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YOUR FIRST VISIT
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
At SuMejorVida Chiropractic, it is our priority to make sure that you are completely comfortable with your entire experience in our office! We understand that your first visit to a chiropractor can stir some questions of what to expect, but we are here to serve you and answer any questions that you may have.
Initial Paperwork

Upon entering our office, you will be warmly welcomed into our chiropractic family. At this time, you will be given your new patient paperwork. Please fill these forms out in their entirety, being sure to sign all forms. The paperwork provides us with general information about your health conditions and allows us to gather as much information as possible regarding your care. Your information is never shared with anyone and is only used to provide the most complete care plan possible for your individual needs.

Consultation

After the initial paperwork is complete, we will sit down with you to discuss what brought you into our office. At this time, you will be asked a variety of questions to better understand your health issues and goals. This will allow her to determine the possible causes of your issues and create the best recommendations for your individualized care. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and discuss any concerns you may have. Should you need a different type/approach to care, we will refer you to the correct avenue to ensure the best for your health.

Examination

Should the consultation reveal that Chiropractic may be a successful option, Dr. O’Connell will perform a comprehensive chiropractic examination to further determine the cause of your issues. This examination will include a range of orthopedic and neurological exams, palpation, joint range of motion, and a posture assessment. Determining the source of the problem helps Dr. O’Connell develop an accurate diagnosis and plan for care in our office.

Analysis and X-ray Studies

The consultation and examination will give us insight into your health issues. Depending on your specific condition, we may need to take x-ray imaging of your spine. These x-rays can be very valuable in providing Dr. O’Connell with a clear picture of your spine and posture, misaligned vertebrae, and neuromuscular degeneration, as well as rule out any serious spinal conditions. At SuMejorVida Chiropractic, we utilize Posture Analysis digital imaging to keep your exposure minimal while also obtaining very detailed images of your condition. We are one of very few Chiropractors in Guayaquil with an onsight resource, which allows everyone to get the answers they need immediately. Dr. O’Connell engages with all patients regarding their x-ray findings and Posture Analysis.

Treatment

Depending on the outcome of the consultation, examination, and initial Posture Analysis and X-ray reading, Dr. O’Connell may provide treatment on your first visit. If treatment is not provided on the first day, Dr. O’Connell may need to spend additional time carefully reading your Posture Analysis and X-rays or consulting with local health providers he is partnered with to further assist you in your health care journey.

Report of Findings

During or after your first treatment, Dr. O’Connell will educate you on your spinal health and assist you in making the best health care decisions. Dr. O’Connell will answer questions as to how she can help, how often you will need to be treated, and how much your care will cost. We are here to serve you with the goal of taking you from where you are at now and bringing you to your best self.

Wellness Program

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.

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