Your First Chiropractic Visit

In some ways, your first chiropractic visit will be similar to seeing a medical practitioner. And in other ways it will be quite different. And while every chiropractor has a slightly different first-visit procedure, here’s what you can expect from us:

Your First Visit

Chiropractors practice in medical centres, freestanding clinics, converted home offices and even hospitals. When you arrive you’ll be greeted with a smile. The first thing you’ll notice is the comfortable, stress-free environment. We work hard to make you feel at home because we know what it feels like to be in a new environment.

You’ll start feeling better and you haven’t even met the chiropractor yet!

First the Essentials

Naturally, there will be some brief paperwork or online forms that can be done before your appointment.  This captures your contact details, your health history and current health concern. You’ll encounter questions about your diet, sleep habits and stress levels that may seem unrelated to your symptoms. Relax. Our interest is in you first, and your symptoms second.

Meet the Chiropractor

Our exam specialist will see you first to ask more details about your health and perform several specific tests. When did your problem begin? What makes it worse? What makes it better? What other approaches have you tried?

The purpose is to get to know each other better and to determine if you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care. If you’re not, an appropriate referral will be made. If you are, a thorough examination is next.

A Thorough Examination

The examination will include a series of physical, orthopedic and neurological tests. These are designed to reveal the presence of nerve interference from spinal misalignments. This will include turning and bending, plus testing your nerve system, postural assessment and other noninvasive tests.

We use diagnostic X-rays, surface electromyography, heart rate variability and other technologies. These are designed to reveal the function of your spine and nervous system. You’ll get to see these at your Doctor’s Report

Many patients tell us that this is the most complete examination they’ve ever had.

Your Report of Findings

After correlating your exam findings, Dr. Neil will let you know how much we can help you. This appointment is your second visit. Next, your report will explain what was found, what it means and what can be done to help you.

The final portion of your report consists of care recommendations and fielding your questions. You will be given initial exercises and home care instructions.

Chiropractic care is a partnership. Your results will be based on what we do on each visit, and what you do between visits.

Your First Adjustment

Based on your testing results, you’ll receive your first chiropractic adjustment at your second visit.

Using his hands, or a small hand-held instrument, a precise amount of energy will be added to your spine at just the right time and place. Adjustments help restore healthier spinal patterns and reduce nerve interference along your spine.

Relax. Adjustments feel great…usually.  They can be mildly uncomfortable or even be sore afterwards. Let Dr. Neil know if you felt different after your first adjustment.

Hope and Healing Begin

Set aside about an hour for your first chiropractic visit. Future visits will be shorter as we get to know you and how your body responds to your adjustments.

Be sure to ask questions and get involved. Those who do seem to get better results.

Chiropractic care is different from medical treatment. It’s a difference that has helped millions. For over a century. Naturally. Without drugs or surgery.

Check out what our patients have to say here.

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  • 5 star rating  I have been a patient with Dr Neil for about 2 years now and have definitely noticed an overall improvement in my well being and good health feeling since starting with the adjustments. I can also attribute a successful and remarkable quick recovery from 2 Total Knee Replacement surgeries to having good chiropractic care supporting good health healing! Dr. Neil is not only a caring friendly professional, he is also highly experienced and I wish to recommend him to anyone that needs a boost to daily health.

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  • 5 star rating  I have been a patient for about 9 years. My sons, since birth and they 7 and 4 now. I can't say enough about the Ancaster Family Chiropractic team. They are very friendly and accommodating and truly make you feel like part of their Chiropractic family. Our visits have helped keep our immune systems strong and help our bodies heal and stay healthy. Dr. Neil and his team are fantastic with my boys. They fondly call him Dr. Clickers. He is a big part of our health maintenance and we're grateful to have found him.

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    Dr. Neil is great

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    In all honesty, Dr. Neil has been a huge help getting rid of my headaches and chronic sickness - issues that no medication in the world could help. He’s a class act and treats his clients like a true professional. If you’re dealing with any sort of health issues, I would recommend booking an appointment with him.

    Thank you Dr. Neil and your team (Deb & Sue are fantastic!) for your commitment to my health and your welcoming environment. I look forward to my appointments!

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  • 5 star rating  I have been a proud client of Dr. Neil and the support team since 2016 and wouldn't think of going anywhere else. I tried other chiropracters previously and the experience at Ancaster Family Chiropractic is far superior than any other. The atmosphere is positive, friendly and professional. The set up is great and the organization/structure just makes sense. I love having a key fob...makes me feel important! They actually teach about chiropractic care for a greater understanding of same. The name is fitting as you feel like part of the family. Thanks for everything you do.

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  • 5 star rating  Dr Brown is efficient, empathetic and excellent at what he does, which is helping your body heal itself! The investment that he, and his supportive team of Deb and Sue, make towards your long term care plan is by far the most thorough and well thought out that I have ever experienced. I highly recommend their services for the whole family.

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  • 5 star rating  The team at Ancaster Family Chiropractic are very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. They are very welcoming, and are flexible and able to work with your schedule and needs. My husband, daughter and I all see Dr. Neil. He is very helpful and great at what he does! I would highly recommend him to anyone considering chiropractic care!

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