What Should New Patients Expect?
1) Initial Exam & Diagnosis:
An initial meeting with a chiropractic will have three parts to it: a consultation, case history, and physical examination. The exam begins with a consultation of your current symptoms. This discussion will include questions about the location of your pain, its frequency, and the intensity of it. The assessment of these factors will enable your chiropractor to better understand the condition and factor in those details when determining treatment. Following the consultation, a case history will be performed which will factor in your family history, dietary habits, past treatments, and occupational history. These details will help the chiropractor identify the area of complaint by learning more about different the patient’s history. Following the consultation and case history, a physical examination may be performed. Virginia Family Chiropractic utilizes a variety of methods to determine the spinal segments that require chiropractic treatments. These include:
- Physical Examination – The physical examination focuses on areas of the spine that require treatment. This exam could include static and motion palpation techniques to determine spinal segments that may be restricted in their movement or fixated.
- Digital Posture Analysis – This is a digitized posture analysis that is used to evaluate whether you have good posture. It also shows any abnormalities of one’s spinal curve/posture.
- Surface Electromyography - This is a computerized muscle evaluation, similar in performance to an EKG reader, that measures the electrical activity of your muscles. The software automatically compares your working values to normal values. If the electrical activity is too high, it can lead to muscle spasm and tension.
- X-ray – The purpose of an x-ray for chiropractic health is to study the condition of the bony anatomy and soft tissues. This helps the chiropractor understand the extent of wear, any anomalies in your spine, and other factors that will guide the development of the treatment plan.
After the initial consultation and exam, a diagnosis will be made that the chiropractor will consult to determine treatment. Virginia Family Chiropractic offers a wide range of treatment options, some that are not available anywhere else. Depending on your symptoms your chiropractic care could include any of the following:
- CBP XRAYS - Chiropractic BioPhysics is a technique used in chiropractic health that combines biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to diagnose you’re the cause of your pain and discomfort. The process involves an x-ray and examination of your spine to determine the root cause of the problem. This allows for the development of a treatment plan that more accurately addresses your specific symptoms.
- Cervical Traction Therapy - Cervical traction therapy helps to decrease pressure build up on the vertebrae of the neck by gently pulling and stretching the muscles. It is used to improve conditions such as forward head carriage and improves cervical lordosis.
- Chiropractic Adjustment - Chiropractic adjustment is used to correct structural alignment and improve your body's physical function. The chiropractor places you in specific positions to adjust the spine joint. Using a controlled, sudden force on the joint, it is pushed beyond its usual range of motion effectively realigning the spine.
- Denneroll Therapy - Denneroll therapy involves the use of orthotic devices designed specifically for targeted areas of the spine that patients use at home in combination with regular chiropractic treatment. Designed with precise contours for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions, the Denneroll therapy will help to restore proper sagittal plane spinal curvature and correct other conditions.
- Electrical Muscle Stimulation - The purpose of electrical stimulation, is to reduce inflammation in the muscle. Padded electrodes are placed upon the skin in the affected area. The electrodes send an electrical impulse to ease muscle spasms and reduce pain.
- Inversion Therapy - Inversion therapy is used to take the pressure off the spine by reversing gravitational impact. The patient is secured to the inversion table as it slowly inverts, allowing the spine to stretch and increasing space between the discs.
- POPE 2 Way - To improve cervical lordosis, POPE 2 Way traction therapy utilizes two separate weight sacks for traction of the neck. It decreases pressure on the vertebrae by introducing space within the discs.
- Ultrasound therapy - With the use of sound waves, ultrasound therapy introduces heat deep into the soft tissues and joints stimulating them with a micro-massaging action. This type of therapy helps to reduce pain, stiffness, and spasms, in the affected area. Blood flow is also increased which accelerates the healing process.
- Wobble Chair Therapy - The Wobble Chair is a patented height adjustable chair used for chiropractic care. During therapy, the chair rotates forwards, sideways, and in circular motion to stimulate lumbar disc mobility, re-hydration, nutrition delivery, and waste elimination.