The first visit to a new chiropractor can be nerve wracking if you’ve never been to one before. To lower the jitters, it’s best to know what to expect as you come into the office.
Your first visit will be a lot like a first-time visit to any new doctor. It’s likely to include:
- A health history. You will probably fill out a long form of questions about your health. The chiropractor may also ask additional questions, such as whether you have headaches or migraines or sleeping problems. He or she may also ask you about your diet and your activity level.
- A physical exam. The chiropractor may check your posture, looking for things that aren’t normal, such as one shoulder or hip that is higher than the other. The exam may also include a muscle test. This involves pressing an arm or leg against the chiropractor’s hand to test strength. You may also walk a short distance so that the chiropractor can check how you walk or other arm or leg movements.
When the chiropractor has all the information, it’s time to sit down with you and talk about treatment. If the treatment plan includes spinal manipulation, you could have it the same day or at a later appointment. Source: WebMD
During the Adjustment
During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor places you in specific positions to treat affected areas. Often, you’re positioned lying face down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping or cracking sounds as your chiropractor moves your joints during the treatment session.
Your chiropractor may recommend other treatment approaches in combination with chiropractic adjustment, such as:
- Heat or ice
- Electrical stimulation
- Weight loss
After the Treatment
Before you leave, the chiropractor might give you exercises to do at home. Chiropractors also have training to help you with diet and nutrition. They do not prescribe drugs. But you might get diet advice, and your chiropractor might also recommend diet supplements or vitamins for you.
Finally, you can expect to be scheduled for a follow-up visit. Most chiropractic treatments last for several weeks. The chiropractor may recommend you return for 2 or 3 visits a week. Follow-up visits often are shorter than your first visit, lasting from 10 to 20 minutes. Ask your chiropractor how long your treatments will last and when you should start to feel better.
After a treatment, you might have some soreness in the area your chiropractor adjusted. Let your chiropractor know if you have pain that continues or gets worse. Source: HealthGrades
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