What to Expect:
The first thing to expect is that we value you as a person and a patient. We know that your time is important so we will always see you at exactly your appointed time. Nothing is worse than waiting for a doctors appointment. You have things to do and places to go. We get it and we respect it. Other doctors might double book an appointment time or work someone into the schedule but that is not something we ever do. Your time is your time and we promise to be ready to focus our full attention on you.
You should also know that we respect you as an intelligent person who is capable of understanding what the problem is. In fact we insist that you need to know and understand what the problem is. Our cooperative techniques depend upon your active involvement in the healing process. We will train you in certain positions that speed the healing process so that you do not re-injure the problem area. We will also instruct you in where and how to use ice and heat to reduce pain and speed healing.
We want you to know that we will never subject your body to any fast or scary thrusting techniques. We know that many people consider these popping and snapping methods to be synonymous with chiropractic but we think that they are old school and can actually be counterproductive. Our methods are designed to give the body time to adapt to a new position and pattern. Slow and gentle highly specific stretching can alter problems that are years and even months in the making without destabilizing joints or traumatizing ligaments.
You can expect that you will play an active role in your healing. Chronic muscle tightness and spasm are much like writers cramp. Constant contraction of muscles acts to pinch off the blood flow through that muscle, leaving the area feeling tight, full and almost bruised feeling. To clean these contracted muscles of the lactic acid that makes them so sore we will get you on a daily walking program. Our goal is leave your body in a healthy and self-sustaining condition.
You can expect that we will try to understand your problem by using our ears and our hands and our minds. We do not own an X-ray machine nor do we believe that you need to be exposed to potentially harmful radiation in most cases. By a process we call "finger walking" we can literally map the tight muscles and stressed areas within your body and develop a plan for healing them.
You can expect that we will not rush through your treatment. We will spend a minimum of twenty minutes with you each visit even on simple and uncomplicated cases. For involved issues, the doctor will more likely schedule a forty minute slot to insure that the treatment in thorough and effective. In extreme cases we have been known to devote an hour our more to a patient in dire need.
You can expect to experience ultrasound nearly every treatment. Ultrasound is a very gentle yet deeply penetrating form of therapy. It is designed to reduce pain, spasm and swelling within muscles and joints. Vibrating at one million cycles per second the machine cleans a damaged area rapidly and allows us to tackle long term problems effectively.
You can expect that we will look at and consider the function of your entire body as a whole. For example, many headaches come from upper neck problems but the upper neck issue can not be fixed without considering the pelvis problem that created the continuing twist in the neck. Just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the upper floors look the most out of place yet the fix for the problem lies in the foundation.
You can expect that we will treat you as part of our extended family and as a unique human being.