Your first visit
During your first consultation with the Chiropractor they will take a comprehensive case history and ask you about your current and past health problems. They will also enquire about your family history of health problems. The examination will then follow and involves Chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological tests. The Chiropractor will also do a detailed analysis of your alignment, how the individual joints and bones move and how the muscles are functioning. Further diagnostic tests may be advised if the need is indicated clinically.
Three stages of treatment
The treatment plan is normally divided into three parts:
This is the first stage of the treatment when the patient is in pain or discomfort. At this stage treatment is aimed at providing immediate pain relief and functional improvement. Initial care at this stage can last from a few days to several weeks, depending on the problem.
When the joints, muscles and nerves start to function better and the pain as a result of this is less you start with rehabilitation. You will get treated less frequently and given an exercise regime in order to stabilise and strengthen the spine. Here the main aim is to maintain joint mobility and strengthen the muscles. Damaged soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules and in the worst case scenario nervous tissues may need a longer time period to heal fully.
When the Chiropractor is happy that the spine is functioning optimally, check-ups are often recommended in order to maintain the improvements which you have achieved and also to help prevent reoccurrences. Any problems can be detected and corrected before you start to experience full blown pain and disability again.
Thompson Drop technique
(very gentle adjustments)
Muscle relaxation techniques
(e.g. Trigger Point Therapy, Active Release Technique, Post Isometric Relaxation)