What to Expect on Your First Chiropractic Visit

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

If this is your first visit to a chiropractor, or if you have visited several different doctors of chiropractic over the years, we invite you to relax during your first visit and after that. Our goal is your well-being and comfort as we strive to help you feel better. Read more to learn what to expect on your first chiropractic visit.

Many people do not know what to expect during a visit with a chiropractor. At our Chapel Hill chiropractic office, you learn how the spine protects the vital spinal cord that sends messages to every body part, how spinal irritations called subluxations interfere with that nerve transmission, and how the chiropractic adjustment resolves vertebral imbalance. A chiropractor since 1995, Dr. Oskardmay enjoys explaining what she does to improve health. Every vertebral unit is essential, and pain in the neck or back deserves care to ensure proper nerve transmission. Subluxations can have far-reaching implications because nerves travel everywhere in the body. Dr. Oskardmay strives to restore and maintain each patient’s health using natural, hands-on chiropractic care.

What to Expect During Exam and Treatment on Your First Chiropractic Visit

Dr. Oskardmay examines each patient in a private exam room at our office. Examination generally takes about 25”, though this varies based on complexity. She listens as patients describe their healthcare challenges and incorporates information from the intake forms with exam findings to determine treatment needs. The examination includes movement and range of motion assessment, spine and extremity palpation, neurologic and orthopedic testing, and other aspects as guided by each person’s presentation and health history. Although many people come into our office with a specific ache or pain, such as headache, neck pain, shoulder stress, or hip or back discomfort, patients soon discover that holistic chiropractic care benefits the whole body while undoing local pain.

We ask that patients bring in or tell us about past medical tests such as x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and even laboratory testing so that we can incorporate this information into the clinical presentation and reduce the need for further testing, where possible. We can request medical records where necessary and even order tests from nearby facilities when needed.

Dr. Oskardmay likes to leave patients in a more comfortable space after their initial visit. She provides initial treatment to each patient before they go, including massage and gentle activator spinal mobilization. She may make some home health suggestions related to nutrition or exercise to do before the next visit, as well. We invite patients to schedule follow-up appointments at the front desk before leaving. Most patients benefit from continued care for a few weeks, followed by eventual maintenance care.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, a premier Chapel Hill Chiropractic Care Clinic since 1995, we believe each person deserves to live life fully and strive to help them on every spinal level. Call today to see how natural, hands-on care can make a change for you. Accepting new patients, we are here for you. Call today (919) 929-1400, or visit our website acudocnc.com 24 hours a day to learn more, read patient reviews, and send us an email appointment request.

 

How to Prepare for Your Initial Chiropractor Visit

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

People choose to schedule chiropractic healthcare at our office for many reasons. We help people feel better, recover from injury more quickly and achieve improved balance and stability using natural, hands-on chiropractic care. Our front desk help provides seamless billing assistance, and we participate with many insurance companies for your convenience. We have helped thousands of patients in the Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh region since opening in 1995, and we look forward to assisting you. Check out our blog to learn more about how Dr. Oskardmay helps patients with back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, stress, insomnia, and more. Read or watch our many online reviews to hear individual experiences with care provided at our office. Read more to learn how to prepare for your initial chiropractor visit.

Call (919) 929-1400 or email schedule@acudocnc.com to schedule your visit to make the most of your time. We are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:30, Wednesday from 12:30-5:30, and Friday from 8:30-12:30 by appointment. Please allow up to 60” for your initial visit. Try to arrive on time, and if you need to cancel or reschedule, please provide 24 hours notice as a courtesy to everyone involved.

Preparation for Your Initial Visit with Your Chiropractor

Once you make an appointment, we will send you a confirmation email with an invitation to join our patient portal using your name and the date of birth you provided. Please try to complete the intake forms at home before coming in to assure you have adequate time with us and to ensure the accuracy of the information. Complete each section fully, being sure to list surgical history, medications you take, and family health history. If you cannot complete the intake forms online before you come in, please arrive 15″ early to do so in the office. Upon arrival, there may be additional pages to complete, and we will get other relevant biometric data from you upon arrival. Bring any X-rays and further appropriate medical testing for Dr. Oskardmay to review. She will determine if any additional medical testing is required for your care. If needed, you may have someone accompany you to the office. Children under 18 need a parent or guardian present at the initial appointment.

Please have your insurance information ready, so we can verify your benefits before you come in. If you like, you can send us a picture of the front and back of your insurance card. Be sure to bring your insurance, photo ID, and form of payment in with you for your first visit. Our front desk assistant will explain your insurance coverage benefits and responsibilities as soon as that information is known.

Our address is 205 Providence Rd in Chapel Hill. Located at the apex of Providence Road, our office is serenely situated in natural surroundings. Ample free parking is available in front of our building, and the unit is handicapped-accessible. We have comfortable shirts and shorts for you to change into if needed and convenient restroom facilities.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions before you come in. We look forward to helping you with natural chiropractic care. Call (919) 929-1400, email schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website acudocnc.com to schedule your appointment today.

Paddleboarding in the Carolinas Safely for Health’s Sake

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

Paddleboarding started as a new exercise in Hawaii in the 1940s when a surfer grew tired of all the sitting and standing involved with regular surfing. Nowadays, many people perform this activity every day on lakes, pools, deep rivers, even out in the ocean beyond the breaking waves. It is a great way to spend time outside, work the upper and lower body muscles, and the muscles involved with overall body balance. If you are interested in this sport, talk with Dr. Oskardmay about some essential considerations.

Paddleboarding in the Carolinas Safely for Health's Sake

Have Dr. Oskardmay do a spinal evaluation before you go out for your first time to correct any misalignments that could affect balance, strength, and back pain. She may provide some exercises to strengthen weak body areas in preparation, besides, to make your experience safer and more enjoyable. Vertebrae in the neck surround nerves going to the shoulders, arms, and hands; spinal subluxation in the cervical spine can affect upper body strength and also the ability to balance and turn the neck comfortably. Spinal nerves from the lower back lumbar spine travel to the hips, legs, and feet, all crucial areas for paddleboarding and balance. Performed with a flat, buoyant paddle boat made of resin, paddleboarders balance atop the paddle boat and move through the water using one free-standing long-handed oar. The activity requires good balance- even getting onto the paddleboard can be a challenge! Paddleboarders stand in one spot with legs slightly bent for the duration of the event (unless they jump in the water or sit down); this requires adequate leg strength and stamina. Also, the arms get quite a workout from rowing, and boarders need to be able to row using both arms to maneuver the paddle boat. After a fall or jump in the water, getting back on the board requires some strength and flexibility.

Be sure to wear a lifejacket and water shoes or the like while paddleboarding. For your first visit, consider going through a company such as Express Watersports in Murrells Inlet, SC, that provides paddleboard experiences for first-time boarders on the inlet. They supply all necessary gear and the board and give a short, but adequate lesson in how to paddleboard. They even take a photo of you at the beginning that you can get at the end. The author and her husband used this company’s services on their last visit to the Myrtle Beach area and enjoyed the staff’s experience and helpfulness in all areas. The experience can be as short as two hours, which is about right for most beginning paddleboarders.

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There are options for more experienced paddleboarders who need to rent equipment, as well. Uwharrie Hoof and Paddle near Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, NC is a family-owned facility that rents paddleboards and life-preservers for full-day (9 am-4 pm)  self-guided tours of Badin Lake in the National Forest. There is ample opportunity to get off the board and swim to cool off and relax on the shore. The company also delivers and picks-up the equipment, very helpful because a paddleboard is quite substantial.

Paddleboarding in the Carolinas Safely for Health's Sake 3Paddleboarding provides a superb opportunity to spend time in nature while exercising safely and with social-distancing. Of particular interest to the author is that opportunity to gently and quietly approach parts of life usually only seen in a book or through binoculars. The biggest challenge is learning how to deal with `wakes` created by the wind or other boaters; with a little experience, however, paddleboarding can be a high summer activity. Ask Dr. Oskardmay about how you can add the water activity to your summertime plans.

For more information about how to prepare for paddleboarding safely, contact an experienced chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC residents recommend. Call Acupractic today.

5 Reasons to see a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

If you have been in a car accident and have sustained an injury as a result you may benefit from seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractic intervention is generally recommended to treat injury, reduce acute or chronic pain and increase mobility in joints and bones. Very often, the resulting injury after a car accident is pain in the neck, back and hips. In realigning these areas of the body, most people feel relief after one or more adjustments.

An auto accident lawyer Washington D.C. residents turn to can help put you on the right track on the legal side of things, but in the wake of a car accident, you may feel overwhelmed and concerned about your own health as well. In making the choice to see a chiropractor, you are taking care of your physical and mental health. A chiropractor will also be able to diagnose your injury which may be helpful should you need to pursue personal injury compensation in a court of law. Below are 5 reasons you are better off seeing a chiropractor after a car accident.

1. Diagnose injury- a chiropractor can determine the source of the pain you may be experiencing after your accident. There are some obvious car accident injuries that cause immediate pain and discomfort but other injuries, such as whiplash, may not present with obvious symptoms right away. A chiropractor will know the right questions to ask and can evaluate you to determine a diagnosis and course of treatment.

2. Documents for insurance company- in the event that you wish to pursue compensation for your personal injury, after a car accident, your insurance company and that of the other driver will request written proof of injury. In seeing a chiropractor right away, you are not only increasing your own health and well-being but you will also have your injury documented by a health professional. This will be useful in your case and you can provide the information to your insurance adjustor.

3. Short term relief- Immediately following a car accident, there is a lot to take care of. You will need to have your injuries evaluated and your car may not be operable. There will be many discussions with your insurance company regarding the details of your injury as well as the damage to your vehicle. Additionally, if you are without a vehicle, you will need to figure out transportation. In addition to all of that, you are injured and in pain. In seeking chiropractic treatment right away, you may expedite the healing process, find immediate relief and have better mental focus.

4. Long term relief- In treating any injury right away, you will likely reduce the long term symptoms and discomfort caused by the injury. In seeking the guidance of a professional chiropractor, you may reduce the need for surgery and pain medication. In doing so you will increase your overall health and well-being.

5. Peace of mind- Experiencing a car accident can be incredibly scary and traumatic especially if you sustain an injury as a result. In fact, it can be downright stressful. You are dealing with insurance companies and the medical bills are piling up. That stress not only affects your physical health but also your emotional well-being. In seeking chiropractic help, and dealing with your physical injury, you will also experience better overall health and peace of mind.

The field of chiropractic medicine is gaining momentum in the United States as a holistic form of treatment for injury and general discomfort or pain. The adjustments made by a chiropractor allow the body to better heal without the use of pharmaceutical pain management. The fundamental belief behind chiropractic intervention is that in realigning the body’s bones and joints the body will be able to heal faster from injury. Additionally, proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system enables improved functioning for all other systems as well. If you are in pain, contact a chiropractor today and start the healing process.

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C., for their insight into car accidents.

Chiropractic care is holistic care.

Most patients coming into a chiropractic office do so to reduce musculo-skeletal pain. Pain is a great motivator and educator; but the chiropractic adjustment does more than just reduce pain; used correctly, the spinal adjustment will improve health on many levels.  Since our nervous system  controls every aspect of the body- from muscles to organs to balance to mentation- the chiropractic adjustment has the potential to improve health, not just reduce pain.

A spinal adjustment is designed to mobilize subluxated spinal segments using specifically applied hands-on or mechanical means. The spine is an extension of the nervous system- bony vertebra protect the spinal cord while serving as attachments to muscles and ligaments to support the body. The healthy spine and nervous system support posture and daily activities without derangement- we normally don’t think about it much until something goes wrong.

The chiropractic examination involves the following procedures:  History, Inspection, Vitals, Palpation, Range of Motion active and passive, Orthopedic testing, Neurological exam, and Imaging. This complete exam provides insight into the condition of the spine- just like when you go to the dentist and have your teeth examined or go to the GP and have blood work performed, an annual chiropractic exam can alert you to the presence of spinal derangement early.  When a subluxation is detected, specific mobilization to that segment can be applied to correct it, thus reducing the local symptoms as well as the far-reaching implications of impaired nerve input to internal organs, muscles and ligaments.

When your spine and spinal cord are healthy, you are able to stand tall with improved strength and awareness. Schedule your annual exam today to take the next steps toward a healthier you- inside and out.