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.
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 temporarily.
If after hearing about your problem it seems that your condition may be helped by chiropractic care, I will perform an examination. There have been times where it has been very clear to me following the consultation that my office is simply not the best place for the patient.
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?
If after your consultation and examination I determine that x-rays of your spine are needed, we will perform an x-ray examination. X-rays are not needed for every person or every condition. 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. This follow up visit is a second consultation in which I go over the results of your examinations 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.
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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.
HOW MUCH DOES A NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENT COST IF I’M PAYING CASH?
The cost varies depending on specific problems being addressed, but a typical initial appointment ranges between $75-$200.
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO BE THERE FOR MY NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENT?
New patient appointments last anywhere from 45 minutes to 60 minutes.
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
We offer several chiropractic adjusting techniques, therapeutic modalities, exercise rehabilitation, lumbar decompression, and accupuncture.
WHAT ABOUT MY CHILD, CAN THEY GET ADJUSTED AS WELL?
Yes, we have done adjustments for babies as new as a few days old. We 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.
WHY DO I NEED ADJUSTMENTS?
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 off 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.
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 and our trained chiropractors 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.
Flexion-Distraction technique is utilized on a specific table when someone has suffered compression of the spine or a lumbar disc issue. With this technique, the lower back is stretched out by the table resulting in a relief of lumbar pressure.
The Thompson technique involves 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.
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