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What You Should Expect From Your First Chiropractic Appointment

The chiropractor supervises the patient while exercising

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor appointment before, you may be wondering what to expect on your first visit. Here is a guide to answering any questions you may have.

Once you’ve booked your initial consultation, you’ll be sent a link to complete our new patient intake forms. An initial consultation consists of a thorough health history, a chiropractic physical examination, diagnosis and treatment. On the day, it’s recommended to wear comfortable clothes that don’t restrict your body from moving so our experienced chiropractors can properly assess what is going on. 

Our welcoming chiropractic assistants will welcome you when it’s time to check in for your appointment. The chiropractor will take you through to a private consultation room.


Health History

The initial consultation starts with getting to know you and understanding your individual concerns. This is your opportunity to discuss your main reason for booking, whether that be back pain, headaches or wanting to improve your health and posture.

To identify the underlying cause of any discomfort, the chiropractor will ask questions relating to your pain. Typically, this involves considering your daily activities as well as physical, chemical, and mental stressors. You’ll chat through your medical history and lifestyle habits, such as sleep, diet and exercise.

At this point, you will be able to set a health and fitness goal with the chiropractor. This might be as simple as being able to play on the floor with your children again or working towards a crossfit competition. We’re here to partner with you in reaching your specific goals.

Physical Examination

After completing the history taking, the chiropractor will run through some physical assessments with you. Depending on what you’re presenting with, it may include:

  • Posture
  • Range of motion
  • Neurological and orthopaedic testing
  • Functional tests such as a squat or overhead press


Further investigation, such as x-rays, may be required, depending on the individual.

Chiropractic Treatment for Mid Back Pain
The chiropractor supervises the patient as he exercises

Diagnosis & Treatment

By now, your chiropractor will have a detailed understanding of your body and will have identified what’s going on. The chiropractor will educate you on the underlying cause of your pain and describe what’s happening in a way you will understand.

Generally, treatment is offered during the initial visit. Advice and simple exercises may be given, as well as manual therapies. This can consist of chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release techniques, and dry needling to alleviate discomfort and improve overall function.

What Happens After Your Chiropractic Appointment?

Chiropractic care is renowned for its holistic approach to addressing various musculoskeletal issues and promoting overall wellness. However, amid the numerous benefits, it’s crucial to acknowledge that some individuals might experience temporary discomfort or side effects during the initial stages of treatment.

A follow-up appointment will be booked to go through the initial findings and come up with a personalised care plan to reach your goals. At Wilder Living Chiropractic, we’re committed to partnering with you to take your health beyond mere pain relief towards lasting wellbeing.
If you still have further questions or would like to discuss this further, please give us a call. We’re here to help you on your journey to holistic health.

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