Feel confident about your first visit.
If you’ve never been treated by a chiropractor, you might be wondering what the experience will be like. It’s normal to feel a little anxious about trying something new, so our goal is to put you at ease right away.
Visiting a chiropractor is similar to visiting other healthcare providers, but we do things a little differently. For starters, you’ll be greeted warmly by our Front Desk team member — and not from behind a glass wall like in most doctor’s offices. We want you to feel like family! We’ll offer you water or tea, and ask you to complete a health questionnaire. Then we’ll give you a tour of the clinic and show you to your adjusting room.
That’s where you’ll meet your chiropractor. The two of you will discuss the health concerns that brought you here. And to help us determine what your body has been trying to tell you, your doctor will start with a set of routine physical assessments. We may perform motion tests, palpation, reflex testing, muscle strength comparisons, and x-rays (if needed). These assessments will give us a baseline of your current health and inform the treatment plan we’ll create to get you feeling better.
The best chiropractic care comes from building a strong relationship and being transparent about where it hurts and what we can do to help. We want to hear your questions, and we’ll take all the time necessary to make sure you feel confident about your treatment plan. We’re here to be your partner on the journey to a healthier, happier you.
Laying the Foundation for Total Health
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care:
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care two to three times per week for four to 12 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care four to eight times per month for six to 24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor one to four times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.