What To Expect
What Happens When I Visit A Chiropractor For The First Time?
Your first visit will normally last around an hour. During this time the chiropractor:
- Will take a full case history
- Will ask you to remove some of your clothes and will provide a gown if you are female and one on request if you are male and feel uncomfortable without one.
- Will provide privacy for you to get changed.
- Will ask your written permission to give you a thorough physical examination (this will include neurological and orthpaedic tests if necessary)
- May order some x-rays or ultrasound scans if they are deemed clinically appropriate.
Before your treatment starts, we will explain to you in a clear way:
- What we found in the examination
- The treatment plan to address the problem
- The benefits and the risks associated with your problem and the proposed treatment plan
The receptionist or chiropractor will explain the cost of the treatment.
A chiropractor’s first concern is to find out what is wrong. They will also check for signs of any serious conditions for which you would need to go to your GP or to hospital.
What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractors are concerned with the framework of bones and muscles (musculo-skeletal system) and how they are moved and controlled by the nervous system (neuromusculo-skeletal system). Some musculo-skeletal problems can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and every day wear and repair. These problems can put pressure on the nerves in the body or interfere with the messages going from the brain to the muscles. This results in poor control and weakness.
Depending on your condition you may be manipulated in the spine and limbs to restore movement to the joints. You will be given advice on controlling pain and inflammation. We will also work on the muscles and ligaments using massage, trigger point therapy and dry needling. You will also be given advice on exercising, nutrition and lifestyle and may receive tape to help improve feedback from muscles that have become lazy and joints that are not being supported correctly.
Manipulation involves precisely handling or moving joints of the spine and limbs to restore movement. This involves stretching further than they are currently moving.
Will the Treatment Hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed (swollen). If this is the case we will alter the treatment to take this into account. You will often but not always hear a popping sound when one of the joints is manipulated- this is normal with this type of therapy.
Some patients can have mild reactions after manipulation or feel tender after the dry needling or exercising the area. The risks of this will be explained to you before treatment commences. If you feel unsure of anything regarding your treatment we are here to listen and help you understand and recover so please don’t hold back.
What Do I Need To Know Before I Start Treatment?
Treatment is a partnership between us as therapists and you as the patient. If we work together, you will get the best results possible for your particular condition.
Feel free to ask us as many questions as you need to, to be sure that you understand what we have told you. We will then ask for your consent.To help you feel more at ease we may request, or you are free to request a chaperone. If you would prefer no one to be there with you please let us know as well so that your privacy may be maintained.
How Many Visits Will I Need?
This will depend on:
- Your condition
- How severe it is
- How long you have had the condition
- How you respond to treatment
- How much you follow our advice
We will review your progress regularly and any changes to the plan of management will be discussed and then your consent for these will be obtained. If your problem does not improve we will carry out further investigations or refer you to your GP if the problem does not improve.