Our approach to healthcare is holistic, aiming for Whole Body Health, Wellbeing and to help you achieve your health and life goals.
That starts at your first visit.
We record your full health history.
It is always helpful to bring details of:
1. All Medications: bring the prescription list
2. Any Surgeries: you have had (bring reports)
3. Road Traffic Accidents: whether you had immediate injuries or not
4. Any Falls: causing fractures, sprains/strains or concussions etc.
5. Specialists’ reports: from other specialists you have seen in relation to any
condition for which you may want our opinion
6. Recent Imaging: Actual scans and/or reports for MRI, X-rays etc.
Thorough physical testing will assess your condition, focusing on your neurobiomechanical status by assessing how your nervous system is functioning.
This will include looking at your:
2. How you move (range of motion)
3. Balance tests
4. Muscle tests
6. Sensory screens
7. Orthopaedic assessments (specific joint, ligament and muscle tests)
The aim is to provide a picture of underlying factors and enable a diagnosis of any problems.
Our Doctors of Chiropractic can directly refer you for imaging (x-rays, MRI, or ultrasounds) if they deem them to be clinically necessary.
If you already have had any imaging (x-rays, CT scans, MRI, or ultrasounds), it is a good idea to bring them to your initial consultation.
The reports are good, the images themselves is even better. This is because chiropractors have specific training in reading MRI and radiographs and often look for more detail than will be supplied by a medical radiologist’s report.
Our Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to interpret findings on X-rays, CT and MRI scans. Medical reports are written to see if drugs or surgery will help you. The information we look for is often not included in these reports.
Doctors of Chiropractic are one of the only professions who are specifically trained to take and read spinal radiographs. X-rays enable us to diagnose neoplasms (cancers), osteoporosis (bone thinning), infections and inflammatory arthropathies (arthritis). They also enable us to assess the condition of joints, bones, and postural distortions which gives important information relating to the biomechanical stresses involved.
Medical imaging is not always essential. Your Doctor of Chiropractor will make recommendations and advise based on their assessment and opinion. It is important to weigh up the risks and benefits of taking x-rays and your Chiropractor can discuss this with you.
REPORT OF FINDINGS
Your diagnosis will be explained to you and your questions answered.
An evidence-based program of care will be offered, designed to give you the best results in the long-term.
Informed consent is required in order to start care.
Central to Chiropractic Care Plans are spinal and peripheral joint adjustments.
These are specific precise, rapid movements of the joints. Adjustments are designed to gently and effectively re-establish movement. As a profession, we are constantly building the evidence to show how adjustments optimise nerve function to the dysfunctional areas throughout your body.
Our Doctors of Chiropractic have spent a minimum of 4 years at an undergraduate level, and at least 10 years post-graduation honing their skills.
You may sometimes hear a small clicking or popping noise which is completely normal with this form of treatment. It is usually quite comfortable.
Muscles, ligaments, tendons may be treated by various methods such as soft-tissue adjustments, myofascial release techniques, dry needling techniques (using acupuncture needles), stretches, massage, and hot/cold therapy.
Rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises may be a part of your treatment plan to build core stability and enable the muscles to strengthen in a balanced way. These will be prescribed and demonstrated to you.
Chiropractic Care Plans
The care offered to you is what your Doctor of Chiropractic expects will result in the quickest reduction in your symptoms
Follow-up care is offered to move you closer to healing, the resolution of your health problems, and ultimately deliver optimum wellness
There are 3 Phases of Care:
Phase 1 – Intensive Care
This phase is a therapeutic trial that is all about reducing your symptoms as quickly as possible.
The frequency of your adjustment sessions is the highest of any of the phases of care.
During this phase of care Chiropractic Adjustments work to:
- Decrease inflammation of the joints and nerves
- Reduce pain levels and increase movement
- And importantly gain better neurological control.
A reassessment will take place after a specified number of adjustment sessions.
The reassessment will take the form of a formal re-exam and/or mutual agreement of the way ahead.
Phase 2 – Corrective Care
Many people have a specific health or life goal in mind when they seek Chiropractic care. They have noticed that they are unable to do what they want to, or need to do; or that it is just more difficult now than before.
With better nervous system function your body has the best possible chance to restore you to health.
The aim of this phase is to remove interference to your body’s ability to heal and function optimally.
We are working to deliver your body functional and structural stability. Once stable, you are less likely to suffer set-backs and/or re-injury.
The intensity and duration of this phase is dependent on the severity of your problem, how long you have suffered from it, and what stresses / stressors you need to bear in your life.
The frequency of care in this phase will largely depend on the results of your reassessment, but will not be as frequent as the intensive care phase.
Phase 3 – Wellness Care
There are many people who come to us on a regular basis (e.g. once a month) who have little or no pain and no symptoms. This is a reversal of “the medical model” we are used to, when we only act when signs or symptoms are present.
People who continue chiropractic care when they are well and active do so to stay that way!
How much you benefit and for how long is up to you. We do not put limits on where the benefits may lead, we offer true health care and optimum life potential.