Your First Step

How Your Journey Begins…

When you come to the office, there are many aspects to your injury or complaint that I will look at.

rs1000-your-first-step-304x304Some of our first steps include…

  • A thorough history and consultation on how long you have had the complaint.
  • Talking about injuries you may have had in the past as well as other means of trying to get this problem corrected.
  • Understanding how this problem is affecting your life and preventing you from activities you enjoy.
  • Together we’ll look at how the issue is giving you pain when certain activities are performed.

I am a firm believer that it is important to relieve a patient’s pain by getting to the root cause but in the long run it is equally important to improve their quality of life. The long-term picture becomes a crucial part of our focus throughout their journey. 

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Your Journey Continues…

I will do some tests such as range of motion and palpation, to physically feel where there are issues with the joints and soft tissue structures. There are also a string of tests applied within kinesiology called muscle tests. These help me to determine where a patient has dysfunction and weakness within their nerve, joint, and soft tissue structures. Once we finish this, I take a series of motion study x-rays to again determine visually where the problems are. When a patient moves during the x-ray, the joint structures either move or do not move, giving us more insight as to why you are experiencing pain and discomfort. 

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A Plan for Your Journey into a Healthy Future…

Once I have all of the information needed, I come up with a specific treatment plan for you. The treatment plan will always include the chiropractic adjustment because that is the most important thing we can do to restore any problem area.

Other procedures that will also aid and support your adjustment:

  • Muscle stim — which helps the muscles and tendons to relax and get rid of spasm.
  • Utilization of hot packs — to help circulate blood flow to the injured area to drive nutrients and oxygen to that region.
  • Functional exercises that can be applied to each patient to help improve and correct postural tone, stabilize and support the corrections made by the adjustment.
  • The use of Thera-Band Rehab equipment because it is easy to use, it’s safe and, most importantly, it is effective.
  • I also like to pair the functional exercises with NMR (Neuromuscular Re-education exercises) which help to reset your body’s coordination, balance and proper muscle movements.
  • Lastly, soft tissue techniques will help break up scar tissue, stretch out injured/tight tissue, and get rid of spasms in specific areas.