What to expect when you visit our Chiropractor in London?
A typical visit to our Chiropractor in London includes an initial case history, physical exam, treatment, and follow-up plan. You can find more information about this below.
How to prepare for your first chiropractic adjustment
Be prepared to share your health history with your our Chiropractor. While our London chiropractor is a health care expert, she isn’t a mind reader. Be prepared to tell Doctor Anika everything you can about your pain. How did it start, for how long has it been going, what might be making the pain worse or better, and share if you have been taking anything to ease your pain. Don’t be shy or ashamed to tell Dr. Anika the truth. Don´t worry, you will not shock the top rated chiroprator in London, as she has probably heard similar stories before. Keep in mind that you can’t get the full benefit from a chiropractic treatment if the chiropractor isn’t completely aware of your problem and your lifestyle.
Unless the patient has any health contra-indications, usually our London chiropractors adjust on the first visit. Adjustments do not hurt and afterward, they feel so good, you might even wonder what took you so long to visit our chiropractic in central London. Whilst performing chiropractic care, you may hear some popping or cracking noises, nothing to be concerned of. Many patients ask our chiropractor what this is, and it turn out it’s simply trapped air being released from between the joints or discs.
Initial Chiropractic Consultation
The chiropractor will start with a routine physical exam, then follow it with an exam that focuses on the spine, with particular attention given to the areas of complaint. The chiropractor will most likely examine your whole spine. For example, if you had a low back complaint, the chiropractor would also likely perform a neck exam because the adaptations resulting from injury in one area can result in secondary irritations somewhere else in the spine.
The physical exam typically includes a variety of assessments, such as range of motion tests, palpation, reflex testing, muscle strength comparisons, and neurological and orthopedic tests focused on the main complaint.
What goes into a chiropractic treatment plan?
Following the assessments, our chiropractor in London will develop a treatment plan that takes into account:
- The extent of your injury or irritation
- Your general health
- The condition of your spine as affected by age and previous injury
- What your goals are
Your goals of treatment should result from the discussion you have with your chiropractor. Many people seek simple relief of pain or discomfort, while others want to begin a regimen of ongoing care meant to improve their general health.
In the initial consultation, your chiropractor will tell you the status of your condition and recommend an approach to care.
What is a typical chiropractic treatment performed by our Chiropractor in London?
“Chiropractic Adjustments” are usually the central part of chiropractic treatment. The chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints. In other words, an adjustment involves a lot more than simply opening up a joint.
Your London Chiropractor will most often make these adjustments to the spine, but he or she might adjust other joints, such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder in order to restore structural alignment or to improve joint function. Again, proper structure is necessary for proper function, and proper extremity function is an important part of healthy daily living.
If you can’t tolerate the manual adjustments, you may instead receive mild or non-force techniques.
Adjustments are often accompanied by non-manual therapies such as application of heat or ice, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitative exercises and lifestyle advice. Feel free to ask one of our Chiropractors in central London to know more.
What to expect after a chiropractic treatment?
In some cases it could be possible, however perfectly normal, to feel some discomfort for a short time after a chiropractic session. It shouldn’t last for long, and it is usually nothing to worry about as it can be a part of the healing process. However, if you have concerns, feel free to contact your chiropractor in London so that she may explain what is happening, or even take a look at you.
You will most likely feel great right after a chiropractic adjustment. This is due to an immediate relieving and euphoric feeling. Chiropractic adjustments cause the body to release endorphins, feel good hormones from the brain, and your muscles respond by relaxing. It is similar to the feeling of a good stretch, but much faster. If your body has spent a long time out of alignment, then being aligned again will feel good, and you might feel more relaxed, and flexible afterward as well.
Chiropractic adjustments have been shown in studies to be extremely safe. You should keep in mind that the relief you feel may not last, as it can take a few adjustments for your muscles to be trained to hold your joints in proper alignment. So don’t be discouraged or think it’s not working if the relief doesn’t last for too long. Chiropractic treatment is, after all, a process.
Our London chiropractor will come up with a treatment plan that matches your body’s specific needs. To get the full benefits of chiropractic care, you should always follow this plan. Even if you feel better after just one chiropractic adjustment, keeping up with your chiropractic sessions will help you prevent re-injury and keep your body in the correct alignment. Most of us go years with incorrect posture and even pain before we seek chiropractic care, and just one visit is not usually enough to counteract years of improper alignment. Our experienced chiropractor works to ensure that your mobility and alignment stay correct into the future.