What does an initial consultation involve?
To fully understand your complaint, your chiropractor will take a full history, including medical history (which will be kept as a confidential record). This will be followed by palpation, some orthopaedic testing and neurological examination to determine the source of your pain/problem.
How long does a treatment take?
Your first will take about 40 minutes, but please allow ten minutes beforehand to complete a new patient form. Follow up treatments are usually 20 minutes.
What does treatment involve?
If chiropractic treatment is appropriate for you, your chiropractor will explain treatment required. This is often a combination of manual adjustments and soft tissue therapy. There may be circumstances where your chiropractor needs to refer you for an x-ray, or, when chiropractic may not be suitable, to an appropriate healthcare provider.
Do I have to get undressed?
No. However, a gown is provided so if you are comfortable to undress (to your underwear) this enables Chiropractic examination and any required soft tissue work to be carried out before any necessary adjustments.
Will it hurt?
The principle is to get you out of pain and ultimately to get you better. We offer a gentle approach to Chiropractic and try to minimize any discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments shouldn't hurt, however if you already have some pain in the area, it may cause brief discomfort.
Is it safe?
When carried out by a qualified chiropractor, the adjustments or manipulation used are a safe, natural approach to restore health. Chiropractic avoids the use of drugs or surgery.
How many treatments will I need? / How quickly will I get better?
There are many factors which will influence your recovery time, such as how long the complaint has been present, your age, your occupation or daily activities, and of course the extent of damage. Your treatment plan will be adapted to your needs. We want you to get better as quickly as you do and we will never treat you unnecessarily.
Do you insist on maintenance treatment?
No. However, many patients choose to keep up the good work once they feel better, as a preventative measure, or to maintain the improvement they have achieved. In the case of sports men and women, regular treatment can help to optimise performance, and prevent accumulative joint dysfunctions that may lead to injury. The frequency patients choose varies from 4 weeks to 4 months, so it really depends on the individual.
Please ask us if you would like to discuss anything or if you have further questions, we are always happy to talk things through.