Your First Chiropractic Appointment

What to Expect

Your first visit is dedicated to determining what your health goals are and how you can best achieve them in the most effective and efficient way possible.

We want to know what your challenges have been and where you would like to be. We will work with you to develop a chiropractic care program specific to your needs.


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Why You're Here

 

We want to know more than just your symptoms. We want to know how these symptoms are impacting your day-to-day life.

 

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Your Health History

We’ll discuss your health history thoroughly.

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Create a Plan

You’ll work with your chiropractor to develop a treatment plan that not only supports your goals, but works with your lifestyle too.

First Treatment

You’ll get your first treatment the very same day.


Every Time You Come See Us

PRIVACY

Your visits will always take place in a private room. Your case is kept strictly confidential, unless it is determined by yourself and your Chiropractor that you can benefit from treatment with another practitioner here at the Chiropractic Health Centre.

COMFORT

We aim to make every visit comfortable for you by keeping the lines of communication open at all times. Your chiropractor will talk you through what she’s doing, how she’s doing it, and what you should expect to feel.

RESPECT

All treatment plans, health choices and even treatments in progress can be ended at any time by you, the patient. If at any point in time you don’t want to move forward with a treatment, you are always welcome to say, “That’s enough for today” or end your entire plan.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you get a chiropractic treatment, do you always have to go back?

 

Recommending that patients return for periodic visits is no different than dentists recommending monthly to yearly visits to help prevent cavities and gum disease. After resolving your pain issues, most chiropractors will give you the option to receive periodic chiropractic care to minimize the likelihood of future recurrences or development of new problems. But it’s still just an option which you can choose to take advantage of, or not.
Are Chiropractors really cracking bones?
Between the bones that make up a joint, you will find an envelope with fluid in it. When a chiropractor gently shifts a joint back to where it’s supposed to be, the envelope releases gas that’s in the joint fluid, and that creates the sound you hear.
Do Chiropractors only work on joints and not soft tissue?
While chiropractors are definitely known for manual manipulations and adjustments, they can also receive special certificates/training to provide very effective treatment for a huge variety of different soft tissue disorders. Therapies like Graston Technique ®, Active Release Therapies ® and Shockwave Therapy are all modules that chiropractors can choose to get certified for. This provides them with even greater tools in helping conditions of the joints of the extremities, like the ankle, knee and shoulder.
Do adjustments hurt?
While some adjustments require quite a bit of pressure be applied to a certain area of your body (which can produce some discomfort if you’re sensitive from the pain you’ve been experiencing), many patients have described receiving an adjustment as “getting instant relief the moment it’s done!”
Should Chiropractors offer pre-paid plans?
When it comes to the treatment plan you develop for yourself with the help of your chiropractor, subsequent visits may be necessary. Some chiropractors offer pre-paid care packages. While buying a pre-determined amount of visits might be convenient, be sure to ask if you will be refunded the remaining balance should you feel as though the problem has been resolved or you don’t wish to continue your treatments. It is stated in the Chiropractic Patient Charter of Rights that you are to receive a refund of any fees paid in advance within seven days of a formal request
What is a Chiropractic maintenance plan?
When a chiropractor’s goal is to help you achieve pain relief, they will set you up with a maintenance plan: these are easy step-by-step stretches and changes to routine that you can follow on your own, and you’ll find that the benefits of the care you’ve received is prolonged and the risks or re-injuring yourself are low.
How do you determine how many visits I'll need for treatment?

You will always want to choose a chiropractor whose aim is to help relieve your pain in as few visits as possible, and who will continue to evaluate your progress at every visit so that you avoid going in more often than you need to. The aim should always be to achieve initial pain relief, and then to develop a plan that will allow you to continue to maintain that relief on your own so that your pain doesn’t come back.

How long are Chiropractic appointments?

Appointment lengths can vary from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the kind of practice it is: some have a simple ‘show up, get adjusted and leave’ set up that is perfect for people who know what they like to have done and can benefit for a quick visit. OOthers encourage much longer visits where follow-up and feedback are important, and a relationship can be fully developed. This secondary type of appointment is appropriate for people who are looking to have a dedicated chiropractor follow their progress.