On your first visit to Dr. Gerard in Austin, you should expect to be greeted by our friendly staff when you arrive for your appointment. To save time and secure your appointment, fill out your paperwork online here. We will begin with a thorough consultation to learn your history and address your specific needs and health goals.
Our examination consists of a complete analysis of your spine and nervous system. During this exam, Dr. Gerard can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxation problems by analyzing the spinal position, curvatures, neurological function and muscle tone. We will also detect and analyze any postural distortions and measure how and where you are able to move.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you and the results will be given at your Report of Findings. However, it is important to note that this examination helps scientifically understand the subluxation processes going on in your spine. It also gives us a baseline for future tests so we can accurately measure your progress to see how your spine is correcting and your nervous system is functioning. Using these examination procedures is much more accurate than just depending on “how you feel” on any given day.
Spinal X-rays may be taken depending on your age, and situation. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy, most children, recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various situations. Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations. X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, the quality of the spine, and the safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been involved in your spine.
With this important information, we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. It also helps rule out cases in which we should not adjust. Your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail in your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit. This visit is your most important visit and may take up to one hour. It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit.
Our Chiropractic Care utilizes the most modern chiropractic analytical, and adjustive procedures and equipment available. Subluxations are 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 well established time-proven procedures to help you. We feel you’re worth it!