Your First Visit
Initial visit usually takes approximately 45-60 minutes and is composed of the following components:
- You will be asked to fill out the necessary intake forms before meeting with the doctor. Forms are available online, in the office, via fax, mail, or e-mail.
- Following the registration process, you will meet with the doctor to discuss your health concerns and past history.
- Following the consultation, a thorough exam will be given, composed of a neurological, orthopedic, postural, and muscular exam to develop a clinical diagnosis.
- The doctor will review all findings and outline a plan to maximize your recovery.
- Treatments in our office may include stretches, exercises, ice therapy, soft tissue relaxation techniques, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation/adjustments.
- Adjustments are provided to specific joint segments to increase and restore proper motion to the joints. This allows optimal function of the muscles, joints, and nervous system, as well as decreased pain.
The goal of the adjustment includes increasing joint mobility and range of motion, reducing muscle spasms, restoring optimal joint function, and providing pain relief.
The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. Each adjusting technique is adapted to meet the specific needs of each patient.
This is a great technique for patients with disc herniations or those suffering from acute low back pain. Mobility is central to free fluid motion in our bodies. A technique such as flexion-distraction is used to induce movement in joints which are restricted in one or more planes of movement. This gentle technique utilizes a specialized table or a flexion roll. This technique allows the doctor to contact specific areas of the spine and pinpoint specific joints to mobilize. Once the doctor applies gentle pressure to the back, flexion is induced to gap the desired joint and to relieve disc pressure, inflammation, and to provide nerve gliding.
Mobility is central to free fluid motion in our bodies. A technique such as drop-table is used to induce movement in joints which are restricted in one or more planes of movement. The Thompson Drop Table facilitates a full spine technique by the use of an adjusting table with a pneumatically driven, segmented drop system, which quickly lowers the section of the patientís body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted, whether in the dorsal, lumber or pelvic area. A high velocity, low impact force is applied to initiate movement, while the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion.
Instrument Assisted Adjustments
Mobility is central to free fluid motion in our bodies. A technique such as instrument assisted adjusting is used to induce movement in joints which are restricted in one or more planes of movement. This technique is extremely gentle which is suitable for people of all ages, from young children to the geriatric patient. It is even safe for use on patients with bone weakening diseases such as osteoporosis. With the use of a handheld instrument, very specific spinal segments may be adjusted effectively and efficiently.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy is a great compliment for a chiropractic adjustment. Addressing the soft tissue involvement, along with joint movement, can assist in recovery. Addressing the soft tissue structures of the body increases proper function and decreases pain. Soft tissue therapies used in the office include: myofascial stripping, instrument assisted, myofascial trigger point release, and various other methods.
Stretching and Rehabilitation
Used to enhance the patientís recovery time, specific stretches, movements, exercises, and activities that complement the doctorís therapies are prescribed to the patient. As the patient recovers, the rehab protocol often changes to reflect the progress gained, functioning to prevent future injuries.