We think it’s really important that you play a central and active role in formulating your care plan. We’ll work closely with you to make sure that you understand how and why we make our recommendations so that you can make the most informed decision possible.
Time: You should allow at least forty-five minutes for your initial consultation. Please arrive a few minutes early to fill in your history form
What to wear: Wear comfortable, loose clothing as some disrobing may be required in order to see how your body is moving.
What to bring: You should bring with you any relevant X-rays, scans and medical reports.
The initial consultation will include a thorough discussion of your medical history, a clinical examination and subsequent treatment if needed. The physical examination may include postural assessment, observations of movement, range-of-motion testing, assessment of muscular tension or weakness as well as relevant orthopaedic and neurological testing.
Treatment usually involves hands-on techniques that aim to restore normal joint motion, improve muscular tone and function and relieve pain. The techniques used will vary from person to person as some people respond well to gentle techniques, while others require stronger techniques such as deep tissue massage, manipulation or active stretching.
An exercise component may be included in the session in order to strengthen certain muscles groups and help you improve the way you move. Treatment sessions will also often include an educational element, to ensure that you learn about your injury and how to prevent it in the future. If you have chronic pain, then the mechanisms underlying chronic pain may be explained and strategies to control long-term pain may be discussed.
Our aim is to educate you on how to best manage your condition so that you can lead the life you want. We often get asked how many follow-up treatments an individual will need. Some people may only need two or three treatments, while others may need more. While the number of treatments will vary depending on the issue, we do not want you to return indefinitely with no improvement. This is why we assess how treatment is progressing at every session.
A major component of treatment is self-management. We want to empower you to be able to help your body to function at its best. Self-management may involve discussions around how you can modify your activities or environment to help you manage at home and on-the-go. Or you may be given stretches or strengthening exercises, to help you speed up your recovery process. Discussions on management outside the treatment room are tailored to your specific needs and may address postural and ergonomic factors, relaxation strategies or focus on stretching and strengthening exercises.
Our goal is to provide quality individualised care in a timely manner. “No-shows” and late cancellations inconvenience those individuals who need access to care. Please give us at least 24 hours’ notice if you are unable to make your appointment time. Our full cancellation policy can be viewed here.