VISIT 1 – History + Assessment (≈50mins)

We start by taking history covering your complaints and concerns in detail, previous injuries / trauma, medical history, occupational / lifestyle history and a review of systems. This process reveals to us the part(s) of your body that may be involved and any possible causes behind the problem.

A thorough physical examination follows and covers as standard:  posture, spine flexibility, shoulder and hip range of motion, spinal and pelvic joint motion palpation, muscle length checks and muscle palpation.  Additional items like Cranial nerve, and specific Neurological / Orthopaedic tests are performed as required.  X-rays are not requested as standard.

A decision is made at this point regarding the diagnosis and the suitability of chiropractic care for you and the likely outcomes with treatment.  The need for any further investigations or referral is also considered.

VISIT 2 – Report of Findings + 1st Treatment

Findings from the first visit are explained in detail and are accompanied by a written report. This written report can be helpful when sharing the information later with loved ones or your doctor. You will be informed of the likelihood and amount that chiropractic care may be able help.  The time frame in which this is likely to occur and costs are also explained.  Care plans are kept short (typically 6 visits or less) before the case is formally reviewed.

Treatment varies and is tailored to suit each individual and their condition. The detail of treatment is always explained before any care commences.  Treatment options include but are not limited to joint mobilisation, joint manipulation, specific tissue massage and stretching. Treatment is aimed at improving flexibility, vertebrae motion, muscle / disc / ligament strength, and posture.

VISIT 3 – Self Care Advice + 2nd Treatment

We show our patients simple and helpful ways they can care for their spines at home, at work and at school.  This additional care can help them speed up their recovery and be responsible for much of their spinal health care in the long term.

Progress Examinations & Progress Reports

Your subjective (symptom) and objective (exam findings) progress is closely monitored during the course of care and formally assessed regularly.  If positive progress is not seen in the early stages, further evaluation and management options are discussed including referral.

The above examples are given as a guide but are representative of the majority of cases.  If you have any questions at all about what is described above or any other aspect of chiropractic care please do not hesitate to call my office on 8272 2862 or email (see bottom of this page).

Sincerely, Richard