What To Expect
The main goal of your first visit is to have an examination and reach a diagnosis. You will be required to fill out a new patient form prior to your appointment. During your initial consultation you will be asked about problems you have been encountering and about the nature of your pain. The examination will include: a posture analysis, range of motion testing, orthopaedic, neurologic and chiropractic tests. Depending on your presentation you may be required to have a digital x-ray taken in the clinic. If chiropractic care is the right choice for you, your chiropractor may give you your first adjustment right away. You can be confident that, before this happens, we’ll talk to you about your proposed care, the available alternatives and any potential risks associated with our recommendations. The more you understand about the chiropractic process, the better the results are likely to be. We’ll also talk to you about our recommendations for your follow-up appointment and future care.
Your ciropractor will develop a personalised treatment plan and discuss your x-rays with you. The plan will include how many treatments you will need and what other procedures might occur. Depending on what is causing your pain and the severity of the issue the length of time taken to heal will vary from person to person.
How Will I Feel After My Session?
After your first session, if you are like most people, you will feel more relaxed and less concerned. Many people find they are able to stand with better posture. Some patients continue to move and stretch in various ways to release any tension they may be holding. Occasionally a feeling of relaxation may occur, allowing you to reduce chronic tension patterns. Over several sessions you will likely feel more relaxed.
What If I Feel Sore?
Any adverse effects are typically minor and brief in length. The likelihood of initial soreness or increased pain after a chiropractic adjustment has been found to be similar to that of starting an exercise program. There are several ways you can speed up the healing process after a chiropractic treatment. Self-care plans will help you restore your body to good health and help you experience the results of the treatment more quickly.
To promote healing after an adjustment, your chiropractor may instruct you to:
- Use an ice pack on the treated area (for any swelling or redness)
- Try light stretching exercises
- Sleep on a suitable mattress
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Refrain from intense physical exercise for at least 3-5 days
- Eat a balanced diet
- Drink plenty of water
Scheduling A Follow-up Session
Patients sometimes make the mistake of receiving treatment once and then fail to follow up with their chiropractor for the recommended treatments afterward. For optimal results, you should complete the treatment plan that you discussed with your chiropractor.