Your initial appointment typically lasts about an hour. The doctor will perform an evaluation to gather information about your current condition and past medical history, perform a physical exam, and provide treatment. Note: X-rays are not a "routine" procedure in our office and are only ordered when warranted. If any imaging or diagnostic tests are necessary, we will refer you to an outside facility.
Your physical exam may include a functional movement assessment, postural assessment, gait analysis, neuromuscular evaluation, muscle strength testing, muscle length testing, and joint mobility testing. The doctor will also ask you about your goals for treatment, as your motivation and expectations will play a large part in determining what services are appropriate for you. This step will ensure that you and the doctor are on the same page.
Based on the comprehensive data gathered, the doctor will recommend a treatment plan designed to return you quickly and safely back to your favorite activities. However, if it’s determined that we are not the right place to address your condition (such as fractures or surgical conditions) we will refer you to the appropriate health care professional. In fact, we work closely with many of the Bay Area’s top specialists and often co-manage patients.
Finally, most clients will receive treatment on their first visit. This may include chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, muscle stretching, corrective exercise, laser therapy, or taping. At the end of treatment, the front desk will schedule your follow up visit and collect payment.
We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will not restrict your range of motion. The doctor may provide soft tissue therapies that are applied directly to the skin, or may take you through some corrective exercises that may cause you to work up a sweat.