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Forms

Prior to your 1st visit, you will need to obtain all of the necessary paperwork. In order to make the most of your time with us, we ask that you read and complete the paperwork at home. This will give you time to thoroughly explain your answers because we value your concerns, your goals, and want to help you. The best way to do this is to have a complete and accurate history.

Santa Cruz Spine & Sport offers our patient forms online.  You can download the paperwork with the links below. If you are not sure which forms to complete, please call us at 831-713-8400.


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Prepare for your visit by reading this!

1.)  Download the appropriate forms, print them out, and fill in the required information.

2.)  Bring the paperwork with you to your appointment. These forms are very important to your consultation and   treatment plan.

3.)  Please bring any doctor reports, x-rays, labs, and orthopedic and neurological testing that you may have. The more information we have to help you, the better. 

4.)  Please wear functional clothes that we will allow the clinician to see the area of concern. (i.e. wear shorts if we are looking at your knee. Tank top or sports-bra if we are looking at shoulder, neck, upper-back.) If we can't see the area, we may have you wear a gown in order to have a more accurate evaluation. Please feel comfortable to address any concerns. 

5.)  If you want to use your Insurance for Chiropractic exams, please bring your insurance card on the first visit (or as soon as possible) so that we can make research your benefits.  For your 1st visit, you may use your insurance but we ask that you call and verify your benefits using this form (please note, we will still check benefits but cannot guarantee they will be completed by your first exam. We also reserve the right to confirm any information you bring to us). Please click here to see what insurances we take and our insurance protocol


What to expect: A Step by Step Guide for First Exams 

1.) What to wear

Please wear functional cloths that we will be able to see the area of concern. (ie wear shorts if we are looking at your knee. Tank top or sports-bra if we are looking at shoulder, neck, upper-back.) If we can't see the area we will have you wear a gown in order to have a more accurate exam.

2.) Meet and Greet

Once you arrive at Spine & Sport, our front desk will greet you and ask you to fill out any needed paperwork. Then you will meet the Doctor and you will have your exam in a separate room.  He will listen to your needs, wants, concerns, and goals.  In order to identify the cause of your health problem(s), we have added additional time for the first two chiropractic visits. In these two visits, you can expect to be with the Doctor for 20-30 minutes then an additional 10-20 minutes if you come on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.  On those days, there is personal trainer that co-manages patients and you will work with them one-on-one.

2.) Discuss your Health History

The first thing your doctor will do is take a thorough health history. This history will include family, occupational, and past medical histories as well as a history of your dietary and exercise habits and previous care received. This is why it's important to provide accurate and detailed information. 

3.) Physical Examination

The doctor will may perform a static posture evaluation, range of motion, functional movement screening, and orthopedic and neurological testing.  In addition, a careful spinal and muscular examination will be performed to detect any abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile and vital in evaluating your health status. X-rays, MRI, or lab testing will be referred out if needed. 

4.) soft tissue and Joint mobility Treatment

Once we have have found the underlying cause of your health problem, we will begin by administering adjustments and/or soft-tissue therapies. An "adjustment" means the specific manipulation of any joint in the body which has abnormal movement patterns or fails to function normally. The adjustment can be given by hand or instrument.  It consists of applying pressure to the joint areas that are out of alignment or that do not move properly within their normal range of motion. 

In addition to performing adjustments, we will pay close attention to your muscles and work to balance their tone. Many different methods are employed to reduce muscle spasms and also to strengthen weak muscles. These can include myofascial release , Active Release Technique ART, Acupressure/Trigger Point Release H.M.T. Graston.  Click Here to learn about our chiropractic adjustment and chiropractic soft tissue techniques. If you have any questions or interests about any of these techniques, please ask.  

5.) Home Exercises

In order to get lasting results, your treatment plan follows you out our doors. After mobilizing the joints and soft tissue we want to stabilize the area with customized exercises that are tailored to your specific treatment plan. If we don't correct improper movement patterns or poor motor control we often seeing underlying issues continue to return. 

Step by Step Guide: First Massage Visit

1.) Meet and Greet

Once you arrive at Spine & Sport, our front desk will greet you and ask you to fill out a Massage Wellness Chart if you hadn't done so already. The Massage Wellness Chart is where you record any medical history, past/present injuries and other physical conditions we should be made aware of. Your massage therapist will greet you and review the Wellness Chart with you. They will inquire about the reason(s) you are coming in for a massage, your current physical condition and any specific areas in which you are experiencing pain or would like to address during your massage.

2.) Starting Your Session

Your massage therapist will then take you to a peaceful treatment room where a comfortable massage table dressed with a warming blanket and crisp clean sheets awaits. A small shelf for your personal belongings and a chair are also provided for your use. Your massage therapist will leave the room and wait outside while you disrobe to your level of comfort. The massage etiquette varies for clients. Some clients prefer to completely disrobe, while some will remain partially clothed. Either option is fine. Once disrobed, you will lie on the massage table, under the top sheet. Your massage therapist will give you a few minutes for this process and will knock on the door to ask if you are ready before entering your room.

You will always be draped with the top sheet during your massage session. The etiquette your massage therapist will follow is to only uncover the part of the body they are working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times. For Thai-Yoga-Massage you will leave clothes on so wear stretchy yoga clothes.

You can expect a tranquil and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is padded and a heating blanket is placed beneath the sheet, which you can have adjusted to your preference. There will be relaxing music playing, unless you request otherwise.  Some people like to talk during a massage. Some prefer to relax without conversation. Do what feels best. We'll follow your lead.

3 During Your Massage

Before beginning the session, your therapist will ask you to alert them if, at any time during the session, a technique or stroke they are using is uncomfortable. Depending on your specific needs or requests, your massage therapist will either perform a customized full-body massage (for general relaxation and stress reduction) or focus on the specific parts of your body that you have requested. Spine & Sport uses only the highest quality hypoallergenic massage creams and lotions for your massage.

4.) Ending your session

Once your massage therapy session is complete, your therapist will leave the room so you may re-dress. Your therapist will wait outside the room for you with a cup of water, and then take you back to the front area when you're ready. Our massage therapy sessions vary from 1-hour to 1 ½-hour to 2 hours in length.

We look forward to seeing you for your first visit. If you have any questions about the etiquette during a massage, one of our friendly front desk associates will be happy to answer them for you.

 

Step by Step guide to Personal Training

1.) Meet and Greet.

Once you have arrive you will be greeted by the front desk and give you any paperwork that you weren't able to fill out at home. You'll be introduced to the trainer and you will discuss what your typical day is like, your current eating habits, hydration status and the amount of sleep you typically get. From there lifestyle goals are set, both long and short term.

2.) Warm up & Get Baseline

In addition to recording your age, gender, height and weight, your trainer will warm you and take you through some baseline tests like Function Movement Screening FMS, Endurance Tests, Bioelectric impedance analysis (body fat%).

3.) Start Moving

After all the data is gathered from your history and baseline assessment they will progress you through proper mobility exercises and stability exercises building strength and power you through full body movement patterns

Sequentially, achieving optimal fitness and athleticism looks like this:

Mobility => Stability => Strength => Power

If you have a dysfunctional movement pattern, weight will not be added until that movement pattern is corrected.  While it’s a tough pill to swallow and may hurt the ego, laying off the weights to focus on flexibility and stability may be the best course of action to correct movement dysfunction and prevent future injury. 

4.) Cooling Down & Stretching

Following the work out the trainer will take you through gentle stretches and foam rolling.  They will give you some home stability and mobility exercise to do between then and next session.