All our Chiropractors received the same training from the University of Western States. This college is an evidence-based program, meaning that all our techniques and approaches are based on facts and actual results. Dr. Pete is also a Physical Therapist, receiving his training at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Mike is also a CCSP, Sports Chiropractor and specializes in sports related injuries and biomechanics while Dr. Lindsay is our only female Chiropractor and has special interest in treating chronic pain, young adults and weekend warriors. Our three massage therapists vary slightly in treatment styles that they offer but they are all comfortable and more than capable catering to your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask our receptionist when booking who is the best choice for you.
Our providers are set up to bill insurance. Depending on the plan you have and your benefits, services may or may not be covered. When your first appointment is made, our staff will check your benefits and let you know what to expect from your insurance. If your insurance does not cover the services you are interested in, we do have time-of-service prices available for our most common services.
Before seeing your provider for the first time, our new patient paperwork can be found on our website under “New Patient Center” and can be filled out before your appointment to reduce time spent on the day of your appointment. If you forget, we also have paper copies in our office. Any imaging or important lab information that is pertinent to your complaint should be brought in at your first appointment as well.
Your initial appointment with the Chiropractor will take about one hour – this appointment usually includes a thorough history, exam and treatment unless additional studies or tests are required. Follow-up appointments will be about half an hour.Initial appointments for Acupuncture are about an hour and a half with follow-up appointments being 75 minutes
Most often a patient should be expected to see improvement within just a few treatments. The number of appointments needed to see complete resolution of symptoms can vary based on initial severity and the presence of complicating factors. Your provider will be able to give you a more accurate timeline following your initial appointment. For minor, acute complaints, dramatic improvement can be seen within 4-6 treatments. More complex complaints can take longer to see improvement in symptoms.
Treatment and adjustments are usually pain-free. Your provider will always be open with you about what is the safest and most comfortable option. The level of force and speed of a manipulation can be modified to match your individual needs. Our providers are adept at low force manipulation and traditional chiropractic manipulation.
It was discovered that the “cracking sound” you hear during an adjustment is the collapse of a gas bubble formed in synovial fluid. Most of our joints are surrounded with a lubricating fluid called synovial fluid. During joint manipulation, a change in pressure forms a bubble in that fluid that creates an audible release as the bubble collapses. There has been no proven therapeutic effect from the “cracking sound”. It may have a psychological effect on healing, however.
We often see people cracking their knuckles or twisting their neck to get momentary relief. It is important to note that no harmful effects from these activities have been found in studies. However, you are more than likely moving segments that already move easily. When you are adjusted by our chiropractors, we are evaluating the spine and extremities for segments and joints that don’t move well. We are then treating those joints to improve the motion at that level. Self-adjusting can create hypermobility at joints that move too easily which can hinder your progress in the long run.
Chiropractors participate in a doctorate program following undergraduate school that includes a minimum requirement of 4,200 hours training in basic and clinical sciences (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pathology, etc.). This also includes a 15-month internship program that includes a minimum of 1,145 hours spent training with actual patients. Once licensed, chiropractors are required to perform 20 hours of continuing education each year in the State of Oregon.
Chiropractic treatment’s safety and efficacy has been thoroughly reviewed over the years and Chiropractic treatment has been covered by most major insurance companies including Medicare going back to the 1970’s.
According to the American Chiropractic Association:
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours. (American Chiropractic Association https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/Chiropractic-Frequently-Asked-Questions)
Additional information can be found on Chiropractic at the National Institute of Health: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/c...
Supplements vary by the individual. The best choice would be to get all the nutrients and vitamins you need from the foods you consume. However, with the American diet and fast paced lifestyle most of us live, this isn’t practical. A multivitamin is useful for important vitamins and minerals lacking in our diets and Vitamin D is believed to be especially important when living in Oregon due to the lack of sunshine. Please ask your provider about supplements if you have any questions!
Laser Therapy is a non-invasive therapy that uses photo-bio-stimulation, which is a fancy way of saying that the laser penetrates deep into tissue to stimulate your own cells to help activate the healing process. The healing process works to reduce pain and inflammation. Laser therapy is considered very safe and you only feel a slight warmth during treatment. The laser can’t be used over metal implants and should be limited directly over tattoos. Laser works most effectively when treatments are performed close in proximity and results are usually noticed within 4-5 treatments.
Chiropractic is appropriate for kids! Working in a family chiropractic setting our providers always use a gentle method of treatment when it comes to the fragile bodies of kids and adolescents. The typical adjustment you think of when talking about chiropractic is an HVLA (High velocity, low amplitude) thrust. With kids and many other populations, mobilizations and low force thrusts are often more useful.
Your practitioner will review your medical history and talk with you about your current concerns. They will then perform a thorough physical examination. Following an exam, a unique treatment plan will be discussed with you and your practitioner. Our appointments often include other techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, and massage as well.