We Use Spinal X-Rays
We use X-Rays to get a full clinical picture of what’s going on in your spine. Most adults with a spinal condition will be X-Rayed. Children can often be assessed without X-Ray, unless there’s a suspected congenital malformation in the spine or pelvis.
By seeing which vertebrae have misaligned the most we can devise specific corrections based on what is showing up, and SHOW you exactly what’s going on.
Importantly, we fulfil our duty of care to our clients to rule out possible contraindications to chiropractic care. Commonly, we find undiagnosed fractures, and far less commonly, tumours or diseases of the spine.
Postural X-Ray series have a separate fee; some clients who come with their own recent postural X-Ray records may not require updates.
What to Expect on Your First Visit:
Your first Visit will be about 30 minutes. You will be asked to fill in an information sheet, and give some detail about your health concerns. The chiropractor will ask you specific questions about your health history, and allow you the time to fully explain your concerns. He will then conduct chiropractic and orthopaedic and neurological tests, according to what is presenting. Spinal postural X-Rays are often ordered during this first visit, and these give the chiropractor a very precise platform upon which to give specific chiropractic adjustments. Clients are not usually adjusted on the first visit, as the purpose of this visit is to gather information about your spinal health before preparing a visit schedule.
Your Second Visit:
This is your ‘Report of Findings’ Visit, where your X-Ray findings and examination findings are explained, and this may take 30 minutes to allow you the time to ask questions about your chiropractic problems. You will usually be given your first chiropractic adjustments on this visit, and a short-term course of regular visits will be recommended. This initial care period is known as ‘Initial Intensive Care’.
Initial Intensive Care:
Depending upon the severity of the condition, this initial period of care may vary from two weeks to two months or more. Generally, the longer a chiropractic condition has been present, the longer it will take the body to restore normal or near-normal conditions again. Your visits will be frequent in this initial phase of acute care, however as you improve, your visit schedule becomes less frequent.
Once out of pain, and your initial problems have stabilized, you may choose to undergo a term of ‘reconstructive care’, where visits are spaced longer apart. This period of care is to ensure that the body re-learns more normal and healthy motion patterns, and ensures that the gains made in the intensive period remain. Visits may be weekly or fortnightly during this phase.
Now that you are well and truly over your original condition, you may choose to have a maintenance care schedule. This is where your body starts its journey to optimal health. Studies with maintenance care chiropractic show sustained benefits with regard to immunity, energy levels, coordination, and lowered perceived stress levels. Immunoglobulin A levels can rise (good!) and the stress hormone cortisol can be repressed (also good!). Visit frequency in this phase of care varies between fortnightly and monthly.