What is the purpose of a free consultation?
When people are dealing with physical pain/dysfunction, there are many approaches that can be taken. When people book a consultation it can be for some of the following reasons:
1.It is their first experience seeing a chiropractor/physiotherapist/
2. They would like to meet with the practitioner first to make sure they are a good fit for them and that they are able to work within the patients level of comfort.
3. They want to see the office and make sure it is a comfortable environment for their appointments.
4. They aren’t sure which practitioner they should be seeing for the pain/dysfunction they are experiencing.
5. They have had a bad experience with a health care practitioner in the past and want to feel really confident before trying something again.
What are some questions I could ask at my consultation?
1.How long will appointments be?
2. How often will I need to come to see a difference?
3. What is your approach to my pain/dysfunction? What methods/treatments do you use with your patients?
4. What happens if I don’t feel like we are a good fit? Are there other options?
5. How long have you been a __________?
6. What is your experience with _____________________?
7. Will you be ordering any tests for me – xrays, bloodwork etc?
8. Are you comfortable collaborating with other health care providers that I see (Medical Doctor etc)?
9. Do you do reassessments? What happens if I am not making progress?
1.Understand the purpose of the appointment. A 15 minute consultation is not the same as an initial appointment. Utilizing this time to ask questions that will determine if this practitioner can help is the way to get the most out of this time.
2. Arrive on time. Being late shaves valuable time off of your appointment and could make the consultation feel rushed/stressful.
3. Check in with yourself. Do you feel your questions are being answered and that you are being heard? Do you feel safe and at ease in the space with them?
4. Be honest. The practitioners want to put you at ease and help you make the right decision for you. They need you to be completely upfront about your goals, concerns and anything else you feel is important to your treatment plan.
5. If you have changed your mind, let the receptionist know and cancel the consultation. The practitioners have limited spaces for consultations and they will be waiting around for you if you don’t show.