Your first visit may take up to 90 minutes and will be based upon the following:
Before a course of treatments can begin, it is imperative that a comprehensive record card be taken. This will include details of the presenting complaint, previous accidents (no matter how small or insignificant they may appear), previous operations/procedures, dental history, past illnesses, social/emotional well being and any family history of illness.
Once the record card has been taken, a brief explanation of what chiropractic is, and how it works will be given. If possible the explanation will relate to the patients condition to hopefully make it easier to digest and relate to.
You will be asked to sign a declaration stating that you have had the purpose of chiropractic explained to you and that you give consent for a physical examination.
Depending on the nature of the complaint the following procedures may be carried out:
On completion of the medical examination a chiropractic working diagnosis of the condition will be presented along with a prognosis. A treatment plan will be offered and your consent to be treated requested.
During the first treatment a brief explanation of each adjustment will be given prior to being carried out. This is mainly to put you at ease and to remove any unnecessary anxiety. The treatment can be stopped at any point with any questions/queries being answered.
If the chiropractor feels the condition warrants X-rays or further medical intervention you will be referred back to your GP. If the condition is deemed chronic and in need of immediate medical attention, you will referred straight to A & E.
The chiropractor reserves the right to refuse to treat.
Following your treatment, you will be issued with a leaflet explaining what to expect post treatment. This will contain possible side affects and advice on how to look after yourself both immediately after treatment and for the long term future. Leaflets containing recommended stretching and muscle strengthening exercises may also be given but this depends on the individual case.