Choose to have your pre-consultation forms emailed to you or come to your appointment 15 minutes early. We encourage you to take time to relax before your appointment in our comfortable and welcoming lounge area. Children are welcome.
In the consultation rooms, we take a history and explore the nature of your presentation followed by a thorough examination to see how you stand, sit and move. We use several orthopaedic and neurological exam procedures to pinpoint the cause of your issue and you may be referred for x-rays if it is necessary.
After our evaluation, we put together a plan of action for your health concern for your approval and are able to tailor it according to your age, condition and preferences.
As our exams and procedures are physical please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing or you may change into a gown or bring shorts if you prefer.
Our subsequent visits involve following a ‘variation on a theme’ as your body changes and the content your appointments appropriately change with you. As your visits progress, exercises and rehabilitation will be introduced to help maintain and further your improvement.
Types of care
This stage of care refers to when somebody is not well and experiencing pain, pins and needles or unable to move properly. Pain is often a common motivator for visiting a health professional. It is your body’s alarm system letting you know that your body is injured. It may be soon after an injury or happen for no obvious reason. Painful areas in the body are often sore and inflamed at this stage and treatments are aimed towards pain reduction, reducing inflammation and protection of the injured area. Often visits will include looking at a seemingly unrelated area to reduce the stress placed on the sore area. This can last 4-6 weeks for most soft tissue injuries.
As your body starts to move better and heal, it often needs retraining in how to move strongly and safely in activities of daily living like sitting-to-standing, bending and lifting as is better known as rehabilitation. It may include specific exercises, stretches or alterations to how you move. Rehabiliation can take 2-4 months as the injured tissue is correcting itself.
Optimisation Visits or Check-ups
These are the majority of visits that are in our practice. When people are feeling well they often like to keep feeling this way by implementing lifestyle changes like walking 30 minutes a day, limiting sitting and practicing good spinal hygiene. Modern lifestyle means that we train ourselves out of how to move properly and it is often replaced by sitting and sedentary lifestyles which decondition the spine and body. This can lead to overload to the neck and lower back as well as wider health issues [see sitting disease]. A healthy spine contributes to overall body health. Experience a stronger body that moves properly and less stress when you are breathing, lifting and sitting.