Upon entering our office, our chiropractic assistants Erin and Tracie will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Michelle Dougherty to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Michelle Dougherty to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Michelle Dougherty will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and range of motion. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. We incorporate computerized spinal examinations as part of our diagnostic procedures.
As a modern chiropractic office, we're committed to using the higest quality research and clinical grade instrumentation in the Myovision for the purpose of detecting and correcting the Vertebral Subluxations which negatively affects the nervous system. It is safe, painless, and non-invasive making it effective for evaluating infants, pregnant women, seniors, and everyone in between. Thermography is a picture of physiology as an X-ray is a picture of anatomy. Its function is to detect and evaluate unequal temperature from one side of the spine to the other which is an indication of something interfering with the autonomic component of the nervous system resulting in pain or imbalance and malfunction. Surface Electromyography (sEMG) measures the amount of naturally emitted electrical activity your muscles release when contracting. These readings look at the level of voltage and the patterns of directionality, which allows the doctor to determine if your spine and nervous system are functioning optimally.
The Myovision thermal and surface EMG scans will be performed at your initial visit and at specific intervals during the course of your care to evaluate and monitor the functioning of your nervous system.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Michelle Dougherty will give you a detailed report of all findings on your next visit and answer any questions including:
- Can you help me?
- How long will it take to correct?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, Dr. Michelle Dougherty will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Michelle Dougherty will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At your second appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.