Your first appointment begins with a discussion of your symptoms and/or goals of treatment (which includes a full medical case history) and then a full physical examination. The meaning of the results of your physical examination and case history will be explained to you, so that you have a clear idea of what is likely to be causing your symptoms and why they have arisen. A treatment plan can then be discussed and, with your agreement, treatment can begin.
Sometimes, further investigation may be necessary, and if so, this will be discussed with you. Further investigation is usually arranged by letter to your GP, and always with your consent.
Do I need to bring any medical information?
Please bring a list of all medication which you are currently taking, together with the results of any blood tests, x-rays or scans. X-rays, MRIs and other medical imaging tests are usually accompanied by a written report – please bring this too.
What will the physical examination involve?
The physical examination is used to assess what is likely to be causing your symptoms, and how each part of your body is influencing the symptomatic area and your overall health. You may be asked to perform some simple movements, and where relevant, other tests may be carried out, including taking reflexes or blood pressure.
To appropriately examine and treat your body, it may necessary for you to temporarily dress down to your underwear. Alternatively, you can bring a change of clothing (e.g. vest and shorts), or a chaperone, if you prefer. If you do have any concerns, please feel free to contact Yan.
What will happen during treatment?
Treatments are tailored specifically to you, using a range of safe and gentle manual techniques, which most people find relaxing. You may also be given postural and lifestyle advice, or simple take-home exercises to do between visits in order to support your treatment.
Will my spine be manipulated/“clicked”?
Spinal manipulation is one of many different treatment techniques which can be used to safely help improve the mobility of your spine. Depending on your individual circumstances, spinal manipulation may not be the best tool for the job. However, if it does appear that spinal manipulation could be beneficial for you, then this option, together with alternative approaches will be discussed with you, allowing you to choose a method of treatment which you are most comfortable with.
Are there any side effects to treatment?
You may occasionally experience slight soreness or achiness following treatment, as your body adjusts to the changes made during treatment. This usually lasts no more than 24-48 hours, and if you do have any concerns, please feel free to contact Yan.
How many treatments will I need?
The speed at which you respond to treatment will be influenced by how complicated your symptoms and underlying body imbalances are, and also the ability of your body to absorb and incorporate the effects of treatment. In most uncomplicated cases, 2-4 treatments are required, however, if your symptoms are recurrent or long-standing, a consistent, longer-term approach can often be helpful.