What to Expect

If you have never seen a Chiropractor before, or have never been to see us before, you may be wondering to expect during your initial visit and follow-up appointments. This section is dedicated to giving you as much information as possible so you can feel at ease when you do come to see us.

When you first arrive you will be greeted by our friendly reception staff, who will ask you to complete our new patient paperwork. You will then be met by your chiropractor and shown to a private consulting room.


Mother and child having a consultation with a Chiropractor

During your first visit your chiropractor will ask a lot of questions, not only about the pain or complaint that may have brought you, but about your past medical history and your lifestyle/job etc. This will ensure that your diagnosis is accurate, and a cause is established. At Alba, our belief is that identifying and treating the cause of a problem will result in a quicker, and longer lasting response to treatment.

Your details are confidential. No one else will be allowed to see your notes without your permission.


Chiropractor examining patient's lower back

Once the case history is complete, an examination will be performed. The examination will concentrate on your neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints) but it may be necessary to check other things such as your heart, lungs and abdomen to rule out other causes.

Should your chiropractor require you to get undressed, gowns are made available for you to wear during the examinations and any following treatments.

Upon completion of your initial appointment you will be booked in for your next appointment, where treatment can commence, as soon as is convenient for you - in urgent cases this can be on the same day, but we always aim for the following day.

We often choose not to treat at the initial appointment as people can be sore after the examination, and often people benefit from using ice on their back a few times before treatment commences. We also like to give our Chiropractors to give your case proper consideration before commencing a treatment plan. People often come to us after having various previous failed treatments, and we want to ensure this is the last clinician you have to consult.

Your Report of Finding appointment, which as mentioned above can be booked in the same or the next day, is an opportunity for your Chiropractor to explain in detail what is wrong, how they think they can help, how long they expect it will take, and how much it will cost. You will be given opportunity to ask any questions you may have at this time.

What to wear

Chiropractor examining a patient wearing a gown

Please wear loose clothing. On your first visit your chiropractor may ask you to undress and put a gown on, so it's best to wear appropriate underwear too (!). If you feel uncomfortable about this, just bring some exercise clothes, or let your chiropractor know.

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