Your First Visit
What to expect when you first see Harvey
What happens on a visit?
When you attend the first face to face consultation with Harvey, which will typically last 45 minutes to an hour, he will take a detailed case history and carry out a physical examination of you. This will help him to establish a working diagnosis for your condition and to reach a view about the best course of care for you.
Before you agree to go ahead with the recommended treatment, he will explain it to you, along with any risks associated with the treatment (including any side effects that you might experience).
If Harvey does not think he can help improve your problem(s), or he has concerns about any serious health conditions, he will tell you and may suggest a referral to another healthcare professional, for example, a GP.
What do I need to know before treatment starts?
Before your treatment starts, Harvey will explain to you what he found during your consultation, how he proposes to treat you and the benefits and any risks associated with your condition and proposed treatment.
You should take the opportunity to ask him any questions you may have and ask for further explanation if anything is unclear.
Before starting any treatment, you will need to give your permission (consent) to Harvey. An agreement should also be reached about how much you will pay for your treatment. There is no need to tell your GP that you are seeing a chiropractor unless you want to.
Will the treatment hurt?
Treatment is usually painless unless an area is swollen. If this is the case, Harvey will alter the treatment you receive. You will not hear a cracking or popping noise – this is perfectly normal with his chiropractic treatment.
Some patients also report temporary aches and pains during and after treatment. Again, this is nothing to worry about and is perfectly normal.
Does treatment involve getting undressed?
Generally, people keep their clothes on during treatment, but sometimes it may be necessary to remove some items of your clothing. If that is the case, you will be informed of this. If you are not comfortable undressing, you should explain this to Harvey before your first treatment – he can then advise you on suitable clothing to wear to the clinic to enable him to examine and treat you.
Can I bring someone with me?
Due to the ongoing circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, Harvey kindly asks that his patients attend their appointment alone (unless they require a caregiver). Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Will I be treated in a private room?
Harvey treats patients in different settings, such as a private or group practice, multi-disciplinary group practice, and other healthcare facilities.
Most of the time he will treat you in a private room. If you would prefer to be treated in a non-private room setting that is something you should check with Harvey before you book any treatment.
I’m not sure if Harvey can help my condition - what should I do?
If you’re unsure whether Harvey can help your condition, you may wish to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion (up to 15 mins). This will be over the telephone. This will enable you to find out whether his services help your problems.
If you go ahead and book a private consultation, during the first consultation Harvey will assess your case before explaining treatment recommendations. You don’t have to agree to the treatment Harvey recommends then and there - if you are not happy to go ahead or if you want more time to reach a decision, just say so.
Will I have to sign up for several sessions or a treatment plan?
When your treatment starts, Harvey will devise an initial short plan of care. The number and frequency of appointments required will vary from patient to patient. Your improvement will be monitored very carefully on a treatment by treatment basis to ensure that the care you are receiving is appropriate for you and that you are making progress.
Although for most common problems you can expect to see improvements within a few weeks of starting the therapy, patients who have complex conditions, or whose work means their condition is likely to recur, or who have very long-term problems may require a longer-term care plan.
You can decide to stop treatment at any time you like. You will not be expected to pay for treatments you have not received. The choice is yours.
Will I need to have x-rays / scans?
In most cases of non-traumatic musculoskeletal lower back pain, a scan is not needed. There are also strict guidelines in place about taking x-rays / medical imagining. Harvey only recommends it if there is a genuine valid clinical reason for doing so.
What if the treatment doesn’t seem to help?
At the start of your care, Harvey should have told you what improvements he hopes to achieve and when these might happen. He will monitor your progress at each visit.
If you do not experience the expected improvements, Harvey will reassess you, so that he can decide whether to change their treatment approach, or whether you should be referred for further investigation, co-manage or treated by a different healthcare professional. If Harvey thinks you may need to see another healthcare professional he will ask for your consent to refer you, and to communicate with that healthcare professional about your treatment.
Will I be able to take time to consider whether or not to have further sessions or treatment?
Yes. Harvey's practice ethos is to deliver his recommended course of care to you, but it is your decision whether or not to accept his treatment recommendations. Your consent is needed for any treatment to take place, and you should know and understand what you are consenting to.
What are the costs?
Costs vary depending upon the location and the nature of the clinic.
If you have not visited his practices before, he will need to assess your condition before he starts treatment. The assessment and the first treatment are charged separately. Service charges are clearly explained in advance.
How can I be sure the treatment is safe?
Harvey is a registered Chiropractor with an additional qualification to practice the Activator Methods. Chiropractic treatment is generally very safe when performed correctly by a trained and registered chiropractor.
The Activator Methods is an advanced form of Chiropractic care. It offers patients a safe, effective, precise and gentle alternative to the more traditional ‘crack and pop’ approach in Chiropractic treatment. Some common side effects, such as mild to moderate aches and pains, stiffness and tiredness can occur but these side effects are usually mild and generally pass in a few days. More serious side effects are extremely rare.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, that may increase certain risks - which is why Harvey takes a detailed medical history and examines you before treatment. It is important that you give him accurate information about your medical history. He is obliged to treat anything you tell them as confidential, in the same way, a doctor is.
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The Activator Methods has been providing chiropractic care, resources and training since 1967.
Founded on the principles of clinical research, the Activator Methods is one of the most extensively studied technique systems of chiropractic care and the only instrument adjusting technique with 23 clinical trials to support its efficacy.
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