We realize that some people can be a little apprehensive when visiting a new doctor. You’ll find our office to be different from others. Upon entering, you can expect to be greeted with smiles from our loving staff. Our open concept layout promotes the feeling of community and being family oriented. We have made it comfortable for parents with babies by creating a quiet place for feeding and changing, We also provide toys and a treasure chest so that children of all ages can enjoy our kid-friendly environment. Here is what to expect on your first visit:
After you've completed the New Practice Member Application, we’ll have an excellent understanding of your past and current health situation. The form may seem lengthy, but please fill it out completely, as every question has been asked with purpose. The information you provide is crucial for determining the best course of care for you.
Our commitment to providing the best care starts with making you feel welcome in our office. A team member will guide you so that you know where everything is and feel at home.
Once you've completed your paperwork and have received an office tour, you will sit down for a thorough consultation to discuss your health history and concerns. Our goal during the first visit is to gather enough information about you, so we can determine how we can best serve you.
Our chiropractic procedures are focused on the detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation" (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are specifically selected for your individual spine and nervous system health. We use three technologies in our office to get an exact assessment of your spine and nervous system:
1. Thermal Reading - Heat is a byproduct of circulation, which is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Autonomic nerves control blood vessels, but they also control organs and glands. This technology measures the heat differences from one level of the spine to another, as well as one side of the spine to the other. From this, we can see how subluxation may be affecting these functions of your nervous system. This non-invasive assessment is also 100% safe for kids and expecting mothers.
2. Surface Electromyography (sEMG) - This technology measures the motor nerve system and the effect subluxation has on your muscles. Two sensors will measure the surface electrical impulses along both sides of the spine. To summarize, it will let us know if your muscles are overworking or under active as a result of subluxation.
3. Spinal X-Rays - Everyone's health situation is different. X-rays may be taken during your first visit depending on age, presenting condition(s), and the results of the neurological assessment. Reasons we may choose not to take x-rays include pregnancy or young children. If you have outside imaging or x-rays from another provider, please bring it to your first visit so that the doctors' can review it. X-rays are a common part of the examination process and give us important information such as the specific misalignments of the spinal bones, detection of abnormal curvatures, determine if degeneration is present, or if you have any anatomical anomalies. X-rays give us an exact assessment of the spinal structure and is important when determining the right course of care for you!
It is important to note that this examination process helps us to scientifically understand the subluxation processes going on in your spine. It also gives us a baseline for future exams so we can accurately measure your progress to see how your spine is correcting and your nervous system is functioning. Using these examination procedures is much more accurate than just measuring "how you feel" on any given day.
During your first visit, we will help you schedule your next appointment: the Doctors' Report of Findings. This second visit is your most important visit in our office, and may take 60 to 90 minutes. It is at your Doctors' Report that we will review your x-rays in detail (if taken), present the doctors' recommendations for chiropractic care in this office and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. You will also receive your first specific chiropractic adjustment!
It is crucial to bring your spouse or significant other to your Doctors' Report, so they can understand how to best support you with your care as well as answer any questions that may come up. We also find that most spouses make health and financial choices together, so it is to your benefit to have them attend. Of course, any other family members or friends you wish to share chiropractic with are welcome to join you!