Scott Wallis, DC, DACNB
What types of problems do we treat?
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What can I expect?
Most patients feel better in the first few visits. Experiencing a change in location and intensity of symptoms during the course of treatment is common. As your body returns to a healthier and balanced state, muscles that have been overused will relax and underused muscles will begin bearing their share of the load. Pain is not always a bad thing, because it is considered a warning signal for your body's sensory system. Be aware of these signals and bring them to our attention during your treatment.
How long is an office visit?
The first visit typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes. Subsequent treatments are usually 20-30 minutes depending on a patient's progress since the last treatment and the complexity of the case.
How many treatments will I need?
We are all individuals defined by our genetics, history and lifestyle. This individuality is expressed in variable responses to treatment. Dr. Wallis performs an extensive examination to maximize the accuracy and specificity of treatment provided to avoid excessive visits. A personalized treatment plan is designed for you based on your specific needs.
A patient's progress often depends on their commitment to exercises, stretches, postural changes and other recommendations made by the doctor. These recommendations will have a significant impact on the gradual correction of a biomechanical problem and help to maintain the correction made during treatment. If Dr. Wallis does not feel that your case is one that can benefit from the type of care he provides, you will be released as a patient and referred to an appropriate practitioner. As with all treatment of any type, results will vary.
What therapies are utilized?
Which therapies are used is determined on a case by case basis, depending on the individual needs of the patient. Therapeutic methods include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, hot packs, cold packs, therapeutic exercises, interferential, therapeutic taping, bracing, trigger point therapy, intersegmental traction, manual traction, myofascial release and activities of daily living training.
Home exercises are used extensively during the rehabilitative phase of care. As a partner in your health care, your contribution is required to maintain long term gains.
What Kind of Care is offered?
- Initial Intensive Care:
- If an ache, pain, or other obvious symptom has prompted you to begin chiropractic care, the first thing you want is to feel better. Office visits will be frequent and the types of therapies used are aimed at pain reduction and improved function.
- Rehabilitative Care:
- Muscle and other soft tissue damage often remain after the original symptoms improve. Rehabilitative care stabilizes your musculoskeletal system and promotes more complete healing. Visit frequency is reduced and you may be encouraged to supplement your care with exercises and other self care procedures.
How long you wish to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
Is Chiropractic care safe?
In the words of the New Zealand government's inquiry, chiropractic care is "remarkably safe." Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.
Will my insurance cover Chiropractic?
Most commercial health insurance plans cover chiropractic care and Dr. Wallis participates on over 50 PPO plans. Chiropratic care is covered 100% by Workmans' Compensation. Additionally, auto insurance usually covers chiropractic care.
Indications for Acupuncture
from the World Health Organization
- Neurologic and Orthopedic Disorders:
- Headache, Migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia, Facial paralysis, Paralysis after apopletic fit, Peripheral neuropathy, Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis, Meniere's syndrome, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Nocturnal enurseis, Intercostal neuralgia, Periarthritis humeroscapularis, Tennis elbow, Sciatica, Lumbar pain, Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Respiratory Tract:
- Acute sinusitis, Acute rhinitis, Common Cold, Acute tonsillitis
- Bronchopulmonary Disorders:
- Acute bronchitis, Bronchial asthma
- Disorders of the Eye:
- Acute conjunctivitis, Central retinitis, Myopia (in children), Cataract (without complications)
- Disorders of the Mouth Cavity:
- Toothache, Pain after tooth extraction, Gingivitis, Acute and chronic pharyngitis.
- Gastrointestinal Disorders:
- Spasm of the esophagus and cardia, Hiccups, Gastroptosis, Acute and chronic gastritis, Gastric hyperacidity, Chronic duodenal ulcer, Acute and chronic colitis, Acute bacterial dysentery, Constipation, Diarrhea, Paralytic ileus.
Scott Wallis, DC, DACNB
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, Board Certified in Pain Management & Certified in Acupuncture
Dr. Wallis received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from Palmer College in 1993. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, receiving both academic and research honors.
He holds several post-doctoral certifications including Diplomate American Chiropractic Neurology Board, Fellow Acupuncture Society of America, Diplomate American Academy of Pain Management, Fellow of the American Back Society and Fellow of the American Board of Disability Analysts. Additionally, he is certified in electrodiagnosis.
Dr. Wallis emphasizes providing the highest level of patient care possible, and much of this relies on effective communication with other health care providers. At your request, Dr. Wallis will forward his examination findings and treatment recommendations to your family doctor.
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