What to Expect
Your initial consultation is where we gather all the relevant information about you including your health and medical history, lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress levels, occupation, etc.) and health goals. We take a thorough history of you as an individual and then proceed to accurately assess your posture using weighing scales and digital posture equipment (Posture Screen). A full examination including orthopaedic, neurological and Chiropractic assessment of your spine and extremities allows us to gather all the relevant biomechanical information about you. If x-rays are indicated from our history and examination findings then we have the ability to take on-site pictures of your spine. These are processed on the same day and we then study them using digital analysis software (Posture Ray).
On your next visit which is called the Report of Findings, we inform you on your current spinal health status with emphasis on your posture, spinal curves and the general health of your spinal soft tissues (discs, ligaments and muscles). If we can help you to improve your spinal health, we will recommend a program of Chiropractic care including postural, exercise and lifestyle advice. If you are happy to proceed with the recommended plan then we start the program with your first Chiropractic spinal adjustments. We then schedule your appointments for the duration of your recommended plan and at the end of your plan we carry out an in-depth re-examination where we record the improvements made in your posture and spinal health. Further recommendations and advise are given at this stage accordingly.
Phases of a Spinal Care Program at Advanced Spinal Care
There are three separate phases of care that we offer at Advanced Spinal Care in order to offer you the optimal service in spinal health.
1 The Initial Phase is directed at improving the motion of your spinal joints, reducing any joint inflammation, associated muscle spasm and nerve irritation. Most of this phase requires regular specific Chiropractic spinal adjustments although some gentle stretching and strengthening exercises may be employed as well. Initial care normally lasts between 4-8 weeks and is case dependent.
2 The Rehabilitive Phase is directed at improving the strength and flexibility of the soft tissues of the spine and the core. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are still necessary during this phase but are given with less regularity than the initial phase. Exercise and traction programs are given to the patient to do in our clinic and at home and the regularity of visits is case dependent.
3 The Maintenance Phase as suggested by its name, is directed at maintaining all the spinal improvements that have been accomplished in the initial and rehabilitative phases respectively. The regularity of maintenance adjustments is case dependent.
We perform re-examinations of your posture and spine after every 12 visits of care to show you your progress and for us to monitor your ongoing spinal health.
Common Presentations and Conditions
One of the philosophical principles of Chiropractic is that the body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism; Chiropractic adjustments to the spine reduce nerve irritation which improves functioning of the body as a whole. However, many people who first present to our clinic are suffering with pain and these commonly include the following:
Headaches, migraines, balance problems, neck and low back pain, sciatica, shoulder/elbow/wrist pains, hip/knee/ankle and foot pains, arthritis, disc herniation and degeneration, tendonitis, ligament injury, sacro-iliac pains, jaw problems, joint pain, fatigue, whiplash, trapped nerves, scoliosis, kyphosis, groin pain and misaligned posture.