When you first arrive at our office you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff. If you have not already done so you, will be asked to fill out New Patient Intake Forms or Child History Form. These forms ask a lot of questions about your current health history and past medical history. This information allows us to get a clear picture of your current state of health and will help guide us in providing you with the highest quality care. At our office we are focused on finding the cause of your health problems not merely treating the symptoms.
Next, you will be approached by one of our highly trained chiropractic assistants. The assistant will give you a quick tour of the office, and then take you into the assessment room. You will be asked to change into a gown, so that our staff has access to your spine to perform the nervous system scans.
The scans consist of three parts: the heart rate variability, the thermal (skin temperature) and the surface EMG (muscles). The scans are non-invasive and take about 15 minutes to complete. This technology is certified by the Space Foundation and was originally created to measure the gravitational effect on the spines of space shuttle astronauts. This validated and evidence-based technology allows us to objectively identify unmanaged stress patterns in the muscles, joints, and nerves. Just like your medical doctor depends on technology to perform tests (blood, urine, mammograms) we as chiropractors depend on the insight to be able to confidently determine if your nervous system is functioning optimally.
After performing the scans the chiropractic assistant will measure your range of motion, grip strength, and weight distribution.
Next, you will be introduced to either Dr. Brittany or Dr. Ron. They will sit down with you and perform a thorough history so to accurately record the problem and determine your current health goals. They will also assess your posture, joints, and perform tests to determine how well your body is functioning.
If necessary, x-rays may be taken. We have the privilege of having x-ray within our Strathroy practice.
At the end of the first visit you may receive a chiropractic adjustment. This is determined by the overseeing doctor.
Our new patient assessment takes about an hour to complete. We pride ourselves in being thorough and making sure we find out exactly what is causing your current problems.
During the second visit either Dr. Ron or Dr. Brittany will sit down with you and go through all your results from the first visit. They will also explain what chiropractic is, how chiropractic can help you, their best recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. You will also be given some home care recommendations which can include pain relieving advice (ice or heat), stretches, nutritional advice or supplement suggestions and exercises. You will then receive a chiropractic adjustment.
The second visit normally takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
In order to objectively determine your progress we perform assessments on our patients every 12 visits. This includes the 3 scans (heart rate variability, thermal and surface EMG), range of motion, posture, grip strength, and weight distribution.