Your chiropractor will begin your first consultation by taking a full medical history. Standard orthopaedic and neurological tests will be carried out and the movement of your spine and other joints will be checked. If x-rays are necessary to help in the diagnosis we can obtain any x-rays you may have had or use our on site facilities. All our chiropractors are trained and qualified to take and interpret x-rays. Should you need further investigations for an underlying condition for which other treatment may be appropriate, you will be referred to your GP or another specialist.
Most of the time we are able to treat on the first visit, unless we feel that a patient may require x-rays or a referral to the GP then there will be no treatment given as we are further investigating the issue. If treatment does occur it may consist of adjustments to the spine which, when carried out by a qualified chiropractor, is rarely painful; however, if you have acute muscle spasm where even a light touch hurts then there may be some discomfort. If you’ve had the problem for some time, you may feel sore after treatment as your body adjusts. Your chiropractor will explain this to you and help to minimise any discomfort.
Every person is assessed individually but on average 4-6 visits over 2 or 3 weeks. It is important to have continuity of care and to keep any appointments booked.
This depends on the problem, the length of time you have had it and your own commitment to your care, particularly the rehabilitation exercises. In most cases we would expect some improvement in your symptoms within a few sessions.
GP’s are increasingly recognising Chiropractic as an effective treatment for many disorders. As a result more and more patients are referred by their GP’s, although you do not need a referral to visit a chiropractor.
There are differences in technique and training. The most important factor is that the practitioner is qualified. Both professions now have statutory regulation.
use a wide range of orthopaedic and neurological tests
use a wide range of dynamic adjusting procedures
often rely on x-rays to aid the diagnosis
adjustments are often very precise in order to move specific joints
procedures are geared to resolving very stiff and painful joints
often work in conjunction with other practitioners such as physiotherapists who will undertake active rehabilitation, massage therapists who can deal with underlying muscular discomfort and podiatrists who can help with postural and foot related problems
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From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire