What to expect as a new patient at Chiropractic Saint Louis:
STEP-1: We Measure You
First you’ll sit down privately with the doctor and talk about the trouble you're having, rule out other possible causes, and discuss your treatment goals.
If we feel that chiropractic care is an appropriate intervention, we'll perform a painless examination looking for signs of spinal misalignment, muscle imbalance, and functional deficits. If these signs are present, we'll have digital X-rays taken to help calculate a specific adjustment tailor-made for your unique body.
STEP-2: We Gently Adjust You
After we've analyzed your X-ray results, we'll go over the radiologist's report together, and discuss what can/cannot be corrected. When it's time to adjust you, you'll rest comfortably on your side, and feel a very gentle pressure behind your ear. There's never any twisting or neck popping. This is followed by 20-30 minutes of rest in a private zen-like resting suite. Afterwards, we'll use thermal imaging technology to determine how much change was made. Patients may feel relief after the very first adjustment, while others notice changes later in their care.
STEP-3: Stabilization and Healing
After you've received an adjustment, we'll monitor your healing process as the spine begins to make positive changes. As spinal stability improves, tissue repair occurs and your spine will become more resilient.
We'll also incorporate mobility training to help your adjustments hold longer. With this approach, you won’t need frequent visits. In fact, 77.8% of our patients hold their spinal corrections for 2-6 months. sit
What conditions have responded well to the Upper Cervical approach to chiropractic care?
While not every case will respond well to chiropractic care 100% of the time, we’ve had success helping patients suffering from the following conditions:
Headaches, migraines, TMJ discomfort and jaw-clicking, neck pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, trouble sleeping (insomnia), sinus pressure, vertigo or dizziness, tinnitus (ear ringing), mid back pain, low back pain, leg pain, and digestive issues such as reflux and constipation.
Each case is different, but it’s important to know that we only provide care to patients when chiropractic care is an appropriate intervention.
What is Spinal Imbalance?
Here’s a more detailed explanation about spinal imbalance, what it looks like, and the impact it has on how you feel and function.
How long will it take to get better?
How long it takes to get better depends on a variety of factors. Your age, lifestyle habits, types of tissues that were damaged, complexity of your misalignment, and how long the condition has been present will each have an impact on your recovery time.
Do I have to come back several times?
We do not advocate multiple treatments per week, so you'll never be scheduled in a way that makes you feel over-extended (financially or time-wise). You’ll be given choices based entirely on whichever goals and outcomes matter most to you. Our goal is to help you hold your adjustments for as long as possible, and not be physically dependent upon chiropractic care.
Are you going to crack my neck?
Dr. Tanase’s approach to neck adjustments does not involve any twisting, popping, or cracking of the neck. The adjustments are extremely gentle and given in a relaxed position without any rotational force.
What can be done for complicated cases?
Patients who have previously visited other health care professionals and received significant diagnostic testing can often be tempted to think that if they couldn’t help, then there’s nothing a chiropractor could do…
But sometimes it helps to think outside the box. You’d be surprised how overlooked spinal misalignment is when physicians are only looking for signs and symptoms of more obvious pathologies. A fresh perspective might be exactly what’s needed.
Can you help me if I’ve had spinal surgery in the past?
Certain forms of chiropractic adjusting are contraindicated following spinal surgery. However, our method is so gentle and segment-specific that you may still be able to get relief from an adjustment. Contact our office, describe which type of surgery you’ve had, and we’ll be able to better determine if you’re a candidate.
What if chiropractic care isn’t the right option?
We respect the effectiveness of chiropractic care, but recognize its limitations. If we determine that spinal adjustments aren’t an appropriate intervention for you, we’ll discuss this immediately, and make the necessary referrals.
Are there any contracts to sign?
Some providers let the business aspect of health care influence their approach to treatment. They focus on the dollar value of each new patient, and implement sales tactics to coerce you into paying for more care than you need, or multiple treatments in advance (thereby making it a hassle if you change your mind).
In this office, we rely on a patient-centered approach. Your needs come first. There are never any contracts to sign, zero sales gimmicks, and no products to buy.
I don’t live close to the St. Louis area, can I still come see you?
We’ve provided care to patients all over the country. Individuals have made the trip from California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan, and New York.
That being said, let us help you find someone closer before you make the commitment to fly/drive all this way. Dr. Tanase has a vast network of Upper Cervical friends and colleagues around the nation who can provide you with exceptional care. If you’d like us to help you find a referral closer to home, send us a message here.
Should you decide to still make the trip, we can also help you find convenient accommodations near the office.