Your First Visit
Medical History and Assessment
- Your initial visit will consist of a consultation of your medical history, as well as, a thorough assessment (examination) of your current condition or injury.
- These are vital steps in your treatment as your therapist uses this information to make an educated decision on the best approach to treatment for you. It is very important that you do not leave anything out, as things that may not seem immediately relevant could actually have great influence on the risks and benefits of the treatment chosen for you.
- Remember, massage “therapy” is much more than just a massage, and it is in your best interest that your therapist gathers as much information as they need to provide you the most effective treatment possible. Our goal is to not only in helping to relieve your symptoms, but preventing them from recurring in the future.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents, WCB; Workers Compensation claims and complicated or chronic conditions often require examination time and therefore may affect treatment time.
- It is the Registered Massage Therapist and Doctor of Chiropractic’s goal to provide some hands-on or manual therapy during the first visit but please be prepared that this may not happen in rare situations, if contra-indications are present.
- During any hands-on portion of the treatment your practitioner will check with you to make sure you are comfortable with both the environment and with the pressure being used.
- You will be properly draped or gowned for privacy as some of the areas of the body will need to be exposed for more effective treatment.
- It is common for your practitioner to take a moderate approach during the first visit in order to determine your body’s reaction and your tissues response to treatment.
- Be sure to let your practitioner know if anything feels uncomfortable or painful, or if you simply have any questions before, during or after the treatment provided.
Progression and Prevention
- Towards the end of your visit, your practitioner will take some time to discuss his/her findings and their recommendations. In addition to the examination and treatment, another important part of your care is patient education and remedial exercise (self-care).
- Often, exercises & home care will be given at a later appointment as it is more advantageous to introduce one component at a time.
- Please arrive 15 minutes early as you will need adequate time to fill out your medical history paper work.
- If you have any billing/invoicing questions, please ensure these are answered by reception before your treatment begins.
- We encourage you to express any questions or concerns you may have at any time so that you are comfortable and clearly understand the goals of your treatment and the treatment approach chosen for you.