New Patients

What Will Happen on My First Visit?

This seems to be the question everyone asks before they will even enter the clinic. This is certainly understandable if you’ve never seen a chiropractor.

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, you probably have a lot of questions and a lot of ideas about what a chiropractor does. So, let’s talk about what will happen on your very first visit to my office.

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Consultation

Consultation

During the initial consultation, we will sit down and you’ll have a chance to tell me all about your health concerns. I want to know how your issue started, what it feels like, what it prevents you from doing, what you’ve done about it so far, and what may have worked before, even if it was temporary.

Examination

If after hearing about your problem it seems that your condition may be helped by chiropractic care, I will perform an examination.

I don’t accept patients for care that I don’t believe I can help, so I first evaluate your condition during the consultation and then perform range of motion tests, then chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological examinations.

Will I Need X-Rays?

The need for x-rays will be determined on a case-by-case basis and the reason for the tests will be explained to you before they are performed.

At the end of your first visit, you will be scheduled for a report of findings visit. At this second consultation, we will go over your examination and tests. More importantly, I will also explain exactly what you have and how I can help.

All of your treatment and financial options will be explained prior to any service being rendered to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take my insurance?

We take most major insurance plans, as well as some smaller insurances. We have a dedicated staff trained in the verification process to ensure that you receive accurate coverage information. You can call our office at 409-835-7676, and we will discuss your benefits with you.

The cost varies depending on the extent of the exam and the number of x-rays. Typically, you can expect between $150 – $200.

Not to worry. We offer a discounted time of service option to our patients.

New patient appointments last anywhere from 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

We offer several chiropractic adjusting techniques, therapeutic modalities, lumbar decompression, and acupuncture.

Yes, I recommend adjustments for babies as early as a few days old. I can help with colic, ear infections, acid reflux, as well as babies who have plagiocephaly – flatness on side of their head. With pediatric chiropractic, we apply very gentle, low-amplitude adjustments to guide the vertebrae into the right position and restore normal nerve and blood flow as well as increase joint motion. There are times when a child will cry during an adjustment because even though we’re applying a soft but steady pressure, the area of subluxation can be very tender and swollen.

Contrary to what most people think, adjustments are not just for pain. Misalignments of the vertebra or bones in your spine can occur with normal activities of daily living. When experiencing pain, this is your body’s warning signal going off that it is in distress, similar to your check engine light coming on in your vehicle.

Within the spine, there are 24 moveable vertebrae as well as 8-9 vertebrae (the sacrum and coccyx) that fuse later in life and are considered non-moveable in the adult spine. These vertebrae also serve the purpose of providing bony protection for the delicate nerves of the spinal cord.

At every vertebral level, pairs of nerves separate off like branches of a tree trunk and travel to all the cells, tissues, and organs of the body carrying messages from the brain. Like a water hose, if you pinch it off at the source of the hose, water will not get all the way to the end. If there is a problem at the brain or vertebral level of the spinal cord, the message cannot effectively get to where it is supposed to go. This can result in a decline in health as well as negatively impact the body. This misalignment affecting the nerve flow and function is called a subluxation. With chiropractic care, we can restore the proper motion in the vertebra to remove the pressure off the nerve.

Chiropractic Adjusting Techniques

Dr. Cobb at Cobb Family Chiropractic does not just use the same type of adjustment on every patient, but uses a variety of techniques to customize a treatment plan for each of our patients.

Diversified

Auto Injuries

The term chiropractic came from the Greek “cheiros” and “praktikos” which together translates to “done by hand”.

  • Diversified technique is a manual hands-on adjustment technique that involves applying a quick but gentle specific force to a joint to restore normal movement.
  • It may not be appropriate for every person. Dr. Cobb will evaluate if this is the right technique to use for you.

Low Force/Instrument Assisted

Another oft-used technique is Low Force/Instrument Assisted which involves using a spring-loaded instrument to deliver a very gentle but also specific force on a joint.

  • There is no joint popping or manual twisting involved with this technique, which is one of the reasons why some patients prefer it.
  • Low Force/Instrument Assisted is also great for any kind of extremity adjustments, most commonly used at our office on the shoulder, wrist, knees, hips, ankles, but also for the jaw and pelvis.

Thompson

The Thompson technique makes use of a spring-loaded table in which different parts of the table raise up 1/2 – 1″ and then drop down when a quick pressure is applied at that area.

  • Thompson is also known as “drop table” technique.
  • This is a fantastic adjustment for the pelvis and SI joints.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment and What Does It Do?

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disc conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that Doctors of chiropractic manage or provide care for is not limited to neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors have the training to treat a variety of non-neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as: allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media (non-supportive) and other disorders as new research is developed.

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Wellness Care

By prioritizing maintenance chiropractic care, adults can experience improved spinal health, reduced pain, enhanced performance, and better overall wellness. Regular visits to a chiropractor help you proactively manage your health and enjoy a higher quality of life.

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