Your First Visit

To assist with your planning and comfort, a general outline of what to expect on your first visit is below.

Initial Paperwork

When you first arrive, please check-in with Registration as you will be given some new patient paperwork to complete. This paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition. You may also print the new patient paperwork to complete and bring to your appointment. Additional paperwork is required for auto injury and workman’s comp.


Once the paperwork has been completed, one of our Chiropractic Assistants (CAs) will go over your medical history, the reason for your visit, and perform a range-of-motion exam. Please be thorough as the CA is collecting information for your doctor.


The doctor will review the information collected from the Chiropractic Assistant and ask you various questions to determine the appropriate course of treatment.  Treatments generally consist of a spinal manipulation using the Ortman Technique and, if needed, other supportive and/or physiotherapy services.

Home Instructions

Your doctor will provide instructions on certain activities or procedures to be conducted at home. This may include, ice or heat application instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. Your doctor may also recommend vitamin supplements and other nutritional support.

Schedule Your Next Appointment

Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend a follow-up visit. Generally speaking, patients are seen within 1-2 days and are provided with a complete review of findings. Treatment options for your condition will also be discussed during this time.

Ortman Chiropractic Clinic    209 W Main Street, Canistota, SD 57012    (605) 296-3431   
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