What to Expect at Health Atlast Citrus in Crystal River and Inverness, FL
If you've ever gone to a social event where you didn't know anyone, you know how uncomfortable that can make you feel. Our goal is to eliminate every shred of apprehension and make you feel at home.
Since chiropractic care
involves a series of visits, with each one building on the ones before, it's important that our relationship can go the distance. We've found that one of the best ways to have successful patient relationships is to explain everything in advance. No surprises!
The more you understand who we are, what we do and why we do it, the better results you'll enjoy. It's as simple as that.
So, check us out here. Poke around. Get to know us. Then, contact us to make an appointment so we can get to know you.
Your First Visit to Our Crystal River Practice
Upon entering our office, you will be greeted with a smile by our front office staff. Your first visit with us is designed to get an overall picture of your current health status in order to be safe and thorough. We view each step of your first visit as a piece of a puzzle. Each step provides information that helps us come up with a proper diagnosis. We often hear from patients that our process is more thorough than any chiropractor they have ever seen and that makes us smile. After all, you are seeking our care to help you feel better and restore your health as soon as possible. That's why our motto is “teaming up to keep you in the game of life!”
A staff member will review the paperwork you will be completing and answer any questions. This provides us with a summary of your health history and current lifestyle. To save you time on your first visit we have our intake forms here online for you to download, print and complete prior to your visit.
The doctor and staff will then review a thorough health history with you, asking questions about any specific complaints you have, as well as questions about your overall health status.
You will then be provided with a comprehensive physical examination of your spine and nervous system performed by your doctor. He will check your posture, examine the way your spine moves, examine the way you walk, stand, perform any orthopedic and neurologic testing that are required. He will then discuss your problem with you and explain how chiropractic can help. A plan of action for the day will be agreed upon before we proceed. The plan may include taking some x-rays. This is done right in our facility and will include only the views necessary to help complete this piece of the puzzle.
Our dedicated insurance department will then provide a quote of what your first visit will cost after verifying what your insurance covers. This allows you to understand what your care will cost before you commit to anything. A cash discount plan is available for those without insurance. We offer the best health care deal in town!
We Adjust On The First Visit!
We do not believe in prolonging your pain. So, we don't make you wait until the second visit for treatment. Every effort is made to reduce your discomfort as soon as possible. Your doctor will review your x-rays, adjust the affected area(s) and may include muscle work and /or one of the many adjunctive therapies that are used to compliment the chiropractic adjustment. These include interferential current (electrical stimulation), ultrasound, HVG current, diathermy and intersegmental traction (roller table). We also have massage therapists on staff who provide many types of therapeutic soft tissue (muscle, myofascial and ligaments) work. Instructions for home care, such as icing, stretching, heat or natural supplementation, will be provided, so that you can become an active part of your healing process.
We provide many different chiropractic adjusting techniques to fit the many types of patients we encounter. You see, one size does not fit all in our office! Each patient is evaluated and provided with a unique care plan based on their individual needs.
Rest assured, that you will see the same doctor on each visit. We do not shuffle patients to whomever is available. If your doctor has the day off, you will see one of the other two doctors on staff. This allows for continuity of care regardless of who may be on vacation or have a rare Saturday off.
Your Second Visit - A Care Plan Unique to You
On your second visit, your doctor will review the results of your x-rays and examination with you. He will carefully explain the features and structure that we expect to see in a spinal x-ray such that you can understand the significance of you own films. This allows you to see how deviation from the norm can affect your life both short term and long term.
Your doctor will explain to you all of your options for care. The report of findings is designed to provide you with all the information required for you to make an informed decision about your health, and the type of care you would like to receive. Once again, time is taken to develop a care plan that is unique to your needs and goals. The care plan determines the frequency and duration of care you are likely to require.
You will then receive a chiropractic adjustment and any therapies the doctor has ordered. Directions for home care will be given once again and an appointment will be made for your next visit.
Regular Chiropractic Visits
After the investment of time needed on the first and second visits, many patients become concerned that every visit will be of equal length.
Thankfully that's not true! You will be relieved to know that a typical visit should not take longer that 20- 30 minutes.
Your adjustment may be similar each time or the doctor may progress to another technique that he considers a better fit for you. Like a regular workout at the gym, each visit builds on the ones before. Miss a visit and you can lose the momentum necessary to make the needed changes.
We recognize that your time is valuable. So we do everything possible to run on time and minimize the impact on your busy day. Emergencies and unforeseen problems with patients do arise and require more time. We spend the time necessary to help people with their specific issues and we will do the same for you. Having a physician spend time with you these days is a rarity and we take pride in doing so!
Your progress review are designed to track your progress, as well as addressing any additional health concerns that you may have. How do we access your progress? We achieve this goal by measuring both subjective and objective clinical findings including:
Quality of Life Indicators
We will assessing important health elements such as:
- Pain levels
- Exercise levels
- Improved well being
- Activities of daily living
Range Of Motion
It is important that throughout life we have a healthy range of motion of all parts of our body. Exercise pioneer, Jack LaLanne, is fond of saying “a flexible spine is the key to youth.” Chiropractic care has been shown to build and maintain healthy movement throughout your body.Structural Change
According to authors Calliet and Gross, in The Rejuvenation Factor, “to live a long and a healthy life few things matter more than good posture. Posture has been shown to affect and moderate every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headaches, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.” Regular posture assessments are conducted to help gauge your levels of improvement.
Citrus Chiropractic Group Insurance and Fees
We accept most insurances and file the paperwork for you. Please call the office and we will gladly check your insurance benefits for you. Feeling better is only a phone call away!
Insurance Plans include but are not limited to:
- All Auto Insurances
- Worker's Compensation
- All Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans (including HMO)
- Most Medicare Replacements
- United Healthcare
- Beech Street (Network)
- CASH(self pay)
No Insurance – No Problem… Ask About Our Cash Discount Plan.