What to expect the first visit.
Finally comes the adjustment. Everything leading up to this point has helped us assess and pinpoint the specific problem and figure out how you are going to adjust best. If it seems like a lot it is because it is! We like to be extremely thorough because the nervous system is a complex thing, so it takes being thorough to help you get the most out of a specific chiropractic adjustment. At betterton chiropractic the Gonstead technique is used to be specific in not only the analysis but the adjustment itself as well. (Click here to learn more about the Gonstead system). In the Gonstead technique there are several different tables that we can work with to find out how your spine adjusts best. After your adjustment be sure to voice any questions you may have for the doctor. This could be anything from how to protect your spine, exercises, nutritional questions, and any concerns you have. At Betterton Family Chiropractic we want to give you the most up to date information so that we can keep your spine healthy together! If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact us.
Weight bearing X-rays will be taken unless special circumstances exist (such as pregnant women or young children/infants) for the area of complaint. These are necessary for several reasons. It is used to determine the health of the disc that sits between each vertebrae in the spine. It also shows us signs of degenerative changes and shows us potential problem areas along the spine. X-ray can also rule out or identify any potential pathology (diseases) or other health concerns. Lastly, X-ray helps the doctor give a more specific adjustment as he caters the adjustment to your spine. No persons spine is the same as the next persons so an X-ray aids in making sure the doctor can give a specific chiropractic adjustment.
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Expect the first visit to take a little longer than most visits while the doctor gets to know you and your spine! Plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour for your first visit. The first visit starts with a detailed history of your condition. (Feel free to fill out the new patient visit form ahead of time to save time)
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The doctor will do his chiropractic exam in this room as well. The chiropractic exam consists of: visualization, which is looking for any postural abnormalities or imbalances; instrumentation, where a tool called the Nervo-scope pictured to the right) is run along the spine to detect heat differences and swelling; static palpation, where spine is felt for tenderness The tests include: static palpation, which is simply feeling the bones in your spine for tenderness, swelling and other abnormalities; motion palpation, which is simply bending your spine to look for signs of fixation; instrumentation, which involves running a Nervo-scope down your spine to locate areas of swelling. visualization of postural imbalances and other things, instrumentationusing an instrument called the nervoscope pictured to the left to detect any heat changes along the spine. Misalignments in the spine, like misalignments after rolling your ankle, produce swelling and heat differences. The nervoscope helps detect these along the spine.
You will be brought to an exam room where the doctor will meet you and review your history with you and address any health concerns you have. The doctor would like to answer any questions you have, so we encourage you to voice any questions, comments, or concerns! This detailed history helps the doctor determine whether your condition is a chiropractic case and determine if any further examination or referral is needed.