Your First Visit
What actually happens on your first chiropractic visit
At Ansell Chiropractic we are committed to making it as easy as possible for people to find out if chiropractic can help them with current symptoms and health.
To achieve this we have two special offers available when you come to our office for the first time.
If you have private health cover click on the top link if you dont have private health cover clink on the botton link. Please read the Terms and Conditions for this offer within the links below.
What to Expect on your First Visit
When you walk through our door for your first visit at Ansell Chiropractic you’ll be welcomed by one of our friendly chiropractic assistants who will assist you throughout your first visit and will always be there to help you.
Let’s Get to Know Each Other
During this visit we will gather all the information needed to discover whether chiropractic care can help you.
We will ask you to complete a health history form on your arrival, alternatively you can download this form and complete it prior to your appointment.
This form will give us information about your general health including any pre-existing conditions or other issues. This will help us determine what is causing your symptoms.
What Happens During Your Chiropractic Examination?
Once your chiropractor has all the information they need, they will begin a thorough and non-invasive examination of your body to find the cause of your symptoms.
This will include:
A postural evaluation: to determine if your posture is contributing to the problem
Assessment of your spinal range of motion: to evaluate your spine for restriction or painful movement
Orthopaedic testing: specific tests to assess physical damage to your musculoskeletal condition
Neurological and balance testing: to evaluate the functioning of your nervous system
When Do We Need To Refer You for X-Rays?
Sometimes we may need more information about the structure of your spine and if necessary we will refer you for x-rays to obtain this.
X-rays reveal a lot about the quality of your discs and bones and help detect problems such as spinal curvatures or bone degeneration. They will also reveal whether conditions such as arthritis could be impacting on the way you feel.
Your chiropractor will discuss everything with you on your second visit, including your recommended treatment if we believe that chiropractic care can help you.
What Happens On Your Second Visit With Us?
On your second visit, we will explain to you:
- What was discovered during your examination and what these findings mean to your health
- If x-rays were taken, we will show them to you and discuss what the x-rays revealed
- What is actually wrong with your spine
- If chiropractic care can help restore your spinal function and decrease your pain and symptoms.
- The different types of chiropractic care and which will best suit you
- The program of care we recommend for you and how much that is likely to cost
- How we will measure your progress
- If another health professional may be beneficial to you or even better suited for you than chiropractic care
This visit should resolve any questions or concerns you may have about your health and whether chiropractic care is the best option for you. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you can.
What does Chiropractic Treatment Involve?
The main treatments a chiropractor uses involve gentle, specific spinal adjustments, soft tissue work where necessary, and the inclusion of exercises to improve both movement and strength to the spine. Ice or heat will also be used if needed.
We have a number of different techniques that we use so we can design a specific individual treatment that is suitable for children through to adults of all ages.
Below this you’ll find a downloadable version of the form you will need to complete for your first visit. You can download it now, fill it in and bring it with you, or you can simply complete the form when you arrive for your first appointment. Just remember to arrive a few minutes early to have time to do it.