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What to Expect
You do not have to be referred by a GP to visit a Chiropractor. During your first visit, you will need to fill out a brief paperwork, which provides general information about you and your condition. Then a detailed case history is taken in order to assess your condition. An examination will be performed including specific neurological and orthopaedic tests as required.
If necessary, imaging studies such as x-
If you are under 16, parents or guardian will have to accompany you.
Patients’ permission will be obtained before the treatment and if you are happy to progress then the first treatment will be given during this same visit. This may include spinal manipulation/mobilisation alongside soft tissue work.
Before leaving you may be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be carried out at home. This may include ice or heat applications, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home stretches/exercises as appropriate.
Scheduling the next appointment
Treatment frequency and the amount of treatment necessary will be advised on the first visit however this can be dependent on the type of injury and how long you have suffered from it.
Will the treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is usually painless unless an area is inflamed (swollen). If this is the case then the treatment will be altered to suit your needs. Don’t worry if you hear a clicking or popping noise when one of your joints is being manipulated – this is perfectly normal with this form of treatment. Some patients have mild reactions such as temporary aches and pains after their spine or joints have been manipulated or after exercising. It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.