Chiropractic Visit – What to Expect

/Chiropractic Visit – What to Expect

What to expect on the first chiropractic visit

FAQs

Dr. Fryer often uses a “fully secure” and movable suspended blue whale spine vertebrae to educate his patients.

You will be greeted by one of our staff and a written past history, with any symptoms and preceding related events, will be asked for. This should take no more than 5-10 minutes. You will then meet Dr. Fryer and he will take a careful history, learning together what may have caused your symptoms. This may include a viewing through VIHA’s imaging centre of any previous tests that may help in the diagnosis. Prior to the first visit, Dr. Fryer asks that you pay attention to what activities, if any, aggravate your problem. He finds this information very helpful in identifying the pain generator in the arrival to an accurate diagnosis. A physical exam which includes active range of motion and a neurological assessment will also be performed.

Every exam will be directed to the specific region of complaint and other areas that may be influencing the main problem. For example, if the lower back is a problem, then there will be focus to that region and all related areas that may affect the region. If patients request not to have an evaluation done to a specific region, that will be honored.

After a working diagnosis is shared with the patient, an educational explanation of the probable source of the pain is revealed likely using his dynamic disc models. Next, a plan of treatment is implemented and offered. The chiropractic table Dr. Fryer uses allows spinal decompression treatment in flexion, lateral flexion and extension. (Spinal extension decompression is something Dr. Fryer has developed over the years of clinical and research experience).

There is no requirement to proceed at this stage as some people utilize Dr. Fryer’s experience in diagnostics. If treatment is requested, which is implicit, unless otherwise mentioned, a manual spinal decompression approach with long and lateral axis is utilized with a focus on helping to restore balance through spinal alignment and joint spacing while allowing nutrient flow and circulation to the spine to occur. Classic chiropractic manipulation may be used in conjunction to decompression. In general, manipulation is usually not performed on elderly spines. Here is the chiropractic table Dr. Fryer uses.

Published home care decompression exercises designed by Dr. Fryer will compliment and help extend the benefits experienced between treatments. Dr. Fryer may also prescribe specific exercises that will foster regeneration through webexercises which allows patients to access from home on a computer. Ultimately, one should expect to have a firm grasp on what went wrong and what is required to facilitate the healing process.

Chiropractic is based on zthe scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body control these important functions.

The skull protects the delicate tissue of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and exiting nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and the organs throughout the body. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation, meaning less then a total dislocation. And complex, meaning consisting of more then one part. The most form of subluxation is intervertebral disc height loss.

Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural.

Chiropractic adjustments benefit the body’s physiology, according to some studies. One of these effects is to relax muscles and improve joint mobility, even long after the original injuries have taken place.

In the context of health care procedures, chiropractic treatments have a good safety record. About 30 million people see a chiropractor each year, and only a handful report serious injuries. The most common side effect of chiropractic adjustments is slight soreness, which you can usually relieve by icing the sore area. It’s a good idea, though, to tell both your chiropractor and your regular doctor about each other, so they can coordinate your care.

Chiropractors receive four academic years of training, which follows a minimum of three years of pre-professional education. They pass national board examinations similar to those doctors of medicine must take. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed in all 50 states and all provinces and make up the third largest licensed health care provider group in the United States and Canada.

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are many ways to adjust the spine. The doctor’s hands delivers a brief and highly accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow and constant pressure. Dr. Fryer uses both styles and picks which may be most effective for each region of the spine.

After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience.

Some patients, who complain of headaches, may actually have a lower back problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers, when the actual problem is in the neck.

Every patient presents a uniquely different spinal pattern. Patients notice that their chiropractic care is delivered with confidence and precision. Each visit builds on the one before. And while visits may seem similar, each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

The adjustment is a painless procedure. If a person is already in pain any movement of course can be uncomfortable, but the adjustments are designed to ultimately reduce and eliminate the pain.

Most extended health plans cover chiropractic; check with your insurance company or health plan administrator.

Often the problems in the human body are silent. Unfortunately, we don’t have the gauges a car may have, for example, but there are many obvious indicators. And pain is only one. There is also stiffness, achiness, numbness, burning, temperature changes, decrease flexibility, limited physical performance, tiredness, and not sleeping well. These are signs that something is wrong with the system. So remember it is always easier to stay well than to get well. Seeing your chiropractor should be part of a healthy lifestyle.Taking care of your spine is at the central hub of it all. Contact Dr. Jerome Fryer in Nanaimo for your chiropractic needs.

Pain is usually the last thing to present in a chronically stressed muscle-joint system. In other words, do you wait until your car’s engine seriously fails before you take it to the mechanic? Or do you listen to the signals your car is telling you and take it in BEFORE something seriously happens? A Nanaimo chiropractor can detect what is wrong with your system and treat what needs to be treated before and after a problem occurs. It is your choice. It is your body.

Chiropractic is not only about making pain disappear. It is about understanding what your body is telling you and ultimately learning the best strategies to give your body what it requires to improve your quality of life. I aim to be a doctor (which means ‘teacher’ in Latin) in the most natural form possible. I will teach you about restoring and maintaining your spinal health through knowledge gained in the most recent reviewed research. As a chiropractor, I understand that each condition is specific to each person and often requires a tailored approach to treatment. I hope to listen carefully to hear what has (and has not) worked to come up with the best treatment plan for you. I also hope you find this website helpful in learning what will serve you best, in the pursuit of optimum health.