What should I expect during my first visit?

Chiropractor first visit

In order to complete your intake forms/health questionnaires it is a good idea to arrive about 10 minutes early to your first appointment.  Also, please note that a MD referral is not required to visit a chiropractor. 

In order to fully understand your condition, Dr. Shaun or Dr. Jen will first conduct a thorough history in regards to your condition and your past/current health status.  A complete history is vital to understanding how your body is functioning as a whole.  After the history, Dr. Shaun or Dr. Jen will complete a focused physical series of tests on the joints and/or muscles that have been bothering you.  While the physical may cause some discomfort, it is important when diagnosing your condition.  

After the history and physical Dr. Shaun or Dr. Jen will advise you if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care and how they will help your condition.  Dr. Shaun and Dr. Jen believe in "informed choice", which basically means, they will take the time to explain your diagnosis, how they intend to help you with your pain, the benefits/risks of treatment and alternatives.  As primary health providers, your comfort and well-being is their priority and you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you would like.  Set aside at least 45 to 60 minutes for this first appointment.   Bring along any X-ray imaging or reports that you have on hand.  Subsequent appointments usually take less time depending on the type of treatment you require.

While you are recovering it is important to follow the treatment plan Dr. Shaun and Dr. Jen have created for you.  This includes compliance with any prescribed exercises/activity, frequency of care and/or suggested supplementation.