What to Expect
Your body is an amazing instrument and it should not require weekly visits to the chiropractor to maintain health. Dr. Pedersen and his team will empower you to optimal health through nutritional advice, exercise suggestions, joint adjustments, and muscle work. Dynamic, pain-free living is your destiny… claim yours today at Positive Motion Chiropractic.
The first thing your doctor will do is take a thorough health history. This history will include family, occupational, and past medical histories as well as a history of your dietary and exercise habits and previous care received. All too often in today's medical climate, the patient is rushed through their initial consult with the doctor and critical elements of their health are missed. We work outside of the high-volume medical model and will spend the time necessary (sometimes up to two hours) to completely understand your complex medical situation.
Next, a physical examination will be performed which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis, and orthopedic and neurological testing. In addition, a careful spinal and muscular examination and analysis will be performed to detect any abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital in evaluating your health status.
Once we have identified the cause of your health problem, we will begin care by administering adjustments and/or soft-tissue therapies. An "adjustment," as doctors of chiropractic use the term, means the specific manipulation of any joint in the body which has abnormal movement patterns or fails to function normally. The adjustment can be given by hand or instrument, and consists of applying pressure to the joint areas that are out of alignment or that do not move properly within their normal range of motion.
In addition to performing adjustments, we will pay close attention to your muscles and work to balance their tone. Many different methods are employed to reduce muscle in spasm and also to strengthen weak muscles. These can include myofascial release or massage, therapeutic ultrasound, reflex stimulation, and personally tailored home exercises. Like the rigging of a sailboat, muscles are the stabilizers of all the joints in the body. By working on the muscles directly, we are able to reduce the number of visits necessary and help stabilize the patient's condition. Many chiropractors simply adjust the spine. We will assess, and where necessary, adjust every joint from your feet to your upper cervical spine, as well as balance your muscle tone and function.