The First Visit: This visit is primarily for the purpose of gathering information from and about you. You will be asked to fill out an entrance form, preferably in advance of your scheduled appointment.* We will review this history with you, asking more detailed questions as necessary to gather all pertinent information, followed by an examination. This visit normally takes about an hour.
*If you are unable to fill out an intake history form ahead of time, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill one out here before your scheduled appointment.
We do not routinely start care on the first visit.
The Second Visit: During your second visit, you will be given a Report of Findings. We will explain the results of the first exam, what it means, how it relates to your concerns, and our recommendations to address your immediate concerns or to correct any long-standing imbalances. This visit will include time to discuss recommendations and answer any of your questions. These recommendations may include x-rays or other follow-up diagnostics, nutritional counseling, massage, corrective exercises, acupuncture, stress management, reiki, self-care support and/or any of our myriad of classes and workshops.
You will be given a choice of Relief Care or Restorative Care (or Maintenance Care, if all dimensions of your foundation are in excellent balance). When the schedule allows, treatment may be started at this appointment.
We want to emphasize at this point that the care recommendations will likely involve a series of visits - much like going to the gym, frequency matters. With the information gathered from your first visit, we will determine the best plan to positively affect your physiology, restoring balance in all foundational dimensions. When your body has been working in the same compensatory patterns for a long period of time, we must work to retrain its function - this takes time, and often, repetition. This means a commitment to follow through with all scheduled visits and prescribed home care recommendations to maximize your response to care.
Our approach with diagnostic imaging is fairly conservative. While some chiropractors take x-rays on all new patients, we have dedicated ourselves to developing an excellent ability to feel the joints and surrounding soft tissue of the spine. Rather than relying on an x-ray to show a static picture of your bones, we order diagnostic imaging (x-rays, MRI, CT scan, etc) only when clinical indicators dictate that such exam is necessary to ascertain if there are any structural defects underlying your problems - and if so, how far advanced they are.