Your 1st Visit
The first visit is important for establishing your state of health, how we may be able to help you and your health goals for now and in the future. Your Chiropractor will first conduct a full examination of your spine and look at your health history in detail, and you may be referred for Xrays if necessary. It is also important that you discuss your health and wellness goals with us and we establish a plan to achieve them. This happens in a number of steps:
1 Health History Form/Questionnaire
Upon entering our office, our Chiropractic Assistant will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our Health History Form. This form provides us with your health history and information on your condition, and your Chiropractor will discuss this with you as part of your initial consultation.
2 Initial Consultation
At your initial consultation, your chiropractor will discuss your case history with you and perform a complete chiropractic physical examination, including posture, movement, neurological and orthopaedic tests where appropriate. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
As well as physical examinations, your chiropractor may also look at and discuss with you any chemical/toxicity and emotional stressors that may be impacting upon your health. We encourage you to ask questions and provide as much information as you can to your chiropractor – this helps us to conduct a comprehensive evaluation and help you on the way to achieving your health goals.
If necessary, a referral for X-Rays may be organised prior to your 2nd visit with us. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us to any serious spinal conditions.
Your X-Rays (if required) will be 100% claimable via Medicare. If you are referred for X-Rays you will be booked in by one of our assistants for your Report of Findings Visit (2nd visit), where the Chiropractor will go through the X-Ray results with you, so that you understand what they mean, and so that you can ask questions.
Please note: not all clients require X-Rays. Because of the nature of X-Rays we do not routinely refer for X-Rays unless they are clinically warranted. Pregnant Women are not referred for Xrays and Children are also not routinely referred for X-Rays.
Your 2nd Visit
Report of Findings
At your initial consultation, we will schedule a 2nd Visit for you, which we call the Report of Findings Visit. We usually schedule this for as soon as you are able to return, however if you are referred for X-Rays, this will need to be done first.
Prior to this visit, your Chiropractor will have taken the time to review the information in your health history form, and correlate this with your physical examination results, in addition to any X-Rays you may have had taken. Based on all of this information, your Chiropractor will then provide recommendations for your care, taking into consideration any presenting condition and your short and long term health goals.
Our Chiropractic Care plans are designed to not only restore health and function, but to help you to transition to a wellness-based lifestyle and a preventative approach to health, with the maintenance of a healthy spine. During the Report of Findings visit, we will discuss and answer 3 important questions/issues:
- What exactly is the problem (if any) – are there any misalingments of the spine. If so, where are they and how will they impact upon your health?
- How we can help correct the problem, and how we can help with your overall health goals.
- What is the recommended schedule of care for you to achieve your health goals.
We may also refer you to consult with other health care providers at this visit if necessary. We will also make any additional recommendations that will help you to achieve your health goals, including recommendations for exercise and ways to reduce stress or emotional stressors that are impacting upon your health.
We encourage you to ask lots of questions at this visit, as our aim is for you to have a complete understanding of what the problem is, what has caused it, how we can address it, and the estimated time it will take for your care. Once all of your questions have been answered, we will continue with your chiropractic adjustments and providing the best care for your needs.
Your chiropractor will recommend a schedule of care for you, and our Chiropractic Assistants will help you to find a time that suits you to come in and see us for your regular adjustments. Please refer to our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) for further information about adjustments, regularity of visits, and how chiropractic care works.
Rest assured that our Chiropractors are friendly and approachable, and will answer any questions that you have. We work with you to help achieve your health goals.
We encourage you to book future visits in advance to ensure that you are able to attend at a time that is suitable for you. There are certain times of the day that are quite popular and most of our clients schedule in advance to ensure that they can attend on a day that they prefer. However our team is committed to making sure you get an appointment when you need it and we will try to give you options for appointments where we can.