What Should You Expect On Your First Visit With Us?

Our team at Dale Family Chiropractic would like you to know we are here to serve and help you.  We would like your experiance at our facility to be one or your best visits to the doctor's office. The Dale Family team is focused to help you achieve your optimal health potential while utilizing our services. Consequently, we have written out the following to help prepare you for your visit at our facility.

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Patient Examination

At our chiropractic center our examinations procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation" (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health. There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have a first visit at our clinic.

Our Examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam which includes "Palpation". Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with a few to many subluxation problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations.  Palpation of the areas of the spine, in addition to tone, may reveal changes in moisture and a difference in temperature from left to right side of your spine.  Heat is a byproduct of circulation, which is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. From this we can see how subluxation may be affecting these functions of your nervous system. 

We begin the first part of your chiropractic visit with a thorough history to determine your level of biomechanical dysfunction.  Taking a thorough history paints a picture for the doctor to better understand your individual health needs. Following the completion of your history intake, your doctor will examine your nervous system by testing reflexes, sensation and muscle stregnth. 

 In the second part of this examination your doctor will perform specific tests like orthopedic tests and range of motion to aid in determining the probable cause to your condition. The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you at your Report of Findings. However, it is important to note that this examination helps scientifically understand the subluxation processes going on in your spine. It also gives us a baseline for future tests so we can accurately measure your progress to see how your spine is correcting and your nervous system is functioning. Using these examination procedures is much more accurate than just depending on "how you feel" on any given day.

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 Spinal Radiographs

Spinal xrays may be taken depending on your situation and the doctor's clinical judgement. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy, most children, recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various situations. Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations. X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, and the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been involved in your spine. Commonly, most patients receive three spinal x-rays at the beginning of care.

With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. Your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit. Your first visit is your most important visit and may take approximately one hour. During your Report of Findings is when we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions for you to obtain the best and fastest possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit.

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Our Care

Our Chiropractic Care utilizes the most modern chiropractic analytical, and adjustive procedures and equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your family. It is therefore imperative that we utilize the most modern, and the well established time-proven procedures to help you. We feel you're worth it!

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