NEW PATIENT EDUCATION
As a prospective new patient, we are delighted that you are considering us for your chiropractic needs. The information that follows will acquaint you with our process for all our new patients. We will take great care to not only provide you with the best chiropractic care but also make the entire experience a great one for you or your loved ones. We look so forward to meeting you and helping you restore the health and vibrancy we feel everyone deserves.
WHAT TO EXPECT
In order for your body to be strong and function at its optimal level, we need to insure that all internal functions are aligned properly so that every system in the body is getting what it needs to perform at its highest level. Chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body's foundation, that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
There is a protocol we follow with all new patients that includes the following:
Patient Forms - You will complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Consultation - Dr. Bryant will meet with you to discuss your current health concerns and issues that will allow him to create a personalized treatment plan.
Examination - A complete chiropractic examination will be performed, testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well.
X-Ray Studies - Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed
once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings - You will be provided a detailed report of all findings and we will answer any questions you may have such as: 1. How can you help me? 2. How often do I need to come in? 3. What will my treatment cost?
Dr. Bryant will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers.
Treatment - If you so choose, your first treatment can be administered at this point even in your first visit. Treatment may include, but are not limited to, spinal adjustments, corrective exercises, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, and we encourage you to express concerns about different style of treatment.
Wellness Program - At the end of your initial treatment, Dr. Bryant will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. This may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, home exercises and/or stretches. Our wellness team will work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan.
Most people seek chiropractic help because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. However, if no other intervention takes place, there is a high probability that the condition may come back.
In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed.