What to expect
Getting to know you
In order to determine if structural healthcare is right for you and make a proper diagnosis the doctor needs to take a detailed history. She’ll not only ask you about your current pain and injuries but also about past injuries, car accidents, surgeries, illnesses, and other health concerns.
Chiropractors are considered portal of entry providers. What does that mean? In addition to having your back (pun intended), we are also responsible for performing a general health screen and making a referral if necessary. This includes taking blood pressure and may include listening to heart and lung sounds.
A series of simple exams that give me information about the health of your joints, muscles, and nerves.
The doctor will explain what’s going on in your body to cause the pain and how she proposes to treat it. Questions are welcome at anytime, but now is an especially good time. The doctor wants you to be comfortable and confident with the care you receive. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Get ready to get out of pain, stand up straighter, and breathe better! The doctor will take it from here.
The majority of patients can be adjusted during the first visit. However, after more serious falls and accidents, it’s sometimes necessary to get a better look at what’s going on inside your body. In these cases the doctor may send you to get an x-ray or MRI in order to check for fracture or ligament damage.
I TRIED CHIROPRACTIC BEFORE AND IT DIDN’T WORK. WHY SHOULD I TRY THIS?
I TRIED CHIROPRACTIC BEFORE AND I FELT BETTER FOR A FEW DAYS BUT THEN THE ACHES AND PAINS CAME BACK. HOW WILL THIS BE DIFFERENT?
HOW LONG WILL TREATMENT TAKE? I’VE HEARD SOME PEOPLE CONTINUE TO SEE THE CHIROPRACTOR FOR MANY YEARS.
Length of treatment depends mainly on two factors; 1) how healthy the biomechanics of your body are and 2) how healthy you want the biomechanics of your body to be. The majority of patients feel significant relief within the first 2-3 visits. However, it takes 4-6 weeks to resolve and stabilize the average episode of back pain. After that, you’ll be feeling and moving better than you have in years. However, your body will be far from mechanically perfect. It can take several years to “unwind” through all the damage the body has accumulated. Typically, people who are overall younger, healthy, and mobile tend to need less care. People who have been in pain for a longer period of time and have a history of car accidents or other injuries require more work.
The third most important factor in how much care you will need is YOU! Doing your absolute best to comply with sleeping, sitting, and standing instructions, getting adequate sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet are very important to the healing process. Protect the investment you’ve made in you health and take good care of yourself!
I’M A BIT NERVOUS ABOUT HAVING MY JOINTS “CRACKED”. IS YOUR METHOD OF ADJUSTING GENTLE?
A good adjustment is 95% set up and 5% force. What does that mean? The most important part of an adjustment is getting the patient and the doctor in the right position. From there, it takes very little force to effectively move the bones and make the correction needed. Sometimes a little extra force is needed, but for the most part, all adjustments are very gentle.
Also, Dr. Elizabeth views trust, safety, and comfort as foundational components of good patient care. If you don’t feel comfortable at any point in the adjustment, please let the doctor know.