What to expect


Your first visit – what to expect

If you’re a first-time patient at Aligned Health Care, you’ll need to give us some information about your background, medical history and the nature of your condition. This is so that we can provide the best possible care, tailored to your specific circumstances.

A bit of paperwork

We’ll have some brief paperwork for you to fill in on your first visit. This paperwork provides us with general information about you and your condition.

Consultation – what to expect

You may have a pre-examination consultation. During your consultation your chiropractor will discuss your health-related issues and concerns and probably carry out a brief examination or some orthopaedic testing. They will then discuss potential treatment options.

Examination and History

In order to pinpoint your problem, the chiropractor will ask you a number of questions related to your condition. A variety of targeted tests will be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent. As qualified medical practitioners chiropractors fully screen every patient for related medical issues. This process may take approximately 45 minutes. If any condition is identified that should be brought to the attention of your GP or other health care professional, we will discuss this with you at the time.


Generally we believe that X-rays are not necessary, bring their own health risks and additional costs. Only on very rare occassions will your specific presentation require us to request X-rays either to rule out more serious conditions or to assist us in assessing the most effective treatment plan for you. Only if necessary, we will refer you to your GP for X-rays.

Same-day treatment

Once the examination is complete, treatment options for your condition will be discussed.
Patients will generally have their first treatment during this same visit. This may include spinal adjustments and physical therapy.

Home instructions

Before leaving, you’ll be given instructions on certain activities or procedures to be carried out at home. This may include ice or heat applications, avoidance of certain activities or positions, as well as home exercises.

Scheduling the next appointment

Regular treatment is essential to the process. We arrange our treatments around your schedule. Generally speaking, patients are seen within 2 to 3 days later and are provided with a complete review of findings. Treatments may take between 20-30 minutes. For subsequent appointments, as your condition improves, the interval between treatments is likely to widen.