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What to Expect at Whole Family Chiropractors

Initial Examination:

Chiropractic treatment always includes an initial physical examination that takes approximately 40 minutes and includes a complete orthopedic and neurological evaluation and most often X-ray.

Our brand new digital X-ray system is one of the finest, lowest radiation exposure machines on the market. Being able to actually show patients what the issues are objectively is not only valuable, but essential to appropriate treatment. We can burn a CD with your images and include embedded viewing software. This way you’ll be able have a permanent record, share with other specialists and show your family what we’re working on.

Sometimes the exam reveals symptoms that in the doctor’s judgment warrant a referral to another specialist for additional evaluation. Additionally, though the majority of straightforward musculo-skeletal conditions do not require such testing, your doctor may decide that blood labs, MRI, CT scan, thermography, Doppler or other diagnostic tests are advisable. In the event testing or referral is required, Dr. Paris will refer to someone whom she knows as the best in their field and she will continue to monitor your overall case.

Report of Findings

After the exam is completed and the results of any tests have been received, Dr. Paris will provide you with a report of findings. This essentially is a clear explanation of your specific case, condition, treatment options and prognosis. This meeting is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have in order to clearly and fully understand your treatment plan.

Beginning Treatment

Chiropractic treatment will usually consist of chiropractic manipulation (an ‘adjustment’). During this procedure, you may feel or hear popping, which is caused by the release of pressurized Nitrogen gas being released from synovial joints. Often present in synovial joints, Nitrogen gas becomes increasingly pressurized when such joints are restricted from normal motion. Dr. Paris is trained to gently release this pressure in a variety of ways. There is no one technique that is best for everyone so each treatment plan is tailored not only around the patient’s condition, but also their preferences.

Chiropractic treatment may also include one or more of several physiotherapeutic modalities. The doctor will likely prescribe specific medical massage therapy, may induce passive or active ranges of motion using techniques of flexion distraction on a motorized table, manual and/or mechanical traction, heat infrared, diathermy or ultrasound, cryotherapy, TENS, micro-current, hydrotherapy, Cold Laser and others. When appropriate, topical pain analgesic supplements may be given to facilitate use of a chosen technique.

As a total wellness provider Whole Family Chiropractors offers you opportunities to become involved in your own healthcare beyond the specific pain or discomfort which may have initially brought you to see us. We often instruct patients in home and health club exercise, stretching and strengthening programs designed to optimize biomechanical movement. Fitball, Theraball, and Therabands are often used to enhance core muscle strength and flexibility. Feldenkries, Cranial Sacral method and other non-force techniques allow joints to experience full range of motion without placing additional strain upon them.

Dr. Paris is well versed in strength and endurance training involving free weights and fitness machines; and she often works with personal trainers to design specific programs for athletes and patients. Cardiovascular and flexibility training are important adjuncts to any fitness program.

Diet and nutrition often complete the general wellness profile given to a patient. However, complex cases due to prior injury, or competitive athletic performance cases, may include additional integrative therapies or wellness components.

Ready to get started? Please call Whole Family Chiropractors to arrange a time so that we may meet you and discuss your particular health issue. (512) 505-8500.

Whole Family Chiropractors | 4818 Berkman Dr, Ste 100, Austin | (512) 505-8500