What Can I Expect?
By consulting our office, you're taking an exciting first step toward better health.
Chiropractic care is different. It is this difference that offers new ways to get well and stay well. We've helped a wide variety of people. So the first thing we offer is hope. You'll receive plenty of that here! We've prepared this information so you'll know what to expect on your first visits to our office.
Chiropractic: Better Health Without Drugs or Surgery
You'll meet the doctor after filling out some brief paperwork describing you, your health history and your health goals. We offer this initial consultation so we can both get to know one another.
If you're a good candidate for chiropractic care and we think we can help, an examination follows. We'll study the way you turn and bend. We may test your reflexes. These and other physical, orthopedic and chiropractic tests help us locate areas of your spine that could be the cause of your problem. Our examination is thorough and will put you at ease.
We'll study the results and give you a complete report of our findings. We'll show you what we found and the conclusions we've reached. If we find that you'd benefit from consulting a different practitioner, we'll make the proper referral. Otherwise, we'll recommend a program of specific chiropractic adjustments.
With a plan in place to fulfill your health goals, future visits will take just minutes. The purpose of these frequent visits will be to locate and reduce your vertebral subluxations and monitor the healing process.
You join millions who have enjoyed better health - without drugs or surgery.
Welcome to our office!
The Chiropractic Examination
You've decided to visit a chiropractor. Well, you're in good company. Millions of people receive chiropractic care each year -- movie stars, athletes, office workers, homemakers, children, laborers, students, retirees and more!
Although the experience will be slightly different for everyone (no two people, or two chiropractors are exactly alike), most first visits are similar. They consist of a consultation and a complete spinal examination. Most doctors will also provide some patient education for those who are new to chiropractic.
The Physical Examination
First, you will be asked to fill out a form or two, listing personal information and your health history. Then, the doctor will have a consultation with you, and give you a chiropractic examination.
The most common form of examination is called palpation. The doctor carefully feels, or "palpates" the entire spinal region. He or she may also use other methods such as X-ray, posture analysis or instrumentation to verify the findings. All of the examination techniques used by chiropractors are safe, painless and non-invasive.
Report of Findings
After the doctor has had a chance to examine you and review the results of any tests, you will receive a report of the doctor's findings.
During this report, the doctor will tell you whether any subluxations were detected and how severe they are. You may receive a "listing," of subluxations, pinpointing exactly which vertebrae are out of alignment.
You and the doctor will discuss the health of your spine, and the doctor will outline the program of care you will need to correct the subluxations.
Don't forget: Chiropractors do not diagnose medical diseases or treat symptoms. Their job is to locate the cause of physical dis-ease -- the subluxation -- and correct it.
At first, you and your doctor will be concerned about correcting any severe subluxations, so frequent adjustments may be recommended.
Later, the frequency of adjustments will decrease and you will be placed on maintenance care. At that point, your chiropractor will perform periodic spinal checks to make sure your spine stays subluxation-free.
Patient Education Programs
Unlike many other doctors, chiropractors don't work on their patients, they work with their patients. Health care and maintenance becomes a joint project with both the doctor and the patient working for the same goal of correcting subluxations.
That's why most doctors of chiropractic offer some kind of information or education program for new patients. This might consist of reading material, videotapes, a workshop or orientation presentation, or health talk.
If your doctor offers a patient education program, take part in it. Read the material you receive, watch the tapes, attend the presentations. If you know and understand chiropractic, you'll be better able to play a greater role in your own health care.
ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
Will I Have To Have X-rays?
X-rays and other types of images can be helpful. Pictures of your spine, especially after trauma, can confirm our other findings and make your care more precise. We can tell if we need them after completing our other examinations.
How Long Until I Feel Better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process. How long have you had your problem? Are you keeping your appointments? Are you getting the proper rest, exercise and nutrition? Do you smoke? Are you in otherwise good condition? Within a short period of time, most patients sense enough progress to fully carry out their doctor's recommendations.
When Will I Get My First Adjustment?
It depends upon your complaint and how long it may take to study your examination findings. This is a clinical decision and varies from patient to patient.
Will I Receive Any Medication For My Pain?
No. Chiropractic doctors don't dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, we can show you how to use ice to control painful symptoms. When properly applied, ice can have an analgesic effect without the side effects of pain medications.
Safe and Natural
Chiropractic is a team approach to better health. As you enjoy results, tell those you love. Explain how millions enjoy relief and better health by restoring the integrity of their spine and nervous system with safe and natural chiropractic care.