Whether you are brand new to chiropractic or have experienced chiropractic care before, filling out paperwork, learning new faces, and getting to know your way around the office may be an overwhelming experience.
Our aim is to remove any unnecessary stress or tension and make you feel comfortable during your visit with our chiropractor.
Below are all the items necessary to complete for your initial chiropractic visit prior to arriving from the comfort of your own home. If you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 636-936-3613!
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our practice. We will request that you complete our patient forms (links are below) before your scheduled appointment time or just arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill out in office. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Nick Liford to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Nick to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
Evaluation & Treatment
As chiropractors we evaluate in much the same way that any other provider would- utilizing standard orthopedic & neurological tests, request imaging and/or labs. As part of our evaluation, we also assess the mobility of joints. The premise of chiropractic is that when a joint does not move properly it can cause pain in many ways, so our goal is to restore normal healthy motion to joints using adjustments.
Prior to leaving, the Dr. Nick will suggest a care plan to incorporate in office & outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, we will work with you to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized care plan.
In some ways, one could say that chiropractic care is a bit like building a house – certain things have to happen in a particular order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly.
These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your bodys' foundation, whether structural or functional, than that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved.
With chiropractic care, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully to make lasting changes. There are three general phases of chiropractic care:
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in some kind of pain, so in the first phase of care the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Depending on your current health, age, and severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care or adjustments 1-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, or problems with the spine, symptoms such as pain are the last thing to appear. On the contrary when you begin chiropractic care, your symptoms such as pain seem to always disappear first, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
During the second phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues begin to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. Depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem, it is typical to need chiropractic care or adjustments about 1-4 times per 1-3 months. I
n order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms may be gone or significantly better.
It is important to keep in mind and do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion during your care plan. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed.
Once your body has fully healed, many patients opt-in for routine chiropractic care to ensure that the physical problems do not return and to keep your body in optimal condition as you age. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love. Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit 1-2 times per month based on your lifestyle and goals.
"Dr Nick is terrific! What a fantastic job he did on my back and legs. I can't recommend him enough!!" - Jack Sims
"There aren’t enough words to describe how thankful I am that Kare Chiropractic is now part of my weekly routine. 5 stars from the time you walk into the office, Emma greets you with the biggest smile and makes you feel welcome. Dr. Nick is amazing, I walk in full of knots and walk out feeling like a new person. Susan, the massage therapist is also the best! She’s makes you forget where you are. All around, top-notch care and so welcoming. Anyone look for a 5 star chiropractor, massage therapist, Kare Chiropractic is the place for you! Thank you Emma, Susan and Dr Nick! You guys are the BEST!" - Annie Borgmann
"Dr Nick is great. He listens and addresses your healthcare needs. Today not only did he work on my back- I have scoliosis and other problems. He worked on my sinuses. With the change in the weather, I needed it! I go weekly go my problems and it helps so much." - Amy Hansen Edwards
"Dr. Nick is great and is very personable. He takes great care to make sure everyone is comfortable, his technique, and knowledge of spinal care shows he truly cares." -Alan Anani
"I came here with neck pain and sciatic nerve pain. Dr. Nick is so sweet and gentle and helped relieve my pain. This is the first chiropractor I've seen and I'll definitely be back! The office is clean and decorated adorably. I'm all for supporting small businesses and definitely recommend this one!" - Dani Jean
"This is the second time I've seen a chiropractor and finally found the right place to go to! highly recommend! Dr.Nick thoroughly listened to what my issues were and that was my neck, shoulder, back, and hip pain and he definitely helped all issues. super sweet and gentle and gave such great tips to help with my sciatic pain. I definitely recommend seeing him!!" - Brandi Tyler