What happens when you see a chiropractor?
Your first visit
It’s important to me that I get as much historical information about your health before making a decision to treat you or not. So, you’ll be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire before your first appointment. We’ll talk about its contents when I see you. As a registered chiropractor, all information will remain private and confidential. I will then carry out a physical examination that will include orthopaedic (to identify problems with your musculoskeletal system), neurological (to identify problems with your nervous system) and chiropractic (to identify problems with your joints/bones) tests. The results of these tests will help me form a diagnosis.
Depending on the nature of your condition it may be necessary to refer you for x-rays/laboratory tests to determine if you have arthritis, disc degeneration, diseases or conditions that need referral to another specialist.
I will then discuss with you:
- The prognosis (what your recovery will be like)
- The treatment plan (an indication of how many treatments you will need and what the treatment will comprise of)
- Advice on nutrition, exercise, posture, ergonomics (the way you sit at your desk/computer, alternative medicines and therapies, how you can help yourself
How long will the treatment take?
The initial consultation takes approximately 1 to 1½ hours. Subsequent treatments are 45 minutes in duration. It is important to me to ensure that appointment times are adhered to so that you day is not disrupted unduly.
How long will a course of treatment take?
Genetically we are all different. Therefore, responses to treatment can vary. A personalised treatment plan is determined for you based on your specific needs.
What can I expect?
It is common to experience a change in location of symptoms such as pain during the course of treatment. This is often due to a change in weightbearing that occurs due to the effects of chiropractic treatments. Pain is not always a bad thing, it is considered a warning signal for your body’s sensory system. Be aware of these signals and bring them to my attention during your treatment schedule.
Is due at the end of each treatment. Methods of payment are by bank transfer, cheque with a bank’s guarantee card or cash.