On your first visit to our office you will be asked to complete the intake paperwork which will provide information about you and your condition. We will then have a conversation about your current condition, as well as past conditions, so that I can gather as much information as possible and determine if your condition can be helped by chiropractic care. Most often, we will be able to help you, but if necessary we will refer you to the appropriate doctor or specialist.
Next, a very thorough postural examination is performed to accurately analyze your overall body alignment. This is followed by standard tests to see how your spine moves, and what effect different movements have on both your spine and your pain level. Next your reflexes, your muscle strength and your ability to feel various types of touch are often performed. Your blood pressure, pulse, height and weight are also recorded.
The next step is a very precise structural x-ray examination to see the position of your spinal bones and to rule out any other possible diseases that may be affecting your spine. Commonly, we see the structural abnormalities that result in abnormal spinal weight bearing that in turn produces excess stress and strain on the spine and surrounding muscles and ligaments. X-ray also allows us to objectively quantify your specific spinal displacement and design a treatment program based on your unique condition.
Once all of the data about you and your problem is collected I analyze the x-rays and examination findings, correlate this with the history you provided, and design a recommended a treatment program. On your following visit, we (you and I), as a team, decide what the best approach for you to achieve the results you desire.
The treatment is the delivery of gentle precise forces to the abnormally positioned spinal bones to correct their position. Dr. Rob’s patients often comment on how gentle he is when performing spinal manipulation. He also employs other manipulation styles to accommodate individuals who do not like the “popping” sounds often heard during traditional manipulation. I also use various specific exercises designed to retrain your spinal muscles to a more normal function. Often, ice packs are used to help the body control swelling and/or inflammation.
Spinal Care Classes
(Every Thursday evening from 6:45 to 7:30PM)
Spinal Care Classes are designed to provide information about the impact postural displacements have on your health and to identify activities at home or work that may be contributing to your problem. These classes are held every Thursday evening from 6:45 to 7:30 and are open to the public. We encourage you to bring family or friends so that they may have a better understanding of your condition so that they can help you in the recovery process.
Dr. Rob has given numerous informational presentations on health related topics to local civic organizations, businesses, and schools. If you or your organization is interested in having Dr. Rob speak at your event, please contact us at (415) 525-4865 to schedule.
Below is a list of classes offered (please note that this is a partial list and if you have specific needs, please call for more information):
- Low Back Pain: Prevention, causes, and management strategies.
- Neck Pain and Headaches: Identifying the source of pain and strategies to reduce the severity and frequency.
- Posture and Your Health: Defining posture and the known health risks associated with poor posture. Treatment and home strategies to improve poor posture are also discussed.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Causes, preventative strategies, and treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Ergonomics: Implementing simple ergonomic strategies that will support your spine and prevent injuries.
- Disc Injuries: Causes, treatment strategies, and long term prognosis based on the current scientific literature.
Feel free to contact me at (415) 525-4865 or