What to Expect
"You think like a physio-therapist"
This remark was made to me when I disagreed with a chiropractor's methods. All too often I hear horrendous accounts from clients about how their previous practitioner over-treated them; did the exact same adjustments during every session; or only spent 10 minutes in the room. This is not how I work.
On this page I have outlined how I aim to deliver the very best in Chiropractic care and movement health.
Highest Standard of Care
Therapist are those:"who use a particular kind of therapy"; however a clinician is "qualified to improve the health of an individual". At all times I aim to improve your physical health by implementing different strategies at different times.
Some people come in desperate to get out of pain, others wish to be just checked over and given some advice, and sometimes an athlete seeks assistance with improving their performance. Whatever the health goal, its individual, therefore treatment will be catered to these needs.
One of the primary areas of contention in the world of Chiropractic is people being signed up to 12 or 24 sessions to help resolve their complaint. In my opinion this is completely unnecessary. The literature supports the notion you should see significant results within 4-6 sessions.
A report will be sent to you after consultation that you can use to discuss with a Medical Doctor or Consultant. It is very important to understand what is happening and know why your treatment plan may focus on areas distant from the area of complaint.
It is an interesting concept market value. I have seen many Chiropractic Clinics charge a lot and deliver little. I aim to be accessible to everyone in need of my help and therefore my prices are kept within reach.
Each session aims to build upon the last. This means that different areas will be targeted at different sessions. Never the same treatment over and over again. Reassessment at every visit with constant progression of movement goals.
30 minute Sessions
This gives enough time to re-evaluate how much progress was made since the previous session and give focus on what the next area that needs attention should be. It also provides time to review any home exercises prescribed and give progressions.
The primary 4 areas of expertise I have are Functional Chiropractic, Movement and Rehabilitation, Nutritional Support, and Stress Reduction. These are each vast subjects and you can find more information on each of these areas billow.
Restore functional movement and strength to areas that need attention
Helping injury recovery and increased health in the musculoskeletal system
Mindfulness, breathing and emotional freedom help to release tension
Progressive Treatment Stages
Each person has a unique journey and different health goals. That said, progressive stages of movement function require time and using the right approach.
I have outlined the general path that I guide people on:
Acute phase of Care
Restorative Phase of Care
Each session aims to build upon the last and therefore the focus may change from symptom relief to movement control; functional range; or foot mechanics. My aim is not just to prescribe you some useful exercises, but to teach you the principles that will be of most help. The ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools that allow you to move through life effortlessly.
The consultation lasts an hour and is a chance to discuss symptoms and health goals. Relevant medical history and past injuries will also be discussed.
Following the case history a physical examination will be performed tailored to your needs. This will involve a combination of neurological, orthopaedic, and functional assessments. You will only be asked to remove your footwear and any items of jewellery. It is best to wear something comfortable.
A diagnosis and treatment plan will be given on conclusion of the examination. Any questions you may have will be answered and, if appropriate, a treatment will be included in this session.
Acute Phase of Care
The acute phase of care involves the initial course of treatments. These last approximately 30 minutes per session and are prescribed weekly or fortnightly, depending on what the issue is, and what your health goals might be.
Pain is a sign that your body is no longer coping with the demand placed upon it and these initial visits are all about trying to alleviate some of that discomfort.
Treatments will likely involve joint manipulation, soft tissue release and some introductory exercises. It is normal to see improvements within just a few sessions.
Restorative Phase of Care
The restorative phase starts when symptoms have somewhat subsided. Assessment will focus on how well your body is performing different tasks.
The aim is to ensure continued improvement while looking at those areas that may have contributed toward the complaint. Time between sessions will be longer, around 4 to 6 weeks.
Movement patterns and home exercises will be prescribed to help strengthen those areas that need to be improved. As the body progresses sessions will focus on how well the movement patterns have been integrated and further progression will be advised. Each session aims to build upon the last.
Once you are working a lot better you can consider maintenance visits. The aim of these sessions will be to revisit any troublesome areas and help maintain good movement and function before symptoms begin.
Postural-induced stress and compensatory patterns wage war on the body and therefore it is good to get checked over every now and then.
If there is a structural issue such as a scoliosis or a leg length difference then it is a good idea to be checked over a good few times a year. Similarly if your job requires a lot of physical exertion or postural stress then maintenance visits would help to manage that stress. If however you are young and keep fit then perhaps once a year is all that would be needed.