If this is your very first chiropractic appointment, you likely have a lot of questions.
We want this to be a relaxing and comfortable experience for you.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
On your first visit, Dr. De Brine will examine you, performing complete orthopedic and neurological exams and a chiropractic analysis. As a chiropractor, she is concerned with your nerves and stress to your nervous system.
There are three types of stress to the nervous system:
- Mechanical/physical – injuries, trauma, or wear and tear
- Chemical – from the environment, food and drink, and medications
Nerve stress affects the motor division of nerves, which can lead to muscle spasms and sensory problems, like numbness, tingling, and burning, as well as autonomic nervous system issues.
After the initial exam, Dr. De Brine will let you know where the stress is located in your spine and determine the best technique to remove the spinal stress. You will have your own unique treatment plan based on the examination findings.
A chiropractic adjustment typically involves applying a high velocity, low magnitude thrust to a vertebra, with the goal of restoring proper motion and relieving pressure on the nervous system. There are many different chiropractic techniques that can be used, ranging from osseous manipulation to non-force techniques with a gentler touch.
Chiropractic care is generally not painful, as Dr. De Brine is highly-trained to use gentle, effective techniques.
What You Should Bring with You
For your first visit, you should try to prepare and/or bring as many of the following items:
- Insurance card
- Detailed history of your onset of pain
- Description of you’ve previously done for treatment and how effective it was
- Name(s) of any other doctors you’ve seen for your current pain/injury/ailment
- Any diagnostic tests you may have had, including x-rays or MRIs, as well as information about where they were performed
- List of current medications
- Description of any other medical history or illnesses
- Description of your family medical history