The First Session
Doctors of Chiropractic receive vast knowledge and competence in the differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain and disorders. This includes the identification of joint dysfunction, myofascial syndrome, disc derangement or “slipped disc” and nerve entrapment, as well as uncommon but potentially more serious painful disorders.
The visit starts with history taking which is necessary to first excludes serious conditions, then to concentrate on the comprehensive understanding of the complaint.
We then proceed to the thorough physical examination including postural examination, assessment of movements and flexibility, stability and strength, as well as any neurological involvement.
Occasionally, it is necessary to obtain further investigation such as X-Rays, CT scan or MRI (referral), but it is not recommended for common complaints.
In most cases, after history taking, examination and other investigation are completed, the cause of the complaint can be established. If the problem is determined to be one that is treatable at Orewa Chiropractic, a treatment strategy is formulated and recommended to you. This plan will be discussed with you prior to any treatment.
At Orewa Chiropractic, we establish a management strategy that is personalised to each patient. The treatment will focus not only on the symptom relief but also on sorting the original cause. We plan the treatment course with consideration of individual needs and goals. We are committed to provide the most professional service for your condition, in a warm and caring environment.
A chiropractic adjustment aims to improve the range-of-movement of a restricted segment and may involve the application of a short and rapid movement. Slow mobilisations may be also used.
Impulse IQ Instrument
This instrument was developed after ten years of research in three continents. This advanced technology can find the area of dysfunction and the micro-computer inside will adapt the number as well as the frequency of the inputs necessary to the treatment.
Muscle spasms will be treated with gentle stretches while repeated contractions will stimulate weak muscles. Trigger points, muscle degeneration leading to referred pain, are corrected with gentle finger pressure techniques.
Strengthening, Stretching and Stabilisation
We have broad experience in rehabilitation of spine and joint injuries. According to your level of fitness, we will recommend you a large variety of exercises from the basic of Pilates’ concept to most advanced techniques using Swiss ball and elastic bands. Our website includes a comprehensive library of exercises for multiple conditions. We will also advise you appropriate aerobic activities that could help you such as walking, running, cycling or swimming. It is unanimously considered that having a reasonably good level of fitness helps to prevent and treat musculo-skeletal injuries.
We will suggest a Home Exercise Programme and strategies that you can use at home or at work to help the recovery from your condition.
During your work time, home duties or recreational activities, your spine receives regular strains that it can be the final straw leading to the symptoms you have experienced. You will receive advise to arrange your workplace and technique improvement when lifting, bending, getting up, etc.