Your First Visit
Any new experience, especially when it comes to your health, can be unnerving. We understand this and we will make every effort to make your first experience very comfortable. Our friendly staff and doctors will answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.
We recommend for your first appointment, you arrive fifteen minutes early to complete the required paperwork. Also feel free to download them below to speed up the process.
The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. What are your sensitive or painful areas? When did the pain start? What caused the pain? We will also ask about your family history, your job, dietary habits, other care you may have had, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the condition.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your doctor’s clinical judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your condition.
After reviewing the health history, the doctor will discuss the findings with you and determine how your condition could best be treated. If the doctor feels chiropractic will help you, then (and only then) will he recommend a treatment plan – or if conditions allow, discuss a choice of treatment options available.
Treatments will be tailored to your specific needs—addressing your specific health problems and personal concerns. Aside from adjustments, other therapeutic methods, massage techniques, or home care remedies may be recommended.
Rarely, will our doctors recommend an adjustment on your first visit.
An “adjustment,” as doctors of chiropractic use the term, means the specific manipulation of vertebrae, which have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. Doctors of chiropractic spend years learning motion palpation (the art of examining by movement or touch) and other forms of spinal examining procedures, so that they can administer specific and appropriate spinal adjustments. Once the doctor has identified the problem, he/she will begin care by way of these adjustments or “manipulations.” Particular attention will be paid to that area of your spine where a spinal derangement or “subluxation” has been detected. The adjustment is usually given by hand or “activator” type instruments, and consists of applying pressure to the areas of the spine that are out of alignment or that do not move properly within their normal range of motion.
Our doctors use many sophisticated and varied techniques, and the specific procedure to be used will be determined and explained completely to you following a careful evaluation of your radiographs and physical findings. Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment that lasts only seconds. Adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of 1 million to 1.