What can I expect on my first visit?
- The first visit will be approximately 1 1/2 hours (twice as long as an average visit) The first thing Dr. Baker will do is ask you about your health conditions which are your chief concern. She will also ask you to fill out paperwork about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness or injury and the best way to go about treating the problem.
At this first appointment, a complete orthopedic, neurological, musculoskeletal exam and other diagnostic procedures will be performed. If x-rays or MRI are needed, you will be referred to a nearby clinic for them to be performed there. They will then be sent to a specialist to be read and then returned to BCC. The results of the exam & x-rays/MRI will then determine any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to Dr. Baker in evaluating your problem.
- The second visit will also take approximately 1 1/2 hours. At this appointment, Dr. Baker will go over the results of the exam & x-rays with you, explain them in a way that is easily understandable, and discuss treatment options with you (click here to see a video). If you qualify for chiropractic care, you will then begin your treatment session on this second visit.
- Subsequent visits average 45 minutes - one hour each. You will receive individualized treatment and a generous amount of time with the doctor.
What other services does Dr. Baker offer besides chiropractic?
- We offer a variety of alternative health treatments, including acupuncture, massage, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, homeopathic or herbal medicines, or nutritional supplements. If additional in depth nutritional studies are needed, a hair analysis or lab test may be suggested and performed. In addition, exercises are prescribed and if needed, orthopedic support pillows or braces or foot orthotics are utilized if medically necessary.
Does Chiropractic hurt?
- Adjustments don't hurt. Some patients may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. The discomfort is equivalent to that which you would feel if you "cracked" your knuckles. The sound heard is the release of nitrogen from the joint space as the bones are moved back into their proper alignment. Dr. Baker utilizes proprioceptive techniques to minimize any discomfort. Watch a video of an adjustment here.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
- Many people have a fear of needles, and are afraid that acupuncture will hurt. Acupuncture does not hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort that is equivalent to pulling out a hair. Click here to see a video of acupuncture.
Is Acupuncture safe?
- Acupuncture is much safer than most western medical treatments; the needles are disposable and the diameter of a hair follicle. The National Institutes of Health said, "One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions that acupuncture is beneficial for, such as musculoskeletal conditions, headaches, (such as tension or migraine), back pain, sciatica, TMJ disorders, and tennis elbow, to name a few."