If you’ve never seen a chiropractor before, the procedure may be unfamiliar. Your first visit typically takes 30-45 minutes and during that time your doctor will conduct a consultation, as well as a chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological examination which will determine if chiropractic care can help. The doctor may require x-rays for further investigation. Should that be the case, these can be taken and processed onsite.
At your second, follow up appointment all of your results will be discussed with you and will include a review of your x-rays. You will learn what your results mean in terms of your function and lifestyle and how you may be impacted in the future. The role of this review is to ensure we understand your goals and how we can help you achieve these.
A common concern new patients have is the popping, or cracking sound that often results from chiropractic manipulation. The joints which make up the spine are special and create their own special fluid to lubricate (for movement) and also nourish themselves. The by-products formed in the production of this fluid include gasses such as oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When a joint in the spine is manipulated the gas is released and you hear a distinctive popping sound.
For those that have experienced an adjustment that sound is often associated with relief. When the joint is opened up the fluids relubricate the joint and movement is restored. Depending on the situation – how severe, how long it has been immobilised, and how acute the joint is – determines how complete the relief will be.
Remember: eggs get cracked, spines get adjusted.
Your chiropractic care plan is created to suit your individual needs and requirements. We will give you a guide on how frequently we need to see you to adjust you. This will normally be more frequently in the early part of your care. We will regularly review the frequency of your adjustments and will make recommendations as required.
We also understand that there are times you need to see us at short notice and we can normally accommodate this quite quickly.
Your care is a relationship between yourself and us and we need to work together in order to improve your spinal health.