Initial Consultation (1 Hour - Consultation Examination, Report of Findings & 1st Treatment)
The purpose of your first visit is to discuss your problem, for the chiropractor to find the underlying cause of your problem and determine whether chiropractic treatment would be able to help.
The Southport chiropractor will take a full case history, previous health history, and conduct a thorough neurological, orthopaedic and chiropractic specific examination. If you are taking any medications, it is useful if you can bring a list of these with you.
Depending on your condition, Xrays or MRI scans may be necessary to help analyse and diagnose conditions that may require a different form of treatment. This only occurs on rare occasions and everything will be fully explained beforehand.
Report of Findings
A report of the findings may occur during your initial consultation or on a separate occasion once x-rays or further tests have been completed. By this time, your chiropractor will have assessed your findings and discuss with you a detailed explanation of what the problem is, and what the best course of action available to you. An individually tailored plan of care will then be recommended to you.
The first treatment usually occurs during your first appointment and will involve a combination of specific adjustment, mobilisations, soft tissue techniques and acupuncture to the spine, joints and muscles in order to help restore normal function, relax muscles, remove strain from ligaments, improve the efficiency of the nervous system and thus relieving pain.
The Consultation, Report of Findings and 1st Treatment normally occur on the 1st visit and takes around 45 minutes to an hour. Subsequent Treatments are around 30 minutes
2nd Treatment (30- 45 minutes)
The 2nd visit is usually scheduled within a few days of the initial visit. On this appointment we will run through your Report of Findings again, discussing the number of treatments required. We allow for further questions and explanations from the first appointment.
The number of treatments required will be affected by the severity of your condition, how long you have had it for and the number of underlying causes that appear to be aggravating it. Usually when people are in pain we recommend a treatment every 2-3 days (2-3 times a week) for 1-4 weeks depending on the problem.
As you improve and come back having been pain free for 3-4 days, we would extend the length of time between treatments to a week. As you improve the time between sessions is increased.
If you want to read more about the number of visits you may need and the different phases of care please refer to our Chiropractic page
Follow Up Treatments (30 minutes)
Like a regular work out at the gym, each chiropractic session will build on the one before. You may also be given exercises and other lifestyle advice to complement your treatment, and enable you to reap maximum health benefits.