New Patient Center
We look forward to meeting you.
Step 1. Complete Intake Forms Prior to First Visit
Step 2. Understand Expectations for Your First Visit
On the first visit, our patients are warmly welcomed. You’ll be asked to fill out some paperwork so the doctor can learn more about your health. You can save time and speed up your office visit by filling out our confidential Patient Intake Form online!
Initial Exam for Chiropractic
Next, the doctor performs a more thorough exam in order to determine what functional limitations you may have. The doctor will then go over the results of the exam and discuss different treatment options, and answer any insurance and financial questions.
Same-Day Treatment for Chiropractic Visit
If possible patients will generally be treated the same day. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapies, and/or soft tissue therapies by a licensed massage therapist, spinal decompression therapy, or acupuncture. Some conditions require additional diagnostic testing to be performed prior to treatment. In these cases, patients are referred for MRIs, X-rays, EMGs or to other healthcare specialists which are more suitable to treat their condition.
Prior to leaving, you will be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be done at home. This may include ice application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches.
Each patient has unique healthcare needs therefore patients generally require varying degrees of treatments. After the follow-up appointment a more specific treatment plan will be given based upon the patients response to treatment. Treatment plans are specific to each patients needs NOT based upon pre-determined protocols. We understand our patients concerns as it comes to chiropractic treatment and we do our best to attain realistic treatment plans based upon patients improvements and goals. Therefore, treatments plans should be effective and make sense!
How Much Time
Please plan for 45 minutes to 1-hour in our office for your first chiropractic visit. You can save time and speed up your office visit by filling out our Patient Intake Form online.
Welcome to the clinic! We are happy to have you here.
To make the most of our treatments together, we’ve compiled this letter to answer common questions or concerns you may have about treatments.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are specific areas on the body just beyond the surface of the skin. They have high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels, and capillaries. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, it stimulates the sensory receptor, which in turn stimulates the nerve, which then transmits impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system.
This complex system of interactions (often called a “feedback loop”) between the brain, hormones, and glands is responsible for regulating a number of bodily processes. Because acupuncture helps to regulate the various feedback loops in your body, it actually allows your body to heal itselfof whatever is wrong. This amazing trait is unique to nearly every other medical system, and has sustained acupuncture as a complete system of medicine for over 5,000 years.
How often should you schedule appointments in order to get the highest value out of your treatments?
Acupuncture works cumulatively, and it is very rare that one treatment is all you will need to feel better. It is essential to get treatments close to each other at first because each treatment gains momentum on the last. If treatments are too far apart, we can lose momentum and erase the progress we’ve done through treatments.
Each person responds differently to acupuncture, so we usually won’t know exactly how many treatments you will need until we’ve gone through a few sessions. A typical treatment course for chronic conditions may be around 10-12 treatments in 6 weeks, and for acute conditions it may look like 6 treatments in 4 weeks.
Because each treatment builds on the last, I expect you to feel slowly yet progressively better with each treatment. It is also important to schedule a session immediately if you ever start to feel yourself “backsliding,” and your next scheduled appointment isn’t for a couple of days or longer.
Generally speaking, we will be able to space treatments further and further apart as long as you keep steadily improving with each treatment (and stay at that level between visits to the clinic). Maintenance sessions are often recommended every 4-6 weeks to keep your body in a healthy, joyful, and balanced state.
What to Wear:
Loose, comfortable clothing is always best for treatments, as it provides easy access to your knees and elbows, and it provides you an even greater chance for complete relaxation. Feel free to wear pajamas to your treatment, if those are what you feel comfortable in.
If you are unable to wear loose clothing, sheets and blankets are always available to cover up, should you need to remove constricting clothing for your treatment.
What to Expect:
Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.
While most people notice a marked improvement in their symptoms following acupuncture, some feel worse before they start feeling better. This is sometimes referred to as a “healing crisis.” Because acupuncture works to get you “unstuck,” dormant physical issues can get stirred up in the process. As these issues are brought to our awareness, we are able to address them in the clinic so they can be handled and healed appropriately.
It is also very possible to feel wiped out after acupuncture. Acupuncture is powerful, and when things are moving… your body gets tired. This is never a cause for concern, and the best thing to do is re-fuel with nourishing snacks, fresh water, and relaxation time.
Body parts where acupuncture needles get inserted can feel sore after needles are removed. You also may experience muscle soreness away from the needling site if a trigger point was released during your treatment. Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours. However, big trigger point releases can cause residual soreness that lasts a few days.
Although less common than soreness, bruising can occur at the needling site. Bruises usually last slightly longer than soreness from an acupuncture needle. Still, they generally are not anything to worry about beyond the aesthetic inconvenience.
It is very possible to cry during or after acupuncture. Along with the physical parts of you becoming “unstuck,” emotions become free-flowing as well. The emotional release that can happen in acupuncture is often unexpected, but it is generally a very positive experience.
Feeling emotional during or after a treatment is a sign that the acupuncture is working in the emotional/mental department. Even if you’re seeking acupuncture for a physical ailment, increased emotional expression is an indication that healing is happening. From an acupuncture perspective, physical and emotional health are interconnected, so emotional shifts suggest positive physical changes as well.
While these side effects are rarely cause for concern, you know your body best. If any of these side effects feel like they’re too severe, too uncomfortable, or lasting too long—or if you notice any additional negative reactions to your acupuncture treatment—please let me know.
We know you have many options when it comes to your health, so thank you for choosing us for your healthcare needs.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns before the next time we see each other, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Daniel Danforth, Acupuncturist
Ryken Wellness Center
Step 3: Know Your Payment Options
Here at Ryken Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we believe all patients should have access to care regardless of their financial situation or condition. Therefore, we have maintained a pricing structure that allows care for all budgets. If you have no insurance or do not have chiropractic benefits, there is still a way for you to receive the care you need.
Many patients pay directly for care, as they discover chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy in office to be more cost-effective than using their health insurance.
We accept Cash, Check, Credit Cards and Care Credit
Step 4: Understand Insurance Coverage
We participate with most insurance carriers and our staff will be glad to review your benefits with you before your visit. Many of our procedures are covered by insurance, and we bill your carrier. Of course, we welcome patients who do not have insurance, and do our best to keep our fees as reasonable as possible so that no one is limited in the care they receive.
In-Network Chiropractic Coverage
- American Specialty Health Network
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Chiro. Source, Inc.
- United Health Care
In-Network Acupuncture Coverage
- United Health Care
Out-of-Network Blue Cross Blue Shield also accepted.
Flex Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) also accepted.
Since there are so many plans and coverage varies widely, please call 480-857-1991 to find out if your plan covers care in our office. Our staff will verify and explain your benefits before treatment, at no charge.
We also accept medical liens and Med-Pay claims for auto-accidents as well as slip and fall type injuries and worker’s comp. Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture services are usually covered in full by automobile insurance policies, no matter what your involvement in the accident was. (pedestrian, passenger, driver.)
Complete Auto Accident/Personal Injury Form: Print & Bring to Your First Visit