We’ll have you complete some paperwork. These intake forms can also be found on our website so you can save time and bring them in completed. You’ll be given a short tour of the office so that you can be familiarized with the office.
You and Dr. Andrea will sit down for a consultation to get to know each other. We’ll discuss your health history and find out what your hope is in seeking our help. From there, we’ll start an examination to see what’s going on in your body and how it’s functioning. The examination includes an in-depth look at your posture because bad posture is notorious for causing health problems and aging a person faster.
Dr. Andrea will show you the ProAdjuster instrument she uses to adjust our practice members. It doesn’t just adjust but also analyzes where your spine needs help. We’ll adjust you to correct your posture, your spinal Subluxations and any other issues you’re having.
After the adjustment, we’ll go over some post-adjustment at-home instructions and schedule you back for a follow-up visit. Your first appointment takes about 45 minutes.
When you arrive for your next visit, Dr. Andrea will review your examination findings in detail. We’ll have some more paperwork for you to go over. All your questions will be answered thoroughly, and you’ll receive your second adjustment. This visit takes about 15 minutes.
On your follow-up visits, you’ll sign in when you arrive and have a seat in our reception area. Dr. Andrea will come and get you when it’s your turn to go back to the room. You’ll sit in the chair Dr. Andrea adjusts you in and you will receive your adjustment. We then can explore other aspects of your health journey. These visits take about 10 minutes.
Many of our practice members choose to continue chiropractic care after their problems have stabilized. We’ll see you more frequently in the beginning because we’re trying to make a shift in your spine, just like if you had braces on your teeth. Once your spinal problems are addressed, you can choose to continue to get adjusted so that you don’t end up in pain again. Just like you’d wear a retainer after your braces came off so that your teeth stay aligned, continuing care will help your spine to stay aligned.
If you choose to have regular care, your care plan will reflect your life. You may see us once per month if your life is more stressful, or less your life is more in balance and stress levels are lower. Life is full of stresses, bumps and bruises that affect your health. Just like continued dental and vision checkups, you spine also need continued checkups. Your spine is the master controller of everything in your body and caring for it properly will mean you can function at 100%.
The three stages in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and health problems are: 1. Relief 2. Correction 3. Strengthening. Initially our primary concern is pain control which involves the control and reduction of your current symptoms.
Stage 1 – Relief usually requires acute-phase care and involves more frequent treatments and home care instructions such as ice packs, over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication, immobilization, rest, and limited activities. Your response to our treatment will be closely monitored. In most cases we will take things on a day to day basis and you should notice improvement within the first few days or weeks. If during the initial course of treatment there is no improvement, you will be re-evaluated and if needed, I will refer you for additional diagnostic testing and/or referral to the appropriate health care professional for further evaluation and concurrent treatment.
Stage 2 – Correction care requires sub-acute treatment and the emphasis is on the correction of biomechanical problems and restoration of normal joint mechanics. Your treatment plan at this point will be reduced and you should continue with all therapies and home instructions. You will be given basic home stretches and exercises to be performed at home and it is extremely important that you follow through with these instructions to help assist in your treatment and help speed up your recovery.
Stage 3 – Strengthening involves more supportive care and advanced rehabilitation. This is the most important phase because increased flexibility, coordination, and strength will prevent the likelihood of future flare-ups and exacerbations. You may also be instructed in proper posture, activity modifications, ergonomics, lifestyle changes, nutrition, stress reduction, and safe lifting techniques.
Remember, it is important that you follow the treatment guidelines as indicated in order to achieve the maximum benefit in the correction of your particular injury or health problem. As with everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. The whole rehabilitation process is a team approach and involves a concerted effort on both our parts. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to bring them up at any time.
We welcome the opportunity to find out how we can improve your health.
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