What to expect from your initial consultation with our Chiropractor
1 What should I do to prepare for my first visit?
Because of the nature of the initial examination it is important that you shower or bath and put on clean underwear (see the answer to question 3). This provides a safeguard for the clinic, for you and for other patients.
2 What will happen when I attend for my first visit?
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your general health, any treatment you are receiving from your doctor, your occupation and any hobbies or other part time activities that might have an impact on your condition or recovery time.
3 What will happen during the first consultation?
First a detailed case history of your symptoms will be noted on a special set of forms we have devised.
You will then be asked to change to your underclothes; gowns are provided for female patients and men are welcome to bring a pair of shorts to wear if they wish. If you wear lose clothing, you might not need to get changed.
Then you will be examined. If we feel that x-rays are necessary we will request them through your doctor. You will then be informed of the diagnosis and treatment needed to sort out the problem. Your first treatment will then be given.
4 How many treatments will I need?
For the majority of patients they can be pain free within six visits, with many obtaining immediate relief. For others, three to four treatments are required before they notice an improvement in their symptoms.
The treatment is aimed at restoring the proper muscle-joint working relationship, not ‘putting a bone back into place’. Only when the correct relationship has been achieved can recovery be sustained.
5 Will the treatment be painful?
As chiropractic involves manipulation of one joint at a time, treatment is not rough and is likely to cause no more than occasional short-lived discomfort. The majority of patients will experience no pain whatsoever.
What complaints can be treated at the clinic?
A wide range of problems can be treated by chiropractic, far more than most people realise. It is worth pointing out that problems initially diagnosed as arthritic have been found to involve a treatable muscle-joint problem.
In addition to back and neck pain, other problems such as headaches and migraines, sports injuries, trapped nerves (e.g. sciatica) and injuries to the foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist can also be effectively treated.
I know someone who has a back problem, but I am not sure if you could help.
If you have friends or family who are suffering from any of the conditions listed above, do tell them about the clinic. We will aim to explain exactly what the problem is and what we can do to put it right.
To find out more call: 01452 898 014