“Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.”
(World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999)
Pain can often be confusing, worrying and sometimes just plain exhausting. We hope to work with you to make things easier to understand, and offer solutions to reduce pain. Of course, we recognise that chiropractic is not the best choice for everyone and it may be necessary to send you for more tests (x-rays, ultrasound etc) and in some cases we may refer you to the most appropriate healthcare professional. Be assured, we will not treat you if we don't believe it will help.
In order to make a diagnosis and provide the best treatment plan for you, we must get to the root cause of the problem. Your first consultation will include taking a case history, a physical examination (including orthopaedic and neurological tests), postural and functional observation and palpation of joints and muscles.
Simply, this is your time to explain how and what you are feeling, there is never any hurry or pressure and it's not a pass/fail test!
Chiropractic employs a range of techniques including adjustments, mobilisation, soft tissue therapy (massage) and gentle stretching. Alongside chiropractic, we often use Acupuncture (Medical/Western acupuncture, also referred to as Dry Needling) as it is very effective in reducing pain and muscle spasm prior to joint adjustments.
However, we will always check with you first, and it's entirely optional.
If you've had the problem for a long time, it's unlikely to disappear overnight (but if it does, great news!) and a follow up treatment is always recommended. We can give you a general time frame of how we expect a complaint to respond, and how many treatments it may require. But every patient and every complaint is slightly different, so it will vary. How you feel at the follow up visit is often a good indicator of how your body is responding. Our aim is always to get you better as quickly as possible, and I never insist on long drawn out treatment plans. Many people find huge benefits from regular treatment and opt to come back every few weeks or months as 'maintenance' or preventative care. Whatever suits you, it's your choice.