What to expect
Before coming to see us for the first visit, you may want to write down your concerns so you don't forget to mention them. Bring a list of any medication you take. The more information you give us, the more focussed treatment can be. Diagnosis of your problem is often like detective work, we need to know what you have been doing with your body.
Wear appropriate clothing. If stripping to your underwear bothers you, bring shorts and a vest. Ladies are supplied with treatment gowns.
If there is anything you don't understand during your visit, please speak up. Don't be embarrassed to ask. It's your health, and we take your health seriously.
Take your chiropractor's advice. We are helping your body to heal itself. If we recommend exercises, try to do them as instructed. However, if any exercise causes pain, don't do it and tell your chiropractor.
The way you live can contribute to your pain. Your chiropractor will give you advice to help minimise the adverse effects of modern life. We try to find ways for you to do everything you want to do without risking injury.
Do you have medical insurance? Many insurance companies cover chiropractic care. Though some companies require a GP referral. Please check the small print. If you do need a GP referral you will need to see your GP to get his signature on your insurance documents before you can claim on your insurance. Any chiropractic treatment you have before you obtain the signature cannot be claimed from your insurance (this includes your excess which can only start after you have the signature). So please check this before your first visit. If you are not sure if chiropractic is the right treatment for you, please book in for a free chat with one of our chiropractors. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action.Booking your First Consultation & Examination
On your first visit to Afon House, please allow yourself 60 minutes. Generally a consultation and full examination and treatment take between 40 and 60 minutes. To avoid any rush please make sure your car parking allows enough time. We would rather you had the time in hand and, of course, it allows the chiropractor time to recommend the most appropriate course of treatment for your particular needs and requirements.Techniques we use
GENTLE PHYSICAL MANIPULATION
Physical manipulation is used to gently restore movement to joints. Chiropractors have a profound understanding of the anatomy and neurology of the body. We train for four years on a full-time degree course to learn how to treat safely.
SOFT TISSUE TECHNIQUES
Soft tissue techniques restore comfort and normal function to muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Dry Needling is used by chiropractors trained in the skill. Dry needling is an effective way of relaxing tight muscles.
The Activator is a precision instrument. It is a small accurate rubber-tipped punch which gently nudges a joint to restore movement to the joint.
Therapeutic Ultrasound uses sound waves to create movement within tissues. It is used to reduce swelling and to promote healing.
POSTURAL ADVICE AND REHABILITATION
Postural advice is given to all our patients to help you understand how to function as comfortably as possible. We can show you how to sit, stand and walk so your body is working at it's optimum. We can show you how to lift and carry with less effort and less risk of injury. We can show you how to slightly alter your posture when performing your sport to achieve better results whether it's golf, cycling or running.
For Rehabilitation we provide personalised exercise programs to strengthen and stabilise your joints.
Stretching exercises are given to patients so they can work on the muscles to get maximum benefit from the treatment they are receiving. Core stabilisation is a series of exercises to strengthen the small muscles which support and move the spine. Making these muscles work better makes your back stronger and safer. So core stabilisation is taught to patients to reduce the risk of re-injury.
Cranial work is a very gentle technique used to balance the jaw and to relieve tension around the head and face.
TOUCH AND HOLD AND CRANIAL WORK FOR BABIES AND INFANTS
Touch and hold and cranial work are used on babies and infants because they are both very gentle and effective. Touch and hold is exactly that. A finger is placed gently over any stiff joint and held there until the joint releases. Cranial work balances the motion of the spine from the head to the sacrum at the bottom of the spine. Babies usually find the treatment very relaxing and will often fall asleep during the treatment sessions. They certainly sleep better afterwards.