Each of your visits to Downsview Chiropractic is about you. That’s called patient-centered healthcare. In fact… you have been important to us since we opened our doors in 1985. The first step in helping you reach your goals is getting to know you a bit better. Are you having any problems with your health? How are the things that you like to do being affected? If you have had any related x-rays or other specialized tests or consultations performed elsewhere, it is a good idea to bring a copy with you.
When you arrive for your first appointment you will be greeted, offered details of the clinic, and asked to complete a questionnaire about your health. While we certainly know that every case is unique, we find people typically set aside an additional 30 minutes after completing their paperwork for their consultation and examination with the doctor.
After being introduced to the doctor for the first time, you will be asked a number of questions about your current health or condition, your personal or family health history, and your lifestyle – including daily activities, work routine, stress levels or exercise. The answers you give are used to help guide your care plan and recommendations.
Based on your answers you may be asked to perform some tests for your physical exam. Many may be familiar to you, such as a check of your blood pressure, reflexes or strength. Some may seem very simple, such as observing your posture, movements or walking. Some may be unfamiliar to you, such as a hands-on evaluation of how well your spine moves, identifying areas of restriction or improper motion, or specialized tests in an area of concern.
The Next Visit
We work hard to educate our patients about their care, and to inspire them to take a proactive role in their own health. Our patients participate in an informed consent discussion before any treatment is given. Regardless of a person’s health goals, they will be given choices. We pride ourselves in offering customized patient care plans to suit individual needs.
The Partnership of Care
A Chiropractic adjustment is a treatment which uses hands to apply a very quick, precise, and safe amount of pressure directly on the affected area of your spine or other specific joint. This pressure momentarily moves the joints. Adjustments are performed to relieve the pressure on the joint, surrounding nerves and muscles, and most importantly, restores normal mobility.
Depending on your goals, the diagnosis, your age, physical condition, how long you have had the current complaint, and previous injuries, several visits over a relatively short period of time, or a longer, more complex period of care may be necessary. Whether you are recovering from an injury or working to prevent one, recommendations may also include changes to posture or lifestyle, or suggested stretches and exercises.
Chiropractic is affordable and high quality health care that gets you back to your daily activities quickly and efficiently. When compared to other joint, muscle and back treatments, chiropractic has been proven time and again to be cost effective. Many private and workplace insurance plans cover the cost of chiropractic treatment.