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Below are the activities you can expect on your first visit with Dr. Halko or Dr. Henderson.

Complete Paperwork

On your first visit we will ask you to fill out some brief paperwork concerning your medical history, which gives us important information about yourself and your past medical conditions. This will help us in the examination and any required treatment.

To make an appointment, call our office today at (503) 285-4137.


Once your paperwork has been completed, you will have a one on one meeting with Dr. Halko or Dr. Henderson to discuss your health-related problems and concerns, and to answer any questions you might have.

The introduction is primarily to better understand your current health conditions and to educate you on the myths and facts about chiropractic treatment.

History & Examination

In order to diagnose your circumstance, Dr. Halko or Dr. Henderson will ask you a series of questions related to Chiropractic conditions and will conduct specialized exams to determine the severity of your condition. A Chiropractic exam will also consist of Orthopedic and Neurological tests.

X-Ray Studies

Your condition may require on site x-rays to further evaluate possible structural imbalance, which may contribute, to your condition. An x-ray serves as a "map" of your backbone allowing us to pinpoint diagnosis and treatments.

Same Day Treatment

If necessary, patients may receive treatment following the examination. The treatment normally consists of an alignment of the backbone and incorporates heat therapy, electrical muscle stimulation and soft tissue work. We have two licensed Massage Therapists on staff to incorporate soft tissue work with the adjustment if needed. This combination helps to reduce the built-up stress and tension of the body leading to better patient relief.

Post Exam Consultation and Home Care Program

After the exam and treatment (if necessary) the Doctors will provide a full Post Exam consultation for you. They will explain the prescribed treatment for recovery of your condition. This may also include a personalized Home Care Program that will cover things like; how to sleep, how to sit properly at work, how to lift items, etc. The program may also include basic exercises, stretches, ice or heat application and instructions regarding certain activities or positions to avoid. If follow up visits are needed they will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.

Payment Options

North Portland Chiropractic Clinic works with most health insurance plans and policies. If your health policy does not cover Chiropractic, you need not postpone your care. We have reasonable rates and flexible payment plans to make high-quality care for you and your family affordable. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are all accepted forms of payment.