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What to Expect

What Should You Expect on Your First Experience With Us?

At Palm Desert Chiropractic our initial examination procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the Vertebral Subluxation. There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have a first visit at our clinic.

The first part of your visit will involve posture analysis. Posture is a window into the health of your nervous system. The doctor will explain how subluxations affect posture and the importance of a biomechanically stable spine

The second part of the examination process consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam.  This includes a orthopedic and neurologic exam and also palpation.  Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxations problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations.

The last part of your exam may include X-rays or other diagnostic tests.  The majority of our patients do not need additional x-rays but we encourage you to bring any images (x-rays, MRI's, CT scans) that you may already have. If x-rays are requested by the Dr. we will refer out and it will be for a valid reason pertaining to your health or overall safety of the adjustments.   X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, and the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been involved in your spine. 

After a complete initial examination, thorough orthopedic, neurologic and palpatory exam, and a review of any further tests (if needed) Dr. Vella will explain what he found, how he’s going to adjust you and what recommendations are needed to not only get you out of pain, but also get you feeling your best.  You will receive your first life-changing adjustment at this time.

If a follow up visit is needed, we will also give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. It is our philosophy to educate you and allow you to make your own health care decisions.

Our chiropractic care utilizes the most modern chiropractic procedures and equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your family. It is therefore imperative that we utilize the most modern, and the well established time-proven procedures to help you.

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Laying the Foundation for Total Health

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. There are three general phases of chiropractic care:

Phase 1: Relief Care

If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care two to three times per week for four to 12 weeks.

Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care

During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care four to eight times per month for six to 24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.

Phase 3: Wellness Care

Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor one to four times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.