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Always Update Your Chiropractor on These 4 Things

By Brandi Goodman 

You may think that once you've told your chiropractor the details of your life -- medical, surgical, traumatic, and otherwise -- that you never have to discuss these things again. Though you may not have an update each visit, it is still imperative that you continue to communicate to your chiropractor some important things each time they arise. Doing so will ensure the continual advantage of a full and accurate treatment plan.

New Medical Conditions

Just because you didn't have a medical condition the last time you visited the chiropractor doesn't mean you don't have one now. If you ever develop a new medical condition -- or are even just feeling unwell at the time -- it's important to disclose this to your chiropractor so they can take it into consideration when completing your adjustment.

New Medications

Certain medications can cause unusual symptoms. You may experience discomfort, nausea, a lack of sleep, and more because of the pills you're taking. Always update your chiropractor when you begin a new medication so he or she can be made aware of what you're using and plan their treatment accordingly. 

Recent Surgeries or Traumas

Perhaps you've had a recent surgery or experienced a trauma, such as a car accident. These are especially important to disclose to your chiropractor. A major surgery and trauma could result in scar tissue, unresolved pain, and other side effects. The chiropractor may need to avoid certain areas or use an extremely gentle technique when working on you.

Lifestyle Changes

Maybe you've started smoking. Perhaps you've just been sitting far more often than before and haven't gotten the exercise you used to. Letting your chiropractor know about these changes can help them pinpoint why you may now be experiencing pain in certain areas. This can help them tailor the treatment plan to your needs at the time, and offer advice on how to get back to a healthier lifestyle in the future. 

It's always important to be honest and accurate when disclosing your information to your chiropractor. There's no judgement offered. Doctors at The Joint Chiropractic simply want to be sure they have all the information possible to provide you with the safest and most effective adjustment for your body. Keep them updated each time you visit so your adjustment can work as needed to ease your discomfort and improve your well-being.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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