New Patient Center
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Your First Visit: What to Expect
At our office, our examination procedures are geared toward detection and correction of "Vertebral Subluxations" (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health. There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have a first visit at our clinic:
First, a complete History is taken to find out your past and present health issues.
Secondly, our Examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam which includes neurological and musculoskeletal testing, as well as "palpation". Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be subluxated, or mis-aligned. 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 Report of Findings. 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 tests 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 depending on "how you feel" on any given day.
Spinal X-rays are usually taken, depending on your age and situation. 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, 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. Commonly, most patients receive spinal x-rays at the beginning of care.
With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments and/or therapy your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. Your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a couple days of your initial visit, depending on your condition. This visit is a very important visit and will take approximately 20 minutes. It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit.
An adjustment or other therapeutic treatment may be performed on your first visit, depending on your situation. If the doctor feels that more analysis or further testing is necessary prior to receiving your first adjustment, he may wait until your following visit to adjust you. Gathering all the information and correlating it together helps our doctors determine the best, safest, fastest way possible to get y.our body working properly. We owe that to our patients. You're worth it!