What to Expect

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When coming to a chiropractor for the first time, most people have three main questions:

  1. What’s wrong with me?
  2. Can it be fixed?
  3. How much will it cost to fix?

Depending on your case, you may not receive answers to all these questions on your first visit.

Good communication is essential in any therapeutic relationship, so feel free to ask any questions you feel are relevant.

It is important that you share your own health care goals with us, so that we can work as a team with you.

Your First Visit

Your initial 40 minute consultation is primarily about collecting information to make an initial diagnosis and if decide if chiropractic care is appropriate for you.

On arrival, after greeting you by name there will be a small amount of paperwork to fill out. Remember to bring the appropriate cards if you wish to take advantage of our concession rates or use our HICAPS on-the-spot rebate system with participating health funds.

On your first visit, you can expect your chiropractor Dr Craig Pointon to:

  1. Take a comprehensive verbal history about your past and present symptoms.
  2. Conduct digital posture analysis to collect relevant postural information.
  3. Conduct a thorough physical examination, investigating your symptoms with chiropractic and orthopedic tests.
  4. Discuss X-ray referral if required. (In some cases, treatment may be delayed until x-ray analysis has been conducted).
  5. Give a brief verbal report of findings based on the current information.

In most cases, chiropractic care can commence on the day of the first visit. If your case is not suitable for chiropractic care, you will receive referral to an appropriate health care provider.

Your Second Visit

On your second visit, typically about 20 minutes in duration, you can expect more information to be provided to you about your condition. This is called a ‘report of findings’, and is a correlation of all the information found so far from the investigation. This may include examination findings, digital posture reports and X-ray analysis.

If available, the results of your analysis will be discussed with you, and their relationship to your symptoms explained. Exercises may be given and demonstrated.

In most cases, there will be a range of chiropractic treatment options to help achieve your health goals. These will be discussed with you. As it is your body, always be prepared to become part of the decision making process!

Regular Visits

At this stage all the groundwork has been done, so regular visits will become shorter in length. We do everything we can to run on time and minimise the impact on your busy life. A typical visit takes 10 minutes, but if you are receiving corrective care, then these can be up to 45 minutes in duration.

Each visit is always personal, and you can expect your chiropractor to ask questions to assess your progress. Re-examination including digital posture analysis is done at regular intervals to document your progress. Exercises may be modified to maintain your healing momentum.

Like attending the gym and improving fitness, each visit builds on the one before, so it is important to maintain your treatment schedule.

Always raise any concerns you have immediately with your chiropractor, rather than making uninformed choices and so compromising your care.

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