New Patient Exam and Initial Treatment:
The Initial appointment includes a full patient history including past medical history, and history of current problem. The initial exam will include vitals, neurological exam, range of motion, orthopedic tests, movement screen and chiropractic exam in order to fully diagnose the problem. Following the exam your chiropractor will give a full Report of Findings, explaining the condition, recommended treatment, and expected outcome. Your Chiropractor may laisse with your GP when further tests, imaging, or consultant referral is needed.
A treatment plan will be recommended by your Chiropractor, treatments typically include chiropractic manipulation, IASTM, dry needling, rehabilitative exercise, and kinesiology taping. Your treatment will be customised to your unique condition.
Manipulation involves the chiropractor using their hands to apply a quick, precise thrust to a restrictive joint. During the manipulation there may be a popping sound (similar to the cracking sound heard when one cracks their knuckles). This is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping as pressure is released in the fluid of the joints. Chiropractic manipulation is designed to free stiff or restricted joints. The manipulation provides at neuro-muscular stimulation to muscles surrounding a joint in order to improve mobility and relieve pain.
Is a form of Medical Acupuncture, not to be confused with traditional Chinese acupuncture. Dry needling follows Western Medical principles and is supported by research for the treatment of myofascial (muscular) pain. It involves inserting a very thin, sterile “dry needle” into the skin into painful areas of the muscle (trigger points). The needle provides a sensory stimulus to the underlying muscle helping relieve pain, improving range of motion, and improving biomechanics. Your chiropractor utilizes dry needling as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft-tissue Mobilisation):
IASTM is a form of tool assisted massage designed to decrease pain, improve range of motion, and enhance mobility. The techniques used are very gentle and designed to enhance movement by stimulating free nerve ending and mechanoreceptors under the skin, embedded in your fascia. This make the patient more aware of the area, which helps in recruiting appropriate muscles allowing for proper movement, enhancing rehabilitative exercise, and recovery from the injury.
Moving and moving well are an important component in recovering from an injury. Many injuries occur due to stress on tissues from moving improperly. Rehabilitative exercise is necessary to restore pain free range of motion and proper movement patterns. This in turn will help decrease pain and ultimately allow you to perform optimally. Your chiropractor will include rehabilitative exercises as part of your treatment plan.
Kinesiology Tape is a flexible tape made from nylon and organic cotton which aids in the reduction of pain, reduces swelling, improve posture, and can aid performance. It is commonly seen on athletes, but can be used for everyday lower back, neck, shoulder, knee, elbow, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Kinesiology tape lifts the skin which improves the gliding action of the skin over the muscle tissue. This lifting of skin also provides decompression which can play a role reducing inflammation. Also, the sensation of tape on skin provides a neuro-sensory stimulation which can aid in reducing pain and improve movement. Finally, the tape can provide a gentle 24/7 cue to improve posture and improve joint position.