Please be sure to bring your filled-out New Patient Forms to your first visit, and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Your First Visit
We strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to ensure a comfortable, positive experience during your time with us. Your first visit may take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour, as it will involve a thorough consultation and a chiropractic examination.
We use state of the art equipment during your examination, this includes:
- On-Site Digital X-Rays (when necessary)
- Range of Motion assessment
- Orthopedic and neurological testing
Note: Most of our adult patients may require X-rays as part of our thorough examination. In order for the chiropractor to review your X-rays properly, your first adjustment will likely be scheduled either later that day, or the following day.
During your follow-up visit to Health First Chiropractic, you and your chiropractor will discuss your results and your doctor will ensure you understand what the problem is and how it is affecting you. They will also teach you a little about how to maintain good spinal health. We’ll talk about any posture or health problems as well, and make sure your questions are answered. Then it’s time for your first adjustment. Typically, follow-up visits take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.
Want to know more or feel like you’re ready to get started? Give us a call.
Q: WHAT ARE SUBLUXATIONS?
A: A subluxation is an adaptation of your, body, and is caused by different types of stresses, injuries and repetitive postural strains. Your muscles begin to spasm, your spinal bones lock up, and the adjacent nerves become pinched and irritated. Your body's ability to send messages, control and regulate itself is greatly decreased. Improper nerve communication can be the underlying cause to many different health problems beyond neck pain and back pain. Chiropractic is the only profession that is trained specifically in diagnosing the presence of subluxation to your nervous system.
Q: WILL I HAVE TO HAVE X-RAYS?
A: Dr. Thompson and Dr. Skeen do not like to guess when it comes to your health. During your initial visit, the doctor will do a thorough chiropractic exam. If x-rays are required they will be recommended. The x-rays provide them with a picture of your spine to confirm their findings and make your care more precise.
Q: HOW LONG WILL IT BE UNTIL I FEEL BETTER?
A: Often our patients experience relief within a few adjustments, however other individuals may discover that their healing process takes more time. Every patient recovers at his or her own pace. Age, overall health, muscle tone, diet, exercise, and even your attitude can vary the length of recovery time.
Q: IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE?
A: YES! A New Zealand government study concluded that chiropractic adjustments are “remarkably safe.” Taking an over the counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky. (Patient Media, 2006)
Q: DO YOU CRACK BONES?
A: No. We adjust subluxated joints. The popping sound that you may hear is gas being released from the fluid in the joint. Every practice member is thoroughly screened for any complications that may result in weaker bone quality.
Q: ONCE YOU COME, DO YOU HAVE TO COME FOR LIFE?
A: Absolutely not. Chiropractic is your choice. But similar to brushing your teeth, exercising, eating proper foods and drinking plenty of fresh water, 95% of our practice members see the benefit of implementing chiropractic into a healthy lifestyle routine. They make a decision to increase their health through chiropractic and lifestyle changes, and become lifetime practice members at our office.
Q: CAN I ADJUST MYSELF?
A: Absolutely not! Some patients can make their joints ‘crack’ or ‘pop,’ but this is not an adjustment! This will just increase the damage to the ligaments and muscles around the joint. Our adjustments are very specific, intended to remove pressure 'off' the nervous system. Arbitrary "cracking" of the spine can put pressure on the nervous system. Even chiropractic doctors must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.