Chiropractic is about helping the body become healthier by improving the flexibility of the spine and optimizing the communication of the Nervous System. This is done with a series of stretches, called Adjustments. Adjustments are made to the spine to reduce the negative effects of spinal joint dysfunction, called Vertebral Subluxation. It is the correction of the Vertebral Subluxation that restores better/optimal communication of the Nervous System that helps the body work more efficiently and elevates health and well-being.
Chiropractic Care, when employed regularly, not only reduces aches and pain in the back, neck and shoulders, it has been shown to be an effective treatment to headaches, high blood pressure, acid reflux, asthma and many other common ailments.
What to Expect on your First Visit
What can I expect on my first Chiropractic visit? The Initial Visit will take between 45 minutes-1 hour and consists of:
1. Patient History/Consultation
4. Treatment plan
In preparation for your consultation with the chiropractor, you will be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition.You will also usually be asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
Chiropractic Physical Examination
Once the history has been completed, Dr. Melinda will perform a thorough chiropractic examination which will include specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
Range of motion of the affected part, Muscle tone, Muscle strength, Neurological integrity
Based on the above chiropractic examination procedures, further chiropractic tests may be necessary to arrive at the assessment or diagnosis of the affected areas. Diagnostic studies are helpful for chiropractors in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities that more accurately diagnose a condition. They may or may not be deemed necessary by the chiropractor based upon the results of the history and chiropractic examination.
The most common diagnostic studies used by chiropractors include: X-ray, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan, Laboratory tests
If needed, X-ray, MRI scan, lab tests and/or more extensive images may be referred to an outside center for which an appointment is needed.
The culmination of the history, examination and diagnostic studies is a specific diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, Dr. Melinda will determine if the condition will respond to chiropractic care and will explain:
The diagnosed condition
The chiropractic treatment plan (or other treatments)
The anticipated length of chiropractic care
Chiropractic Treatment Plan
We typically begin treatment during the patient’s first chiropractic visit, although we occasionally wait until the next appointment. Our treatment recommendations may include some or all of the following:
Adjustments to key joint dysfunctions
Modalities to improve soft tissue healing and pain control (ultrasound, electrical stimulation and traction)
Exercises to improve muscles balance, strength, and coordination
Patient education to improve posture and motor control
Other treatments may be included, such as muscle work, ultrasound, and nutrition education. Importantly, at this point Dr. Melinda will establish specific goals for your treatment plan.
Short term goals for chiropractic treatment – to reduce pain and restore normal joint function and muscle balance
Long term goals for chiropractic treatment – to restore functional independence and tolerance to normal activities of daily living
To reach these goals, Dr. Melinda may prescribe a specific number of chiropractic visits. An example would be 1 to 3 chiropractic visits per week for 2 to 4 weeks followed by a re-examination by the chiropractor. Each treatment plan is specific to each patient and his/her needs.
During the course of your treatment, your treatment plan will be re-evaluated based on your body’s response. We will then determine how to best proceed with your care