What to Expect during your First Visit to the Modern Movement Clinic
We know we’re not cheap. We also know we don’t take insurance. Because of all that we make sure your experience at Modern Movement Clinic is the best you’ve experienced. We’re not over here making guarantees like we’re selling off the lot, we’re just confident in our skills because this ain’t our first rodeo. We’ve owned the boots and spurs for a while. Let’s see what else you experience before, during and after your first rodeo with Modern Movement Clinic.
Before Your First Session:
Once You Arrive & During Your First Session:
The examination covers all of the below and more:
We’re so glad you asked this question! If it is your first time, we suggest leaving 10 minutes earlier than what your GPS might say to ensure you don’t get lost, hit traffic, or just feel anxious. We want to remove any barriers of resistance to make sure you feel like you KNOW you are in the right place. If you’ve been here a few times then this clearly is not your first rodeo.
More than likely you are going to move when you get here. That won’t ever change if you’re at Modern Movement Clinic. We highly suggest you either bring athletic clothing to change into or come already changed into athletic clothing. WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Let’s avoid a denim rash if we can, mmkay? If you’re a runner, bring those shoes you’ve been training in and possibly your last pair as well. If it is an area that is harder to get to (shoulder, mid back, low back), we would highly appreciate a tank top or loose enough tops that allow us to get to the area easily.
Plan to be here for 1.5 hours your initial visit. We’re thorough and we hang our hat on that. To be thorough, we need time. Follow ups do vary on time but we highly suggest booking a time that doesn’t leave you (or us) rushed for time. This is your time you are paying for and we want to ensure you get your money’s worth. Follow ups vary between 15 minutes to an hour, and like we mentioned if you are a member and would like to stay a bit longer to use some of the rehab equipment, feel free!
Should you have imaging done for this already, go ahead and bring in the report for us to read over. Anything else you feel might be pertinent to look over in regards to reports or perhaps your current or last pair of running or athletic shoes is more than fine. If you wear orthotics or have changed anything you might feel needs addressed, bring it on in.
You know we can’t answer that specifically for EVERYONE! We certainly understand your sense of urgency and clearly your budget. This is why we like to set the plan at the first visit. Many factors need to be taken into consideration in regards to how intense is the pain for the time being, your natural progression with injuries (some people simply just respond faster), and obviously willingness to do the dirty work. This is why we like to follow up after the first week to make sure we start off on the right track quickly. You will be re-evaluated essentially every visit to make sure progress is made in some form each time. Last thing, and we feel we need to mention this only because other Doctors use words like “fix” and “cure”. If this is what you’re looking for, we highly suggest seeking someone else for your services. The truth is, these words are used as buzzwords to try to get people in the door. The natural progression of strength and injury, depending on what tissue and if there’s multiple areas, is around 4-6 weeks so use that as motivation to make it even shorter. Everyone wins then!
Cut to the chase, we like it. Everyone will always start with their Initial Examination. Whether you are in pain or not in pain and doing strictly training. We do this simply to know how you work, how we work, and how we go about working together to meet your specific needs. Follow ups we’ve tried to make pretty clear cut. We will explain them below:
Release – 15 minute session simply to get some dry needling, soft tissue, or mobilizations. This is zero active therapy and 100% hands on work. Need some work before a race or competition on ONE area? Here ya go!
Restore – 30 minute (currently 45 but changing in August), and our most popular, session. This is for the individual who has just one complaint to work on. You get a good mix of both active and passive therapy. We may need to do a bit of passive therapy initially to help open up more opportunities for improvement. We then work on locking this all in with some active therapy and moving around. This gives you plenty of time to get everything you need all in one session, and with the membership, a very affordable offer for the time during the session and after with emailed exercise plans and keeping in touch.
Rewrite – 1 hour session, and the one we call “the crowd favorite”. At Modern Movement Clinic, we are rehab, we are performance, and we are the bridge that separates the gap between rehab and performance. Do you want to strength train in your off season or even IN season? We can do that. Do you not have any pain but you simply wanna change your lifestyle and learn a bit about picking up weight? Who better to come talk to and work with one on one than a medically trained Doctor with an athletic training background? This strength and conditioning program is specifically designed for you, your needs, and how your body moves. No pulling programs from Muscle Magazine or Runner’s World, you’ve got your own program right here. For a monthly fee, we can even program 2 other workouts using our TrainHeroic app. Who doesn’t wanna get in on something that says “Rewrite”?!
We haven’t started enacting this yet but we’re so glad you asked! We’ve mentioned before, we know we are expensive at first glance. We also know that we’ve done this song and dance enough that we see commonalities in how people need and respond to care. This is why we’ve priced and timed things the way we have. If you book MORE time, you save MORE money. By opting into a membership for 3 month periods, you save even more. These are done in tiers of 2 hour blocks, saving you upwards of 40 bucks, or 4 hour blocks, saving upwards of 80 bucks, that can be used for the month.
4 hour blocks might be for when you in the acute stage of pain and need to get through this phase as quickly as possible to get back to sport. This would be likely a weekly session of an hour or perhaps you’re not in pain and want to do strength training once a week.
2 hour blocks might be more towards when pain is less limiting and we are simply making sure you are seeing continued progress with some of the objectives we’ve laid out at the initial examination. This might also be if you want to strength train every couple weeks for an hour.
Like we mentioned before, you have options. If any of these don’t fit into your deck of cards, sit down with us and we can talk about how to best fit your needs. Contrary to what others might say, we do have a heart. Also, if you don’t happen to see an option here that fits for you, shoot us an email and let’s discuss how to make this happen.
We do have a 24 hour cancellation policy. We understand that things happen so provide us with sufficient notice and we can rectify the situation. You do get email and text reminders should you opt in to that, which we highly suggest you do just so you don’t miss anything. Should you be anything past 5 minutes late, we do suggest calling us to let us know. We also suggest if you are 15 minutes or more late or no show, we do charge the full amount simply because that time was your scheduled appointment.
We don’t like to have sit down talks as we are all responsible adults and know that efforts must be made when working at Modern Movement Clinic from both the Movement Specialist and you or we simply won’t have an outcome either party wants or needs.
We actually operate mostly digitally. That means when you book, your card is on file to make payments easy. Think of it like a tab at a bar. We’re not asking for putting your car, house or first born up. 😂
No sitting around waiting for your card to go through the machine or paper receipts. It’s all digital. We do take FSA/HSA cards, credit/debit cards, and can provide super bills so long as you notify the office you need these. Any transaction that are made outside of scheduling can be done at the office with a point of sale system (Square).
Do we ever! We’ve been doing online visits for a while now. We like to be efficient. We block our first visit into two visits. Why do we do this? We save 1.5 hours just like what we do for in person but split this up. First, to go over your history and make sure we cover all the important information. When we depart here, you are sent a link with a grouping of tests you can shoot on your phone or tablet ON YOUR TIME and drop them into a secure cloud folder. Once you are done, your Movement Therapist will pull these, look them over, and put together your plan. You will then get a corresponding email to describe everything and meet again to make everything clear. From here we decide on the best plan of following up using apps like TrainHeroic to help program workouts for you during the week that help towards pain OR performance. Yes, we can even watch you run over online visits as well.
You can find more common questions below this page.
Wrapping Up the First Visit and Moving Forward:
After wrapping up the examination portion of the first visit, we do what most don’t. Ask you what you want to know. That’s what matters most right? From here we have a discussion on putting together a plan that works for you, how often we suggest hanging out for the time being, what visit type might work best, and any other lingering questions to help settle your mind to know you’re in the right spot. And if you’re not, we will tell you where to go. We work together to build a program that has self-care and exercises you can do at home, advice for pitfalls in the current state of where you’re at in your pain journey, any modifications that might need to be made, and how things can be progressed as time progresses.
We understand we hand you A LOT of information on that first visit and that can seem like A LOT to remember. Don’t sweat it! You’ll get a follow-up email that has all the information right there for you to refer back to and show your friends and family because they’re your biggest cheer squad!
Should you decide to join our membership program, you’ll get additional perks like your exercises sent to you with not just your first exam but follow-up exams as well. You’ll also inevitably save quite a bit of moolah along the way too.
Quality connection with your Movement Specialist, invaluable time spent ENTIRELY with your Movement Specialist, zero rushing as you get ALL your questions and concerns answered, clear and distinct measures of measuring progress to keep your plan progressive, an individualized plan that fits you and your lifestyle to meet your goals, and it’s all digital instead of being handed a piece of paper you’re gonna likely lose. If that wasn’t enough, we ALWAYS end our sessions with “what questions can I answer?”. We ask it this way because we leave our door open for you despite having the front door to the clinic closed.
Booking Your First Live ConsultRecommended for People In Denver Area
Thorough 1.5 Hour Consultation & History To Check Off Every Box
Extensive Testing & Analysis Covering Movement Specific Testing So Your Questions Are Answered
Detailed Plan w/ Email Summary to Leave No Stone Unturned & Leaving You Feeling Confident About Tackling Your Problem
Booking Your First Online ConsultRecommended for Remote Patients
(2) 45 Minute Meetings to Cover History & Analysis
Complete Examination Featuring a Movement Portion to Put It All Together
All-Inclusive Plan w/ Follow Up Email (After 2nd 45 Min Visit) to Start Your Comeback
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A fantastic first question. After all, I’m a chiropractor. How am I supposed to “crack” or “pop” you any ways? Well this is where the Modern portion comes in. You can read more about my principles of how we operate at Modern Movement Clinic is here but the shorter answer is this. Prior to our first online appointment, I will have your initial intake and questionnaires based on area(s) of complaint. From there I will analyze all this information, again, prior to our first engagement. During our initial scheduling, I will re-cover your history and may ask other questions. As we finish our initial conversation, I will send you videos of movement based tests I’d like you to record for me (using your cell phone or any digital recording device that can upload to a computer). This requires a good bit of moving around so it is encouraged to wear something you can move freely in. You’ll be provided an online sheet with links to all of the tests described in detail along with a secure Dropbox link that is only for you to put these in. This is when I sit down and do my analysis trying to put together a rational explanation of how this might have came about and what to do. Once I feel we have covered that portion and all tests are done, I will sit down with you during a follow up appointment (second 45 minute appointment) to answer all of your questions, clear any confusion, and get you started on a few things to better your current state. The goal of the first initial appointments are all about empowering, enlightening, and educating! The process is much easier than even reading this. 🙂
First off, we have to work on that mentality my friend! In this day and age, we have amazing tools and leaders in all fields of medicine. One of my main personal principles is I’m not here to bullshit. I got into the passion of helping people better themselves, not my ego. With that being said, if we are not a good fit together, be it because I cannot personally help you OR we simply just do not mesh well personality wise, I will exhaust every effort to find you someone(s) who will. I work well with others despite being an only child.
Yeah I try to get that part out of the way quickly while respecting you are paying me for your time and my ideas. There’s a couple ways of navigating this that can be better covered through your initial email but through the scheduling app (ideally this to keep everything tidy and organized), Stripe/Square, or a couple other payment portals that are secured, work more than enough for me. This all being if you book through an online consultation. Live consults are done much the same way or will be handled via personal transactions at the office.
The answer is clearly multi factorial as nothing is black and white. I know this isn’t the definitive (aka black and white) answer you are looking for but we can blame the current process of the medical community (and for that matter the modern age) for that. We always want the “fix” or “quick solution”. As we’ve seen the quick fix is opioids and here we are sitting in an opioid epidemic. Band aids work well for the short term but learning from the experience of why we needed the band aid and what to do in the future is an invaluable lesson. This is the part where I quote the “fish for a man…teach a man to fish…”. I’m fully transparent during our meetings with taking what I see on video along with our interaction to give you an estimate for a timeline. Either way, this is a process and should be approached as such! Success doesn’t happen over night and if it did, it wouldn’t last very long. If you want a quicker fix or success quickly, I understand that completely however we are not the right fit for one another if that is the case. What we’ve found with working with people at Modern Movement Clinic is if you come to learn, you’ll find success because we come to teach. This ensures that although you might face injuries in the future, you’ll have a much higher success rate and recovery is faster and you’ll tell everyone about us.
We ARE NOT a high volume clinic. This means we work off of creating a higher quality experience for the people who work with us and don’t need them to come in or be seen multiple times a week.
We’ll answer this in two pieces: one from your perspective and one from our perspective.
From your perspective, we take a patient-centered approach to your care. What this means is that what may work for one person, quite frequently does not work for another person. Your pain is not cookie cutter and neither should be your care you receive. To be able to have a Doctor that treats this way, you must constantly be educating yourself on not just modern developments of your field but soft skills like human interaction and critical thinking need to be on par as well.
From our perspective, Dr. Riley has a great story:
“I’ll tell you about my first day of school and my answer to why I chose what I do today. Everyone in my class of 200+ had some miraculous story of tragedy to triumph with a chiropractic adjustment. I admire these stories but I noticed once I told mine how much air I let out of the room. I was torn between PT and Chiro school and chose Chiro school because we were at the time portal of entry and didn’t need a script from a Medical Doctor to be seen. (I don’t like people telling me what to do 😎). So with everyone’s passionate answer I sat there thinking “wow I’m a loser”. It’s all a matter of perception! My passion that I didn’t know I had was simple and direct. I just wanted to help people in any capacity with meeting goals and being the best version of themselves they wanted to be”.
Your best question yet because we never like to show up unprepared. For both live and online consults, it is suggested that you wear something you can move around in easily so we can truly see how you move and not be restricted or inhibited. For runners or specific athletes, there may be some assessment of shoes and insoles so have them handy. For online clients, having something to stabilize your laptop or phone as well to do testing and consults would be ideal as to not have to exhaust our time with fiddling too much with keeping things in frame. In terms of equipment for exercise, this will be covered plenty during the examination and summary email. We’d love you to have access to a gym or gym equipment as well, especially if we are working online.