What to Expect

Arriving at a doctors office for the first time can be a nerve racking experience. Paperwork to fill out, new faces and names to learn, and getting to know your way around the office; this can hit the senses all the at same time causing overload.

In contrast, our aim is to remove any stressor causing unnessesary tension and make you feel comfortable. In this area of the website you will be able to take care of items necessary for your visit prior to arriving, in the comfort of your home.

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.

My First Visit

After welcoming you to our office you will be asked to fill out our required forms which will provide us with some information about you and your condition.

CONSULTATION

Dr. Coonrad will ask specific questions regarding you and your condition. If Dr. Coonrad feels that he can help you, he will let you know that and continue with a thorough examination. If Dr. Coonrad feels he cannot help you, he will refer you to an appropriate physician who will be able to help you.

EXAMINATION

After a thorough consultation with the doctor, you will have a complete chiropractic examination. This will include testing your muscles, your ability to turn and bend as well as other specialized orthopedic, neurologic, postural, and physical examinations as indicated by your complaints. If necessary however, the doctor may refer you for x-rays or additional testing procedures.

REPORT OF FINDINGS

Once all the above information has been gathered and examinations have been performed, Dr. Coonrad will give you a report of findings so you will understand exactly what is causing your condition. This usually occurs on your second visit to the office. Dr. Coonrad usually will treat you a few times so he can determine how you respond (fast or slow)before making specific recommendations for the correction of your problem.

TREATMENT

Dr. Coonrad will begin treatment only after he has seen important indicators that you will respond to his care. Most of our patients begin to see results from the very first adjustment although some cases respond more slowly. Our specialized, gentle and effective alignment of the body is interactive with each patient, gentle enough for kids (they love us), yet effective enough to quickly reduce pain and restore function and movement to athletes, adults and seniors.

To find out if your insurance covers chiropractic care, you can download the insurance worksheet from the patient forms section then call your company to determine what your coverage may be. For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged. Please see the Payment Options section.

Phase 1: Relief Care

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.

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 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 rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is 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 begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.

Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms 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.

Phase 3: Wellness Care

Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. 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 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 joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.

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