The Chiropractor's first concern is to find the underlying cause of your problem, which may not always be located where you are feeling pain or discomfort.
The Chiropractor will start by taking a full case history, not just about the pain or complaint that may have brought you to the clinic, but also about your past medical history. Some of this may seem irrelevant to you but these details can be extremely important to the Chiropractor. A full picture of your current and past medical history is often needed to establish if chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition. If chiropractic care is not indicated for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist.
If chiropractic care is appropriate, the Chiropractor will conduct a thorough neurological and orthopaedic examination. This will include a detailed analysis of how your individual bones, joints and muscles move. The Chiropractor will then form your diagnosis and discuss with you their findings, diagnosis, what treatment will involve, and what you should expect in clear, simple language. If you are satisfied with this, treatment will proceed. Your Chiropractor may also give you advice on lifestyle, posture, stretches or exercises. Occasionally, x-rays, MRI or further testing is indicated to help with the diagnosis. It might be that the results from this may indicate that a different form of treatment would be more suitable. This will be explained to you before any treatment begins.
We would advise wearing lose fitting relaxed clothing to you chiropractic appointment. Whilst most treatment will be carried out with your clothes on, some exercises will require you to remove some items.
Watch this video from the British Chiropractic Association which takes you through generally what a first visit to a BCA registered Chiropractor will involve Watch video here.
When you book your first appointment, we will ask you for an email address. This will enable us to send you appointment reminders as well as keeping you up to date with current promotions or offers.
The clinic also uses “Care Response” which is an online system for tracking your progress through the course of treatment. Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive an email from Care Response with a link to an online questionnaire about your condition. There will then be follow up emails at various points throughout the course of treatment.
This allows us to monitor your progress and improvement, as well as feeding data anonymously back to Care Response, who use it for research into the benefits of chiropractic. Care Response is voluntary, so please let us know if you would like us not to register your email address with them