What Should You Expect on Your First Visit?
At Guarino Chiropractic our examinations procedures are
geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral
Subluxation". The procedures we use are therefore specifically
selected for your spine and nervous system health. There are a
few things that you should expect when you have a first visit
at our office.
When you arrive…
You can expect to be greeted with respect and courtesy by Erica, Sandy. Rachelle or Anne our conscientious and helpful staff.
You will be asked to complete a few forms, which you can get here to take with you so you can accurately share with the Doctor your current state of health.
The Doctor will consult with you to further evaluate your health and help determine which type of exam and evaluation procedures will benefit your needs.
Our Examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system
exam which includes "Palpation". Palpation essentially is checking your
spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxations problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations. Chiropractic, Neurological and Orthopedic tests are also done to help us in further understand the cause of your problem.
As a state of the art Chiropractic office, we are committed to using the highest quality research and clinical grade chiropractic instrumentation available for detecting vertebral subluxations. Surface Electromyography (SEMG) is used in our office to evaluate the relative levels of electrical activity associated with your motor nervous system. It also helps us measure the affect subluxations may be having on your muscles.
The second part of this computerized examination process involves Infrared Thermography. This test measures spinal heat differences from one level of the spine to another, as well as from one side of the spine to the other. Heat is a by product of circulation, which is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. From this we can see how subluxation may be affecting these functions of your nervous system.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you at
your Report of Findings. However, it is important to note
that this examination helps scientifically understand the
subluxation processes going on in your spine. It also gives us a
baseline for future tests so we can accurately measure your
progress to see how your spine is correcting and your nervous
system is functioning. Using state of the art equipment is much more accurate that just depending on "how you feel" on any given day.
Spinal X-rays may taken depending on your age, and situation. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy, most children, recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various
situations. Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common
part of the examination process when looking for vertebral
subluxations. X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, and the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been
involved in your spine. With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well
as the initial frequency of your care. Your x-rays we be explained to
you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings.
You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit. This visit is your most important visit It is at your Report of
Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours. Our staff schedules your Report of Findings
with you after your first visit.
Our Chiropractic Care at Guarino Chiropractic utilizes the
most modern chiropractic analytical, and adjustive procedures and
equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious
threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your
family. It is therefore imperative that we utilize the most modern, and the well established time-proven procedures to help you. We feel you’re worth it!
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your first visit.