Your First Visit
We explain the chiropractic care process in seven steps to help you understand your first visit.
All new patients are requested to fill out the new patient application form as completely as possible.
Please read and sign all other forms.
A one-on-one consultation with a doctor will be done to discuss your health issues and goals, uncover the layers of past damage done and to help determine what may be the cause.
A comprehensive chiropractic examination and evaluation including the test necessary will be performed to further help determine the precise cause of your problem.The first order of business is checking your vital signs, reflexes, and blood pressure. Sometimes, measurements will be taken to determine arm and leg length. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or exercises. These exercises will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition. You may be asked to:
- Bend forward, sideways, or backwards – Misaligned spinal vertebrae can sometimes be detected during this exercise.
- Flex and extend your leg – This is a test for signs of sprain and helps determine the integrity of your joints (also called the “Yeoman’s Test”).
- Grip something such as a rubber ball – Your grip strength is vital for showing signs of muscular or nerve damage.
- Lie down and raise one leg – This is often referred to as the “Thomas Test,” in which the chiropractor gently pushes on your raised leg to check for hip joint mobility.
- Stand and raise one leg – This test can sometimes show whether you have sciatica, a nerve disorder in your lower back. Another test may involve pushing on your raised leg to determine whether you have pain, inflammation, or imbalance in the joints between your spinal vertebrae. (This is also called the “Psoas Muscle Test.”)
- Stand or sit – Posture can sometimes show whether you have misalignments in your spine.
- Walk a straight line – This test measures your gait, and helps to determine if you have a normal walking pattern.
- Walk in place – Abnormalities in the way your pelvis and spine coordinate can be seen during this test.
- Bilateral Weight Scales will tell us how evenly distributed you are carrying the forces put upon our body.
- Postural EvaluationNext, a short physical exam by the chiropractor will involve palpation, or use of the hands, to explore the alignment of your spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain.
The doctor will advise you if additional laboratory tests or x-rays are needed.
You will be asked to schedule a special follow-up appointment called the “Report of Findings” at which time the cause of your current condition will be discussed. After reviewing your case, the doctor will decide if you will be accepted as a patient and a thorough explanation of care recommendations and the action steps you need to take to obtain the results you desire.
Initiate care and start on your path to reaching your God-given health potential!
Congratulations on taking the first steps to creating true wellness from within.
Remember your health outcomes are based on your health choices!