What to Expect
Chiropractic is the largest drug-free health care profession in the world. Chiropractors focus on working with our body's natural capacity for healing the body. By aligning your spine, your chiropractor allows the nervous system to function free of interference to the messages traveling between your brain to every cell in your body and helping to restore proper function.
There is a constantly growing body of research which supports both health benefits and cost effectiveness of chiropractic care to restore impaired function and reduce the effects of pain and inflammation within your body.
We believe that the symptoms you present with are just the starting point. So before undertaking any physical examination, we take into account your medical history, lifestyle and personal circumstances, acknowledging that, while your condition may be similar to others, you are completely unique.
What to Bring - If you have private health insurance, please bring your members card. If you have any relevant test results such as recent x-rays, CT or MRI scans, please remember to bring these with you.
Upon arriving for your first visit, or Initial Consultation, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff and given two forms to fill out.
Paperwork - These are your consent and medical history forms. These give you a chance to explain why you're seeking help and help us to build a picture of your health. It is a good idea to arrive 5 - 10 minutes before your appointment time, as these forms may sometimes take a bit of thinking.
Consultation - When you're ready, your chiropractor will bring you into the treatment room and conduct a detailed health history. The purpose of your consultation with the doctor is to discuss your health goals and see if chiropractic is likely to help you.
Examination - Your chiropractor will conduct extensive postural, muscular, orthopaedic, and neurological tests to assess the health of your body and the cause of the pain. You may be sent out for x-ray scans, CT scans, or an MRI (if we find that you need them).
Ideally this visit takes place within 24-48 hours of your first appointment we schedule you for your second visit. During this visit your chiropractor will then explain all of your correlated examination findings, x-ray results and the cause of your pain. This may include recommendations for treatment and treatment techniques suitable for you, exercises, nutrition and supplements which may help with your condition, or referral made to any other doctor if your condition requires.
We always encourage any questions from you, to make sure you get the full picture of your current health status. At this point you will then be in an informed position to make choices in the direction of your care. Should you decide to do so, an adjustment can be performed at this time if you decide.
An adjustment is the name for the hands-on part of our wellness chiropractic care. Depending on the outcome of your Health Report, you may need to have a number of adjustments weekly during the first phase of your care.
After the investment in time needed for the first and second visit, many patients become concerned that every visit will be of equal length in time. There is no need to worry, as regular adjustments are typically very time efficient however, this can vary depending on the health of your spine and nervous system. Some visits may take up to thirty minutes and some may take only five, your chiropractor will always provide you with the care that your body needs at the time. Like a regular workout at the gym, each visit builds on the results of the one before. This is why we urge people to avoid missing adjustments as you can lose the momentum needed to make positive changes.
We understand your time is valuable, which is why we do everything possible to run on time and minimise the impact on your busy life.
After a recommended course of treatment, there will be a scheduled Progress Review consultation. At this crucial consultation you will be re-assessed again including any neurological, orthopeadic, chiropractic, postural, BW distribution tests, strength and muscle function assessment. Your progress will be evaluated and recommendations made if sufficient progress has been made versus your expectation and goals set out of your intended therapy.
At this stage we can make recommendations for further improvement are required, change in therapy or finalisation of your therapy if all goals are achieved.
TYPES OF CARE
Chiropractic care is like building a house - certain things have to happen in a particular order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put up your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually collapse. If you tried to put your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care...