Has your family doctor or specialist referred you to a chiropractor for treatment? Are you a little confused about what to expect?
For one, you can expect relief. Studies show that over 90% of patients experience a reduction in pain thanks to chiropractic adjustments. They’re also far less likely to need any form of opioid pain management for whatever ails them.
These outstanding success rates depend on some pretty intensive measures, so prepare yourself with this guide on what to expect from your first chiropractor visit.
- Initial Paperwork
Upon arrival, the receptionist will greet you and guide you through all the necessary paperwork. You’ll need to provide information about your symptoms, your medical history, and what you hope to achieve from the visit.
To save time, you can often download the necessary forms from the chiropractor’s website, or pick them up a few days early and complete them at home before you arrive.
- Pre-Treatment Evaluation
When your chance comes to see the chiropractor, you’ll spend a lot of time discussing your symptoms. Next, they’ll ask you about your aims and what you’d hope to achieve from your treatments.
Afterward, they’ll examine you to get a better idea of the issues you’re dealing with.
- Chiropractic Exams
During the physical exam, the chiropractor will focus on your areas of complaint, specifically your spine and joints. They may also test your range of motion and analyze your posture.
Next, they’ll conduct a muscle strength test and an orthopedic test. Often the chiropractor will discover several issues that you were unaware of.
- Treatment Plan
After your physical examination, your chiropractor will work with you to develop a future treatment plan. Each treatment plan’s unique and depends on several factors. These are:
- The severity and extent of your condition
- Your general health
- Your spinal condition
- Your unique goals
Ultimately, your chiropractor wants to deliver on your expectations. They’ll adjust your program according to what you want. Whether it’s merely pain relief or a chance to improve your athletic ability.
- Chiropractic Adjustment
The next phase of your chiropractic appointment involves your first treatment. Usually, this will involve a neck or spine adjustment. Your doctor will describe the process to you in detail beforehand as well as the reasons for it.
You might hear a popping sound during your adjustment. This is nothing to worry about, it’s the sound of gas bubbles popping at your joints as the treatment releases the pressure on them.
This is completely harmless, although it’s a little unnerving.
What to Do After Your First Chiropractor Visit
You’re likely to experience relief from your very first chiropractor visit but it’s important to comply with any follow-up visits as advised by your doctor.
So, be sure to schedule your next appointment the moment you leave your initial chiropractic consultation. If you don’t follow the plan devised by your chiropractor, you won’t achieve lasting relief from your symptoms.
Now you know what to expect at the chiropractor, would you like some more useful wellness-related advice? Be sure to check out some of the articles in the ‘health’ section of my blog.