What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healing art which has been practised for over a century using only the skills of our hands as the tools for treatment. Chiropractic is the third largest branch of healthcare in the western world behind medicine and dentistry.
Chiropractors are neuromuscular-skeletal specialists and as such, assess, diagnose and treat conditions of the joints, muscles and nervous system. The majority of conditions are the result of mechanical stresses applied to the body through normal activities of daily living, poor posture and progressive wear and tear as the body naturally ages.
Our treatment consists of a wide variety of manipulative techniques designed to improve function and range of motion of the joints to relieve pain and muscle spasm.
All our chiropractors tailor their treatments to patient’s individual requirements with respect to: the condition, age, size, additional medical disorders, and personal preferences. No two people are the same, therefore we rely on multiple treatment techniques to provide the most suitable care for our patient’s needs.
Techniques we frequently used are:
Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) is a particularly low force system of chiropractic originally developed by Dr M.B. DeJarnette. Best known for cranial work, SOT also involves detailed analysis and correction of the spine, pelvis, extremities and visceral system.
Diversified technique (DT) is the most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors and is characterised by a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust applied to specific joints with the aim to increase movement and restore normal function.
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique uses a small handheld, adjustable spring loaded instrument which delivers high speed but low force adjustments to specific joints. The treatment method and device was created by Arlan Fuhr as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints and is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique.
This is an advanced massage technique used for stretching soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. This technique targets specific areas of tension within a muscle and is commonly used to ease the pain caused by muscle tension restoring its normal function
Trigger points, are described as hyper-irritable spots in the fascia (which is the connective tissue that surrounds skeletal muscles). They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Pain frequently radiates from these points into the surrounding area and can often cause weakness within the affected muscle. Treatment consist of direct pressure release and stretching techniques.
What to Expect
For your first visit, we request that you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment time in order complete our new patient documents. We will require contact details and information on your medical history (including any medication you are currently taking). The appointment will last approximately 1 hour during this we will cover:
During the consultation, we will go through your completed paperwork taking a detailed history of your past and present medical conditions. This will provide us with a clear picture of your overall medical health and it will enable us to tailor our treatment techniques to any specific medical needs that you may have. We will then take an in-depth history of your current neuromuscular-skeletal complaint(s). Typically, we will want to know:
- When and how did the pain start?
- Where is it located?
- A description of the pain: sharp/dull/burning/ throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continuous?
- What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?
Following the consultation, a thorough physical examination will be performed. This will generally include:
- A postural analysis
- Spinal and muscle assessments
- Relevant orthopaedic and neurological tests
Should we deem it necessary that you require any further tests (i.e. x-rays or MRI) you typically will be referred back to your GP.
Once we have obtained all the necessary information we will provide you the details of what we have found during your examination. This will include:
- A working diagnosis for your presenting complaint
- A plan of Management: should we think that chiropractic treatment can help you, we will explain your prognosis, discussing the quantity and frequency of any subsequent treatments that you may require. At Evolution Health we do not believe in long term care contracts. With us, you will never have to pay in advance for treatment. During this part we will also explain the treatment techniques we propose using.
- Questions & Answers: Although we thoroughly encourage our patients to actively participate during their first visit by asking questions at any point, we will always ensure that you have no further questions or queries before proceeding.
If no further examinations or investigations are required, and the both the patient and the chiropractor are happy we will obtain your written consent to proceed. You will then receive your first treatment. At Evolution Health patient comfort is always important to us and we will continually adapt our techniques to suit your needs.
During your report of findings, it will be explained to you how some patients will require more than one visit due to the severity or chronicity of the complaint. At Evolution Health, it is always our aim to ‘get you better’ as quickly as possible. We are continuously monitoring your progression and adjust your treatments and the frequency as needed.
During your appointments, we will require access to your spine and extremities therefore we will provide you with suitable clothing. Men are provided with shorts to wear while women are asked to undress down to their underwear and provided with a suitable clinic gown with fastenings at the back. Dressing gowns are also provided for your comfort and warmth. Should you have any concerns about the required clinic attire then please don’t hesitate to contact us prior to booking.