What to expect

When visit a chiropractor for the first time it can be a little daunting not knowing what to expect. This page gives a brief outline of what happens during a consultation with a chiropractor at Worcester Chiropractic Clinic.

Although chiropractic is a regulated profession, it is worth bearing in mind that not all chiropractors practice in exactly the same way and the following information does not necessarily hold true for other chiropractors in Worcester.

Before you arrive

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for your appointment.

If possible, please refrain from wearing perfumes/colognes.

Please wear modest underwear.

Feel free to bring a friend/family member as a chaperone.

If you are taking any medication, a list of these can be very helpful.

When you arrive

Upon arriving you will be asked to fill in a short medical history questionnaire.

Depending on your complaint, you may be asked to change into a gown in one of our private changing areas. You will also be given a dressing gown.

Your chiropractor will collect you from the changing area as soon as you are ready and take you into the consultation room.

During Consultation

Consultation usually takes around an hour.

Firstly, your chiropractor will discuss your medical history with you, particularly any aspects that may be pertinent to your complaint.

You will then be asked to describe the nature of your pain/complaint. Your chiropractor will ask you lots of questions, some of which may seem unrelated to your reason for presenting, to best inform them prior to physical examination.

The next step of consultation is physical examination. You remain in a gown throughout examination, with particular joints or muscles exposed as carefully as possible to allow assessment.

Your chiropractor will then examine your posture, before asking you to perform specific movements whilst observing and palpating your joints and muscles. Precise stress tests will also be performed to assess the integrity of different tissues.

Dependant on the nature of your complaint you may also undergo tests such as blood pressure, pulse rate, fundoscopy (looking inside your eye), and so forth.

Detailed description of physical examination techniques to follow.

Report of Findings

The results of examination will usually be explained to you immediately afterwards. Here your chiropractor will describe factors that cause and exacerbate your pain, things you should be doing/avoiding to help speed your recovery, and what treatment may be required. Opportunity to ask questions will always be given, and please don’t feel rude to ask as many as you can think of!

Treatment

Wherever possible, treatment is given on the same visit as examination, and is included in the consultation fee.

You will be asked to sign a consent form stating you understand the results of examination and are happy to proceed.

Treatment varies from person to person and can involve manipulation, myofascial release, acupuncture, mobilisation and other manual therapy techniques. A combination of methods will be used in most instances.

Your chiropractor will discuss with you the proposed treatment, as well as any risks and benefits. You can also ask questions at any point.

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