offering you a helping hand
You will be asked further information, not just about the pain or complaint that may have brought you to the clinic, but about your past health history. Some of the questions may appear irrelevant, but they are extremely important to your chiropractor. To ensure that chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition he/she will need to establish an overall health picture. If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist.
Your details are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.
Please complete the form below and bring with you on your first visit. If you are not able to. Please attend your first appointment 20 mins earlier, thus giving you more time with the chiropractor.
Once your case history is complete, your chiropractor will examine you to confirm any early ideas about your problem. The examination will concentrate on your neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints), but it may also be necessary to check other things such as your heart, lungs and abdomen to rule out other causes; this thorough check up is a normal procedure in a chiropractor’s clinic. You will normally be referred to your GP if your chiropractor feels that this is appropriate.
Gowns are made available for you to wear for the examination, but not required usually in the future. As most treatments are performed with the patient fully clothed.
After your initial consultation and examination, your chiropractor may offer you treatment almost immediately. However, it may be delayed for a day or two if he/she needs to take or view X-rays or obtain further information from your GP (for example blood test results) and, where appropriate, refer you for an MRI/CT scan. Any imaging will only be requested where clinically justified, in line with current legislation and guidelines.
Before starting treatment, your chiropractor will tell you, in clear, simple language, what is wrong with you, what can be done about it, what you should expect and how much will it cost. When you receive your first adjustment you will receive a physical report of findings including postural images and receive recommendations about any modifications required in your activities and/or exercises including changes to your lifestyle or diet that may also be beneficial. A part of getting better is up to you, so please follow any instructions and advice carefully and completely.
You will also be advised of all costs that relate to your future care. It would be appropriate, at this point, for your chiropractor to tell you of any likelihood of a recurrence of your problem, and the possible need for any ongoing supportive care. This is not an unusual situation for patients who have had serious injuries, as well as those who have long term problems due to wear and tear to the joints.
Chiropractic treatment using Advanced Biostructural Correction ™ (ABC) involves safe, gentle and specific adjustments to the body.
Your chiropractor may use a wide variety of scientific solutions along your journey towards your goals. This can range from advise on standing, sitting, sleeping and other things including prescribed rehabilitative exercise and sparing strategies to complement corrective care. This includes advice about posture etc.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a wide range of other conditions. At Phelps Family Chiropractic, we are qualified to work on ALL areas from head to toe!
Will treatment hurt?
Generally, chiropractic treatment does not hurt – although there may be some minor short-term discomfort which quickly passes for most patients.
Are there any risks?
Chiropractic has fewer risks than many other treatments for your problem. Serious side effects are extremely uncommon. Your chiropractor will, of course, be happy to discuss all your concerns regarding treatment.