The doctors will perform an examination on the first visit and depending on the complexity of the condition may provide a report of findings and treatment on the same visit. Treatment recommendations are made during the report of findings and may include some or all of the following:
- Adjustments to key joint dysfunctions
- Modalities to improve soft tissue healing and pain control (ultrasound, electrical stimulation and traction)
- Myofascial work including: trigger point release, muscular stretching and facilitation techniques, and cross fibre friction massage.
- Exercises to improve muscles balance, strength, and coordination
- Patient education to improve posture and motor control
- Nutritional advice and education
- Advice regarding the application of heat/cold
- Indeed, specific medical referral will be made if the doctors deems it necessary
Importantly, our doctors will establish specific goals for your chiropractic treatment plan.
- Short term goals for chiropractic treatment – to reduce pain and restore normal joint function and muscle balance
- Long term goals for chiropractic treatment – to restore functional independence and tolerance to normal activities of daily living
To reach these goals and depending on the nature of your condition, the doctors may suggest that you receive a series of chiropractic visits. An example would be 1 to 3 chiropractic visits per week for 2 to 4 weeks followed by a re-examination.
At the re-examination, the response to treatment will be determined and one of the following decisions will be made:
- Continue chiropractic treatment if appropriate;
- Release you from chiropractic care if your goals have been met; or
- Referral to another healthcare specialist if your condition requires additional care to fully recover.