Many people wonder: what happens when I first visit a chiropractor?
Your first visit will last approximately one hour. During this time a full case history will be taken, with questions asked about your medical history and anything that may be relevant to your physical well-being. In addition, you may be asked to undress down to your underwear and you will be offered a gown to wear if you prefer.
You will be asked to consent to a Thermal and Surface Electromyography (SEMG) scan.
There may be further physical examinations which may include range of motion tests, palpation, neurological and orthopaedic tests, if necessary your blood pressure, pulse, heart and lungs may be checked.
Why does the chiropractor administer these tests?
The chiropractor administers these tests to learn more about your body. By so doing he or she will learn how best to treat you.
The two scans mentioned above detect and pinpoint abnormal function in the spine. Abnormal spinal function causes abnormal nervous system disturbance.
Your muscles are controlled by nerves.
The SEMG scan measures how well the nerves are working by reading the amount of current in the muscles. Spinal misalignment disturbs the function of the nerve causing abnormal electrical current flowing to your muscles. This will be indicated by colors and/or abnormal patterns on the scan.
The Thermal scan measures the skin temperature along the spine. This provides us with information to monitor the body’s autonomic nervous system which controls the blood vessels, organs and glands of the body for proper function.
The scans, together with any additional testing, provide the chiropractor with the information necessary to make an informed diagnosis of your condition and to prescribe the appropriate level of chiropractic care.
They are beneficial to your overall treatment, but if for whatever reason you don’t want to do any of the above, you are able to opt out
What happens next?
If the chiropractor and patient are agreed on the treatment plan, then the first adjustments will be performed following the physical examination.
Subsequent treatments will be scheduled and will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete.