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As a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Luciano Gaigher, D.C., F.A.C.O. is ready to help you put together a comprehensive plan to give you back your health.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic supports the concept that maintenance of proper function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems can provide for better health.
Chiropractic is a form of health care that is drug-less, non-invasive and actively promotes health.
Chiropractic care is holistic, meaning that the entire body and a person’s lifestyle is examined and treated. When a chiropractor works with a patient, the cause of the patient’s physical problem is addressed and lifestyle factors that may affect the problem (such as diet, posture, exercise and others) are modified to speed recovery and prevent recurrence.
What education is required to practice?
Prospective chiropractic students must have a Bachelor of Science before entering a chiropractic college. Chiropractic education’s foundation in the basic life sciences includes coursework in anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physical and laboratory diagnostics, radiology, physiology, pathology, nutrition and public health. In addition, chiropractic education involves a detailed study of clinical sciences as well as clinical experience.
What is an adjustment?
Chiropractic care is known (but not exclusively) for its use of the adjustment, sometimes called manipulation. An adjustment is a precise procedure in which the trained doctor of chiropractic exerts specific corrective pressure at specific places on your spine or other joint. When a thorough examination reveals joints that are not in proper function, adjustments are applied to correct joint alignment/mobility, relieve associated muscle and nerve tension, improve balance and assist healing. In most cases, adjustments are performed manually by the doctor of chiropractic.
What can I expect from a treatment?
You will be asked to complete a comprehensive health history, including past health problems, diet, exercise, occupation and other information of importance. Examination may include palpation (examination by touch), x-rays, range of motion, strength, neurological and orthopedic tests.
Besides the adjustment, doctors of chiropractic may use physiotherapies such as electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, moist heat, ice, massage, or others. Your chiropractor will also take the time to counsel you about the prevention of disease and the methods for living a healthy lifestyle.
You may not receive an adjustment at every appointment. The treatment you receive will be designed specifically for you - based on your symptoms and examination findings.
What information should I bring on my first visit?
If you have already had tests (such as x-rays) regarding your problem, bring them and any reports to the doctor of chiropractic’s office.
Be prepared to discuss: when the problem started; how it started; how long you have had it; what makes the problem worse or better; treatments you have tried so far and how they worked; any other information you believe is relevant.
Bring notes regarding comments or questions you want to ask the doctor of chiropractic.
If your health insurance company requires a referral before treatment, please obtain one.
Bring your insurance card and know the amount of your deductible and/or copay and if your deductible has or has not been met for the current year.
Appointments are subject to a minimum fee of $25.00 for not keeping your appointment. Please give 24 hour notice on cancellations.