What to Expect
Chiropractic care following an injury 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 2-3 times per week for 4-8 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 4-8 times per month for 2-4 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 periodic visit to the chiropractor, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will greet you and welcome you as a member of our family. We will request you fill out our patient forms. The paperwork provides us with general information about you and your condition.
Next you will have a consultation with the doctor to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations to determine whether chiropractic care will you meet your goals.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurologic, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Your specific condition may require us to refer you to obtain x-rays. X-rays help us rule out more serious conditions or assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. Most people are amazed once they see their x-rays and can often immediately identify their own misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once all the information and examinations have been performed, the doctor will give you a report of findings to answer the three most popular questions:
- Can you help me?
- What do you recommend that I do to get better?
- How much is it going to cost?
- What is my overall treatment plan?
After discussing with you your history and your goals, examining your spine and reviewing any x-rays or tests, the doctor will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers, the doctor will tell you. If the doctor believes we can help you, we will recommend treatment and a wellness program.
Patients will generally be provided with their first treatment at the conclusion of the appointment. This may include spinal adjustments, physiotherapies, and/or soft tissue therapies. Your treatment is interactive, giving you the opportunity to express any concerns you have about the style of adjustment. We will find the treatment you are most comfortable with.
Prior to leaving, patients will be instructed on a wellness program to be conducted at home. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire an overall wellness lifestyle, our wellness team will work with you to create good habits and routines that support your success. Every body is unique and different and therefore everyone requires a unique and customized wellness plan. The foundation of our overall wellness lifestyle is maintaining healthy posture and good spinal alignment, eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, keeping your weight under control and stress relief.
The primary goal of chiropractic care is to reduce our patient’s symptoms. This might require multiple visits per week.
There is a common misconception that if one does not experience any pain, then nothing is wrong and you are okay. Sadly, pain isn’t a good indicator of your health. Furthermore, pain and other signs usually appear after a condition has worsened. Pain is usually the last thing that becomes apparent despite any condition you might consider whether it be stress, spinal stiffness/misalignment, heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Fortunately, pain is the first symptom to vanish when you begin chiropractic care, though the underlying condition doesn’t readily go away.
Many chiropractors believe that getting rid of symptoms is the simplest part of patient care. However, the chances of the symptoms returning are much higher if all the chiropractor does is temporarily relieve the pain and then stop care.
Even if the symptoms disappear, necessary precautions remain and you should still receive treatments as a preventative measure. The restorative/corrective phase of care does not mean you have to receive adjustments as often as the original phase. You may begin stretches and exercises at home or in our office to assist in speeding up your healing.
Mild flare-ups are normal and should not be a cause for concern. Occasional flare-ups typically appear because one’s body is still in a phase of healing. Corrective care can last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years depending on the severity of a patient’s condition.
Regular chiropractic treatments can help insure your symptoms lesson and your problems don’t come back, keeping your body functioning at its prime level.
Chiropractic treatments maintained on a consistent basis are necessary to ensure proper functioning of your skeletal system just like eating healthfully and exercising are necessary to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Once chiropractic treatments become a consistent part of your lifestyle, you can avoid much of the pain and suffering so many others endure without the proper care and you will once again be able to participate in more activities you enjoy on a more frequent basis.
It was amazing.
"I first came to Dr. Iris's office in April of 2004. At the time, I was in bad shape. I had recently pulled a neck muscle, was extremely fatigued and could not concentrate on my course work. I suffered from many food allergies and an extreme sensitivity to gluten. Within 3 visits my neck pain was gone. Dr. Iris had recommended certain supplements which helped immensely with my fatigue and concentration. Within a year of starting the allergy treatments, my food allergies vanished, including my gluten problem (which was deemed impossible by other doctors and allergists I have seen) along with a dust allergy. It was amazing."
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