WHAT TO EXPECT
Laying the foundation for total health
The first visit in our office is customized for each individual patient that walks through the doors. Upon entering our office, we will request that you complete our patient forms. If you would like to save time during this visit, you can print off the forms, fill them out completely, and bring them with you to your appointment. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. Next, you will have a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, health goals, potential treatment options and answer any questions you may have. After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination that may consist of a variety of tests in order to find the true cause of your complaints. This may include postural analysis, spinal motion, muscle testing, orthopedic tests, neurological tests, reflexes, palpation, and leg length checks. Depending on your specific condition and if the doctor feels it is necessary, x-rays will be taken in order to see the underlying structure of your area of complaint. After reviewing your health history and examining your spine and x-rays, the doctor will discuss recommendations and if necessary, perform the first chiropractic treatment.
In some ways, one could say that chiropractic care is a bit like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, then that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief Care/Initial Intensive Care
If an ache, pain, or other obvious symptom has prompted you to begin chiropractic care, the first thing you want is to feel better. Office visits will be frequent and your adjustments may be combined with other procedures to help offer the quickest relief. Depending on your age, condition, and lifestyle, repeated visits over weeks or months may be needed to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
Muscle and other soft tissue damage often remain after your original symptoms have improved. Corrective care stabilizes your spine and promotes more complete healing. Visit frequency is reduced and you may be encouraged to supplement your care with exercises and other self-care procedures. With your ache and pain gone, more complete healing can occur. Stopping care now may risk a relapse.
Phase 3: Maintanence Care/Wellness Care
When maximum improvement is reached, periodic chiropractic "checkups" are recommended. These wellness visits can detect and help correct new problems before they become serious. Health-conscious adults choose this type of care for themselves and their children. Like other preventative measures, elective or wellness care can save time and money by helping you stay well.