIA, orthopedic tests, metabolic assessment and x-rays.

BIA (Bio Impendence Analysis) is a method of assessing your “body composition” (the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass). The BIA also measures cell health, from cell membrane health to longevity of the cells, hydration levels and much more. This gives your practitioner a great in-expensive accurate way to monitor your progress with certain lifestyle changes.

Nervous System Scan, or spinal scan, measures muscle tension around the spine using surface EMG. Measuring muscle tension indirectly tells us how well the nerves coming from the spine are communicating with the body. This is an important screening because the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body. The scan is performed using electrodes on the surface of the neck. The scan is only a measurement of electrical current output, no sensation will be felt and nothing will be absorbed in the skin.

Treatment Techniques

Spinal Manipulation or Adjustment

Spinal Manipulation or Adjustment uses precise impulses in specific direction to restore normal motion and position of individual vertebrae. This is the primary method of treatment administered to maintain a healthy balance between the spine and nervous system, relieving many types of pains. This is the technique when a “pop” is usually heard.

The Activator Method

The Activator Method is a low-force adjusting protocol that uses a small, specially-designed instrument to deliver a light and measured force to gently correct misalignments of the spine and extremity joints.

Applied Kinesiology (AK)

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is the relationship between muscles and the function of corresponding organs. AK is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and psychological aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis. Because AK is an aid to diagnosis, muscle testing is used to assess imbalance to help determine dysfunction.

Cox Flexion-Distraction

Cox Flexion-Distraction is a popular chiropractic technique which uses a gentle, non-force stretching movement to aid in relieving nerve pressure in the lower and middle back and neck.

The Diversified Technique

The Diversified Technique is commonly used to restore normal biomechanical function, and correction of subluxation. In addition, Diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports and other injuries. Each Diversified adjustment uses a specific line of drive for all manual thrusts, allowing for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine.

The Pro-Adjuster

The Pro-Adjuster is the application of low force to the spine using state-of-the-art technical instrument used for spinal analysis and adjustment that accurately measures subluxation of vertebrae. The Pro-Adjuster utilizes a precise oscillating vibration to lightly realign the misaligned segment of the spine. The amount of pressure can be precisely controlled and adjusted for the client’s comfort. The Pro-Adjuster will register when the misalignment is corrected and automatically stops the treatment. This technique is often used when clients prefer low-force and no sound during their adjustments.

SOT (Sacral Occipital Technique)

SOT (Sacral Occipital Technique) is neurologically based, requiring advanced knowledge of how the body responds to correction and in what order it prefers to address stress. It is a method of chiropractic evaluation and care that identifies distortion patterns in the nervous, pelvic and spinal systems. The relationship between the spinal, cranial and related organ systems is analyzed and efficient cerebrospinal fluid flow is emphasized in this technique.

Thompson Drop Technique

Thompson Drop Technique uses an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the client’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted. Thrusts are delivered at high speeds using minimal force because while the thrust initiates the movement, it is the speed of the drop that carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion allowing for the adjustment.

Methods of Care

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) works with the natural and unique rhythms in the craniosacral system – the bones of the cranium (skull) and the pelvis and the physical environment in which the brain and spinal cord develop and function. CST uses light pressure on the cranial bones to locate and release any restrictions preventing the bones from pumping oxygen and nutrient rich fluid to the brain and spinal cord. This hands-on method evaluates the function of the central nervous system and corrects underlying sources of imbalance or dysfunction. By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical concerns including, but not limited to colic, ear infections, learning disabilities, motor-coordination impairments, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional difficulties, and stress and tension-related problems.

Foot Orthotics

Foot Orthotics can be a beneficial therapy for foot pain, back pain, headaches, jaw problems and many more when utilized correctly. Orthotics provides a stable base for the body to sustain balance. The state of our foot biomechanics is reflected up the kinetic chain of the body. The combination of all the foot actions requires a highly engineered foot that is both flexible and rigid depending on the phase of the gait cycle the foot is in. Essentially all of our man made surfaces can lead to weakening foot function from repetitive stress of contacting flat, inflexible man made surfaces. Orthotic therapy and Pedorthics are the use of custom orthotics and custom orthopedic shoe modifications to correct biomechanical aberrations in the lower extremity translating to the entire system. We utilize what we feel are the most biomechanical and scientifically advanced orthotics inserts on the market as they are truly custom casted, custom fabricated to the clients’ foot casts, and custom modified by the lab and on site at our Center.

Laser therapy

Laser therapy emits photons (light) in very specific regions of the electromagnetic spectrum to penetrate the skin and absorb radiant energy. This radiant energy is converted into biological energy and induces processes that promote healing. Immune cells are stimulated to help to break up scar tissue from past trauma or repetitive strain type injuries, allowing the flow of blood and oxygen to increase the speed of healing and restore function to the affected area. Laser therapy is helpful for any inflammatory condition, drastically reducing pain and allowing individuals to get back to normal activities faster than conventional treatments.

Meridian Therapy

Meridian Therapy uses small, thin, stainless steel needles inserted into the skin to stimulate energy, healing, and balance.

Microcurrent Therapy

Microcurrent Therapy uses a small amount of electrical current to speed the healing process, help relieve pain, and reduce swelling and inflammation.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (or Unwinding) is the term used for releasing tension in the body’s fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds every organ, muscle, nerve, artery, vein and tissue and is strong enough to hold the body upright even without bony structure. Releases of the connective tissue occur by following or “unwinding” the inherent, non-muscular movement in the body. It can be applied to whole limbs, surface areas, and even structures as small as a tooth! Restrictions in the body can result from birth trauma, injury, emotional upset, and diet. Myofascial release restores balance to the nervous system as well as other systems in the body because of the connection by fascia, addressing attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, pain, movement restrictions, visual limitations, emotional blocks and other medical conditions. Unwinding is often used in conjunction with craniosacral therapy since the fascia and the membranes of the craniosacral system are continuous with each other.


Radiology is used to evaluate and diagnose the health of spinal segments and surrounding tissue of the spine. When necessary, spinal x-rays are taken during exam, re-exam and when significant injury has occurred. A picture of spinal structure and any damage offers an indispensable assessment, in addition to orthopedic exams, for determining appropriate care and treatment plan.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical and drug-free answer approved by the FDA for disc related syndromes of the low back and neck. Decompression offers relief and healing associated with herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, degenerative joint disease, pinched nerves, and other spinal afflictions by enlarging the space between discs. Spinal disc decompression uses computer-aided technology to apply slow and controlled decompression to the spine, increasing circulation into the spinal discs and joints, thus helping to relieve the symptoms that cause pain and dysfunction.

Summary of Fees

Service Cost
Initial Consultation and Exam $50 – 160
X-rays $60 – 130
Spinal and Extremity Adjustments $45 – 70
Craniosacral Therapy / Myofascial Unwinding $40
Spinal Decompression $40
Laser Therapy $15

*Some fees may be covered by insurance.

  • Dr. Michelle Robin
    Dr. Michelle Robin D.C. , FASA, CCSP, CCWP, Founder and CWO

    email: mrobin@yourwellnessconnection.com
    hours: Mon. thru Sat. Hours Vary

    Dr. Michelle Robin, who has been around wellness for nearly three decades, is an international speaker, best-selling author and practicing chiropractor. She is the founder of Your Wellness Connection, P.A., one of the nation’s most successful integrative healing centers focusing on disciplines such as chiropractic, Chinese medicine, massage therapy, energy medicine, counseling, nutritional and wellness coaching, and movement arts. She is the author of The E Factor: Engage, Energize, Enrich – 3 Steps to Vibrant Health®, Wellness on a Shoestring: Seven Habits for a Healthy Life®, as well as its companion curriculum, The Wellness on a Shoestring Program, and co-author of Succeeding In Spite of Everything.

    Dr. Robin also consults with businesses, non-profits, and faith-based communities in developing wellness programs. She has spoken on improving individual well-being as well as developing a culture of wellness, to a wide variety of groups and organizations such as: Young Presidents Organization (YPO), AMC Theaters, Working Mother Magazine’s Work Life Congress, Speaking of Women’s Health Conference, Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Unity Church (throughout the U.S.), Go Red for Women, and many others.

    Dr. Robin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Washburn University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College. She has received post-graduate education from a number of institutions, including Parker College of Chiropractic, Logan College of Chiropractic, Cleveland Chiropractic College and Northwestern Health Sciences University.

    The Masters Circle nationally recognized Dr. Robin as 2007 Chiropractor of the Year. Other awards include designation as one of the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” (2003); designation by the Kansas City Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 25 under 25 Small Business” (2002); and the House of Menuha Community Service Award (2005). Most recently Dr. Robin received the Speaking of Women’s Health “Glow” award (2010) and the eWomen Network Femtor “Made it to a Million” Award (2011). She is a regular contributing writer to various community publications.

    As an active member of the community, Dr. Robin has held a variety of non-profit board positions including: HEMP, KC Free Health Clinic, SAFEHOME, Menorah Legacy Foundation, Turning Point, as well as served on committees for WIN For KC, Speaking of Women’s Health, HEMP, House of Menuha, and Go Red for Women.

    Dr. Robin has been a key member to many wellness and business focused organizations in Kansas City, as well as received many honors and awards for her efforts in business and the community.

    Dr. Michelle Robin is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, including Blue Care HMO, Preferred Care PPO, Preferred Care Blue PPO, PHP (Preferred Health Professionals), Freedom Network, Freedom Network Select and is non-participating with Medicare. We are happy to accept all Flexible Spending and Health Savings accounts. If you have an insurance that is not listed here, you may be eligible for out-of-network benefits. We can provide you with a superbill if you would like to self-submit the claim to your insurance company for reimbursement of any out-of-network benefits you may have. Call your insurance provider for your specific coverage and plan benefits.

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  • Dr. Sean Cailteux
    Dr. Sean Cailteux D.C.

    Specializing in low back conditions and the care of extremities using Cox Flexion Distraction, Diversified, Activator, Spinal Decompression, Kinesiotaping and Cold Laser Therapy

    email: dr.sean.exodus@gmail.com
    hours: M/W 9-6; Th 12-6; F 8-1; Sat 8-1 by appointment

    Dr. Sean Cailteux received an undergraduate education from Washburn University in Exercise Physiology and Pre-Med. Graduating with Honors, Dr. Cailteux continued on to Parker University for a Doctorate of Chiropractic, Bachelor of Science in Human Anatomy and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness. Dr. Cailteux finished his time at Parker University Cum Laude and was awarded The Robert J. Czopoth Service and Leadership Award as well as Best Technique Award, awarded to 1 member of every graduating class.

    Dr. Cailteux is a certified provider of the Cox Technique which is a form of spinal flexion-distraction. He also acquired extra education in Chiropractic techniques for treatment of the extremities.

    Dr. Cailteux grew up in St. Mary’s, Kansas and has now found a home with the YWC family in Kansas City, MO.

    Dr. Sean Cailteux is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, including Blue Care HMO, Preferred Care PPO, Preferred Care Blue PPO, PHP (Preferred Health Professionals), Freedom Network, Freedom Network Select and is non-participating with Medicare. We are happy to accept all Flexible Spending and Health Savings accounts. If you have an insurance that is not listed here, you may be eligible for out-of-network benefits. We can provide you with a superbill if you would like to self-submit the claim to your insurance company for reimbursement of any out-of-network benefits you may have. Call your insurance provider for your specific coverage and plan benefits.

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  • Dr. Shannon Pishny
    Dr. Shannon Pishny D.C., DACCP

    Healthy Life Chiropractic – Specializing in Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cox Flexion Distraction, Impulse Adjusting Instrument, Logan Basic and Webster certified.

    phone: To schedule an appointment, call YWC at 913.962.7408
    email: drpishny@healthylifekc.com
    website: www.healthylifekc.com
    hours: Monday 1-6, Tuesday 9-1, Wednesday 1-6, Friday 9-5 and Saturday 8:30-1.

    Dr. Shannon Pishny graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic in 2005. She is certified in Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic and has undergone training in Craniosacral Therapy with Dr. Carol Phillips of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. In addition, she has received specialty training in : Diversified, Cox Flexiion Distraction, Pro-Adjuster, Logan Basic and Pediatric Chiropractic.

    Dr. Pishny’s philosophy is centered on the wellbeing of the family. To do this, Dr. Pishny informs clients on the options of childbirth and is dedicated to spreading awareness on how to raise healthy children. She chose Chiropractic because of the awesome power the human body possesses to heal itself. Her intention is to help people achieve their optimal health while living life to the fullest potential. Dr. Pishny also has three children of her own and loves to help encourage them to a life of heath and wellness.

    Dr. Shannon Pishny is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, including Blue Care HMO, Preferred Care PPO, Preferred Care Blue PPO, PHP (Preferred Health Professionals), Freedom Network, Freedom Network Select, United Healthcare, UMR and is non-participating with Medicare. We are happy to accept all Flexible Spending and Health Savings accounts. If you have an insurance that is not listed here, you may be eligible for out-of-network benefits. We can provide you with a superbill if you would like to self-submit the claim to your insurance company for reimbursement of any out-of-network benefits you may have. Call your insurance provider for your specific coverage and plan benefits.

    For your convenience, Dr. Shannon Pishny’s intake forms are available online to print. Please fill out all forms legibly in ink. Completed forms may be faxed or scanned and emailed to us prior to your first appointment, or you may bring them with you to your appointment. Our fax number is 913-962-7416. We request new clients arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time.

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