Hedge End Chiropractic
The first visit
What to Expect

The first visit generally takes up to an hour, and includes a consultation, a physical examination, a verbal report of findings and if appropriate, the first treatment.
Firstly a detailed case history is taken regarding any symptom you may present with on that day, but also previous episodes of pain, lifestyle factors and previous medical history.
A physical examination is then given, checking the movement of your spine and joints and your general posture. Orthopaedic and neurological tests will also be used to help the chiropractor  make a diagnosis and decide the best treatment plan.
After the physical examination, if no further investigations, for example x-rays are required, you will be given a verbal report of findings. Here the chiropractor will explain what is causing your symptoms, how you will be treated, how often you will need to be seen and any lifestyle change or exercise that would be beneficial for you. The treatment plan will be discussed and with your consent, started after the report of findings. Treatment will vary depending on your specific needs, but will usually involve specific gentle manipulation by hand, called an adjustment, to restore correct function, mobility or alignment. As well as using manipulation, or in some cases as an alternative, your chiropractor may use other techniques including, soft tissue work, myofascial dry needling (a western form of acupuncture), stretching techniques and ultrasound. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or use surgical procedures. If chiropractic treatment is not considered appropriate, you will be referred to your General Practitioner or to a specialist for further investigations.

Subsequent visits

 

Subsequent visits take approximately 15-20 minutes. Depending on the progress, the initial treatment plan may be revised or updated. Once symptoms improve prevention of future episodes of pain will be focussed on through rehabilitation, home exercises and lifestyle advice.
The time for recovery varies depending on - your age, the problem, the length of time you have had it, your profession, your lifestyle, any other underlying conditions and your own commitment to any advice the chiropractor may recommend. In most cases you will feel a definite change for the better early on in your treatment plan. Most patients do feel an improvement after just one or two treatments, but in general, the longer you've had it, the longer it will take to get it sorted. All current research states that chiropractic is exceptionally effective if the condition is treated within the first six weeks of the injury.

Many patients opt for maintenance care once they feel better to keep their spines healthy and to prevent a reoccurrence of a spinal-related problem. Again, the frequency of your maintenance visits will depend on several factors, but most patients come back once a month to once every few months. However long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

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