Your First Visit
When you meet Dr Baillie for the first time, she will ask you to complete a medical case history all about you, which she will discuss and go through with you as well as your overall health and your reasons for asking for chiropractic help.
Dr Baillie will then need to examine you, at which point you may be asked to perform certain tests, mainly concentrating on the musculoskeletal system, although it may be necessary to check other areas of the body such as heart, lungs and abdomen, to rule out other causes. If chiropractic appears not to be suitable for you, you will be referred to your GP or relevant specialist.
After the initial consultation and examination, your chiropractor may offer you treatment almost immediately, if it is indicative to do so. However, it may be delayed if you need to be referred for an X-Ray or MRI / CT scan, depending upon the findings.
A Report of Findings will be scheduled after the first visit to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific adjustments, done by hand, to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. This may involve a short thrust to a joint that can result in an audible crack, which is gas releasing from the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released. Apart from the adjustment, your chiropractor may use a variety of techniques including trigger point release within the muscles, stretching techniques, the use of heat, ice and home exercises.