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New Patients at Roughan Chiropractic

If you’re new to our practice, we welcome you to find out more before you come in to see us.





At Roughan Chiropractic, our experienced and highly skilled chiropractor Dr Simon Roughan sees health as a journey of self-discovery and personal self-responsibility to ensure your body, mind, social contacts, nutrient levels and spirit are in harmony. When this happens, we can be the best versions of ourselves possible.

Our dedicated team of health professionals provides you with the opportunity to heal, regardless of your past challenges or current struggles. We are committed to exploring innovative solutions to enhance your recovery, providing personalised care tailored specifically to your needs.

Our gentle and thorough chiropractic plans, as well as our complementary services, help your body learn to heal itself once again.

Preparing for Your First Appointment

Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for your appointment. This allows you time to complete our New Patient paperwork and for you to relax in our reception area.

You will be called through to your chiropractor for your one-on-one consultation. Your chiropractor will greet you, refer you to your completed case history questionnaire, and guide you through a process of discussing your health concerns, current injuries and relevant medical history.

You will find a partner in care who listens, takes notes and thoroughly understands what is prompting you to seek chiropractic care. We’ll then discuss whether chiropractic can assist you with your health concerns. If chiropractic care seems appropriate, and you freely consent to care, your chiropractor will then conduct a thorough initial examination.

What to Expect During Your Exam

Your chiropractic examination checks several important areas of your health, including:

  • Physical – This includes the traditional vital signs of height, weight, pulse and other common tests that most of us are familiar with.
  • Orthopaedic – These tests reveal the ability of the individual to turn and bend, range of motion, and include posture analysis, head carriage and the weight distribution on each foot.
  • Neurological – The neurological examination may involve testing reflexes, muscle strength and determining the source of pain, numbness or tingling.
  • X-Ray – You may be referred out for digital spinal X-rays if deemed clinically relevant, considering recent trauma injury or specific joint or nerve reflex findings. Sometimes, pictures of the spine are helpful in determining the presence of normal or abnormal spinal curves, evaluating disc spacing and ruling out other problems.

These and other examination procedures aim to locate vertebral subluxation (misalignments) and obtain the necessary information to suggest a course of care that will best help you or your loved one. Your practitioner will then develop a personalised care plan to start on your following visit to help you reach your health goals as quickly as possible.

Your first visit to our office typically takes half an hour, depending on the findings.

Relax and Feel at Home in Our Christchurch Office

Our reception area is designed with your comfort in mind and to relax before your appointment. We keep the room temperature warm in the colder months with our cosy fire and refreshing and cool in the hot summer months. We have a filtered water dispenser, a range of current magazines available and a copy of this morning’s newspaper.

Bathroom facilities are available through the hallway with disabled access and a parents’ change table.

Embark on a Journey Towards Maximum Health

Remember that your appointment time is reserved for you. If, for some reason, you need to reschedule your appointment, we require 24 hours’ notice. This is in consideration for others and allows us to schedule in patients from our waiting list.

If you have further questions regarding your consultation or our practice or think you or a loved one is a good candidate for chiropractic care, please contact us at (03) 365 7828. We would love to talk to you!


New Patients at Roughan Chiropractic

Delivering the best in chiropractic spinal health care, and integrated health and wellness to the Christchurch and Hokitika, West Coast area since 1981.