Back pain can occur from an auto accident or a disease and significantly affect your quality of life. Not only that, but the pain can also become chronic it is not treated on time. At 120 Chiropractic Inc. in Portland, OR, we provide various treatments to reduce your discomfort and help you recover quickly. Before scheduling your appointment, learn how chiropractic care can be effective for back pain below:
What to Expect During Your First Appointment:
Before your first visit, we will have you fill out our new patient forms from our website. We will ask you to bring any prior medical records to your first visit. At your first visit, Dr. Andosca will meet with you to review your health history. Then, he will perform an exam including orthopedic, neurologic, and chiropractic tests, and a Titronics Thermography Scan. Then, he will take any necessary x-rays with our on-site Digital X-ray system. Finally, our staff will schedule you for your first report of findings visit (ROF) when Dr. Andosca will review with you the results of these initial exams.
At your second visit (aka ROF-1) Dr. Andosca will review all of the findings of your initial exams with you. If he thinks he can help you, then he will provide your first adjustments and therapies, along with any home care instructions that Dr. Andosca provides to you. Then you will be scheduled for your second report of findings (ROF-2). If he does not think he can help you, Dr. Andosca will try to recommend another treatment method that may be of help.
At the time of your third visit (aka ROF-2), Dr. Andosca will review your treatment plan for your corrective care program (i.e. the plan that will correct the stress that has accumulated in your nervous system). Our staff will discuss with you the financial obligations for your care. If you accept the recommendations from Dr. Andosca for your corrective care plan, then our staff will schedule you for your corrective care program.
In order to stabilize and resolve the problems that brought you to our office, Dr. Andosca will create a corrective care program for you after your initial exams are complete. Your corrective care program will include the care that you need to get your nervous system functioning better. After starting the corrective care program, patients often notice they start to feel better within a short time (generally within the first 4 to 6 weeks). Many patients also tell us they sleep better, have fewer colds and illnesses, and recover faster (from athletic and physical activities, or emotional stresses) like never before. Long term, many of our patients tell us they wish they came to see us sooner.
Once your original problems are stabilized and your nervous system is functioning better, you will “graduate” to our wellness care program where we will schedule you for ongoing care.
Why do you need on-going care? This is a great question because it gets at the heart of what we know about how we have “good health”. The answer is not just simply – “it’s for prevention” or “it’s a good idea for long-term health”. The real answer lies within knowing how our bodies heal and repair best.
Our nervous system controls our health, and we are designed to self-heal and self-regulate. That means our bodies are supposed to take care of our health without outside help. Have you ever wondered how your body immediately begins to heal a cut? Have you ever wondered how your body knows how to breathe for you, digest for you or pumps your blood?
All these functions are controlled by a part of your nervous system called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). In Chiropractic, we have found that healing and repair are governed by and expressed through the ANS. In addition, chiropractors have learned that we heal and repair the best when we are not under stress.
So, that begs the question, when are we not under stress? We are not just talking about emotional stress. We are talking about physical stress – like gravity, or repetitive motions like texting on your smartphone, or sitting at a desk for several hours, or lying in a bed for hours, or repetitively bending and lifting, or beginning to walk as a young child, or sitting in a wheelchair for hours, or any number of countless tasks we do every day. We are also significantly affected on a daily basis by chemical stress – like the foods that we eat, or the drugs that we may take, or the chemicals we are exposed to in our environment (ever wonder about the chemicals that it took to make the clothing that you wear?). Finally, we are significantly affected on a daily basis by emotional stress – from not sleeping well, or family and relationship struggles, or work and professional difficulties.
You know, even when things are going well life still can be stressful because of the things we do in our lives and the responsibilities we have. We also come from different class and cultural backgrounds, and have different upbringings. In addition, we may have experienced (or experience currently) different kinds of trauma and abuse in our lives which impacts how we live today.
Thus, everyone on this planet should be on a wellness care program once they have gone through and completed a corrective care program. You will still need to be checked for subluxations on-going because you will still manage chemical, physical and emotional stress every day (hopefully, with my help, to a lesser degree). If you left your spine and nervous system unchecked and uncorrected, these stresses could continue to cause subluxations which can lead to dis-ease and/or dysfunction.
The frequency for a wellness care program is very individual and is different for each patient. We frequently recommend for patients to be checked and corrected for subluxations on a twice a month or once a month basis at minimum. However, Dr. Andosca will work with you to determine the best frequency for you following your corrective care program.
Chiropractic Care At Our Office:
· Chiropractic Adjustments: The gentle chiropractic adjustments we provide to your spine and/or extremities will improve the functioning of your nervous system and allow your body to heal itself from the inside.
· Lifestyle and nutritional advice: We will provide recommendations to reduce the stress on your body and instruct you about the foods you should consume to help you heal better.
· Stretching and strengthening exercises: Dr. Andosca will teach you exercises to support the chiropractic adjustments and therapies you receive. This will help increase ranges of motion, and strengthen and stabilize your spine and/or extremities, and ultimately help to support your overall health and well being.
Visit us Today!
If you have back pain that is affecting your daily activities, let our team at 120 Chiropractic Inc. in Portland, OR, help. We offer comprehensive and customized back pain treatment that will provide the relief you’re seeking. To schedule your initial consultation, contact our office at (503) 506-5120 today. When you need a chiropractor near me, we are happy to assist you!