We know that it can be overwhelming or intimidating to go to any new doctor’s office for the first time. From the first moment you enter our office we have tried to create a fun and loving atmosphere. Many of our first time people have commented how at ease they felt from not only the environment we have created but also how their questions and concerns about Chiropractic were addressed. It is an opportunity for you to meet with us, find out what we do to help people, and to get a feel if our office is a good fit for you. It is a time for us to find out exactly what your health concerns are and determine what we can do to help you.
Upon entering the office, we have some brief paperwork for you to fill out. The paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition.
To expedite your first visit, you may also print and fill out your confidential information ahead of time. This form can be found under the Patient Forms link.
Once the paperwork has been completed, you will have a consultation with the doctor to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential care options.
History and Examination
In order to determine what your actual problem is, the doctor will ask you various questions related to your health challenge. Next, a number of specialized tests will be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent.
So how do we determine if we can help you? In addition to discussing your specific health concerns, we use state-of-the-art technology to detect and pinpoint abnormal function in the spine, which causes nerve system disturbance. The standard tests include SEMG – which measures the amount of electrical current in the muscles, and thermography – skin temperature along the spine. These tests are described in more detail below.
Surface Electromyograpy (SEMG Scan)
Your muscles are controlled by nerves. The SEMG measures how well the motor nerves are working by reading the amount of current found in the muscles. Subluxations (misalignments) disturb the function of the nerve causing an abnormal amount of electrical current flowing to your muscles (indicated by colors and/or abnormal patterns).
Muscle Balance (Symmetry)
In addition to measuring how well the motor nerves are working, the SEMG also determines muscle balance, which is extremely important because the vertebrae in the spine depend on the muscles to move properly. If one or more vertebrae are out of their normal position, it disturbs nerve function. This disturbance creates muscle imbalance caused by an abnormal amount of electrical current in the muscles on either side of the spine. As a result of this disturbance, the muscles can become weaker or stronger, tighter, or fatigued. The abnormal muscle pattern on the scan reveals an increased amount of tension/pull on one side compared to the other (similar to a tug-of-war).
Thermal Scan (Measures Temperature Differences)
If your body temperature is 98.6 degrees, then the left and right sides of your spine should also be at the same temperature. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and the blood vessels under the skin work as the body’s thermostat. (They expand and release heat and contract to retain heat controlling the body’s temperature.) When the communication between the Nervous System and the blood vessels is disturbed, it causes the body’s thermostat to malfunction producing an imbalanced temperature reading along the spine. These blood vessels are controlled by the same part of the Central Nervous System that runs your organs and glands, known as the autonomic system. This thermal scan provides us with information to monitor the autonomic system for proper function.
Our doctors utilize the Gonstead system of analysis which requires unique x-ray views to be taken to determine the extent of your health challenges and the level and amount of chiropractic care needed.
Exceptions to x-ray include our pregnant women and young children. We only take full spine x-rays in our office which are unique in that they allow us to see the entire spine on one film. This not only allows us to see the position of each individual spinal bone, but also gives us an overall view of your spine that helps us to achieve optimal correction.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
Your first visit to our office is all about gathering information. Following your first visit we analyze your x-rays, compare them with your SEMG and thermal scans, review your history, and put all this information together to determine the appropriate chiropractic care for you. We will go over this information in detail on your next visit.
You will be given a convenient appointment time for your follow-up visit. Generally speaking, people are seen within 1-2 days and are provided with a complete report of findings. Care plan options will also be discussed during this time.