Your First Visit
Chiro Health practitioners aim to make your first visit as beneficial as possible. When you meet your chiropractor for the first time, they will start with a discussion about you, your health and your reasons for seeking chiropractic care.
You will be asked for a great deal of information, not just about the pain or complaint that brought you to the clinic, but also about your past health history. Some of the questions may appear irrelevant, but they are extremely important to your chiropractor as they need to establish your overall health picture. Your chiropractor will use this information to ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for you and your condition. If chiropractic care appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist.
All the details you provide are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.
Once your case history is complete, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough physical examination. The examination will concentrate on your neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints), but it will may also be necessary to examine other areas such as your heart, lungs and abdomen to rule out other causes. A thorough check-up is a normal procedure in a chiropractor's clinic.
Gowns are available for you to wear during the examination, as well as for any following treatments. You will also be provided with a private room in which to change.
After the initial consultation and examination, your chiropractor may offer treatment almost immediately. However, it may be delayed for a day or two if your chiropractor needs to obtain further information from your GP such as blood test results, for example. Many of our clinics have onsite x-ray facilities, should you require an x-ray your chiropractor will explain why they feel this is necessary. Imaging will only be requested where clinically justified, in line with current legislation and guidelines.
Before starting treatment, your chiropractor will explain to you in clear simple language, what is wrong, what can be done about it and what you should expect when you receive your first treatment. Part of improving your condition relies on you and your actions. Chiro Health practitioners actively encourage all patients to help themselves where possible. This is achieved by providing you with specific and appropriate exercises or lifestyle changes so you can get better. Any exercises or advice given will be tailored to suit your needs as an individual, so please follow instructions and advice carefully and completely.
As treatment progresses your chiropractor will tell you about any likelihood of a recurrence of your problem and the possible need for any ongoing supportive care. This is not an unusual situation for patients who have a long-term problem due to wear and tear of the joints, as well as those who have experienced serious injuries.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine and/or other related areas that are not moving properly. This often requires a short thrust to specific joints that can result in an audible 'pop'. In many cases this may result in some relief of symptoms. The 'pop' is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released. There is, however, no instant cure and some patients may experience temporary symptoms such as pain or soreness around the areas being treated. Rarely, patients may experience redness of the skin due to temporary inflammation and, where the area being treated is already inflamed, symptoms may seem slightly worse to start with. Remember, your chiropractor is here for you to discuss any concerns you may have.
Apart from manipulation, your chiropractor may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and medical acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
If you have questions about any of these, just speak to your chiropractor.