Your First Visit
Chiropractic care is like building a home – 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 . . .
Next you will have a consultation with Dr. Deschamps to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and to determine if you are a candidate for our Clinic.
After your consultation, with the Doctor, he will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Your specific condition may require us to take 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 misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once all the information and examinations have been performed, Dr. Deschamps will give you a report of findings:
- Can chiropractic care treat your condition?
- What we recommend that you do to get better?
- How much is it going to cost?
After discussing with you your history and your goals, examining your spine and reviewing any x-rays or tests, Dr. Deschamps will discuss recommendations with you. If you have a condition that requires care with other providers, the doctor will tell you. If Dr. Deschamps believes we can help you, we will recommend treatment and a wellness program.
We are always most concerned with our patients wellbeing, and treatment is usually discussed and performed on your second visit. This gives the Doctors time to evaluate your X-rays, health history and examination before starting care. In the event that a patient is in an acute state or in severe pain, treatment may be rendered on the first vist. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapies, and massage therapy. Treatment is interactive so you can express any concerns you have about the style of treatment with which you will be most comfortable.
Prior to leaving, patients will be instructed on home care. 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. Everybody 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.