We realize that some people can be a little apprehensive when visiting a new doctor. Our commitment to providing the best health care starts with making you feel welcome and at home in our office. 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, coloring books and a treasure chest so that kids 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.
Once you've completed your paperwork and have received an office tour, you will sit down for a thourough 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. There are a couple of things that you should expect during your first visit at our office:
This cutting edge, NASA endorsed computerized assessment will measure the two main parts of your nervous system’s performance. It is completely non-invasive and will provide us with a wealth of information on how to improve your body’s function. It is also 100% safe during pregnancy. Since we do not take spinal x-rays on expecting mothers, this great tool will still give us an "insight" into how your body is functioning.
The first part of this examination will involve reading the heat differences from one level of the spine to another, as well as one side of the spine to the other. Heat is a byproduct of circulation, which is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Autonomic nerves control the blood vessels, but they also control organs and glands. From this, we can see how subluxation may be affecting these functions of your nervous system.
The second component is sEMG (surface electromyography) that measures surface electrical impulses along the spine. This helps measure the effect of subluxation on the motor nerve system and the effect subluxations may be having on your muscles. Don’t worry if it sounds confusing now. We’ll help you understand what it all means and the importance to your health!
Everyone's health situation is different. X-rays may be taken during your first visit depending on your age, presenting condtion and the information gathered from the neurological assessment. However, reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy, most children and recent, usable spinal x-rays.. Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations. X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, and the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been involved in your spine.
We do not typically order X-rays or MRI unless there are certain findings during your examination that would warrant further study. If you happen to have any of these tests from previous providers, please feel free to bring them with you and we will review them.
This part of the exam utilizes a few different components in our check system, including palpation. Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam, we can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxation problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you at your Doctor's Report. However, it is important to note that this examination helps 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.
With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care.
During your first visit, you will be scheduled for your next appointment: the Doctors Report of Findings. This second visit is your most important visit in our office, and may take 60-90 minutes. It is at your Doctors Report that we will go over your x-rays in detail (if taken), give you our 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 attend as well! We have set aside specific times for these visits. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you during your first visit.