Chiropractic is the health profession concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. There is an emphasis on manual treatments, including spinal adjustment and other soft-tissue manipulation (World Federation of Chiropractic 2001).
What do we treat?
Chiropractic treats a wide variety of conditions, not just the spine. We can successfully treat the following:
- Acute and chronic low back pain.
- Neck pain.
- Shoulder pain.
- Wrist / elbow / hand pain.
- Hip pain.
- Knee / ankle / foot pain.
On your first visit you will need to complete a consent form and a medical history questionnaire prior to your consultation, so we ask you to attend a few minutes before your appointment time. As part of your consultation, we will undertake a thorough case history review, discussing any past medical problems or accidents that may need to be taken into consideration for your proposed treatment plan. A full physical, neurological and orthopaedic examination will be performed, after which you will be presented with an explanation of your condition and how it can be treated with chiropractic, if appropriate. All this will all take around 50 minutes. Sometimes further tests will be required before treatment can commence.