If you’ve never experienced chiropractic care before, you may not know what to expect when you come to our Saint Charles MO chiropractic office for the first time. Filling out paperwork, learning new faces, and getting to know your way around the office can 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.
In this area of the website, you will be able to take care of the items necessary for your chiropractic visit prior to arriving, in the comfort of your own home. If you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact our Saint Charles MO chiropractic office at 636-936-3613!
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New Patient Special Form
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) below 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 Liford 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 & neurologic tests, x-rays and advanced imaging. As part of our evaluation, we also assess the mobility of joints. Chiropractic’s premise is that when a joint does not move properly it can cause pain. Chiropractors restore normal healthy motion to joints.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate 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 also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.
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. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem.
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 body’s foundation, 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. There are three general phases of chiropractic care:
If you are in pain when you come into our St. Peters chiropractic office, our first objective is to help you reduce pain and start feeling better as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the underlying condition which is causing your pain, it is typical for a patient to need chiropractic care or adjustments 2-3 times per week for 2-4 weeks.
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. 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, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
During the corrective phase of chiropractic care, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, which helps prevent further injury or pain. The goal of corrective or restorative chiropractic care is to help bring your body back to 100% functioning. It is typical to need chiropractic care or adjustments about 4-8 times per month for 1-6 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Once your body has fully healed and you are no longer experiencing back pain or other pain symptoms, it is important to come in for periodic chiropractic adjustments to avoid further problems in the future. Usually, this phase of chiropractic care only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor 1-4 times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. 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.
"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
- Jack Sims
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.
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
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