Your chiropractor will first take a case history regarding your general health as well as details of your symptoms. This will help in assessing and analysing your particular problem. They will then examine you using neurological and orthopaedic testing which will help identify the cause of the problem and aid in the development of a working diagnosis and treatment plan should they feel that chiropractic treatment would benefit you. The chiropractor will talk through the diagnosis and treatment plan with you and answer any questions. They will not commence any treatment before gaining your consent to treat.
Your chiropractor will then make the appropriate adjustments to your joints where necessary. Massage is also used where required. Chiropractors have a very finely tuned sense of touch, which enables them to detect any problem areas effectively. Upon locating a problem, your chiropractor will use one of a number of light, swift and precise techniques to adjust a joint.
Sometimes, your chiropractor will need to discuss lifestyle changes with you, as diet, exercise and stress levels can all impact strongly on your overall health. To help prevent the problem from reoccurring, you may receive postural advice to help your body get the most benefit from the adjustments you have received, and to raise your awareness of simple things that you may be doing every day which may be exacerbating your problem. You may also be given some basic exercises or stretches to do if your chiropractor feels that would be beneficial.
If your chiropractor discovers or suspects a condition which requires medical intervention, they will refer you to your GP. You may be referred for an MRI scan or X-ray, if clinically necessary, in order to fully assess your condition.