Below is a public service video provided by the West Hartfort Group that helps explain what you can expect from your first chiropractic visit.
During your first visit, Dr Brits will perform a thorough case history and physical examination in order to determine whether or not your condition or complaint is suitable for chiropractic treatment.
The case history will involve specific questions related to your complaint, your family history, past treatment, current medication, activity level etc. This information will highlight possible contributing factors and will therefore enable your chiropractor to provide you with the best possible care.
The physical examination involves diagnostic tests like blood pressure, heart rate, temperature etc. The chiropractor will decide which of these tests are necessary.
After completing the case history and physical examination, the chiropractor will then perform a few orthopedic tests in order to identify and/or confirm the suspected diagnosis.
Your diagnosis and unique treatment protocol will then be discussed with you. Treatment will involve a number of modalities as discussed below.
In addition to the chiropractic manipulations or adjustments, chiropractors also employ a number of natural or holistic treatment modalities. These can include any one of the following modalities:
- Chiropractic manipulation or adjustments to the spinal or extremity joints
- Mobilization techniques
- Stretching techniques or exercises
- Strengthening protocols
- Cold and/or Heat therapies
- IFC and/or Ultrasound therapy
- Dry needling techniques
- Cross friction
- Ischemic compression
- Trigger point therapy
- Strapping techniques
- Nutritional guidance
- Lifestyle changes
- Dietary modifications
- Exercise routines