On your first visit to our office, you will be greeted by members of our staff, who will treat you like family. If you didn't fill out your paperwork from our website at home, you will be given a few forms to fill out that will help the doctor with your health history and the nature of your problem.
After completing the paperwork, you'll meet one of the Chiropractors and begin your examination. To really understand what it is we are looking for, a patient should first understand how Chiropractic works. We can then go on to explain WHAT it is we are looking for... and then finally HOW we look for it.
WHAT we are looking for...
Chiropractic looks for "subluxations," or structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. A subluxation is when one or more bones in your spine have misaligned or are putting abnormal amounts of pressure on your nerves, which in turn cause your body to adapt in a negative way: producing pain, swelling, altered posture, degeneration in your bones, organic dysfunction, or a combination of these effects.
Remember, your spinal cord is what houses the nervous system, which controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, eliminative, hormonal and immune. Spinal nerve impulses are what allow your brain and body to communicate.
Think of the spinal nerve as a water hose. You're out watering your flowers and someone comes and kinks the hose. What happens? Water still comes out, but at a much decreased rate. Chiropractic finds the "kinks" (the subluxations) in your spine and helps to reduce the pressure, allowing normal flow of nerve impulses.
HOW we look for it...
- Orthopedic Testing - tests that involve stresses certain joints to see where the pain
is coming from
- Neurological Testing - tests that involve checking your reflexes or sense of touch,
- Range of Motion - tests that involve your limits of movement
- Palpation - when the doctor feels with his hands on your areas of complaint or
- Chiropractic - tests that look at posture, or the effects of muscle pull on your body
- Weight Dynamics - quick measurement of how much pressure you apply to either
side of your body
- Postural Exam - looking for abnormal symmetry in your posture
- X-rays - A new xray machine was purchased in 2005 and may be used to look for
medical, pathological or biomechanical CAUSES of your symptom
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. Want to save time? Fill out the form from home--New Patient Form
Note: All forms above are available in PDF format. If you can not open the file, you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader: