Healthy For Life

Commonly asked questions

What can I expect on my first visit?

Before you visit us for the first time, we would like you to fill in a basic questionnaire giving brief details of your current problem, any other previous or current health problems, family medical history and current relevant lifestyle information.

These forms are available for you to download so that you can fill them in at your leisure before your appointment. Otherwise we would ask you to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

What do I wear?

On your first visit you may be asked to change into an examination gown if you are a lady, men may be asked to change down to their underwear  (please bring shorts to wear if you prefer). However on subsequent visits this may not be necessary, but it would be great if you wore loose fitting clothes to make your visit more comfortable.

How long will my first appointment take and what will the chiropractor do?

Your first consultation with the chiropractor may take up to an hour. Firstly the chiropractor will listen to you describe your problem and ask you questions to gain all the relevant information. After taking this thorough case history, the chiropractor will perform a full examination including orthopaedic and neurological tests and chiropractic analysis, to find out what is wrong and determine if chiropractic care will help. Here at healthy for life every patient will also have other important health screening tests done. These will help us to tailor your care to meet your specific health needs and to track your progress more accurately.  After the history and examination the chiropractor will discuss the findings with you and should be able to give you a diagnosis and discuss with you an appropriate care plan.

Will I need X-rays?

X-rays are not taken routinely as part of the examination but if the chiropractor feels that they are clinically indicated a referral can be arranged for those, alternatively if you have had previous X-rays taken that are relevant to your current condition the chiropractor can resource those. In some cases it is necessary for other tests to be done that require outside skills or facilities, for example blood tests or MRI scans and again, we would normally liaise with the relevant practitioners to achieve this.

What is an Adjustment?

Having used the NeuroImpulse protocol to identify the joint(s) in your body that are causing the most interference to the nerves, the chiropractor will adjust that joint. Fingertip pressure is applied to the joint in a specific location in a precise direction for a specific length of time followed by a high speed but low amplitude thrust. The minimum pressure necessary will be used with the objective of restoring nerve function to and from that joint. Then as normal nerve function returns, this will help restore movement at the joint segment, decrease muscle spasm, improve muscle strength and compensation patterns else where in the body may disappear.

Will I receive treatment on the 1st visit?

The chiropractor will discuss what treatment programme will be appropriate for you. You should have your first adjustment at your consultation visit unless there is a clinical reason why you can’t be treated that day.

How will I feel after an adjustment?

Everybody is different! Some people can feel great afterwards, but others can feel a bit achey initially. Your chiropractor will be happy to reassure you as to what is ‘normal’! Also as a general rule acute, recent conditions often respond more quickly, whereas chronic, long-standing problems generally take longer to respond. Most importantly, care goes beyond the relief of symptoms and concentrates on long-term good health through preventative measures which may include chiropractic care.
What happens at my follow up visit?
Routine visits will usually take 15 minutes but as part of our treatment programme you will have scheduled reassessment visits which will last approx. 30 minutes for no extra charge. At these visits we will redo some of the initial screening tests so that we can check on your progress, this is vital as presence or absence of symptoms only tells us half of the story!

What makes us vulnerable to neuromusculoskeletal problems?

The most common questions we get asked as chiropractors by patients are “why did this happen and what can I do to stop it happening again?” We have found that many short-term problems are the result of long term imbalances. This means that what you’re experiencing now in terms of pain and dysfunction could have been building up for a long time. As with many types of health problem, the main causes are sedentary living/physical injury, poor nutritional intake and excessive mental/emotional stress.  

What can I do to prevent problems coming back?

The simple answer is to address the stresses mentioned above. We know that’s easier said than done so our programme of care here at healthy for life is designed to help you address these issues by placing an emphasis on how we eat, move and think in conjunction with chiropractic care.