First Visit

What will happen when I visit a chiropractor?

You speak, we listen.
That’s the first thing that happens when you visit Cleve Chiropractic – because we’re here to help you. Whether you’re troubled by a niggling sports injury or an annoying twinge in your back, we offer the expert advice and treatments that can put you right.
During your first consultation, we’ll take details of all your relevant medical history and, most importantly, find out how you’re feeling right now.
You tell us why you’ve called to see us … we’ll tell you if we can help. A quick diagnosis could mean we’re able to get you safely back on the right track – with the minimum of fuss.
One of our experienced chiropractors will carefully examine the area or areas causing you pain or giving you trouble – then we’ll decide if chiropractic is the right road for you.
If we discover that your particular problem is outside the scope of chiropractic, we can refer you to an appropriate specialist.
If it’s clinically justified, an X-ray may be taken or requested, in order to assist a successful and thorough diagnosis. Also, through many years of working with top athletes, we have links to some excellent specialists and, if required, can easily refer you to a local clinic for an MRI scan on your injury.
At Cleve Chiropractic, you’ll quickly realise that you are in safe hands.

Does this mean that treatment will start on the first visit?

Not necessarily. If you are X-rayed on your first visit, the chiropractor will often prefer to wait until they have studied your X-rays before starting treatment. In this case, on your second visit, the chiropractor will explain the findings before starting treatment and, if they are not able to help, you will be advised. At this point, if necessary, the chiropractor will refer you to a general practitioner. Treatment will vary according to the problem but usually involves specific manipulation (called adjustment) of the spine.

What should I wear?

You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable but it’s certainly a good idea to have loose fitting clothing.
If you have any concerns or special requirements, don’t hesitate to let us know. We will be able to answer all your questions and put you at ease.

How many visits will I need?

The number of treatments varies considerably from one individual to the next. The average patient who suffers from back pain attends a chiropractor for six to eight sessions. However, the number of required treatments for your particular condition will depend upon its severity and your response to treatment.

How will I react to the treatment?

The response to chiropractic treatment varies from patient to patient. Some notice an immediate improvement, whereas others may take a few sessions to feel the benefit. Initially, improvement is often temporary but becomes longer lasting with subsequent treatments. Sometimes, you may feel better immediately after a chiropractic session treatment but this might not happen until the next day, or even longer.
treatment_upper_back It’s not unusual to have a reaction, especially following the first treatment, either later that day or the next day. This may involve soreness, stiffness or aching.
Some patients feel energetic following a chiropractic adjustment and others may experience a feeling of relaxation or tiredness due to the sudden release of muscular tension and endorphins.
We’re all different – patients seldom get better at a constant rate but, at Cleve Chiropractic, you can rest assured that we’ll guide you all the way. We always have your best interests at heart.
Following a course of treatment, some patients require an occasional check-up to make sure they maintain their improvement. If the trouble should recur, it can often be cleared up in relatively few treatments if not left too long before the chiropractor is consulted again.
Some patients who do not benefit are those who expect immediate improvement and, failing to respond at once, discontinue treatment.
Following your chiropractor’s advice always helps the chances of improvement.