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7-Step New Patient Process

Your health is your most valuable asset.

 At Pierce Chiropractic Center, our responsibility is to make sure that everything we do aims to improve your health. To provide patients with the best care possible, we adhere to a set of principles, the 3 P’s — (A) Precision, (B) Persistence, and (C) Patience.

 (A) Knowing the exact source of the problem will allow us to perform the exact corrective adjustment for the solution. (B) Making sure that the adjustments are correct requires constant evaluation, checking are re-checking results. And, most of all, (C) taking into account that patient is unique, with their own body structure and issues, our doctors take time to carefully review each detail, each x-ray, and each adjustment to get it right.

 Our principles are best demonstrated with our effective 7-step new patient process, spanning over two visits, to provide each patient with the best course of action:

1.     Learn the Health History of Each Patient

First things first. In our exam room, we conduct a detailed investigation of the patient’s medical history to find out everything we need to know to move forward.  In this step, we search for any health concerns that could contribute to the problem. If we determine that the main issue could be related to a misalignment in the spine, we will proceed with the next step.


2.    Structural Balance Examination

Once we determine that the root cause of the problem is likely related to a misalignment in the spine, we perform a detailed structural check to see if the overall structure of the body is out of balance.  These tests are specifically designed to gather the information necessary to determine if this is a problem that we can help you with in our office. If the problem is spine-related, we then explain our findings to patients to prepare them for the next step in the process: x-rays. (It is worth noting, that up to this point, the patient has made no financial commitment. We perform a complimentary consultation and evaluation, so that you can make an educated decision regarding your health.)

Leg Check

3.   X-rays

In this step, we take three-dimensional digital X-rays of the cervical spine from three separate and specific angles. All three angles have a focus on the Atlas bone, which is the topmost bone in the spinal column that connects the skull to the spine, in the upper cervical area. The Atlas bone is a crucial part of the spinal column because this is where the brain stem exits the skull. The brain stem relays information from the brain to the rest of the body, and pressure from a misalignment of the Atlas bone can have a detrimental impact on your health.


4.    Analyze X-rays & Review With Patient

In between the first and second visit, we perform an in-depth analysis of the X-rays that shows us exactly where the correction needs to be made. The x-rays are measured with the greatest amount of precision in order to determine each patient’s individual misalignment. The x-rays will give us a baseline for the corrective vector best suited for the patient’s individual misalignment. We then go over our x-ray findings with the patient and answer any questions to make sure they understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and what to expect when the adjustment is performed.

x-ray consult

5.    Perform Adjustment

Our approach to adjusting/correction is a combination of the Pierce Results System and Upper Cervical – Orthospinology. Our adjustments are unlike traditional chiropractic adjustments — no twisting, cracking or popping. We apply a gentle force in a precise location based on the findings from our comprehensive analysis of your X-rays.


6.    Resting Period

Once the adjustment is performed, there will be a 10-12 minute time period where the patient will rest in a Zero-Gravity chair. This not only allows the patient to relax with all of the weight off of their spine, but it also provides time for the ligaments surrounding the vertebra to stabilize. We have found that resting in this manner, after an adjustment, will allow the patient to hold their adjustment for a longer period of time.


7.    Post-Check & Follow Up

In the post-check, we check the same markers that we did in the initial examination (i.e. structural balance check). Then, we take a post-adjustment x-ray to verify that we made the correction that we needed to make. After that, depending on the condition of the patient’s spine and how they react to the first adjustment we suggest a recommended course of care, including the number of follow up visits.
















Our method of Chiropractic care has had much success with many ailments and conditions, including but not limited to: Headaches, Migraines, Back and Neck Pain, Sciatica, Ear Infections, Vertigo, Numbness and Tingling in Extremities, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Blackouts, Pinched Nerves, Whiplash, Meniere’s Disease, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Insomnia, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Autoimmune Conditions, and Chronic Pain Syndromes.


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