Your First Chiropractic Visit

Wondering what to expect on your first visit?  A visit to our practice is similar to visiting your GP or other medical specialist.  As a chiropractor, I am a healthcare professional, and so follow a similar methodology to other practitioners.

History Taking

Your first consultation will start with history taking.  I will listen to you as you explain your problem, and will ask pertinent questions to help form a diagnosis.  The history will include information about:

  • Your main complaint or need (where it is, what caused it, what makes it worse or better etc.)
  • Your medical history (surgery, injuries, illnesses, medication etc.)
  • Your family history (illnesses or diseases in the family)
  • Your system review (digestive system, lungs, heart etc.)

 

Examination

In the next part of your consultation will include a pertinent physical examination in which I will perform specific tests to confirm the possible diagnosis:

  • Observation (body balance and alignment)
  • Routine tests (muscle strength, reflexes and skin sensitivity)
  • Special tests (for specific muscles, nerves and/or joints)

 

Treatment

After history taking and examination, I will be able to arrive at a possible diagnosis.  If more tests are required, you may be referred for x-rays or other special tests – or in some cases, referred to a specialist.  Depending on the diagnosis and how long the problem has persisted will influence the nature and number of treatments required.  I always carefully explain the possible diagnosis to every patient, the type of treatment I will give and my expectations (prognosis).  After changing into appropriate clothing (such as shorts and a gown), treatment for the average patient usually includes:

  • Soft tissue therapy (such as massage, dry needling, pressure (trigger) point release, stretches, soft tissue release, kinesiotape etc)
  • Chiropractic adjustments (click here for more information)

 

Post Treatment Care

After treatment, I send patients home with specific, relevant advice regarding exercises and stretches, lifestyle modification, ergonomic setup, posture and exercise routine.

Sandton Health Centre Chiropractor and Homeopath

54 Old Kilcullen Road
Corner William Nicol Drive & Peter Place
Hurlingham/Bryanston

Dr David Peyton 
0860 MY CHIRO
Tel: +27 (11) 463 6989
Email: david@sandtonhealth.co.za

Dr Pieter Engelbrecht
Tel: +27 (11) 463 7723
Email: pieter@sandtonhealth.co.za

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