Let’s find out more about YOU!
We want to know all the weird and wonderful things that have happened in your life from day one so we can get a clear understanding on how and why your body is functioning the way it is today. Take a moment to stop and think: “What is your current state of health preventing you from doing?” OR If you feel like you are already functioning pretty well, what would life be like if you could really get the edge and function at 100%?
There are many unique questions and you may notice we take a different approach with our new member paperwork, please share as much as you can with Dr. Black and complete the forms so you can get the best advice possible and get the most out of your consultation with Dr. Black.
Dr. Black will discuss in detail your risk factors for spinal nerve/ cord stress and get a clear understanding of your past stress and health challenges, your current levels of health and happiness, and most importantly what you future goals for your health are. This is a very detailed history, many of our practice members learn a lot about what lead up to their current health issues during this important part of your first visit.
Chiropractic Assessment: We Test, we don’t guess about your health!
Once we understand more about you, we conduct a focused and very unique Chiropractic assessment, which shows us how well your body is functioning and where the disturbances in your spine and nervous system are, how long the damaging stress has been there and to what degree the stress is built up within your body, and most importantly Dr Black will show you where the stress is affecting your body’ ability to be well and function optimally.
These test are vital and allow Dr. Black will best understand your unique needs and goals for care.
Depending on your health goals and history Dr. Black will perform up to 7 different tests, to best determine how he can help and give you the care you desire.
These specific series of tests are unique to Dr. Black’s approach to Chiropractic Care. Most importantly Dr. Black has been utilizing the Insight Technology since 1999 and is a Certified by the CLA for use and clinical interpretation, Dr. Black is an expert in interpretation of the data generated by our high-tech Insight device.
The Device has 3 distinct components to measure stress and the damage it has caused:
Surface EMG: Muscle Tone and Energy Distribution
The Surface EMG exam evaluates the function of the muscles that support and move your spine. These muscles are controlled by nerves. This test shows the pattern of how energy is distributed through theses muscles. The exam helps identify area and patterns of abnormal tension and stress and how your body is using energy against gravity. Muscle fatigue and poor energy distribution are signs that a person’s entire health being under stress.
Thermal Scan: Organ and Gland Control
The Thermal Scan is used to assess the part of your nervous system that helps to control your organs, glands, and blood vessels, the autonomic system. The instrument does this by precisely measuring differences in temperature differences along the spine. Temperature is an accurate indicator as to where stress is building up and to what degree stress is affecting organs and glands. Since proper function of your organs, gland, and blood vessels is essential to healing, this test gives us a ‘snapshot’ of how this portion of your nervous system is working.
Heart Rate Variance: Pulse Wave Profiler
Helps the doctor to determine your overall ability to adapt to the environment. It does this by looking at the timing of your pulse, and determining the balance and tone of your nervous system. This exam is known as heart rate variability. A low Heart Rate Variability is associated with aging and poor heart health. Published research has shown that chiropractic adjustments have a beneficial effect on heart rate variability.
Please avoid the following before your first visit:
- Drinking coffee, tea, and cola drinks.
- Over-the-counter, prescription drugs. EX: muscle relaxers. * IF you have questions about medications taken prior to your visit, please ask.
- Excessive exposure to the sun.
- Bath salts, oils, or sunscreen.
- Vigorous physical activity.
Do these tests hurt?
NEVER. The tests are completely non-invasive; they do not use any needles, electrical shock or heat. They are designed to receive information from your Central Nervous System.
In addition, the following tests may be performed, if indicated. They map areas of spinal stress, nerve activity and postural changes. The information we gather is stored so that we can monitor progress in your brain-body connection as you progress under care.
Palpation of your spine and soft tissue: Dr. Black will gently feel your spine and surrounding muscles of the back and neck, to learn more about what the structure of your body is like and how well it is operating, so that we know how that is relating functionally to your overall health and well-being. Dr. Black is an expert at feeling for spinal misalignment by hand.
Digital Posture and Balance Assessment: Your posture is a window to your spine and nerve system, as such we take standing postures to accurately assess and analyze your posture, along with bi-lateral scales to measure where your body may be compensating to accommodate for the breakdown in communication resulting from subluxation.
Digital X-rays: If x-rays are indicated, Dr. Black will have x-rays taken of you in the standing position. X-rays show us what your structure looks like on the inside and allow us to determine the condition and position of your spine, stress areas or arthritic changes can be better understood along with a clear expectation for your progression of your spine with time. We use x-ray as a “dating tool” to more accurately determine how long your spine has been out of place, and measure any loss of curves, disk space, and view any other complicating factors.
This completes your first visit! You have learned a lot about YOU, how the body works and why we look at the spine first. Your Report of findings visit will be scheduled. Based on your health history, current findings, and your future health goals discussed in your consultation, Dr. Black will compile and interpret the results of your case and develop a working strategy and plan for your care to ensure you get the best results possible.
Your report of findings visit:
We want you to be fully informed about your care options, we will go over all the Chiropractic Assessment findings, you will LEARN about your:
- Current level of Nervous System Health!
- Exactly how we can help you!
- A care plan that outlines the frequency of care and the time required in your case.
- Answer any questions you have about care!
- Discuss financial options with you!
Let’s get started: Your First Chiropractic Adjustment!
Dr. Black will explain what to expect during each Chiropractic visit and how to get the best results. Our team will show you how to check in for your next visits, how to get comfortable on our specialized adjustment tables, and the process begins with receiving your first adjustments.
Nerve and other Spinal problems rarely get better on their own. Call our Irving chiropractic office and begin chiropractic care today.