What to expect during first visit
Although each doctor’ s process will vary, generally you can expect to complete a full medical history questionnaire and “new patient” paperwork.
Please download our new patient forms, print, and fill them out previous to coming into the office. This will save you a lot of time and make a first day appointment a lot faster
You will then consult with the doctor. This consultation is your opportunity to express your health concerns and expectations, and to ask any questions you may have pertaining to the matter. It is also for the Chiropractor to express his role in your health care and discuss your health prognosis.
A physical exam will be performed which may include orthopedic testing, reflex assessments, muscle testing, and a specific Chiropractic evaluation. In some cases x-rays may be necessary to determine an exact diagnosis. X-rays can usually be done at the doctor’s office.
Your Chiropractor will go over the results of the exam and x-rays with you. Then, depending on your situation, the doctor may give you an adjustment and/or begin physical therapy, if needed. Depending on your condition, your Chiropractor may schedule a series of visits for care.
Laying the foundation chiropractic
Chiropractic care is like building a house – certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. 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
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for about one month.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to estimate the amount of rehab that may be needed, it really depends on your overall health and the severity of your problem. Most corrective care is completed within a few months.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, many folks choose to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1 time per month or less, based on your lifestyle and goals. People choose to do this because they feel great and understand how chiropractic improves health and performance.
Remember, you are in control of your healthcare and we will always collaborate as a team to see what your goals are and will work to overcome any obstacles for you to regain your health and get you on your way to feeling great once again.