Upon entering the office you will be welcomed and given a tour of our healing oasis in the desert. We request that you complete our patient forms online. If you do not receive an email when your appointment has been confirmed, please let our office know right away. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Carla Gibson to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Carla Gibson to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Carla Gibson will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
A variety of muscle strength and muscle reflex tests are used to assess your myotome and cranial nerve function and your reaction to a variety of common stresses and sensory stimuli. The muscle reflex tests tell us how your body is responding the stresses encountered every day and in some cases, how the available energy in your body is being used to do basic, necessary functions.
Nurti-Spec Metabolic Balance Assessment
This assessment includes a simple urinalysis, and a series of blood pressures and pulses to assess the neuro-endocrine reflex. The results of this test tell us about your adrenal function, hydration level and how effectively your body uses fuel, trace minerals and electrolytes. The goal is to find out your specific pattern of metabolic imbalance and the results are used to design an individualized nutrition program to bring your metabolism into balance. When your metabolism is balanced, your digestion and nutrient absorption are optimized and your body uses fuel appropriately to heal, repair and grow. The result is ENERGY for what matters most to you. You can read more about “What Nutri-Spec Can Do for You” here.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Carla Gibson will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and test results, Dr. Carla will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Carla will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
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, our wellness team 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.