Your first visit:
The primary aim of the first visit is to establish the cause of your pain and come to a diagnosis. Your chiropractor will begin by taking a full case history. This will involve an in depth discussion about the pain or complaint that may have brought you to the clinic, but also about your past medical history. This will enable your chiropractor to ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition.
Your details are confidential, no one else will be able to see your notes without your express permission.
Once your case history is complete your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination. Gowns are available for you to wear during the examination and any subsequent treatments.
This will primarily concentrate on your muscles, nerves and joints, in addition to relevant orthopaedic and neurological tests. It may also be necessary to check other areas such as your heart lungs and abdomen to rule out other causes for your symptoms. If at this point it is apparent that your case is not suitable for chiropractic treatment you will be referred to the relevant healthcare professional without delay.
Before commencing treatment your chiropractor will explain to you in clear, simple language, what is wrong with you and what can be done about it. You will be advised on the cost and frequency of treatment and also any exercises or changes to your lifestyle such as posture and working environment that may be beneficial.
Chiropractic treatment is tailored to the individual and mainly involves specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other related areas which are not moving correctly. A ‘popping’ or ‘clicking’ sound may follow as a short, precise impulse is applied by hand. This is simply the result of bubbles of gas released in the fluid of the joint because of the brief change in pressure within the joint and is generally painless.
In addition to manipulation a variety of other techniques may be used if your condition requires, these can include, cranial-sacral therapy, trigger point therapy, dry needling, taping, instrument assisted soft tissue massage and rehabilitation exercise.