We've noticed that some people are unsure of what to expect when they visit a Chiropractor. As such, we have prepared this information so you are aware of what will happen at your 1st chiropractic consultation. We also provide further information about how Chiropractic can be of great benefit to you and your family.
An intial consultation involves:
1. Taking a history to fully understand your reason for presenting to the clinic and identify any other health concerns. This will help your chiropractor determine whether or not you are a candidate for care.
2. A specialised and directed physical exam will identify exactly where the issue is and what course of treatment is most appropriate.
3. Referral for x-rays (if indicated)
4. Treatment - a gentle adjustment that restores function and movement to your joints
5. Advice - we never send you away without some exercises, stretches or general health advice to accelerate your healing.
The Gonstead Difference
The Gonstead Chiropractor goes to great lengths to identify exactly what the issue may be with your spine. Only by following the following 5 important steps can a Gonstead practitioner identify the CAUSE of your pain and effectively remove the underlying issue and allow your body to function at its PEAK.
Visualisation – Visualisation gives an overall assessment of your spinal alignment.
Instrumentation – The Nervoscope ( a small hand held device that locates swelling under the skin) detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure.
Static Palpation – Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.
Motion Palpation – This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily each segment in your spine moves in different direction.
X-Ray Analysis – x-ray films enable your doctor to visualise the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present.