On your first visit, you should show up about 10 minutes early to complete the introductory paperwork. The paperwork includes a brief health history and questions regarding any sore spots you want worked on.
These questions are focused on better helping your massage therapist understand your specific wants and needs. Before you begin your massage, you and your massage therapist will have a one-on-one consultation to design a massage tailored to you. After the talk, your massage therapist will give instructions on how to lay on the table and then step out of the room to let you disrobe and get on the table.
Since this is your first massage, your massage therapist will ask questions periodically throughout your massage, such as, “How is the pressure?” and “Are you comfortable?” This helps support open communication between you and your massage therapist.
Commonly asked questions
Summary of a first visit to the office:
- X-ray, if warranted and needed
- Adjustment – if the doctor feels that it is warranted and will help, of course (if not, refer to another professional)
- Go over their information and x-rays with them
- Explain everything
- Give a second adjustment
- And then, sit down with the patient to present a care plan to correct and maintain their health.
Cold Laser Therapy
- Super Pulsed Laser (905nm) produces a high power level of impulse light at a billionth of a second. The high power during each pulse drives the photons, or light energy, to the target tissue, up to 10 – 13 cm (4 – 5 inches) deep. The TerraQuant’s high peak power of up to 50,000 mW creates a higher photon density, delivering the highest concentration of photons for healing and providing the deepest tissue penetration. Super pulsed laser strongly influences pain reduction, improves microcirculation, and increases cell metabolism through ATP production.
- Pulsed Broad Band Infrared Emitting Diodes (875nm) penetrate shallower tissue depths than the laser but provide an overall broader spectrum than laser radiation by gently heating the surface tissue layer.
- Pulsed Red Light (660nm) penetrates shallower tissue depth and has beneficial anti-inflammatory effects.
- Once you start, you can never stop: False! However, simple maintenance is why we brush our teeth daily and change our oil every 3,000 miles. People under chiropractic care FEEL GOOD and want to maintain that feeling despite the rigors of life and work. Once a person is feeling well, regular maintenance adjustments are the best way to sustain that good feeling and prevent energy from aggravating and hurting your body – bringing back the pain. Our health is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE HAVE, period!!! Money, fame, and family don’t mean much without our health. Chiropractic care helps the body be at its healthiest throughout the year – not just when you hurt. This is not to say you will never have another pain – we are still human – but it should be much less and always less severe than if a person is not under care.
- Chiropractic care can cause strokes or break your bones: False! If the chiropractor always does his proper procedures – consult, exam, x-ray – before he treats the person and then uses the proper techniques for that person. With the appropriate approach, I am confident I will never hurt anyone. Yes, there are unproven stories about the person who was paralyzed or died. If that had happened, the AMA and Pharmaceutical Agencies would plaster them all over the news to discourage people from using chiropractic care.
- The adjustment noise is bones popping: False. The noise created with a chiropractic adjustment is just the gas released from a sealed joint. Much like opening a can of Folgers coffee, the seal is momentarily opened when you adjust, and the released gas makes a popping noise. It is the same noise that occurs when someone does it to himself or herself, with the difference being that attempting to adjust yourself WILL cause damage to the joint over the long term. Chiropractic adjustments do not.