What to expect

What To Expect

A warm welcome is number one on our list; we know only too well that you are likely to be a little apprehensive at your first visit to a chiropractor; not knowing what to expect can often make any of us a little nervous. However, with Bathurst Chiropractic, the moment you enter our warm, friendly environment you will be made to feel totally at ease. Our experienced team will do whatever it takes to ensure that your visit with us is a pleasant one.
When you arrive the first thing we’ll do is to prepare your file and establish a detailed history of your overall health. We feature cutting edge diagnostic tools to objectively measure your current state of health, including heart rate variability testing, brainwaves and the body’s stress response. If necessary, your Chiropractor may also refer you for x-rays to provide more detailed information about a specific condition.

Dr Ben Purcell and Dr Talissa Shekelton couples this noninvasive testing with high-quality chiropractic care. Combining all this information gives us a clearer picture to be able to deliver the best possible recommendations for your health.If chiropractic care is the right choice for you, it may be possible to give you your first adjustment right away. You can be confident that, before this happens, we’ll talk to you about your proposed care, the available alternatives and any potential risks associated with our recommendations. The more you understand about the chiropractic process, the better the results are likely to be. We’ll also talk to you about our recommendations for your follow-up appointment and future care.

Here are the most common types of practice members that are attracted to our office:

  • Practice members who are concerned with maintaining good posture, and don’t want to be a “hunchback” as they age.
  • Those who value and honour their bodies and want to use them well: they love rugby, golf, basketball, footy, yoga and other physical activities.
  • People who are suffering from long-term stress and heading towards burnout.

HANDY TIP – Paperwork is inevitable, however the process can be shortened if you download, print and fill out the form at home prior to your first visit. Completing this before you arrive at our Bathurst practice will save you time. Click here to download the form.

Your Second Visit

On your second visit to Bathurst Chiropractic, we will discuss with you how you responded to your first adjustment; this gives vital information on where you are in your healing process – you will then be taken through your Report of Findings. This gives a detailed explanation of Chiropractic care and how it’s relevant to your individual situation. You will have the opportunity to question and discuss your case and communicate your health goals so we can understand your priorities.

Our plan is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible while focusing on three important aspects of your nervous system:

Optimal function: We’re able to measure this through specific neurological testing designed to improve balance parameters and the brain-body connection.

Posture: Posture has a direct correlation with spinal and extremity instability.

Stress: Through our diagnostic testing, we can measure your individual response to stress.

NeuroInfiniti Testing

At Bathurst Chiropractic, Chiropractors Dr Ben Purcell and Dr Talissa Shekelton uses the NeuroInfiniti machine to provide a detailed assessment of your nervous system and how it may be impacting your health.

What Is The NeuroInfiniti?

The NeuroInfiniti machine was originally developed as a way to measure the effects of the chiropractic adjustment on the brain. However, the machine has developed from there as a way of evaluating the body’s stress responses and the effects that it may be having on an individuals health.

To measure that response 12 sensors are placed on your skin on your shoulder muscles, the top of your head, your forearms and your hands. These sensors are on the skin’s surface – there are no needles involved!

The machine then does a short 12 minute test. After that you can discover how you respond to and recover from three stress challenges.

What is Measured?

Brain Waves.

The brain generates waves and the speed or frequency of those waves varies according to the brain activity at that time. The NeuroInfiniti measures the relevant brain waves for the stress response.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV).

HRV is an effective method of measuring stress responses. HRV training can also be a good way of learning to manage stress.

Heart Rate.

Rather than just checking your heart rate, the NeuroInfiniti test checks what causes your heart rate to increase and how long it takes to return to “normal” after a challenge, providing valuable information on your responses.

Skin Conductance.

Skin conductance varies with moisture on the skin which is in turn a by-product of stress.


The normal stress response is to move blood away from the skin to the muscles where it may be needed to deal with the stress challenge. Temperature is one way of measuring this.

Respiration Rate.

The rate of your breathing and the way in which you breath (diaphragm/belly breathing versus upper chest) can give insights into your stress responses.

Muscle Activity.

The final component is measuring the level of activity in the face and shoulder muscles. These muscles often react in stressful situations.

Putting The Results Together.

The NeuroInfiniti puts these results together and gives and indication of the state of your nervous system. Generally people care categorised as:

  • Balanced
  • Over-aroused
  • Under-aroused
  • Unstable
  • Exhausted

This information will then be combined with the other results from your history, examination and any other testing to develop a diagnosis and management plan specifically for you. To arrange your assessment

call the clinic now of (02) 6331 1004.

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