What To Expect
On your arrival at our Centre you will be greeted by our friendly reception staff. Reception is located just inside the main (and only) door, so you can't get lost and there is no wandering around worrying where you need to be.
Our reception staff will then guide you through filling in our new patient form, after which you will be introduced to your Chiropractor and your consultation will begin.
Your Chiropractor will discuss your main complaint, and also all other relevant information with you, this will help the Chiropractor to work out if Chiropractic might be able to help you.
Then you will undergo a thorough physical examination, including Neurological, Orthopaedic and Chiropractic tests.
After your Chiropractor has done this you will receive a personal and confidential explanation of our findings and a personalised treatment plan just for you. If it is necessary to refer you to another health professional we will of course do so.
Patients attending other health care institutions often report that they feel rushed, or that they have not been listened to or examined appropriately. We pride ourselves on listening to our patients and being thorough in our approach, that is why your first appointment will last 1 hour.
Report of findings
Once your history and examination is completed, we will explain to you what our findings are. Patients often report that they want to know 4 main things when they walk through our door:
- What is wrong with me?
- Can you fix it?
- How long will it take?
- How much will it cost?
During your report of findings we will do our best to answer the above common questions so that you know what your options are.
Typically care is broken into 3 stages (See stages of care).
Treatment will be specific for each individuals needs, and will be discussed with the patient before commencement.
Techniques we use
We use a diversified technique of adjusting joints, both locally within the spine and within extremity joints such as shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees and feet.
As part of your examination the Chiropractor will examine your spine by seeing how much movement is possible in the joints of your spine, and if a problem is found with the movement a specific manual adjustment is delivered by the Chiropractor using their hands. The speed, angle and depth of the adjustment is worked out using the results of your examination and the chiropractors experience. When doing this patients will often here a “popping” or “clicking” sound, this is commonly caused by gases moving within the joint.
The adjustment will improve the movement within each of these joints and also stimulate and eliminate interference within the nervous system.
Activator – This is a spring loaded mechanical adjusting tool, it delivers a controlled force and the Chiropractor again uses their knowledge and experience to use the tool to deliver the force in exactly the right direction. Like a diversified adjustment the activator can be used throughout the body.
Soft Tissue Release Techniques – Firstly there are many different types of soft tissue within your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, can all cause problems or become irritated due to other problems within your body. Your Chiropractor will use many different soft tissue techniques in order to relieve problems in these areas