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What to Expect

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A visit to the Chiropractor can differ depending on the style of practice and practitioner. Here we’ll give you a little insight into what an appointment with our chiropractor’s at Movement Studio will be like so you’re ready and prepared.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your appointment, please give us a call.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment


Even though you may think that Chiropractors simply treat bad backs, your central nervous system, your spine and nerves contained within, can affect almost every other function within your body. Chiropractors are spine and nervous system specialists so they must, therefore, have a full understanding of any other health concerns that you have before undertaking Chiropractic treatment.

When you first visit one of our chiropractor’s they will:

  • Ask you about your personal and your family medical history (where relevant),
  • Conduct a physical examination that contains both neurological (brain function) and orthopaedic (muscle and skeleton) tests, and
  • Ask you why you came to see them.
  • This process happens every time a new patient comes in to Movement Studio, without exception. We are committed to providing the highest standard of health care and these steps are fundamental to patients receiving this standard.

From this initial consultation your chiropractor may:

  • Refer you to another health care provider for alternate or complimentary health care; such as a myotherapist, psychologist or your GP.
  • Recommend you have x-rays done before any chiropractic care is undertaken.
  • Recommend that chiropractic is the way for you to experience pain relief.

Graston Technique®


Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilisation that enables a chiropractor to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial (muscle) restrictions.


The technique utilises specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis (knots) or chronic inflammation.


The Graston Technique® instruments, while enhancing a chiropractor’s ability to detect fascial adhesions and restrictions, have also been clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions, including:


  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinosis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Achilles Tendinosis (ankle pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scar Tissue
  • Trigger Finger
  • Shin Splints


Check out Dr Graham’s blog on Graston Technique® for more info.

Kinesio & Rock Tape


The Kinesio Taping® Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to encourage the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered by your chiropractor.


Many elite athletes have embraced Kinesio Taping as a way to encourage fast recovery from exercise and injury – and some as a fashion statement!

Soft Tissue Therapies


Dry Needling


Dry needling uses one or more solid filament needles, similar to acupuncture needles, inserted by the chiropractor into the target muscle tissue – also known as a trigger point – for its therapeutic effect in releasing tension, pain and soreness.


The evidence base for acupuncture or dry needling has increased substantially over the past decade. In particular, research has grown to provide evidence-based support in the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, tension type and migraine headaches, pelvic pain, knee osteoarthritis, lateral elbow pain and shoulder conditions.


Trigger Point Therapy


A trigger point can be defined as a hyper-irritable point within a muscle (a tender ‘knot’ in the muscle tissue) or a point within a muscle that impedes greater movement without the patient experiencing pain.


To relieve this pain, the offending points are identified and then treated using myofascial release, ischemic compressions and other deep tissue techniques.


Some patients experience mild to moderate discomfort during some Trigger Point Therapy, however, post-treatment they experience little ongoing pain.


Active Release Technique


Active Release Technique is a state of the art soft tissue movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.


During treatment, the chiropractor uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves and abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific movements made by the patient.