Your first visit
Upon entering our office, we will welcome you as a member of our family, and Dr. Leah Foster will greet you with a warm smile. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient section of the website. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition. We also have them available in the office for your convenience to fill out upon arrival.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Leah Foster to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Leah Foster to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals. The doctor will then talk with you and ask you some specific questions regarding your condition to determine if chiropractic care may be of benefit to you. If your condition can benefit, she will continue with a full examination. If they cannot help you, you will be referred to another doctor in the local area that may be able to help. There is never a fee for the consultation.
After your consultation, Dr. Leah Foster will perform a complete medical examination. This will include testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend as well other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests. This will be used for the doctor to provide a full in-depth analysis of your current state and condition for creating a treatment plan. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent. If any conditions are found that need treatment from another type of doctor, you will be referred accordingly to the right person.
If you have recent X-Rays, please bring them with you to your appointment. Depending on your specific condition, we may need X-rays to get a full and proper evaluation of you. The need for X-ray is considered on a case by case basis. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignment and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Leah Foster will give you a detailed report of all finding including reviewing your current condition, going over x-rays to explain specific results, and answering any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
Dr. Leah Foster will discuss your goals and her recommendations to provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs. She will also begin to coordinate with you if your condition requires care with other providers as well.
We use different types of therapy at your appointments, some depending on your condition. E-Stim is used to deliver controlled impulses to your muscles to relieve tension and loosen up the fibers so the treatment will have less resistance. Heat or Ice may be used for things such as inflammation. A roller table may be used to relax, loosen, and stretch out the back and spine. A decompression table may be used for cases involving disc issue. And ultrasound or graston technique are used for muscle tissue related issues.
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime. Dr. Leah Foster is well versed in many techniques, including extremely gentle ones for those more afraid of the more commonly associated with chiropractic.
Most of our patients begin to see results from the very first adjustment. Our special gentle and effective alignment of the body is interactive with the patient, gentle enough for kids (they love us), yet able to restore function and movement for the athlete and senior
Wellness Goals Outside of the Office
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.
When treating an injury or problematic condition, chiropractic care usually is laid out in stages that work like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to be strong, sturdy, and work properly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. Without it, many conditions may come back. There are three phases to corrective chiropractic care . . .
Phase 1: Acute Phase - Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care 2-3 times per week for 2-8 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care 4-8 times per month, for anywhere from a couple months to several in more severe cases, all depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem. This is the phase we are focusing on stabilization of the body to help it to solidify and keep its natural, healthy alignment and posture.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. (Much like seeing a dentist regularly before you have a cavity.) This is also the phase a healthy individual just visiting the Chiropractor for wellness and everyday aches and pains will start in. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1 time per month, but you can come as often as 4 times a month if your lifestyle and goals benefit from the more frequent routine care, such as athletes or people with more strenuous jobs. This would all be up to you. You can discuss your objectives with the doctor. We are here to help in whatever way you need!