What to expect with your Initial Chiropractic Evaluation by Dr. Darren Poncelet.
PaperworkYour initial chiropractic evaluation is very detailed. We ask that you completely and accurately fill out the initial health forms for your file. Yes, it is paperwork.
No it isn't fun, but it is a very important component to ensure the best results possible. During this time you will meet Dr. Darren.
Balance scalesThe next step of this evaluation is having you stand on balance scales. These scales have little to do with your actual weight.
What we are very interested in is the weight difference between the two scales. For optimal skeletal alignment you should be within 1 kg.
Health analysisA series of tests that will not cause you any discomfort is what follows. We will do a thermal scan of your spine to assess for areas of inflammation.
Our surface electromyogram will assess muscle tone to determine areas of muscle hypertonicity (increased muscle firing patterns) or hypotonicity(decreased muscle firing patterns), as well as symmetry of back muscles. To determine balance and activity level of the Autonomic Nervous System (nerves that control the internal organs of the body) a pulse wave profile will be taken.
Digital range of motion of your spine will also be completed to determine exact levels of spinal mobility or impairment. Dr. Darren will then complete a detailed posture evaluation. Your posture is the window to your overall health. Your complete health history, including current and previous major stresses in your life, is discussed next. Anything from a car accident, fall down stairs or previous injury that has never been properly corrected, may have a significant impact in the level of spinal degeneration and existing symptoms you now have.
What do you really want to accomplish with your health? Our next step is to discuss your goals and expectations. We are focused on restoring your health so you can live to your best ability.
Test results will be highlighted and explained to you. We will also determine if we need to arrange for x-rays to be taken before proceeding with any adjustments.
Also included are the following:
Education, Report of findings and ResultsWe will teach you about how your body functions and why you are where you are. This discussion is held in a group setting in our clinic seminar room.
Following this discussion we will then go through your report of findings privately by reviewing the results of your x-rays, posture and all the tests. It is very beneficial to have your spouse or significant other there to understand and give you support on your road to recovery towards optimal health.
We have found that people that are educated and informed get the best results. Our plans of management to correct your health concerns are designed from professional knowledge and years of experience. When plans of management are not followed then results are compromised.
It has been noted that when people comment that Chiropractic didn't "work" for them usually the expectation didn't meet a realistic time line and that disconnect caused frustration. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to:
- Provide a diagnosis through a detailed initial evaluation.
- Explain the diagnosis in detail so you completely understand what is happening to your body.
- Provide a clear plan of management to correct your problem and achieve your goals.
We never turn anyone away because of their condition or financial ability to pay. However, we have turned people away for not making their health a PRIORITY.
Our door and lines of communication are always open to discuss your best options no matter what the circumstances.
Our Gift To YouWhen you reserve your first appointment you will also receive a complimentary consultation with each of our health services.
Are you ready to achieve optimal health? Take advantage of our Complete Health Analysis (CHA). This package provides you with an analysis from each of our health services at MORE THAN 50% OFF the regular price.
Our clinic mission and goodwill are based on getting excellent results with our clients. We utilize the individual skills of all our practitioners to ensure we find the best possible solutions for you and your specific needs.