- What is Chiropractic
- What is a Subluxation
- What is an Adjustment
- What is Muscle Guarding
- Care for Accidents and Injuries
- Rehabiliative Care
- Prevention & Wellness Care
- Chiropractic for Sports & Fitness
- Conditions Improved by Chiropractic
- Top 7 Reasons to get Adjusted
- What to Expect at Your First Visit
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- TCM Diet Principles
- Acupuncture for Pain
- Acupuncture for Fertility
- Acupuncture During Pregnancy
- Acupuncture for Stress
- Acupuncture to Quit Smoking
- Trigger Point Dry Needling
- Moxibustion Therapy
- Cupping and Acupuncture
- Gua Sha Technique
- What is Chi/Qi and Meridians
- Conditions Improved by Acupuncture
- Chicago Community Acupuncture Project
- Top 7 Reasons to get Acupuncture
- What to Expect at Your First Visit
- What Are Orthotics?
- Foot Mechanics
- Symptoms of Improper Foot Mechanics
- Conditions Improved by Orthotics
- Plantar Faciitis
- Shin Splints
- Hallux Rigidus
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Knee Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Sports Performance
- Choosing Shoes for Your Orthotics
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST MASSAGE VISIT
DEVELOPING YOUR TREATMENT GOALS
If you are a new patient in our office, you will be asked questions about your health history and the doctor will perform a physical exam. During the exam the doctor will be assessing your problem areas and developing a treatment plan so that you will have the most beneficial massage possible. The doctor will also be checking for any conditions that may contraindicate massage therapy. The doctor will review his findings with you and the massage therapist.
MEETING YOUR MASSAGE THERAPIST
You will be introduced to the Massage Therapist who will briefly review your therapy goals with you and how your therapy session will proceed. Our therapists use an assortment of the highest quality non-staining, hypoallergenic oils and lotions. If you experience sensitivity to a lotion or oil, please let your therapist know. Your therapist will leave the room while you get ready.
PREPARING TO RELAX
It is generally preferable that the area being worked on is undressed however, you should dress to your level of comfort whether this be undressed, partially undressed or fully clothed. A sheet (and blanket if requested) will cover you at all times with only the area being worked on exposed. We have gowns available if you are coming from work (or somewhere else) and forgot comfy clothes. When you are through, lay down on the table as the therapist instructed and drape the sheet/blanket over you. The therapist will knock before re-entering. Our tables are available with a heated option that is adjusted to your comfort level. Be sure to let your therapist know if you want the heat turned down, turned up, or if you would like a blanket.
It is important to breathe slowly and deeply during your massage to allow the most oxygen to get to your muscles allowing them to release tension more freely. Your therapist may ask you to breathe in different ways to assist with the techniques they are performing. You will also be asked for feedback on pressure and technique so that the therapist can perform the massage with the best possible benefit to you. Some people close their eyes and relax, some fall asleep, while others prefer to talk, what ever you prefer is up to you. After your massage session is completed, your therapist will leave the room while you dress. When you are through, your therapist will encourage you to drink plenty of water.
PROLONG THE EFFECTS OF YOUR MASSAGE
- Always drink plenty of water after your massage to encourage the removal of waste products that therapy has released.
- If there is a sore area where deep tissue work was performed, apply ice according to our instructions.
- Take a warm Epsom salt bath to help remove toxins and further relax your muscles.