Some of the questions asked during the chiropractic consultation may not seem important, but they will help your chiropractor to establish an overall picture of your health and determine whether chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition.
Chiropractic Consultation – Physical exam
After assessing your overall health, your chiropractor will carry out a physical examination. Your chiropractor will perform a range of tests that may include assessment of your posture and range of movement.
Your chiropractor might request further investigations such as an X-ray or MRI if the physical exam is inconclusive.
Report of findings
After the physical exam, your chiropractor will talk through your report of findings. They will give you a care plan, which will set out what you can expect when receiving chiropractic care, the costs of care and the treatment options that are available to you. You will be told about exercises and lifestyle changes that can help assist with your recovery.
Chiropractic Consultation – Treatment
Our chiropractor in London, Dr. Anika, is trained in using manipulation to loosen tight joints in the spine. This is also called a chiropractic adjustment. Manipulation involves the chiropractor using their hands to apply quick, precise thrusts to the restricted joints.
During manipulation there may be popping sounds, this is quite not painful. This sound is gas bubbles popping in the fluid of the joints as pressure is released.
Treatment may also include massage, stretching, and mobilisations. Some chiropractors use dry needling techniques, while others may use a hand-held instrument called an ‘activator’ to manipulate joints.
Self-help advice and rehabilitative care form an important part of chiropractic treatment. Your chiropractic will give advice on how to manage your condition and prevent it from recurring. This may involve the application of ice or heat to reduce pain and inflammation, and advice on activity, posture and exercises you can do at home.
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