Normally an initial consultation will last from forty-five minutes to an hour. During this time, with your permission, the chiropractor will take a history and perform a physical examination in order to assess your presenting complaint and general health status. The chiropractor will check for symptoms and signs of conditions for which you may need to see your GP, or another health practitioner.
Following initial assessment, before treatment starts, the chiropractor will share with you details of what was found on examination and options for treatment. The likely benefits and risks of different management options will be discussed in order to help you make an informed choice. The chiropractor will be happy to respond to questions that you may have, so please don't be afraid to ask. Before any treatment is given the chiropractor will ask for your consent.
Treatment may be offered as part of the first appointment, but this will depend on the findings of assessment. Treatment visits are normally twenty to thirty minutes in length. In order to help with your condition a variety of different approaches may be taken, which might, for example, include the use of manual therapies (treatments given by hand), the prescription of exercises, psychological interventions and advice on self-management. The management strategies employed emphasise movement, taking a mechanical or functional view of the body. Most conditions require of course of treatments.
Please be aware
You may be asked to remove some items of clothing during your appointment in order to properly examine and/or treat you. Please tell the chiropractor if you are uncomfortable about this. We are able to offer a private area for changing and a gown to wear.
Like other forms of treatment, chiropractic can have side-effects. Following treatment some patients experience a temporary increase in pain, some experience stiffness or tiredness. Serious complications are very rare, but it is worth knowing that an association has been made between manipulation of the neck and stroke.
Putting you first
At Furness Chiropractic our primary purpose is to help you feel better. We try to keep in mind how we like to be treated and apply that understanding to our practice. In accordance with the standards expected of chiropractors by the General Chiropractic Council, the UK's chiropractic regulator, we aim to:
Put the health interests of patients first
Act with honesty and integrity
Provide a high standard of clinical care
Establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships
Provide accurate, relevant and clear information to enable decisions to be made by patients
Continue to learn, recognising and working within the limits of our knowledge and skills
Respect patient confidentiality