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What to Expect at Higley Family Chiropractic

Hand pointing to spineIf you’ve ever gone to a social event where you didn’t know anyone, you know how uncomfortable that can make you feel. Our goal is to eliminate every shred of apprehension and make you feel at home.

Since chiropractic care involves a series of visits, with each one building on the ones before, it’s important that our relationship can go the distance. We’ve found that one of the best ways to have successful patient relationships is to explain everything in advance. No surprises!

The more you understand who we are, what we do and why we do it, the better results you’ll enjoy. It’s as simple as that.

Your First Visit to Our Nebraska City Practice

Your first visit is simple and on average takes 45 minutes. You will meet with your doctor in a comfortable consultation room. The doctor will talk with you about your health concerns and answer any questions. The doctor will take a detailed history of your health issues to help determine if yours is a Chiropractic case. Next, you will fill out some short forms so the doctor has the information necessary to start you on your Chiropractic journey.

Next, you will have a complete exam that will include special tests. These tests help determine where your problem areas might be and how the doctor will address them. The tests include: two computer scans that test the muscle tension as well as the temperature on either side of your spine. When your body is healthy it should be in balance.

Long gowns and shorts are provided for these examinations.

Then, if necessary, full spine, weight bearing (standing) x-rays will be taken. X-rays are taken for several reasons. These include:

  1. To determine the condition of the discs (the cushions between the vertebrae in your spine);
  2. To determine the phases of degeneration;
  3. To locate potential problem areas, misalignments (vertebral subluxations).
  4. To rule out other pathologies (diseases).

X-rays are like a road map to your spine and helps your doctor to be specific for your individual needs.

To see is to know! We do not want to guess when it comes to your health.

Your Second Visit to Our Nebraska City Practice

After the doctor has had time to study and analyze all the information and put it all together they will sit down with you and show you what was found. At this time they will also discuss what will need to be done to correct your problem.

After you have had time to ask any questions about your report, the doctor will then deliver any necessary spinal adjustments to begin your healing process.

Our focus is to be as specific, precise, and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation).

Great care is taken to ensure a mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible.

Regular Visits at Higley Family Chiropractic

Your doctor uses five indicators that show where your nerve interference is that visit. These indicators include: visualization (we observe for postural changes, visual signs of swelling or muscle spasm), x-rays (the x-rays are viewed every visit to be specific for each individual) static palpation (which is simply feeling along your spine for tenderness, swelling and other abnormalities), motion palpation (which is bending your spine to look for sings of fixation), instrumentation (we run a nervoscope which feels like two fingers gliding down your spine, to locate areas of temperature imbalance). Temperature changes can indicate swelling or lack of blood flow to an area of the spine.

The doctor will run the nervoscope to detect any nerve interference and to observe the differences from the previous adjustment. The doctor will adjust the necessary areas of subluxation and give you any further instructions.

It is our goal, as Gonstead Chiropractors, to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxations.

Questions? Concerns? Give Higley Family Chiropractic a call now and put your mind at ease.

Chiropractor Nebraska City | (402) 713-5105