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.
PRIVATE HEALTH FUND MEMBER? YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A NO GAP FIRST VISIT YOU WILL HAVE NO OUT OF POCKET EXPENSESNO PRIVATE HEALTH COVER? YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR OUR INTERNET GIFT OF A 50% SAVING ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
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 here 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 the recommended treatment.
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 restore your function and decrease your pain
- The stages of healing your body will progress through during treatment
- 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.
Should You Regular Spinal Examinations?
Even if you feel great and you are not experiencing pain or symptoms, Chiropractors believe that it’s a good idea to have a regular check-up to to help keep your spine functioning as well as possible. Your skeletal health is just as important as your medical health, so give it the attention it deserves. A regular check-up aims to pick up any spinal problems early so that we can help keep you in good shape.
We look forward to helping you regain your health and enjoy your life.
Below this you’ll find downloadable versions of the forms you’ll need to complete for your first visit. You can download them now, fill them in and bring them with you, or you can simply complete the forms when you arrive for your first appointment. Just remember to arrive a few minutes early to have time to do them.