Who is the Doctor?

Dr. Brett Talents will be your Doctor of Chiropractic. He is a native of Fulton and has been practicing here since 1987. Dr. Tallents obtained his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from SUNY Binghamton in 1982 and received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota in 1986. He has done extensive post-graduate work in Chiropractic Orthopedics which has led to the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics (DABCO) in 1994.

Dr. Tallents is a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (FACO). He continues his professional commitment as a member of the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) and past president of NYSCA District 12 (Central New York). Dr. Tallents is also a member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (ACO).

Dr. Tallents is active in the community as a member of and the former president of the Fulton Lions Club as well as past president of the Fulton YMCA Speed Demons Parent Group.

Why Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a primary health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects that these disorders have on the nervous system and overall health of an individual. The mainstay of Chiropractic treatment is spinal adjustments, also known as spinal manipulation. Since much of the body’s innate recuperative power is channeled through the nervous system, a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) ensures that the neuromusculoskeletal system is functioning properly for maximum performance. Fundamental to chiropractic care is the belief that “good health” is defined not merely as the absence of disease or illness, but rather is achieved when the patient has complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. Chiropractic care is an important piece of the total wellness puzzle.

Chiropractic is the third largest primary contact healing profession in the world, after medicine and dentistry. Upon completion of their undergraduate degrees, Doctors of Chiropractic continue through another four years of post-graduate education. Prior to active practice, they must pass rigorous national board examinations and meet stringent state licensing requirements. They keep up with the latest research by attending seminars, scientific symposia and reading professional journals. Chiropractic education is similar to medical and osteopathic education except that these professions emphasize surgery and pharmacology while chiropractic focuses on the diagnosis of neuromusculoskeletal system disorders and treatment through clinically and scientifically established conservative procedures and lifestyle/wellness management.

What Will Happen at My Initial Appointment?

You will be asked to fill out a comprehensive health history followed by a consultation with Dr. Tallents. This examination will include chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological testing as indicated to determine the extent of your condition. Diagnostic and lab imaging may also be indicated. If this is the case, any necessary testing will be discussed following your examination. Along with chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Tallents may also utilize hot/cold therapy, muscle stretching and other treatments. He will also take time to counsel you about home care measures, exercises, disease prevention and strategies for living a healthy lifestyle.

How Long will it Take for Me to Get Better?

Each case is different and recovery is often dependent on factors such as degree of injury, length of time the condition has been present, complicating factors such as Arthritis and your overall level of health. Home therapy and exercise recommendations are also an integral part of any rehabilitation program. You will be asked to be an active participant in your recovery. Chiropractic has an excellent track record for timely results and patient satisfaction. Please be assured that if your condition requires the attention of another health care provider, that recommendation will be discussed with you.

What is an Adjustment?

Chiropractic care is known for its use of the adjustment (spinal manipulation). This is a precise manual procedure in which a trained DC exerts specific corrective pressure at specific places on the spine or other joints. When an examination reveals joint "dysfunction", adjustments are applied to correct joint alignment and mobility, relieve associated muscle and nerve tension and assist overall healing.

When performed by a trained DC, Chiropractic spinal adjustments are safe, effective and well-researched treatment procedures for a wide range of spine and related disorders. Those adjustments can be done safely and effectively on any age group.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. The therapist uses her/his hands to perform body massage. This does not include diagnosis or any service or procedure for which a license to practice medicine, chiropractic or podiatry is required by law, nor shall it apply to athletic trainers, technicians or physical therapists who act under the prescription or supervision of a person holding an unlimited license to practice medicine or surgery.

Massage Therapy...

• ENHANCES the function of joints and muscles

• IMPROVES circulation and general body tone

• RELIEVES mental and physical fatigue

Who is the Massage Therapist?

Susan Tallents is a native of Staten Island who obtained her bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton in 1983. She graduated from the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy in Manhattan in 1987. She is past-president of the Friends of the Fulton Public Library, a co-founder of the Marion Pollock Memorial Library, and an active member of the Fulton YMCA Speed Demons Parent Group.

Dr. Brett and Susan Tallents live in Fulton and are the proud parents of seven children.