The initial visit usually takes approximately 40-60 minutes and is composed of the following components:
REGISTRATION: You will be asked to fill out the necessary forms before the meeting with the doctor. Our forms are available online or can also be obtained from our office.
HISTORY: Once you have completed the registration process, you will meet with the doctor to discuss your health concerns and past history.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: A physical exam will be completed, which will include neurological, orthopedic and postural examinations, as well as muscle and joint functional exams to develop a clinical diagnosis.
TREATMENT PLANNING: The details of your diagnosis will be presented and discussed.
TREATMENT: Treatments in our office may include stretches, exercises, therapy modalities (hot or cold packs), soft tissue relaxation techniques and spinal manipulation/adjustments. You will also be sent home with exercises and stretches to help facilitate your recovery and reduce your dependence on our care.
THE ADJUSTMENT: The doctor will use his hands to contact the area of your body to be treated in order to mobilize your joints. Frequently, a short impulse is applied to the joint which may cause an audible "pop" or "click," similar to when you crack your knuckles. You may sense movement of the joint. The goal of the adjustment includes the following:
Increase joint mobility |Relieve pain | Reduce muscle spasm | Restore optimal joint function.
Also remember there are always other ways to adjust the joints of the body and we will use any means available to us to make sure that you are completely comfortable with your care.
CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATION: The doctor will use his hands to contact the area of your body to be treated in order to mobilize your joints. Frequently, a short impulse is applied to the joint. This may cause an audible 'pop' or 'click', similar to when you crack your knuckles. You may sense movement of the joint.
FLEXION DISTRACTION: Flexion Distraction is a gentle technique that utilizes a specialized table which bends and rotates in the center. This allows the doctor to contact specific areas of the spine and pinpoint joints to mobilize. This is a great technique for patients with low back pain, especially those with disc herniations.
SACRO-OCCIPITAL TECHNIQUE: Sacro-Occipital Technique is a method used to balance and restore proper positioning of the spine by utilizing wedge-shaped blocks to counteract torsion and restrictions. As the technique suggests, it begins with the positioning of the sacrum (tailbone) and the occiput (base of the skull that attaches to the spine).
DROP TECHNIQUE: This technique uses special table components or standalone equipment that 'drops' approximately ¼ inch when an impulse is applied clearing the targeted restriction. It is another gentle alternative to manual adjusting therapies.
ACTIVATOR ASSISTED ADJUSTMENTS: The Activator tool is a handheld adjustment tool which places a directed impulse to a restricted joint to assist in its proper motion. These tools have a very fast action and since less force is required when speed is increased this technique is exceptionally gentle. It is an alternative to manual adjusting therapies.
APPLIED KINESIOLOGY: Applied Kinesiology is a diagnostic tool that can be used to help identify imbalances in structure, function, biochemistry, and neurological control. It utilizes concepts and research from both Eastern and Western medicine and alternative therapies and can be helpful when applied appropriately..
EXERCISE REHABILITATION: Exercise rehabilitation is a method used to enhance a patient’s recovery time. It is composed of providing the patient with specific stretches, movements, exercises or activities that complement the doctor’s therapies. As the patient recovers the rehab protocol often changes to reflect the progress gained and functions to prevent future injuries.