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First Visit

Your First Visit to Our Guelph Practice

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

  • personal and family medical history
  • major illnesses you have experienced
  • surgeries or operations you have had
  • medications you are taking
  • a description of your present condition
  • the steps you have taken to manage your condition
  • your diet and exercise
  • your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life

It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor. Your chiropractor may ask you to change into a gown to perform some of these tests:

  • a check of your blood pressure, pulse and breathing
  • a test of your reflexes, strength and sensations
  • an analysis of your posture
  • an X-ray of your spine
  • an analysis of your movement — he/she will observe how you walk, turn, bend or lift things, as well as how your body moves in the affected area
  • a hands-on evaluation of how well your spine moves, identifying restrictions and areas of improper motion

Tip:
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.

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