Are You New To Chiropractic?
December 1st, 2015 563 post views
Chiropractic in Eastbourne
Many people who have never seen a Chiropractor (and even some who have) wonder what their first appointment will bring. In this article, Victoria White, a chiropractor in Eastbourne at Lushington Clinic explains the basics to help put your mind at ease!
Your first visit is a consultation, not a treatment visit. As Chiropractors, our primary aim at the consultation is get to the root of the problem – this gives us a diagnosis that is individual to you. We go through this diagnostic process in stages…
What is involved in a chiropractic consultation?
The first part of your consultation is spent reading the health questionnaire you will have completed while in reception before your visit, and also asking you in-depth questions about your complaint. These questions might include asking how and when the problem first came on; if you suffer unusual symptoms such as numbness/tingling in the limbs; what you do at work (posture has a huge impact on health and if you are sitting all day at a computer this WILL be relevant!); and what activities aggravate or relieve the pain, among many others. Don’t worry, it won’t feel like an interrogation, just a chance for us to get to know you as a person as well as a ‘case’!
We will also ask if you have any other aches and pains, because we are interested in you as a whole and often these issues will be linked. For example, people who come to see me because of neck pain are often surprised that I ask “how frequently do you get headaches?” In fact, people who have neck pain have restricted joint movement and over-tight musculature of the neck, which often leads to referred headaches. Those of you who say “I’ve always carried a lot of tension in my shoulders” may fall into this category.
This thorough history gives us a strong idea of what is causing your complaint, and after this we do a neuro-orthopaedic examination to confirm our diagnosis. We will step out of the room to let you get changed into a gown, much like a hospital gown, that will cover you up; there is no need to be undressed in front of us. The exam is important because it is where we confirm not just if it’s a joint, muscle or nerve that is causing the problem, but exactly which joint, muscle or nerve is affected. Detail is important as it affects out management plan.
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In my next post I will discuss your Report of Findings visit, to let you know what you can expect.
Thanks for reading!
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Article written by our Chiropractor Victoria White