Your First Visit
Your first visit will take 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes depending on what is necessary and include history taking, examination and treatment. Subsequent treatments will last 25 minutes.
We will begin by taking a detailed social and medical history to find out how you use your body and what may be causing or contributing to your condition or impeding your progress. Certain health conditions may determine how (and sometimes whether) we proceed with treatment, need to modify it to suit your needs or possibly refer you to another health care professional.
Where appropriate you may be sent a record card to complete beforehand and we can discuss your condition in more detail when you attend.
Then I will take your blood pressure, assess your alignment, joint function and check for neurological function as required to determine what is causing the signs and symptoms you are experiencing to form a diagnosis or rationale for care and decide whether it is something I can treat, whether an x-ray or scan is necessary or if you should see your GP first. I will explain what I have found – please do ask any questions you have.
At the second visit we will agree a treatment plan depending on how you have responded to your first session. Often this consists of 3-4 weekly treatments before a review where we re-examine, discuss progress and plan further treatments as required.
There are many effective chiropractic techniques but I use the McTimoney method because that is the one I enjoy giving as well as receiving. I will focus on movement restrictions, misalignments and areas of tension. Where appropriate, I will include other techniques such as Massage, CranioSacral Therapy and Emmett Therapy which can support and enhance chiropractic adjustments.
I will tell you when I’m going to include any non-chiropractic work. If for any reason you do not wish to receive any of these additional techniques please inform me.
During the treatment I will explain what I am doing. If you would like to know more please inform me or let me know if you are uncomfortable in any way.