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What To Expect At Your First Visit

Registration Paperwork

Registration paperwork is required prior to examination and treatment. Paperwork should be completed online or printed and filled-out ahead of your first visit. If you prefer to complete the paperwork in office, please arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment so you can complete it before your start time. We begin our appointments promptly and not coming prepared may alter the amount of time your therapist can spend with you.

Subjective Examination

Your therapist will ask you questions about the history and evolution of your situation/injury and your goals for therapy. Before arriving, consider what movements, activities, or responsibilities aggravate your symptoms or that your symptoms are preventing you from doing as well as you normally do.  Giving a thorough Medical History is very important.  Even if you think something is unrelated to the condition for which you are being treated, your therapist is an expert at connecting the missing links in your care and needs to know about your history.  Confidentiality is always our policy.

Clothing

Your therapist will do a THOROUGH examination of your posture, spine and any extremities (shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, ankle) that may be involved in your problem.  The therapist will need to have visual access to the body part in question. Please wear or bring shorts and a tank-top or loose clothing that will not impede your movement in any way.

Privacy

Therapists often collaborate with each other on treatment in the clinic. If you would prefer to be treated in a private room, please let us know.

Plan of Care

Expect to make changes even on your first session. As manual therapy experts, we push ourselves to be able to make immediate changes, so that you walk out feeling different than when you walked in. You will be armed with knowledge of your condition from anatomical points, specific movements for body re-education, your prognosis, and the Plan of Care for a solid treatment regimen addressing not just your symptoms, but your problems.  Your therapist will periodically review the Plan of Care with you to address your progress and any areas that you feel still need attention.  Your goals are our goals.

Goals

Our goal is to change things in your body for the better, at the price of some temporary soreness, which typically lasts a few hours up to a couple days. Drinking extra water and continuing your regular activities will help reduce this. When you experience soreness or discomfort as your body changes, please call the office to discuss this with your therapist. They can tell you if the soreness is expected from the past session or if it may signal the need for a different route of treatment.

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