Family Wellness Chiropractic


Get to the Root Cause of Common Health Conditions


Restore Your Body's Nervous System


Support Your Body's Ability to Heal Itself

What is Chiropractic Care?

There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that focuses on the causes of physical problems, rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nervous system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function throughout your body.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is family wellness chiropractic for?
  • Newborns
  • Toddlers
  • School-Aged Children
  • Athletes
  • Adults
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
What can chiropractic help?
  • Nursing
  • Latching
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Colic
  • Reflux
  • Teething
  • Bedwetting
  • Behavior Issues
  • Sensory Issues
  • Headaches
  • Cranial Distortion/Plagiocephaly
  • Sports Injuries
  • Ear Infection
  • Allergies
  • Eczema
  • Developmental Delays
  • Torticollis
  • Sleep Issues
  • Growing Pains
  • Neuro-Functional Issues
  • Constipation
  • Colds
  • Gassiness
  • Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Clogged Tear Ducts
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • And More!
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. At First Step Family Wellness, the doctors use low force options for children and pregnant women.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.


What chiropractic techniques do you use?

First Step Family Wellness uses these techniques:

  • Diversified Technique – A spinal adjustment that is very specific to each area of the spine or extremities.
  • Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT) – A spinal adjustment that uses blocks for a low force option.
  • Cranial Work – An adjustment that uses pressure to align the bones of the skull. This works very well for headaches and for infants after birth.
  • Applied kinesiology (AK), also known as muscle strength testing, is a technique of diagnosis and treatment based on the belief that different muscles are linked to particular organs and glands. Certain muscle weakness can signal internal problems such as nerve misfiring, chemical imbalances, or other organ or gland problems. When we correct this muscle weakness, you can help heal a problem in the associated internal organ.
  • Activator – This is an instrument that assists the doctors in aligning the spine with a very low force.
  • Logan Basic Technique – This is a low force pressure given to the sacrotuberous ligament to help balance the sacrum first, then the rest of the spine. This can help with things like colic, scoliosis, menstrual cramps, and an easier pregnancy and birth.
  • Webster Technique – It balances the pelvis to relieve round ligament tension. It is used mostly during pregnancy for an easier pregnancy and delivery.
Is chiropractic care safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the care of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health support is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic care, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

Neck pain and some types of headaches are supported through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical manipulation, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasms, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke or vertebral artery dissection, recent evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care, often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician, but that care is not the cause of the injury. The best evidence indicates that the incidence of arterial injuries associated with high-velocity upper neck manipulation is extremely rare – about 1 case in 5.85 million manipulations.

If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective care, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.

It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common approaches for musculoskeletal pain, prescription, and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), as these approaches may carry risks significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.

Is chiropractic safe for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. It is even safe for infants. The birth process is equivalent to a car accident, whether it is a vaginal birth or C-section. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living, as well as from participating in sports and learning how to walk. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort, headaches, and behavioral challenges. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled approach and in the case of children, very gentle.

I’m a few months pregnant and can no longer lay on my stomach, can I still be adjusted?

Yes. Chiropractic is very beneficial during pregnancy. As your belly grows, pregnancy pillows can be used for the mother to comfortably lay on her stomach. First Step Family wellness also uses chiropractic tables that allow the mother to lay on her stomach.

Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

A referral is usually not needed to see a doctor of chiropractic (DC); however, your health plan may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department or the insurance plan directly to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a DC.

What type of training and education does a chiropractor go through?

Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.

Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation/adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.

In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

How long are the appointments?

The first visit will last no longer than 1 hour. The second visit will be 30 minutes and every visit after that will be 15 minutes.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

Every person is different and in need of care specific for their main complaint. Many people receive care frequently in the case of acute injuries, but then it tapers down when the patient is getting relief. The length of time a patient has had pain makes the recovery time longer. And, if a patient is experiencing pain, the problem has been there for awhile before the body is saying it needs help. Patients usually maintain care every month or quarter once a problem has resolved to keep the problem from coming back and to keep their body functioning at 100%.

What People Are Saying

Dr. Jana is wonderful. Our one month old had torticollis and struggled to turn his head to the left. He was only nursing on one side and needed a helmet to correct a flat spot. After one visit, he was able to turn his head and with consistent care, we were able to avoid needing a helmet.

Katie S.

I started seeing Jeanne back when I was pregnant with my youngest son. I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through that pregnancy without her. I has so much pain daily and after seeing her regularly I ended up having my 3rd trimester be my most comfortable which is insane! Shes very knowledgeable and definitely the only chiropractor I feel comfortable trusting my children with. The staff is fantastic and its a very family like atmosphere. They seem to genuinely want to help their clients and make you feel like you’re part of their little family. Just love them!

Michelle C.

Dr. Michelle is the best! We went to her, to help our son with PANDAS, and she has been AMAZING!!! we are finally getting our sweet boy back! There have been a few adjustments, where he was very aggressive and out of control of himself, she adjusted him, and he was right back to his normal, happy self! We will continue to see her, and will now be bringing our daughter to her!

Katie R.

Meet Our Family Wellness Chiropractors

Dr. Jeanne Sandheinrich, D.C.

Dr. Jeanne Sandheinrich, D.C.

Co-Founder, Chiropractor

Dr. Ryan Sandheinrich, D.C.

Dr. Ryan Sandheinrich, D.C.

Co-Founder, Chiropractor

Dr. Jana Flora, D.C.

Dr. Jana Flora, D.C.


Dr. Michelle Brungart, D.C.

Dr. Michelle Brungart, D.C.


Dr. Micah Sasser, D.C.

Dr. Micah Sasser, D.C.


Family Chiropractors in St. Louis

Affordable Chiropractic Care for the Whole Family

We are committed to offering affordable care to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to prioritize their wellness. For more information on our family chiropractic services and to inquire about pricing, please contact our team.