It’s with pleasure that we welcome you to our chiropractic practice. We 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 and with us you may have noticed our reluctance to do this. This is because modern chiropractic standards of care do not dictate that full spine x-rays, or any x-ray, necessarily needs to be taken on every new patient. In fact modern standards often suggest 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. In our practice we evaluate each new patient individually with 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 our decisions and whether we do or do not ultimately order a particular test, it is for your benefit. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like!
2. Muscles: You may notice that we pay particular attention to your muscles and soft tissues and that at times we show you methods to stretch and release your own muscles or we perform PNF. Muscles give information on the condition of underlying joints. Muscle burn blood sugar and are part of the bodies metabolism, which is why exercise can help hormonal and blood sugar issues. Most importantly from a chiropractic standpoint, muscles (controlled by the brain) hold us upright and maintain our posture.
3. Light Adjustments: Some patients have experienced that chiropractic care always equates with may ‘snap and pop’ the joints. Although chiropractic care often involves manual manipulation and adjusting joints which results in an audible ‘noise’, it doesn’t always. In fact some of the best chiropractic methods do not involve this type of adjustment. Often less force is best and if we can use less force to get the same benefit, we will. Also, as patients age, it is often advisable to transition to more gentle chiropractic adjusting techniques.
4. Minimal Treatment: Many conditions benefit from prolonged or ongoing supportive care, but some situations benefit tremendously from just a few visits. If we can get you better with only 3-4 visits, we will.
5. Long-term Relationship: Our intention is to be YOUR chiropractor for a long time and this means that even once you are released from active care you will certainly be free to pop back in if the need arises.