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Examination and Treatment
Your first appointment with a chiropractor will start with a discussion about your problem or condition. They will ask about your medical history, diet and lifestyle, before carrying out a thorough physical examination. This will assess how your bones, muscles, joints and nerves are working. This will last between 45 minutes and one hour. Corrective Chiropractic will combine information gained from your questionnaire, previous history, examination, x-rays (if required) and then meet you again to discuss his findings, and create a treatment plan for you. The plan will highlight what we aim to achieve in partnership with you and targets will be set. Genetic and lifestyle factors such as age, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise, emotional state and home or workplace environment will influence recovery rates dramatically, so patients with the same diagnosis will respond at different rates and in different ways. It is therefore important that the treatment plan is kept under regular review and that you are fully involved in the process. It is also important that you comply with your side of the healing process by following any advice, rehabilitation or exercise programmes you are given.
This will maximise the effect of treatment, speeding recovery and reducing relapses.
A typical Chiropractic treatment
Once you fully understand the report of findings and have given your consent, your chiropractor will make the necessary adjustments to your spine. Some adjustments may make a popping sound, due to gas bubbles released when a stiff joint is freed up, but treatment is usually not painful and often brings considerable immediate relief.
Your chiropractor will usually treat you while you lie down in various positions. Chiropractors often use a hands-on adjustment techniques on your spinal column or joints, consisting of short, rapid forceful movements or ‘thrusts’. These ‘re-align’ your spine and correct any problems in your spine that may be related to your condition. This technique may result in a sound you can hear – a click or pop similar to when you stretch your knuckles.
The ‘pop’ is simply the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released.
The number of sessions you will need and how often you have them will depend on your particular condition. You may have many questions so be sure to ask if you’re unsure about anything, and if you want something explained again. If you ever feel unsure about what you’re told, visit your GP to discuss this treatment option further.