What is Chiropractic Care?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Chiropractic care is centered upon examination, diagnosis, and treatment of segmental dysfunction within the joints of the spine and extremities, as well as the use of other therapeutic modalities. Following examination, Dr. Lindsey will determine whether or not any imaging is required and what the initial course of treatment shall be. If imaging (X-Ray, MRI, or CT Scan) is required, the patient will be referred to a local imaging center. After the examination has been performed and any imaging has been reviewed, Dr. Lindsey will begin treatment, which may consist of chiropractic adjustments, therapies, and/or rehabilitative exercises. The chiropractic adjustment is utilized to improve spinal and extremity joint function, which can lead to a decrease in pain and tension in the surrounding areas, as well as restore normal range of motion. There are numerous different techniques that may be used to perform a chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Lindsey is trained in several techniques, so she is equipped with a technique to suit patients from infants and children to the elderly. Dr. Lindsey will choose which technique to use based on her best judgement, the patient’s condition, and the patient’s preference. She is trained in both manual and instrument/low force adjusting. Dr. Lindsey is trained in the following techniques:

 

  • Gonstead
  • Diversified
  • Thompson drop
  • Flexion Distraction
  • Webster technique
  • Activator technique (Basic & Intermediate)
  • Sacro-Occipital Technique
  • McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) – Parts A & B

 

Dr. Lindsey may also choose to utilize therapies such as heat or cold therapy, electric muscle stimulation, myofascial release, therapeutic ultrasound, or rehabilitative exercise to promote faster recovery.

Following examination, Dr. Lindsey will determine whether or not any imaging is required and what the initial course of treatment shall be. If imaging (X-Ray, MRI, or CT Scan) is required, the patient will be referred to a local imaging center. 

In addition to adjustments and therapies, chiropractors are also trained in nutrition and may provide nutritional counseling. See nutritional counseling page for more information.

Process of Treatment

As a new patient, you will be asked to fill out intake paperwork before your first visit. This paperwork will ask for information on you demographics, about your past health history, and about the problems that you are currently experiencing. It is important to fill out this paperwork to the best of your ability, filling out all, areas, even if you believe that they don’t apply to your current condition. This will help the doctor to provide the best care possible to you.

During your first visit, Dr. Lindsey will perform a physical examination on you. This will include orthopedic and neurological testing, as well as range of motion for your complaint areas. If needed, Dr. Lindsey may perform additional examinations.

Following the examination, Dr. Lindsey will determine if any imaging is needing before beginning treatment. If so, you will be referred to an offsite imaging center and Dr. Lindsey will review the imaging with you before treatment commences.

Assuming that there are no red flags from examination or imaging, Dr. Lindsey will begin your treatment, which may consist of chiropractic adjustments, therapies, or rehabilitative exercise. All treatment plans are individualized to the patients to suit their healthcare needs.

During your treatment plan, Dr. Lindsey may do periodic follow-up examinations or surveys to ensure that you are making positive change with the current treatment protocol. These examinations (during treatment, and at the end) help to make sure that we are making improvements in the patient’s condition and serve as an indication if treatment protocols need to be altered.

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