To ensure your visits in our office is extraordinary, here is what to expect during our time together.
Your First Visit
Complete the Practice Member health history forms so we can know you better. Dr. Tara will use this information to create your customized Care Plan. Read and sign the HIPPA and informed consent.
You will meet with Dr. Tara to review your health history as well to discuss your goals and desires from chiropractic care.
NERVE and MUSCLE SCAN
At Hatboro Family Wellness, we utilize The Subluxation Station which is a non-invasive scan that provides a visual measurement of how well the nervous system is functioning. Specifically, the spinal nerves bringing instruction from the brain to the muscles and the autonomic nervous system controlling the organs as well as other activities you do not consciously think about, such as breathing regularly.
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There are two components to the scan:
1. Surface EMG (example on left)
The Surface Electromyography measures the activity of the muscles along your spine. This tells us whether the muscles are working normally (indicated by white lines), or if they are working too hard (indicated by red, blue or green lines) or not hard enough (indicated by yellow lines).
2. Thermal Scan (example on right)
Measures temperature deviations along the spine (shown as red, blue or green lines) which indicate how well the autonomic nerve system is functioning. This lets us know about the health of your organs and glands.
You will receive a Comprehensive Chiropractic Examination which aides Dr. Tara in understanding the cause of your health challenge(s) and to create your customized Care Plan.
It may be necessary to take X-Rays of your spine to determine the severity and complexity of the subluxation complex that is causing your problems and to rule out any pathology.
Your Second Visit
REPORT OF FINDINGS
During your second visit, Dr. Tara will share what she discovered about your health based on your Consultation, Exams, Scans, and X-Rays (if they were taken). From there, she will provide your Customized Care Plan, which is the route for regaining and keeping your health. During that time she will also share ways in which you can save money on your care. We find that it’s much easier to bring your spouse/significant other with you so that they can hear what Dr. Tara reports concerning your health. As well, it’s best when your spouse/significant other can ask questions if they so desire. Plan to spend 30-minutes at our office during this visit. All other visits last about 5-7 minutes. We fully embrace that you do not live to get adjusted but rather get adjusted to FULLY LIVE!!
You will be checked for vertebral subluxation and if present you’ll get adjusted. It’s as simple as that. We are honored to partner so that you may live at your best!
Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Relief / Crisis Care
If you are dealing with a health crisis when you come into our office, our first objective is to help you feel better. Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. Your care frequency is based upon your specific health goals and desires. If you are only looking for short term, drug free symptom relief, then you may want to stop care as soon as you feel better. You may also choose to keep enjoying the benefits of chiropractic care and allow for full healing of your spine and nerve system by taking your care to the corrective/restorative phase.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Phase 2: Corrective / Restorative Care
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a recurrence of symptoms, it is often necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may be instructed on exercises and stretches to do at home to help the stability of your spine and accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, and your nerve function begins to heal and is optimized. It is typical to need care 1-2x per week for 4-6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. Again, your care recommendations are based on YOUR health goals which are discussed in detail during your consultation.
Phase 3: Preventative Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, many of our practice members choose to come in for regular adjustments to stay feeling great, optimize their health potential, and avoid future problems. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor, based on your lifestyle and specific goals. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal and nerve system.
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your health is optimized and your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.