Your first appointment will last for approximately 1 to 1½ hours. During this time
your chiropractor will take a full record of your current symptoms as well as details of your medical history and general health background. They will explain the purpose of chiropractic to you and what you should expect from the treatment.
You will be asked to sign a consent form to state that you understand the treatment and are happy to proceed. Your chiropractor will then ask you to undress to your underwear. You may wish to bring a light top and pair of shorts or leggings to wear, or you may choose to wear one of the gowns provided.
Your chiropractor will carry out a physical examination, which may involve a range of orthopaedic, neurological and muscular tests. This is to identify the cause of your symptoms and to decide whether chiropractic is a suitable course of treatment for you. It also enables your chiropractor to tailor a specific treatment plan for your individual needs.
Assuming that you are happy, you will then receive your first treatment. The treatment will involve checking of all joints in your body from head to toe. The adjustments are carried out just by using the hands. The treatment relies on speed, dexterity and accuracy rather than force to mobilise the joints and muscles in your body. Most people are pleasantly surprised by how gentle the treatment is. After your treatment your chiropractor will advise you on how to get the best from your treatment and you may be given some exercises to help with your recovery.
You will then be given a time and date for your follow up appointment which is usually made for 1 week after your first visit. The number of treatments you are likely to need will depend on several factors, which including the severity of your condition, the length of time you have had the problem, your age and general fitness and what you do between your treatments. Your chiropractor will be able to discuss the proposed treatment plan with you at your first visit.