New Clients

What should you expect from your visit at Park Chiropractic?

If you are a new chiropractic patient, you may not be aware of the details associated with a chiropractic visit. Well, let us take a closer look. Most experienced and trained chiropractors will want to get a thorough patient history before providing any service. Dr. Terry Park and his team will want to get your medical history to find out if there are any health issues to be concerned about. Your health issues may be related to your spinal cord and nervous system. It is important that you fill out our new patient forms in their entirety as this will assist Dr. Terry in determining the cause of your pain as a result determining a treatment plan.

Assessing the Situation

After arriving in the office, here is what to expect:

  • Our office staff will review your paperwork – if anything is missing, we will be sure to ask you about it.
  • You will need to bring a copy of your insurance card and a picture id.
  • You will have a picture taken.
  • Our office staff will take your vital signs; (height, weight, and blood pressure).  Expect this to be repeated every 3-6 months.
  • Radiology is one of the areas of that a chiropractor is trained. With this training, Chiropractors are able to take x-rays, read and interpret them accordingly.  That said, Dr. Park does not take x-rays in our office.
  • Based on your history and the symptoms you describe, if he thinks X-Rays are needed, he will refer you to Radiology at UP Health System.  A copy of the results will be forwarded to our office and reviewed with you.
  • While meeting with Dr. Terry, a physical exam, with various tests specific to Chiropractic will be performed.

Getting the Information

Throughout your initial and subsequent visits, Dr. Terry will ask you a lot of questions to find out more information about habits in the patient’s daily activities. For instance, the patient may have slept in a sofa or may have been sitting in an uncomfortable chair which can cause the internal body to react. A patient with low back pain may also have a habit of having a dominant leg.   A long drive with hours of sitting, or travel can create a situation that would explain why you may need an adjustment. A Chiropractor armed with specific knowledge of the patient’s habits can provide a better analysis for appropriate treatment and be able to educate the patient.

Injuries – work, sports, outdoor activities, etc.

As it relates to injuries, the chiropractor may have instances where the complaint has a distinct relation to the spine. This is especially true for blue collar employees who work in the field, doing hard physical work. High School Athletes that spend many tireless hours in the gym, at practice and in competition. With the beauty of the Upper Peninsula; the outdoors plays a huge role in our lives.  The hobbies we choose often can cause an injury as well.  Lastly, us Weekend Warriors who took on the latest DIY might find themselves needed some assistance from a Chiropractor.

Work Environment

The chiropractor also takes the person’s work environment into consideration. If your complaint is related to problems you are having with your wrist, you may be advised to use a wrist rest that is gel based. If you are experiencing consistent cervical problems, your computer monitor at work may be either too low or too high. Like other things, the chiropractor can help you only with knowledge of exterior factors influencing your health issues.

Regular Maintenance

Consider yourself lucky! You just made the decision to take care of yourself just as you would by going to the dentist; or changing the oil in your car regularly.  In our office, we typically see patients that fall into 3 groups.

  • Phase 1; Relief – this is typically associated with acute symptoms because of an injury, or a flare up of an old injury or issue.
  • Phase 2; Correction – once the acute issue has been resolved, Dr Park will take the time to correct any misalignment within the spine and/or throughout the body.  This will help prevent future flare ups and is the most common.
  • Phase 3; Wellness – this is where you take care of yourself the most.  Although you don’t “feel” like you need an adjustment, you should consider regular adjustment to maintain the work that was completed in Phase 1 & 2.

Let's Get Started

When in doubt of what your chiropractor is telling you, be sure to ask as many questions as it will take to understand.

  • Expect to spend an hour at the chiropractor on your first visit; which will include a exam.
  • Listen to instructions given prior to leaving the appointment.
  • It is likely that you may receive an adjustment to your spine, if necessary. If the adjustment causes any discomfort, be sure to speak up (this is normal).
  • It is likely that you may receive manual therapy to regions throughout your body, if necessary. This is mostly work on your muscles and wont likely cause pain, but if you have inflammation in those areas, you may feel some discomfort (Again, this is normal)
  • >span class="theme-text-color-0-0">Keep future appointments because this is the only way that you will eventually get rid of the problem.
  • Your second appointment will be another exam, likely lasting 30 mins.  This is to ensure results from the first visit can be properly assessed.  At this point most of the paperwork is done; we will walk you through the electronic check in process at this appointment.
  • For the most part, additional appointments are scheduled as needed and will last from 10-15 minutes.
  • Although there is no tailored dress code, Dr. Park recommends you wear loose comfortable clothing to your appointment.
  • Stay hydrated the day of your adjustments as well as the next day – you can’t drink enough water after an adjustment.

When in doubt of what your chiropractor is telling you, be sure to ask as many questions as it will take to understand.


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9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

New clients only.

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

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