What to expect on your first visit

On your initial visit to your Chiropractor, a POSTURE analysis of your structure/body, is related to FUNCTIONAL movement patterns (how well your spine and connecting limbs move). Chiropractors would like to understand the source of your pain and dysfunction and use various orthopedic and neurological testing and chiropractic palpatory testing.

Chiropractic specifically screens for dysfunctional areas (restricted movement) of the spine or “The back bone”. This screen is a careful examination of the “back bone” and its biomechanical chain effect on your peripheral joints. Remember that the back bone is connected to your shoulders, connected to your hips, knee, elbow, ankles, temporomandibular and wrist. This connection is with strong ligaments and muscles and tendons.

Spinal dysfunctional joints are tested by palpatory examination and functional orthopedic tests,  basically testing how well you move spinal joint to spinal joint. Restricted moving spinal joints can restrict soft tissue, (the ligaments and muscles) from their proper movement or stability function. This may be the cause of your back and neck pain or tension and may require treatment. Spinal joint dysfunction in your  back may be causing inflammation and pain, resulting in nerve pain syndromes or musculoskeletal injuries.
On arrival you will be given forms to fill regarding your Health history and your pain condition and functional disability.
A full medical history will be completed with evaluation forms.
A physical examination including orthopaedic and neurological testing will be used.
An Xray may be required and your Chiropractor will refer you, depending on your condition.
Finally, after an evaluation and consult with the patient, chiropractic care may begin.
If the chiropractor requires more investigative testing, your chiropractor may refer you to your GP or specialist.

In the next few visits a complimentary 3-Dimensional foot scan will be offered for those who wish to understand more about their foot arches and how this too affects their postural alignment and support.