It’s with pleasure that I welcome you to our chiropractic practice. I would like to take a moment and share with you some of the thought processes behind what you may of recently experienced with us:
1. X-rays: You may have had the impression that chiropractors, like dentists, immediately order x-rays on every new client. With us you probably picked up on our reluctance to do this. I’ll tell you why: Because modern chiropractic standards of care do not dictate that full spine x-rays need to be taken on every new client, in fact they suggest just the opposite.
Some chiropractors like x-rays because they think they make patient education easier or they need them to know how to treat the patient.
With each new client we use objective evidence to determine the need for x-rays, MRI’s and other testing, such as nerve conduction studies with a neurologist. You can be assured that sound medical reasoning goes into each of our decisions and it is only for your benefit that we do or do not order tests.
We certainly won’t order what we consider to be unnecessary and harmful (x-rays entail radiation) tests.
2. Myofacial Release: You may notice that we pay particular attention to your muscles and soft tissues and that at times we work to relax and release spasms and constrictions, prior to, or sometimes, even instead of adjusting joints. In reality the two go hand-in-hand. Muscles give information on the condition of underlying joints. Muscles (controlled by the brain), also are what maintain ones posture (for better or worse). So if it feels like your neck or back is getting massage prior to your chiropractic adjustment, it’s because it is!
3. Light adjustments: You may have the impression that chiropractors always ‘snap and pop’ the joints. This is actually a mis-perception. Actually the most modern chiropractic standards of care dictate that often we should do otherwise.
If we can use less force to get the same benefit, we will. Often less force is best. If we can release fixated or stuck or realign misaligned spinal joints by gentle methods, we do. Incidentally, for older clients, this is a MUST.
4. Minimal treatment: You may have had the impression that with chiropractic that you have to go in dozens and dozens of times to get better. Often this simply isn’t true and if we can get you better with only 3-4 visits, we will. Many situations benefit from prolonged or ongoing supportive care, but some situations benefit tremendously from just a few visits.
5. Long-term relationship: My intention is to be YOUR chiropractor for a long time and this means that even once I release you from active care, you are certainly free to pop back in when the need arises.
I hope that you will always be able to say, “Dr. Sinner is my chiropractor, and he is fabulous!”
Dr. Alan Sinner