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.