About Your Visit To Stockton Chiropractic Clinic
Step-by-Step Guide to Visiting Your Chiropractor
ou can call our friendly reception team on 01642 633888 or email us via the contact form.
If you would like to speak in further detail about your specific condition to a chiropractor, before making an appointment, we will make sure that happens and you can ask any questions you like.
We try to ensure you have a new consultation appointment within 72 hrs and often we are able to arrange something quicker than that. Urgent cases we will aim to see within 24 hrs. You can ask to see a female or male chiropractor.
Once you have made your appointment we will email you confirmation immediately, if you have an email address. We can also send a text reminder the day before your appointment.
To give you the best care we possibly can we like to learn as much about your health, and what might be affecting it, before your first consultation. So the next step is to complete an “Initial Assessment Questionnaire”. You can read more about this below…
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ollowing your booking confirmation, if you have email, we will email you a link to complete an “Initial Assessment Questionnaire”.
You can complete it in a few moments in the comfort of your own home, before coming to the clinic, and we will have it all ready for your chiropractor. Don’t worry if you do not have email. You can arrive a few minutes before your appointment and complete it in the clinic.
The questionnaire, and short follow up versions, are a very important part of your care. They help us learn as much about you and your health as we can and to measure progress during treatment.
By completing the questionnaire prior to your first consultation we can use your time with the chiropractor more effectively to get you the help you need.
The form collects information about your medical history, along with any relevant family medical history, previous treatments you may have had, information about your work/lifestyle and the levels of pain you have been experiencing and how the pain affects your life.
The Initial Assessment Questionnaire takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. After completing it you are ready for your first consultation session, about which you can read more below…
he first consultation takes up to an hour and consists of a thorough conversation about your current problem and a comprehensive physical examination.
Examination can include observing your posture and the way you walk, palpation of the spine and/or other joints and muscles, specific orthopaedic tests which help us diagnosis your problem and testing of your nervous system including muscle and reflex tests.
Following the examination, a comprehensive report of findings will be given to you – i.e. we will explain what we think is going on, and the best way forward, whether this is commencing chiropractic treatment, referring you for further imaging such as an x-ray or MRI scan, or referring you to another healthcare professional who can help.
If chiropractic care is appropriate for you, we will explain the prognosis (the likely or potential health outcome) of your complaint, how many treatments we predict you will need and the cost of the treatment plan.
When you are happy with this information and decide to proceed, treatment can begin. For straightforward complaints treatment can often begin at this first consultation session.
During the first consultation you will be asked for your consent to an examination and we will also ask for your consent to commence the treatment plan if you are happy with what we propose.
As the initial consultation is very thorough, we have hospital type gowns for you to change into. There is a private changing area but if you have any concerns about this, please just let us know.
After your first consultation session, with your consent, we will write to your GP with our diagnosis to make sure they are kept up to speed.
If it is possible and appropriate to do so treatment will have commenced in your first consultation session. Most treatment will take place in follow up treatments sessions about which you can read more below…
t the initial consultation we will let you know how many treatments we think you will need and what the cost is likely to be. Subsequent follow-up treatments last between 20-30 minutes.
The amount of days in between treatments is tailored to the individual and what will work best. To start with, treatment will focus on reducing pain levels and improving your mobility.
Treatment may involve a number of chiropractic techniques such as manipulation or mobilisation of joints, soft tissue massage, dry needling (western medical acupuncture) alongside advice and exercises you can do to improve your core stability and the way in which you move.
The type of treatment used will be discussed with you first to make sure you are comfortable with it.
You can find out a bit more about chiropractic in general and the treatments involved in the section ‘About Chiropractic’.