When you visit the clinic for the first time, Steven will start with a discussion about you, your health and your reasons for asking for chiropractic care.You will be asked for a great deal of information, not just about the pain or complaint that may have brought you to the clinic, but also about your past health history. Some of the questions may appear irrelevant, but they are extremely important to a chiropractor. To ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition, Steven will need to establish your overall health picture. If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist. Your details are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.
This video may give you some idea of what to expect. If you have any questions prior to your visit, then either use the contact page, call Steven on 0781 676 1068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss them.
Once your case history is complete, Steven will examine you to confirm any early ideas about your problem. The examination will concentrate on your neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints), but it will may also be necessary to check other things such as your heart, lungs and abdomen to rule out other causes; this thorough check-up is a normal procedure in a chiropractor’s clinic. You will normally be referred to your GP if Steven feels that this is appropriate.
Gowns are made available for you to wear for the examination, as well as for any following treatments. After the initial consultation and examination, Steven may offer treatment almost immediately. However, it may be delayed for a day or two if he needs to order x-rays or obtain further information from your GP (blood test results, for example) and, where appropriate, refer you for an MRI/CT scan. Any imaging will only be requested where clinically justified, in line with current legislation and guidelines.
Report of findings
Before starting treatment, Steven will tell you, in clear, simple language, what is wrong with you, what can be done about it and what you should expect when you receive your first adjustment. You will probably be told about any exercises or changes to your lifestyle or diet that may be beneficial so that you can help yourself. A part of getting better is up to you, so please follow any instructions and advice carefully and completely.
You will also be advised of all costs that relate to your future care. It would be appropriate, at this point, to tell you of any likelihood of a recurrence of your problem and the possible need for any ongoing supportive care. This is not an unusual situation for patients who have had serious injuries, as well as those who have long-term problem due to wear and tear to the joints.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other, related areas, that are not moving properly. Most often, this requires a short thrust to a joint that can result in an audible ‘pop’ and may bring relief of symptoms; some patients report an increased feeling of well-being. The ‘pop’ is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released. There is, however, no instant cure and some patients may experience temporary symptoms such as pain or soreness around the areas being treated. Rarely, some patients may experience redness of the skin due to temporary inflammation and, where the area being treated is already inflamed, symptoms may seem slightly worse to start with.
Ask to discuss any concerns you may have.
Apart from manipulation, Steven may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle. If you have questions about any of these, just say at at any time.