What to expect at your first visit
LaHave River Chiropractic & Health Centre - Bridgewater Nova Scotia
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Your chiropractor may be treating your back pain, neck pain, headache, or other aches and pains, but he or she needs a complete picture of your health history and overall current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you.

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Dr. Laura Flynn receives a spinal scan from LaHave River Chiro support team member Irene Delaney.

Set aside 45 - 60 minutes for your first visit to our office. (Future visits typically last around 15 minutes depending on the treatment.)
Your chiropractor will ask you about:

It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor. You may be asked to change into a gown or shorts for an examination. The examination will likely include neurological testing (reflexes for example) and other tests to evaluate your musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It may include a postural analysis and an analysis of how your body moves. The chiropractor may observe how you walk, turn or bend and may use their hands to assess the spine and areas of pain.

You may also have a "spinal scan" which is a painless, noninvasive series of tests (not X-ray) to examine you.

On your first visit, your chiropractor may ask about the following:

Tips for appointments with your chiropractor

Bring a copy of any X-rays or radiology reports you have. These assessments give your chiropractor a better picture of your complete health. He or she will make a diagnosis, prescribe a course of treatment, and once the matter of informed consent has been discussed, treatment usually begins.

If your chiropractor diagnoses a condition more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he or she will make a referral.

Your chiropractor may ask you to change into a gown to perform some of these tests:

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Stages of chiropractic care

Your treatment from the chiropractor, regardless of the stage of care, will often include exercise, diet and other healthy living suggestions to help keep you healthy and strong.

Your chiropractor will discuss a schedule of care, which will depend on your specific circumstances. For some people chiropractic treatment is like a regular tune-up, to help deal with the daily wear and tear of life. For others, it's simply an effective treatment when pain or discomfort strikes.

Take the time to discuss with your chiropractor the treatment plan that's best for you.

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