Our chiropractic process: Your first visits
There are many steps involved in your chiropractic care, but you’ll receive support from our helpful staff every step of the way.
After contacting our office and scheduling your first appointment, we’ll ask you to fill out our convenient online patient intake form. This important paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition, which will help us to determine the most appropriate care for you.
At your first visit, we start with a consultation with our experienced chiropractor. During this meeting, we’ll discuss your health-related problems and concerns. This initial meeting is designed for us to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations, so that we can determine how chiropractic care can meet your health and wellness goals.
After your consultation, we will perform a complete chiropractic examination, including our comprehensive, 6-step wellness evaluation. This innovative wellness exam assesses your body for hidden problems that could negatively affect your health and quality of life. During this test, we focus on several key neurological, orthopedic, postural and physical areas. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may also take spinal X-rays during this examination. These advanced spinal X-rays help us to evaluate the condition of your spine with enhanced, detailed images. This information alerts us of any serious spinal conditions and helps us to develop the most effective care plan for you. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
After this information is collected during your initial visit, we will schedule a second visit. During this follow-up visit, we will give you a detailed report of all findings, reviewing your health history and goals, and examining any X-rays. We’ll also answer any questions you may have, including:
1. How can you help me?
2. How often do I need to come in?
3. What will my treatment cost?
In addition, we will discuss our recommendations for your customized chiropractic care plan, including notifying you if your condition requires care from other health providers.
At the conclusion of this second appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy and/or soft tissue massage, depending on your care plan and preferences. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment at any time.
Starting with your first visits and throughout your care at Swain Family Chiropractic, we will also suggest additional wellness techniques that you can incorporate outside of your primary treatment at our office. This may include:
- Ice or heat application instructions (if you are in pain when you first come to our office)
- Certain activities or positions to avoid
- At home exercises and stretches
- Healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle
Regardless of your condition and wellness goals, we will work with you to provide a customized wellness plan that helps you to achieve good spinal alignment, follow a healthy diet, get enough exercise and maintain a positive mental state. During your treatment you will also have access to our extensive member health and wellness content library, including exercise videos, wellness newsletters and other helpful resources.