Laying the Foundation for Total Health
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put on your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care:
Phase 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain when you come into our office, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical to need care two to three times per week for four to 12 weeks.
Phase 2: Corrective/Restorative Care
During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more completely, thereby helping prevent injury. It is typical to need care four to eight times per month for six to 24 months, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Once your body has fully healed, it is important to come in for periodic adjustments to avoid problems in the future. Usually, this only requires a quick visit to the chiropractor one to four times per month, based on your lifestyle and goals.
Our Promise to You: Protecting Your Privacy
The Department of Health and Human Services has established a “Privacy Rule” to help insure that personal health care information is protected for privacy. The Privacy rule was also created in order to provide a standard for certain healthcare providers to obtain their patients’ consent for uses and disclosure of health information about patient to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations.
As our patient we want you to know that we respect the privacy of your personal medical records and will do all that we can to secure and protect that privacy. We strive to always take reasonable precautions to protect your privacy. When it is appropriate and necessary, we provide the minimum necessary to only those we feel are in need of your health care information and information about treatment, payment or healthcare operations, in order to provide health care that is in your best interest.
We also want you to know that we support your full access to your personal medical records. We may have indirect treatment relationship with you (such as laboratories that only interact with physicians and not patients), and may have to disclose personal health information for purpose of treatment, payment, or health care operations. These entities are most often not required to obtain patient consent.
You may refuse to consent to the use or disclosure of your personal health information, but this must be in writing. Under this law, we have the right to refuse to treat you should you choose to refuse to disclose your Personal Health Information (PHI). If you choose to give consent in this document, at some future time you may request to refuse all or part of your PHI. You may not revoke actions that have already been taken which relied on this or a previously signed consent.
If you have any objections to this privacy notice, please ask to speak with our HIPAA Compliance Officer or practice administrator for further assistance. You have the right to review this privacy notice at any time after your initial signature is obtained, to request restrictions to personal health information and revoke consent in writing at any time after reviewing this notice.