Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly.
When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully.
Your First Visit
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with Dr. Robert Meyer, D.C. to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for Dr. Robert Meyer, D.C. to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Robert Meyer, D.C. will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may take X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, Dr. Robert Meyer, D.C. will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including: 1. How can you help me? 2. How often do I need to come in? 3. What will my treatment cost? After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, Dr. Robert Meyer, D.C. will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Dr. Robert Meyer, D.C. will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs.
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.
Phase 1: Relief Care
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain.
In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don't feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them - that they are healthy.
Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
For example, consider a cavity in your tooth.
Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a persons care.
If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though your symptoms are gone.
During the correction / restorative phase of your care
you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care and, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the center or at home to help accelerate your healing.
Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion.
This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition.
Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.
When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle
you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.
Meet Your Therapist, James Roberts
James Roberts LMT graduated from ATI Professional Massage Therapy.
He is nationally certified, and holds certifications in Deep Tissue, Swedish Massage, Pain Management, Sports Massage, Trigger Point and Energy.
A father of 3 boys, James has an Associates Degree in Business Management.
A true renaissance man, while getting his degree James played both college and professional football, most notably on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Despite Jame not actually playing for the Dallas Cowboys our patients have loved having James here in the office. Due to his background in athletics, as well as his enormous skill as a therapist James is able to relate to the injuries our patients are recovering from, and is able to treat them with the highest possible level of care and empathy.
The Truth About Massage
Massage therapy uses a variety of methods to give a positive response on the human body, mind and spirit.
After all, rubbing aching muscles is natural and instinctive! Massage is a natural approach to wellness that has existed and flourished since ancient times.
Massage improves circulation, joint range of motion, and flexibility.
It reduces many common problems such as stress, muscle tightness, aches and pains, even anxiety and depression.
How does Massage Therapy Work?
James will use light oil or lotion on the skin and begin the massage. A full body massage usually entails working from one end of the body to the other. Be sure to let your James know if you are uncomfortable with the pressure, technique, oil, music, etc. Your feedback allows you to have the best experience possible. During your massage the top sheet will be moved from isolated areas that are being worked on while the rest of your body is kept discreetly covered and warm.
Will massage therapy hurt?
Massage therapy should be comfortable and not hurt. Occasionally there is mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over "knots" and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let James know.
How will I feel after a massage?
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a massage treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day or so. Drinking extra water the day before, the day of, and the day after your massage will prepare your bodies' tissue to release toxins and recover quickly.
Why do people utilize massage therapy?
Improvement in physical performance and recovery
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
Stress relief and stress- related conditions
Headaches and migraines
Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains, and sprains
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
At Complete Health Chiropractic
we are dedicated to helping everyone here in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, and Colleyville be free of all types of headaches, including migraines, tension and cluster headaches.
Dr. Robert Meyer
Dr. Robert Meyer actually became a chiropractor after suffering with headaches his entire childhood. By the time he was 17, he was taking 6 Advil a day, and was getting no relief. It was then that he first became a chiropractic patient. Just a few painless adjustments later, and the headaches were gone, never to return.
Because of his experiences, Dr. Meyer is committed to making sure that none of his patients ever have that kind of pain.
Did you know that headaches are the #1 cause of pain that people take medication for?
Complete Health Chiropractic offers state of the art Hydro-Massage Therapy.
Our amazing Hydro-Massage allows you to get a fully customized muscle soothing massage in 15-30 minutes. Take a look at the video below for more info.
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