Initial Consultation & What to Expect?


On your first visit, a detailed case history will be taken focusing on the pain of complaint and also to assess your general health. This is to ensure that the treatment provided is tailored to, and suitable for you.

The examination will consist of neurological, orthopaedic and chiropractic testing i.e. assessing the functioning of your joints, muscles and nerves.

The purpose of the initial consultation is to determine the cause of the condition, rather than simply looking to treat the symptoms.

You will be given the diagnosis (what is wrong), details of treatment and the prognosis (how long it will take) all in plain, easy to understand language. You will also be given additional information such as postural advice as well as information on an exercise programme to complement your treatment. If you have any questions relating to this or at any other time, feel free to ask.

If there are instances that require further investigation (e.g. laboratory testing, X-Rays, MRIs) you will be referred as necessary.


Treatment


The treatment programme will be determined by the outcomes of the consultation and examination and will be specific to you. Treatment focuses on restoring function to the joints and muscles, hence relieving pain and reducing disability.

The treatment may consist of all or some of the following: Joint manipulation (a short, specific thrust to encourage movement through a dysfunctional joint), joint mobilisation (slower, deeper movements to encourage joint function) and soft tissue work focusing on the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Other techniques that we use to aid your recovery include Active Release, Dry Needling/Acupuncture and Instrument Adjustment.


Rehabilitation /
Exercises



The purpose of rehabilitative exercises is to help you stay pain free and give you the tools necessary to manage your condition.

To complement your treatment you will be supplied with a tailored exercise programme consisting of simple home exercises to stretch and strengthen musculature and, where necessary, relieve stress on the discs in your spine.

You will also be provided with advice to help minimise the daily stresses going through the body such as postural or exercise advice.

What Does Chiropractic Treat?


Doctors of Chiropractic can effectively treat a range of disorders and the training encompasses the treatment and diagnosis of all joint disorders, nerve entrapments, disc problems (slipped disc) as well as back pain, neck pain, dizziness, headaches and migraine.

Chiropractic is proven in the effective treatment of the following conditions:

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    Neck Pain

    Neck pain can arise from injury, posture, and muscle deconditioning or general wear and tear. As well as pain experienced around the neck, referral of pain may be experienced in the head, giving rise to a cervicogenic headache. Pain may be experienced in the arm, either due to irritation of muscle or a nerve entrapment in the neck.

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    Back pain (lumbago)

    Back pain affects 80% of people at some point in their lives and is the second leading cause (only to headahces) for time off work. There are many potential causes for back pain and the chiropractor will determine the cause of the pain before providing suitable treatment.

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    Dizziness / Migraine

    Dizziness may be caused by dysfunction in the neck, specifically the upper 3 cervical vertebrae and is termed cervicogenic dizziness. Chiropractic can effectively treat this disorder.

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    Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot

    Joint complaints including management of osteoarthritis

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    General Aches, pains & muscle spasms

    The chiropractor will first determine what is the cause of the pain or spasm. These alone are not a diagnosis but an indication of some underlying dysfunction.

What Else can Chiropractic Treat?


Chiropractic can also treat the following common ailments:

  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Headache
  • Tennis and Golfers elbow
  • Shoulder and Elbow Pain