One of the most
important aspects of your first visit is to make sure that you are in the right
place. If it is determined that your particular problem is not something which
we can help you with, a prompt referral will be made to the appropriate
You might wonder what
to expect if this is your first visit to ALEXANDER CHIROPRACTIC.
It's not uncommon to have some anxiety if you've never been treated by a
chiropractor. But not to worry, it can be a pleasant experience.
We make every effort to
schedule a timely appointment and keep that appointment. On your first visit to
the office we will have some initial paperwork for you to fill out. These forms
will usually include a questionnaire on your medical history. This will allow
Doctor Alexander to have a brief overview of your background, including,
surgeries, diagnostic tests, medications and nutrition.
Doctor Alexander will
use this information, furnished by you, to evaluate you before the actual exam.
Once your paperwork is completed, the Doctor may ask more detailed questions
before he starts the actual examination.
This is the time to let
your chiropractor know why you visited the office in the first place. After
this, you will have a physical examination similar to that of any medical
physician. The doctor may perform some orthopedic and neurological tests
concentrating on your current complaint.
understands that the entire body is a fully integrated system and one part is
not independent from the other. They would not do justice simply examining only
the area of complaint. The doctors will also look at other areas that may be
contributing to your complaint.
Once the exam is
completed, the doctor will explain his findings to you and lay out a course of
treatment. The doctor may prescribe some physical modalities similar to those
used in a physical therapy office in order to speed the recovery and healing
process. These may include ultrasound, interferential current (electrical
therapy), ice, heat or rehabilitation exercises.
FIRST OFFICE VISIT
On your first visit,
plan on some time filling out paperwork unless you printed it off this website
and brought it in. Plan on spending about 60 minutes in the office on your first
visit. Successive visits may last anywhere between 10-30 minutes.
Although the back is
the primary focus of chiropractic, the manipulations can be applied to any
muscle or joint in the body. After proper positioning, the chiropractor creates
tension around the offending joint, then applies pressure to return it to its
proper position. A popping sound is often heard and sometimes felt, following
this maneuver. The noise is similar to the one you hear when cracking your
knuckles. Joints are enclosed capsules lubricated by fluids and gas.
When these fluids shift during an adjustment the gas may create a sound not
unlike a suction cup or "popping.'
After the adjustment, pain is relieved due to the proper function
being restored to the joint. You should plan on being in the office for about 1
hour on your first visit. Follow-up treatments will usually last 10-30 minutes.