What to Expect

What to expect on your first chiropractic visit at Simply Chiropractic?

Prior to your first visit, you will want to request an appointment.  You may do that by clicking here.  Once your request has been approved, you will get an email from Simply Chiropractic.  Please make sure that the email does not end up in your spam box.  In the email, there will be a link to a secure online portal.  (On some cell phones, the link is not underlined, so you have to look carefully to find where it says “click here”.  Once you use the link, it will expire.  Not to worry, because you can always request a new link to be sent to your email.  Once you sign in to the portal, you will see some information that requires you to e-sign.  This information includes my privacy policy, practice policies, email/text consent, informed consent to chiropractic treatment, and in the case a patient under the age of 18 will be getting treatment, authorization to treat a minor. You will find some “paperwork” to fill out online that includes the New Client Intake Form and a COVID-19 screening.  Make sure you are thorough, because if you don’t fill out all of the required fields, you will not be able to submit it.  You can use the menu of the portal to access paperwork that needs to be completed.  You may also use the menu to see your scheduled appointments, change your appointments, schedule appointments, or cancel your appointments.  If you would like a portal guide, please click here.  The portal guide will outline instructions on how to use the online portal.  If you have difficulty, you may always contact the office.

Once you fill out your paperwork and e-sign everything, you will be ready for your appointment.  When you meet with your chiropractor, he will review your paperwork with you.  He may ask you clarifying questions.  Then he will do an examination that includes taking your vitals (height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, blood pulse, and blood oxygen saturation).  Then he will do a basic neurological examination.  For this, he will check to make sure your muscles work, he will check your skin sensations, and he will check your reflexes.  Then he will do a spinal examination.  This includes checking your range of motion, a check for tenderness along the joints and muscles of your spine, and he will check for pain symptoms by having you do some movements.  If you have problems in other areas of the body, he will check those areas in a similar manner.

Once the exam is complete, he will tell you what he found, and explain why you are having symptoms.  He will then recommend treatment or further evaluation, based on his findings.  He may make other recommendations based on his exam findings and your medical history.  He will have you sign an additional form during his report of findings.  If you are a good candidate, he will treat you using an adjustment.  

What to expect on your first nutrition visit?

Prior to your first visit, you will get an email from Simply Chiropractic.  In the email, there will be a link to a secure online portal.  (On some cell phones, the link is not underlined, so you have to look carefully to find where it says “click here”.  Once you use the link, it will expire.  Not to worry, because you can always request a new link to be sent to your email.  Once you sign into the portal, you will see some information that requires you to e-sign.  If you are already an established client, you have already signed the required documents. You will find some “paperwork” to fill out online that includes an intake form for new clients, or an intake form for clients already established with the office.  Make sure you are thorough, because if you don’t fill out all of the required fields, you will not be able to submit it.  You can use the menu of the portal to access paperwork that needs to be completed.  You may also use the menu to see your scheduled appointments, change your appointments, schedule new appointments, or cancel your appointments.  If you would like a portal guide, please click here. The portal guide will outline instructions on how to use the online portal.  If you have difficulty, you may always contact the office.

With the nutrition consultation, there will be some forms that you must print and then fill out including the stress assess, food diary, symptom survey, and toxicity questionnaire.  You will bring those forms with you to your appointment.  If you are not able to bring them, the doctor will give them to you to fill out, and may ask you to reschedule.

During your appointment, the doctor will review your history, and take notes as necessary.  He may ask clarifying questions as well.  He will then do an exam, which includes palpation of the abdomen and other tests that will help him determine nutritional deficiencies.  He may order some lab work to be done (this will be an added expense, but he will try to keep your costs as low as possible).  After the exam, you will schedule a follow-up visit.  He may recommend some supplements to get you started.  There are also extra costs to the supplements.  The doctor will make his best recommendations, based on your nutritional needs and your monthly budget.  For full disclosure, the doctor does make a small profit on the supplements that you buy because he does take some extra time to review different products to make the selection that will be most beneficial and cost-effective for you.

On your follow up visit, the doctor will review with you all of the information that he has gathered.  If you have completed the recommended labs and the doctor has received the reports, he will also review those findings with you. He will make further recommendations on supplements, dietary changes, lifestyle changes and anything else necessary.  He will always answer any questions you may have.

What is meridian therapy?

Meridian therapy is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Oriental Medicine (OM).  This is a very different approach to health care than what most of us are used to here in the United States.  TCM is based on energy and balance.  According to TCM and OM, energy (Qi--pronounced chee, as in cheese) travels through the body through channels called meridians.  There are 12 main meridians, mostly named after the internal organs of your body.  There are other meridians as well.  The energy that flows through the meridians controls the main functions of your body.  When the meridians are balanced, everything works well, and you maintain good health.  When there is a disruption or imbalance in the energy flow, this is an indication of dis-ease.  Meridian therapy attempts to re-balance any imbalances in the energy flow.  In TCM and OM, the primary treatment used to balance the energy is acupuncture.

At Simply Chiropractic, we use computerized technology (AcuGraph) to assess the meridians and identify any imbalances.  We measure the electrical energy at specific points along the meridians, called Source Points.  Source points are the most active points of each meridian.  Once we measure the meridians and identify imbalances, we can then use other points along the meridians to balance out the energy.  We do this by stimulating the specific point to either raise, or lower the energy in those meridians.  If you go to an acupuncturist, he or she will use needles to stimulate those points.  At Simply Chiropractic, we do not use needles, but use a tool called a teishein to stimulate the key points along the meridians that will bring the energy back into balance.

What to expect on your meridian therapy visits? 

A brief history will be taken first of all.  Then, you will remove your shoes and socks.  The doctor will then complete a computerized exam, the Acugraph, to measure the electrical energy of the main meridians.  He will use this by touching a probe to specific points on your hands and feet. Once the exam is complete, he will explain the findings.  Then he will use a teishein to stimulate each of the therapeutic points for about 30 seconds.  Once the treatment is complete, he will give you a chiropractic adjustment.  This is included in the cost of the meridian therapy

Do I have to get an adjustment to have meridian therapy done?

The rules and regulations for chiropractic state that meridian therapy must be done in conjunction with chiropractic treatment.  The adjustment does not have to involve any twisting, cracking or popping, but an adjustment must be performed to satisfy the requirements of the law.  The cost of the adjustment is included in the cost of the meridian therapy.

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