Monday, October 2, 2017

Cookie Cutter Care

As we discussed in a previous post, when we begin working with a new patient, we perform a detailed and comprehensive examination in order to try to identify any structural shifts or distortions in the patient's frame that may be having an effect on the way their body functions.  If we do find a structural shift or distortion with injured tissue(s) that is treatable, we will then formulate a treatment plan specific to that patient's exam findings as well as that patient's individual health goals.

Different aspects of the anatomy require different approaches in order to provide appropriate remodeling and healing.  For instance, the way that we deal with an injured ligament is quite different than how we would deal with an injured muscle or fascia or joint capsule.  We use various methods to treat these different aspects of structural problems in the body so that they may heal properly.  This may include a combination of chiropractic adjustment, stretches, exercises, and remodeling devices.  This is why when we work with a family, many times the type of treatment each family member receives is very different from one to the next.  In our office, your treatment plan is totally customized for your body.  This allows us to get maximum results in a minimum amount of time.  As such, we certainly do not provide cookie cutter care.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Minutes Spent In Examintion Save Hours Spent In Treatment

When we first work with a new patient, we feel it is very important to first have a conversation about the patient's health complaints, so we listen.  One of our mentors once said, "If you listen to a patient long enough and carefully enough, they will tell you the problem."   So much information can be gathered during this history taking process that we prefer to have the patient tell us as much about their symptoms as they'd like before we even start an examination.  Of course, as health care professionals who work with the neuromusculoskeletal system, we perform a thorough examination before attempting to form a diagnosis and treatment plan.  The same mentor of Dr. Chiara and Dr. Findura espoused the phrase: "minutes spent in examination save hours spent in treatment," for good reason. 

Our neuromusculoskeletal system is made up of many different components and tissue types: bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, tendons, fascia, and nerves (brain, brainstem, spinal cord, & peripheral nerves).  These different tissues react differently to stresses and injury.  They also react differently to various treatment methods.  As such, we use different forms of treatment depending on the nature of the injury and what tissues are involved.

Therefore, on your first visit, we take our time to try to come up with the best diagnosis and solution for your specific problem(s).  We perform a detailed biomechanical analysis of the structure and function of the area in question as well as any areas that may be involved through various kinetic chains and myofascial slings in order to accurately diagnose your problem.  Many patients remark that it is the most thorough physical examination they've ever received.  We don't do it to impress you, but rather, to help us get great outcomes and results in less time.

For a new patient examination, we ask that you bring any available medical imaging studies & reports (x-ray, MRI, CT scan, etc.) as well as any insurance and claim information.  If your insurance plan requires a referral from your primary care physician for chiropractic and/or physical therapy services, please have the referral form made out to "Family Chiropractic Works" and specify "chiropractic" and "physical therapy".  Please wear or bring a set of gym clothes (preferably shorts, tights, or tight fitting sweatpants without any metal) and please remove all jewelry when you come for your first visit.  We look forward to the challenge of trying to determine if we can help with your neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Computer Workstation Ergonomics

In addition to providing quality chiropractic care for our patients, we also provide education on proper ergonomics.  If we are going to help correct functional and structural problems in our patients' bodies, we want to make sure that our patients are not sabotaging their health as they go about their daily routines.  Whatever you do with your body, especially if it is for an extended period of time, can have an effect on your structure.  If you have poor ergonomics, you will be reinforcing a poor structure.  If you have good ergonomics, you will be reinforcing a proper structure.  Since we know that the structure of the body dictates the function of the body, we want to make sure you are doing things to help improve and/or maintain proper spinal structure.

One part of many peoples' daily routine is the use of a computer.  Please compare the picture below to your own computer workstation.  Are there areas where you can improve the ergonomics of your workstation?  If so, please make the necessary changes--your body will thank you for it.  And, if you have a question specific to a proper computer workstation setup or any other ergonomic issues, please feel free to ask Dr. Chiara or Dr. Findura.  We'd be glad to help!


We are now online!

Welcome to the website of Family Chiropractic Works, LLC.  We are a chiropractic practice focusing on functional and structural correction for the whole family.  We have been serving the Hackettstown area for over thirty years.  If you are an existing patient we look forward to continue providing quality care for you.  If you have never been to our practice but think you may require our services, please call us to schedule a complimentary consultation.  Dr. Gerard Chiara and Dr. Gregory Findura look forward to having the opportunity to help you and/or your family's health concerns.

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