Before you even set foot in the New Patient room, we ask you to fill in a form which will give us a better understanding about your background and current health status. If you have copies of relevant MRIs, bone scans, CT scans, or X-rays (film or CD-Rom), please bring these with you; if these have been made but you don’t have a copy, we can request duplicates from the hospital or other caregiver. These are important because they give us a better understanding of you and the health issues you wish to discuss with us. If you haven’t received a new patient intake form from us in the mail, please arrive 10 minutes earlier to fill it in.

Intake Exam and Report of Findings
After your health history has been taken, an extensive physical exam will be performed consisting of neurological, orthopedic, and chiropractic tests. The results and explanation of these tests and diagnoses is a part of the second visit, when we present and discuss the Report of Findings. Also at this time a treatment plan, prognosis, and possible ergonomic and sports advice will be discussed; if appropriate, appointments for a treatment program will also be scheduled.

Treatment techniques
With a chiropractic treatment, a small purposeful impulse is given to a joint. Sometimes a small pop is heard. This sound is a result of a quick pressure change within the joint. This type of treatment modality is often used in chiropractic.

Other treatment methods
- An “Activator” (an implement which gives smaller thrusts for a milder treatment).
- “Traction” (Cox) and “Drop” (Thompson) techniques.

Muscle techniques
Dijkstra Chiropractic also uses muscle techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy, Myo-Fascial Release, Active Release Therapy (ART), Kinesiotape and Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR) to help treat adhesions between muscles. These are often used to complement the chiropractic treatment.

Dijkstra Chiropractic makes use of all of the above-mentioned techniques to create the most appropriate and effective individual treatment program for you.