Your Initial Visit
Please allow approximately 60 minutes for your initial visit to Carey Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. There are essentially 6 components to the visit.
- Registration- you may download all of our registration forms in order to save some time in the office. Click here to link to registration forms.
- History- After you complete the initial registration process; we will begin to discuss your health concerns and past history.
- Physical Examination- will be completed, which has two primary components: (1) neurological and orthopedic examinations to determine a clinical diagnosis and (2) assessment of your posture, muscle function, flexibility and spinal joint function.
- Treatment Planning- The details of your diagnosis will be presented and discussed.
- Treatment- Treatments in our office may include stretches, exercises, therapy modalities (electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, intersegmental traction and ice/heat packs), therapeutic massage and spinal manipulation/adjustment.
- Home Instructions
Your First Adjustment
Dr. Carey will apply his hands to the area of your spine to be treated in such a way as to mobilize your joints. Commonly, a short impulse of pressure is applied to the joint and this may produce an audible pop or click over the joint. If you are apprehensive about this treatment procedure discuss this with Dr. Carey at the time of your initial treatment. Most patients are apprehensive about their first spinal adjustment only because they don't know what to expect or are fearful of a worsening of their pain with the procedure. Rest assured Dr. Carey has 26 years of experience and will walk you through the process. We cater to cowards.
The goal of the spinal adjustment includes the following:
- Increase the joint mobility/range of motion
- Relieve pain
- Reduce painful muscle spasms
- Restore optimal joint function
World renowned researcher of spinal pain (Karl Lewitt MD, PHD and head of Neurology at Charles University) has determined that joint dysfunctionis the key reflex associated with spinal pain. Thus, assessing and treating joint dysfunction is the first line of treatment.