On the initial visit to Anderson Upper Cervical (AUC), we will review your health history, explain what Upper Cervical Care is and how it differs from what most people’s perception about chiropractors in general or from general chiropractic care.
After completing some new patient paperwork, Dr. Anderson will meet with you to discuss your primary issue, any health concerns as well as answer any other questions you may have regarding your health.
We will perform a physical examination, use an instrument to scan for nerve interference, conduct a prone leg check, and most likely take a few x-rays to determine what is causing your issue. We initially take only the minimum number of x-rays needed to determine if we can accept your case. Additional views may be necessary before your first adjustment.
Since this is a very specific procedure, Dr. Anderson will need time to review your exam and x-ray findings. Before receiving an adjustment, we will schedule a second visit we refer to as the Report of Findings visit.
During the Report of Findings visit, your exam and x-ray results are reviewed in detail. At this time, Dr. Anderson will inform you whether we can accept your case or not and present the specific care plan needed to get you back in balance as quickly as possible. The different payment options available as well as insurance coverage are reviewed at this time. Once you become an Anderson Upper Cervical patient, the doctor will determine if any additional x-rays and scans are needed before an Upper Cervical adjustment is administered.
A typical office visit begins with you completing a brief daily case record. Here, you can document any changes since the previous visit. We will also provide a one page article to read related to a variety of health topics. One of our goals at AUC is to empower you with health information that you can incorporate into your existing lifestyle to improve your overall health. At this point you will move into the checking area where Dr. Anderson will check your spine for nerve interference by performing a bilateral skin temperature differential study. This scan along with a prone leg check to assess spinal balance will determine whether or not you need to be adjusted. On some visits, a 20 minute supine rest with cervical and lumbar support will be necessary before or after the scan is performed.
The majority of your visits will not require an adjustment and will last between 15-30 minutes. On visits that you do need to be adjusted, those visits will last approximately one hour as post-adjustment; you will be taken to the rest bed area and be allowed to rest for up to 60 minutes. The purpose of this procedure is to keep your Brain Stem free of nerve interference as much of the time as possible. The adjustment removes the interference, however the post-adjustment rest is what “seats” the vertebra in its proper position. As you will not be adjusted on every visit, it’s extremely important to get good quality post-adjustment rest to allow your body time to “adjust” to the corrected position of your atlas and axis.