Your First Visit
What to Expect During Your First Visit
When you first contact Healing Hands, we will ask several questions about your current condition, as well as information about what health insurance you carry. Don’t be alarmed if we ask if the reason for your visit is a result of an auto accident.
We ask that you arrive about 10 minutes before your appointment so that you can fill out some paperwork. Please bring a photo ID and your insurance card if you will be utilizing insurance benefits for your treatment. Our receptionists are knowledgeable and will help you complete the paperwork required for your initial examination if you need assistance.
During the first few minutes of your visit, Dr. Cao will ask you about your current muscular/skeletal condition and get a sense of your medical history. She will also conduct an examination of your health and the affected area. We encourage you to ask questions during this and all subsequent visits about your treatment and care so you can better understand the process. We also encourage you to share with Dr. Cao your own exercise and activity habits – daily movement can impact treatment.
Once your examination is complete, you will work alongside Dr. Cao to create short and long term goals for your treatment. Discussing goals is vital because it helps align a patient’s wants with their body’s needs. You may want to go back to working out in the gym or finishing off your to-do list of yard work, but your body might not be ready.
Dr. Cao provides adjustments manually, which is also called a Diversified Technique. If you prefer, she can use other techniques, such as performing adjustments with an activator designed to apply specific pressure to the area. While on the table you are asked questions about any pain or discomfort you have been experiencing, and then Dr. Cao applies pressure to an affected area to realign your structural integrity, and correct vertebral subluxations also known as restrictions.
After your adjustment, recommendations may be made for certain activities to be increased or restricted. You may also be given stretches to perform at home and instructions to drink plenty of water to help with soreness. Dr. Cao will also make recommendations for a treatment schedule going forward. We ask that you book appointments as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to schedule a time that works for your schedule.