What to Expect from Your First Chiropractic Treatment
Your first Chiropractic treatment with your new Chiropractor is an exciting step on your road to recovery. You’ll remember back in December I wrote about what happens at your initial consultation: we get to the root of your problem by taking a thorough history to give us an idea of what is causing your complaint, and after this we do a neuro-orthopaedic examination to confirm our diagnosis. Getting to the root of the problem was our aim and we got there. Now, in your first Chiropractic treatment, which we call the ‘Report of Findings’ (ROF), we have the aim of explaining what we discovered during our initial consultation and starting your hands-on care if you decide to proceed into recovery through a course of care. Your first chiropractic treatment is very specific to you as an individual, and your diagnosis, tips and advice are all tailored to you.
Your Chiropractor will usually begin by going through your diagnosis so that you’re aware of what is going on in your body, and often we’ll use props such as models of the spine or joints to help explain what we mean. We will also explain what factors have been pivotal in bringing about your injury, which for some people will be more obvious than others. For example, those with neck pain after a car accident will be aware of the link between the two, but, they may not be aware that the aches and niggles they felt in the neck for the years before their accident were the onset of arthritis, and that this is very relevant too. Talking about the causes of these aches is important because it makes people aware that their habits and posture have long term effects. Sitting at a desk all day with the computer screen set too low, or always twisting to carry your baby on one hip are examples of these damaging habits.
Explaining these contributing factors at your first chiropractic treatment puts you in more control because you can avoid these damaging positions in the future. Remember, we are not here to temporarily hide your symptoms or ‘paper over the cracks’ – we want to give you the best chance of avoiding problems in the long-term, and part of this is educating you so you can take better care of yourself if you want to. During your first Chiropractic treatment we also answer any questions you have.
Once this is done we can get to the best part… treatment! As Chiropractors we get very enthused about this as it’s the beginning of your recovery. You won’t need to get undressed again, but most people wear comfortable clothes so they can get of and off the bench easily. .
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By Victoria White
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