Your First Visit
It is common to have questions and even trepidations before your first visit to any new healthcare provider. Luckily, chiropractors know that new patients may need extra time to discuss their questions or concerns. You can play a role in your own chiropractic care before your first visit. An effective way to be involved in your own healthcare is to learn about what you can expect from visit #1.
Depending on the reason you are coming in, initial visits can last from 30 to 40 minutes. Subsequent visits will be shorter, but the first visit aims to start building a picture of your health footprint. Your health footprint is a direct reflection of your accumulated load of life – which then shows up in your current health status.
Make sure you communicate your needs and goals to your chiropractor.
As mentioned, your first appointment includes a comprehensive assessment to help determine the cause of the problem and how to care for you. Expect the history-taking portion of the visit may include questions about the following areas of your health:
- Childhood activity levels and lifestyle
- Overall body function including digestive health, allergies, etc.
- Personal and family medical history
- Major illnesses you have experienced
- Surgeries or operations you have had
- Medications you are taking
- A description of your area(s) of concern
- A description of the general state of your health
- The steps you have taken to manage your condition
- Your diet and exercise
- Your sleeping habits
- Your daily activities
- Your work routine
- Your stress level
- Your home life
After health history, we will do a posture exam and 8-10 nerve function tests. These tests will provide a baseline for how your body is functioning and healing. We will also redo these tests as your care continues to show how you are progressing.
Your First Chiropractic Visit Step by Step
Call or email and book your appointment.
If you are coming for your first visit, please fill out either the adult or child history form and bring them with you:
Initial visits can last from 30 to 40 minutes. Subsequent visits will be shorter.
First visit aims to start building a picture of your health.
Your chiropractor will be happy to answer questions, address concerns and explain different options to you. This may include preventative strategies and changes in lifestyle practices.
You may feel some slight discomfort or fatigue after your visit, but it should resolve quickly.
After your visit, if you have additional questions or concerns, simply contact the office or write them down to be discussed at a subsequent visit.
Regular progression will be measured to see how your body is functioning and healing.
About our Practice
Our team has been providing physical, emotional and spiritual care to the Edmonton community since 1999. We strive towards providing the exceptional Chiropractic experience to newborns through to great-grandparents.With chiropractic we care for the individual as you are a unique and special human being. You are never treated like a condition or diagnosis.
When you visit West Edmonton Family Chiropractic Centre you will encounter a retreat, a comfortable and caring place that has been created for YOU. A unique and distinct approach to health and well being combined with professional service.