Firstly there is a form to fill out, then a full case history is taken by asking you lots of questions first of all regarding previous illnesses,injuries, accidents and the health history of both you and other family members. Assuming that there is no information that you give which might indicate the need to visit your GP or local hospital the Chiropractor will then, with your consent, undertake a physical examination. You will need to partially undress for this and a gown will be provided for your comfort and modesty. The aim of the examination is to establish the cause of your complaint. During this process feel free to ask questions no matter how irrelevant or silly you may feel they are.
Following the examination your Chiropractor, Bridget Bath, will explain to you what she has found. The treatment options will be explained to you with any relevant side effects that you might expect. At this point there will be a guide to the expected nature and number of treatments you may require. You will be given a further opportunity to ask questions.
Assuming both you and your Chiropractor are happy at this point, and there is still time within the allotted appointment slot, you will then receive your first treatment.
It is likely that you will also be given some simple advice to follow at home, in the form of simple exercises, cryotherapy (ice) or other.
The initial chiropractic consultation will take between 50-60 minutes depending how complex your case is and how easily you can move. If it is appropriate you may then have your first treatment session. So allow 1 1/2 hours for your first interaction with us. Subsequent chiropractic treatment sessions will on average last about 30 minutes.
The number of session you will need will depend upon the severity and nature of your problem. Chronic problems (of longer than 12 week duration) often take longer than acute / subacute problems (less than 12 week duration). Also problems that are hindered by other ongoing and seemingly unrelated conditions may lengthen the number of sessions required. However current guidelines suggest that 6-8 sessions should see good symptomatic relief for most biomechanical problems. This does not necessarily mean 6-8 weeks as it is the intention of your Chiropractor to extend the period between sessions so that you are asymptomatic in this time.
The adjustments themselves should not hurt. However if you are already in pain there is an extra stretch applied which may mean you feel the additional pull. However if you have severe pain then only gentle techniques will be used. So the answer to this is no you should feel no or very little extra pain.
There are several depending on which level is being treated BUT they are minor and serious ones are VERY rare. The most common side effect is feeling a little like you have done an extra long session in the gym or garden. Sometimes you may feel tired but equally you may feel energised by treatment. These only last for a few hours after chiropractic treatment. More serious ones are less frequent than those experienced by taking prescribed pain killers from your GP and your chiropractor will talk you through these on your first visit. There are some that are specific to individual underlying disease processes so it is really important that you tell your chiropractor everything and discuss any concerns that you may have.
Every joint in our body has a buffer in the form of a gas bubble that acts a bit like a shock absorber. During the days’ wear and tear these gas bubbles move around in the joint and sometimes get separated. When we stretch sometimes we hear these ‘clicks and pops’ similarly when you have a chiropractic adjustment, the joint is stretched and the gas bubble moves back together, a bit like the principle of thunder.
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