First Treatment The
treatment session start with the taking of a full case history during which the
chiropractor will ask questions regarding the presenting problem and also
previous medical history. This is followed by the examination which will
include the appropriate orthopaedic, physical and neurological investigations
for the condition. The diagnosis and suggested treatment plan is then explained
to the patient and any questions resolved before the treatment takes place.
In some cases it may be
deemed necessary to have further investigations such as X-ray or MRI prior to
treatment starting and in this case the appropriate referral will be made by
are required to change into an gown for the examination with just underwear
being worn however patients are encouraged to bring a pair of shorts if they
would feel more comfortable which can be worn under the gown. Following
treatments are carried out with the patient in their normal clothes however
loose clothing is advisable.
treatment involves specific thrust manoeuvres or ‘manipulations’ to restore and
improve motion to parts of the spine and/or joints being treated. Manipulations
are done in a number of positions which can be varied to suit the patient and
can be adapted to the tolerance of the patient, with regard to their condition.
techniques can be utilized and in cases where manipulation is not appropriate
then more gentle mobilisation techniques will be used. Following adjustments
soft tissue techniques are performed to treat any tight
muscles/ligaments/tendons using trigger point pressure, massage, stretching
Pregnancy - specially made foam
pads are used which allow a pregnant patient to lie on her tummy without any
pressure on the abdomen.
advice will be given on after care appropriate to the patient’s condition. This
can include: - correct
posture, - resting positions, - ice packing -
rehabilitation exercises- lifestyle
It is normal to have some
discomfort for approximately 24 - 48 hours after treatment for some patients
however this can be vastly reduced by following the resting & icing
procedure explained during your treatment.
Follow up appointments
and Maintenance: For the majority of
patients it is advisable to have a few treatments close together (no more than
2 treatments a week for 2 weeks) in order to treat and settle the acute phase
of the condition as quickly as possible. Following treatments are then spread
out as the condition improves to weekly and then monthly. Once the condition is
resolved it is advisable to then have maintenance
treatments approximately every 3 - 4 months in order to sustain
the recovery and maintain the improvements that have been made.
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