What will a Chiropractor do on the first visit?

May 6, 2020

What will a Chiropractor do on the first visit?

A lot of the patients that come in to see us at Pro Chiro for the first time are unsure of what to expect out of their first visit. They wonder what the initial consultation with our Surrey chiropractor entails. This blog post is intended to answer the question “What will a Chiropractor do on the first visit?”

Josh French, sports chiropractor, performing soft tissue release for a shoulder sports injury.

The Importance of the First Visit

The first visit is a very important session because it is where we get to know you and the problem you have come in for. It is this session that sets us up for success and get you back on the road to recovery. The first visit is where we collect all the information we need to diagnose your problem and form a plan of how to get you back pain-free, stronger and more resilient than before. 

Learning Your Motivation

One of the most important parts of the first visit is learning about why you have come in to see us. For example, if someone has back pain for 6 months, it is important to understand why they have decided to come in now rather than earlier. Perhaps the pain worsened recently. Or maybe it has suddenly started affecting daily activities. Or perhaps they have tried everything else and want to give chiropractic treatment a go. Whatever the case may be, it is important for us to understand your personal motivations for seeking our help.

Thorough Health History

A big part of the consultation is taking a thorough health history. We will ask for details about the problem you have come in for. Details such as when the problem started, what activities are affected, any radiating symptoms etc. We need to find out as much as we can about your problem so we can be sure to understand how to correct it in the short term, and in the long term stop it from coming back.

On top of this, we also need to find out about any previous injuries or health problems you have had. Some of this information may seem bizarre and off topic to you, but we can’t leave any stone uncovered. We don’t want to miss out on any information that may give us clues as to your health picture.

Full Body Assessment

After the history taking has been completed, we will move on to the assessment. This assessment is part of what sets us apart at Pro Chiro and allows us to deliver a high level of success. To assess the problem you have come in for, we look at the entire body for information. We will ask you to perform some movements tests as well as some functional assessment tests. We will then feel through the muscles and joints through your spine and also in the area where you are experiencing a problem. While it is obviously important to assess the area where the problem is, it is also important to look at the whole body. Sometimes the root of the problem may be in a different location to where the problem is felt. If we only ever assessed the exact area where the pain is, we may only ever mask the symptoms rather than correct the cause of the problem for good. 

A Full Explanation

After we have enough information from the assessment, we will report our findings to you. We will explain what we have found and how it relates to the problem you have been experiencing. We will explain what we can do about it to fix the cause of the problem and stop it from coming back again. This step is so important because the better you understand the problem the more you will understand how you can help it too.

Your First Treatment 

After we have explained to you your problem and how to fix it, if you consent we will begin with the first treatment. On the first visit the treatment we do is meant to give you the most improvement possible straight away. This will start you on the road to recovery. We will also take the time to show you specific exercises and stretches that will help you manage the problem and correct the underlying cause of the problem. 


We hope this answers any questions you had about what chiropractor’s do on the first visit. If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram, or send us an email.