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What to Expect - Chiropractic

Initial Appointment

Your initial appointment typically lasts about an hour.  The doctor will perform an evaluation to gather information about your current condition and past medical history, perform a physical exam, and provide treatment.  Note: X-rays are not a "routine" procedure in our office and are only ordered when warranted.  If any imaging or diagnostic tests are necessary, we will refer you to an outside facility.
Your physical exam may include a functional movement assessment, postural assessment, gait analysis, neuromuscular evaluation, muscle strength testing, muscle length testing, and joint mobility testing.  The doctor will also ask you about your goals for treatment, as your motivation and expectations will play a large part in determining what services are appropriate for you.  This step will ensure that you and the doctor are on the same page.

Based on the comprehensive data gathered, the doctor will recommend a treatment plan designed to return you quickly and safely back to your favorite activities.  However, if it’s determined that we are not the right place to address your condition (such as fractures or surgical conditions) we will refer you to the appropriate health care professional.  In fact, we work closely with many of the Bay Area’s top specialists and often co-manage patients. 

Finally, most clients will receive treatment on their first visit.  This may include chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, muscle stretching, corrective exercise, laser therapy, or taping.  At the end of treatment, the front desk will schedule your follow up visit and collect payment.
We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will not restrict your range of motion.  The doctor may provide soft tissue therapies that are applied directly to the skin, or may take you through some corrective exercises that may cause you to work up a sweat.

Treatment Visits

Regular treatment visits generally last from 15 to 30 minutes, and will vary depending on the therapies recommended in your treatment program.  The number of visits you will need will also vary depending on your condition.  Patients who take an active role in their care and follow through with the exercises and other recommendations from the doctor, often recover in fewer visits than patients who do not take an active role. 
During the course of your treatment in our office, you will learn a variety of corrective exercises and stretches that you will then be able to apply in a home exercise program. This comprehensive approach not only allows for faster resolution of pain, but provides the patient with long-term benefits, not just symptomatic relief, with strategies to maintain their health outside our office.

What to Expect - Massage Therapy

Your first massage therapy appointment generally begins by the therapist gathering information from you, such as the reason for getting massage therapy, your physical condition, medical history, and lifestyle. Next, an assessment of involved joints will be performed to determine limitations that contribute to your condition. A functional movement screen may be offered to more effectively hone in on any tightness or weakness that may cause dysfunctions in your general movement pattern. 

For the massage, you will be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. Undressing will take place in private and sheets are provided for draping. The massage therapist will undrape only the part of your body being massaged and your modesty will be respected at all times. If you are uncomfortable undressing you can wear tight shorts and (for women) a sports bra. The massage therapist may use lotion or cream, which will be absorbed into the skin in a short time.

To receive the most benefit from your massage, you should provide the therapist accurate health information and report discomfort of any kind - whether it is from the massage itself, the room temperature, the choice of music, or any other distractions.

When your massage therapy session is over, the front desk can schedule a follow up visit and collect payment.

We offer sessions lasting 30, 60, and 90 minutes. Longer sessions, however, can be scheduled per request.

  • A 30 minute session focuses on the main area of complaint (pain, soreness, tightness).
  • A 60 minute session focuses on the main area of complaint as well as the joints above and below it. If time permits other areas can be attended to.
  • A 90 minute session focuses on the main area of complaint, the joints above and below it, as well as affected myofascia in the functional chain related to the complaint. If time permits other myofascial restrictions/areas can be attended to.

The frequency of massage sessions can vary widely. If you are receiving massage for a specific problem, frequency is dependent on the condition. However, if you want to incorporate massage into your regular personal health and fitness program the frequency of massage can vary from once a week to once a month depending on your level of activity and preference.