What To Expect From Your First Chiropractor Visit
Our chiropractic clinic in Oakville is located on the right end of the plaza towards the St. Matthews Catholic Church. In between the Woman’s fashion store and the pharmacy is a door leading to a stairwell. Once upstairs, we are on the left in suite 205.
Step 1. Bring Your Chiropractic New Patient Forms
Upon entering our office Stephanie or Dee will greet and welcome you. We are an extremely laid back family chiropractic centre in Oakville, so come relaxed and ready for an easy, care-free experience. We will request that you fill your patient forms located in the New Patient Centre. The paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and the condition the chiropractor is going to treat. This should not take longer than 10 minutes. Once complete you will officially be a new patient at our chiropractic clinic! Chiropractic: New Patient Intake Form Massage: New Patient Forms Physiotherapy: New Patient Physiotherapy Forms
Step 2. Oakville Chiropractor Consultation
Next, you will have a consultation with your chiropractor in Oakville to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed for the chiropractor to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations to determine whether chiropractic care will meet your goals. If your condition is out of the scope of practice of the chiropractor in Oakville, we will be happy to work with you and your family doctor to get you the care you need.
Step 3. Chiropractic Examination
After your consultation, a chiropractor in Oakville will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your ability to turn and bend as well as other standard neurologic, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our family chiropractic centre without your consent. This examination can take anywhere from 5 – 15 minutes but is necessary to get to the root cause of the problem.
Step 4. Treatment
99% of all patients will start getting treated within 10 minutes of the initial exam. Treatment is interactive, so feel free express any concerns you have to your chiropractor in Oakville about the style of adjustment you will be most comfortable with. Treatment will most likely include some form of Muscle Release, IFC Therapy, Spinal Manipulation and general hands on work by the Chiropractor. Treatment times are between 15 – 25 minutes and most people will feel a difference before they leave the office after their first visit.
Step 5. At Home Exercises
Click Here for our chiropractic exercises! Doctor Steve’s Recommendations for At home therapy Patients will also be emailed stretches and exercises that they can do at home at home. These may include icing instructions, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises and/or stretches. Everybody is unique and therefore everyone requires a unique and customized treatment approach. The foundations are geared towards maintaining a healthy posture and good spinal alignment, eating a healthy diet, keeping your weight under control and stress relief.
Step 6. Expectations
Most of our patients, no matter how severe the injury should see substantial improvements by visit 8-10. If there is only limited progression at this time, we will work with the patient to re-access and move forward with different forms of treatments or other medical tests, such as Blood Work, MRI, X-Rays and Ultrasound. We are extremely familiar with the Medical Doctors in Oakville and have no problem writing up a short note for the patients to present to them if needed.
If you would like to seek professional help, please contact our chiropractic clinic in Oakville directly at 905-827-4197 or email us
Laying the foundation
Chiropractic care is like building a house – certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work correctly. When building a house, if you tried to put your walls up before laying a solid foundation, they would be weak and eventually collapse. The same is true for your body. Your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general phases of chiropractic care .
Phase 1 – Relief Care
Many people visit a family chiropractic centre or chiropractor in Oakville because they are in pain. In this first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce pain symptoms. This will often require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for some time. Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain there is nothing wrong with them. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced. When you begin to see a chiropractor in Oakville regularly, pain is the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.
Phase 2 – Corrective Care
Teaming Up For Optimal Health. A good chiropractor in Oakville regards the elimination of symptoms as the easiest part of a person’s care. If all that the chiropractor in Oakville does is reduce your pain, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care from your chiropractor in Oakville even though your symptoms are gone. During the correction / restorative phase of care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care, and depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches either at the family chiropractic centre or at home to help accelerate your healing. Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups in your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering from it, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
Phase 3 – Preventative Care
Maintenance Is Key To Healthy Living Once your body has fully healed, routine care from at the family chiropractic centre can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and that your body stays in optimal condition. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system. When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.
If you would like to seek professional help, please contact our chiropractic clinic in Oakville directly at 905-824-4197 or email us