For many people, this may be your first visit to a chiropractor. So please allow us to give you an outline of what to expect.
We ask that you dress comfortably for the consultation; this will make sure we can be as thorough as we can in our examination. If you have any current or prior exams such as CTs, MRIs, X-rays or other relevant test results, please bring them along to assist the Chiropractor in learning as much as they can regarding your condition.
Chiropractic Consultation and Examinations
Following the paperwork, you will meet with Greg to talk about the relevant details of your health. As a way of learning what may have contributed to your problem, we may ask questions regarding previous injuries, falls, postural habits, sports, repetitive stressors, etc.
Our goal is to help you find out the cause of the problem, if it’s something we feel we can help with we’ll continue with our examination, if its outside our expertise, we will let you know and find someone who can. Following our consultation, we will then begin our four (4) exams.
We are extensive in our initial exam to make sure we help you find the underlying cause of the problem which should take a total of 45 minutes.
- Physical Examination
- Structural Chiropractic Examination
- Thermal reading Nervoscope analysis
Digital X-Ray Analysis (if necessary).
After your Exam
Following your first visit, Greg will review your consultation and the four examinations to review the source of your health problems. We understand that no two conditions are the same. As such, the chiropractor will review a specific program of correction that is customised to you.
Our staff will then give you a folder that includes your results.
We have built strong relationships with health care providers throughout. If we find during the examination that this is not a chiropractic case, know you will be immediately referred to a health practitioner we feel best suits your condition.
Rachel is an experienced physiotherapist who has a special interest in women’s health, musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation of all kinds.
Rachel will provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment program that takes into account your current capacity, lifestyle, any sporting activities and how you want to live your life from now onwards.
What to expect
At the initial treatment session, Rachel will take a detailed account of the problem, followed by a physical examination in order to make a clinical diagnosis.
Each physiotherapy treatment and injury recovery plan is specifically tailored to your individual needs – we explain to you the underlying cause of your condition so that you can take control of your own recovery program.
We pride ourselves in offering our patients the latest technology. To create your tailored exercise programs we use a brand new app called PhysiApp. PhysiApp lets you complete your prescribed exercise program by following crystal-clear, narrated exercise videos. PhysiApp is completely free to download from the App store and Google Play store or can be accessed via your browser. Built-in reminders help you to stay on track towards a better you!
What is it?
Dry Needling is a treatment technique using a sterile fine needle (acupuncture needle). And is used in conjunction with Physiotherapy. Following injury or pain, muscles tend to develop trigger points – usually consisting of a small band of muscle which feels knotty. It is sometimes painful when touched, but the pain is often referred to another area of the body. Our physiotherapists use super-fine dry needles to help alleviate the trigger point and relax the muscle tissue.
What's the Difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
Dry needling involves insertion of needles into myofascial trigger points to deactivate and help resolve trigger points whereas acupuncture involves insertion in needles into specific energy meridians in order to achieve a desired result.
What can it help?
Dry needling can help many problems such as painful trigger points in muscles, acute swelling after injury, as well as muscle spasm and tightness.
Dry needling can also help stimulate healing in the injured tissues and headache referral from tight muscles.
How does it work?
Dry needling works on the pain-gate theory – where only one pain message can be recieved by the brain from one area at only on time. Normal slow dull aching messages form an injury can be ínterecepted’ by the needle message.
It helps reduce localised swelling, improves natural anti-inflammatory response and tissue re-modelling, as well as improves the alignment of connective tissue and scar tissue breakdown. With trigger points, needling into the trigger point will reduce the spasm and relieve not only the local pain but also the referred pain.
Physiotherapists and Chiropractors at Gwydir Chiropractic & Physiotherapy are qualified in assessing and treating WorkCover patients and work-related injuries. We are WorkCover NSW approved, meaning our allied health professionals are trained to treat injured workers.
- Present with WorkCover referral letter from your doctor prescribing physiotherapy/chiropractic treatment as well as your workers compensation claim number (which needs to be confirmed with your workers compensation insurance company).
- Treatment with assigned allied health professional.
- Allied health professional updates case manager on recommendations.
- Our office will bill your insurer directly, meaning there are no out of pocket expenses to you.
For most patients seeking help after an injury this is the first time calling your insurance, getting a referral and working out what to do. If you need any assistance at any stage please feel welcome to call our team.
Pre-employment Health Assessments
Our health practitioners have accreditation to deliver full pre-employment and functional assessments for employers and recruitment agencies.
We are equipped and trained to do the full capacity of pre employment testing that may include, but isn’t limited to; Audiometry, Spirometry, Visual Acuity, Colour Deficiency, Physical Assessment and Urine Drug screen.
We provide employers and recruitment agencies with reliable and fast pre-employment assessments that can be tailored to your organisation and job roles.
Pre-employment assessments identify whether a candidate can safely do the job, and provide a baseline health assessment for a worker before they enter a role. Research shows that screened workers are more likely to have a lower incidence of injury, lower absence rate due to injury, and lower medical costs resulting from injury.