Your First Visit to the Chiropractor
By Randi Morse
Fear of the unknown is a huge reason why people avoid doing things. Take the chiropractor. It's not that you're scared of going to the chiropractor, it's more that you're unsure what you should expect from your visit. What are they going to ask about, and are you going to experience a lot of pain from your visit? Let's break down what you can likely expect from your first chiropractic visit to The Joint Chiropractic.
Whenever you first visit a healthcare office you're going through what is known as the intake process. It's during this time that you will be giving the office the information that they need. You may be asked to give information about your health history, and you may also be asked about information on your family's relevant health history as well. Generally, chiropractic offices include a basic drawing of a human body on their intake paperwork. This allows you to circle the areas that are causing you discomfort.
The Physical Exam
Once you've completed the initial paperwork, there may be a short wait -- depending on if there are others ahead of you -- and you'll be taken to an adjustment bay; at The Joint Chiropractic, everything is done in the open. You should never be in a closed room and you'll never be asked to remove your clothes. The chiropractor will introduce him or herself and will ask you about the reason that you've visited the office. The chiropractor may do a basic exam, just to make sure that everything is working the way it is supposed to, and will then likely do a more thorough examination on the area that is causing you discomfort. You may experience things like range of motion tests, reflex tests, orthopedic tests, and muscle strength comparisons, among others.
The Treatment Plan
Once your chiropractor is comfortable with a diagnosis they will work with you on a treatment plan. This plan will lay out the different options available to help you reach your health goals and should give you a good idea as to how often you should visit your chiropractor for treatment and any exercises you should do at home. However, because of the importance of the spinal cord and the spinal column, and all it affects, it's regular chiropractic care is recommended.
The Joint Chiropractic seeks to make every experience as easy and smooth as possible, especially for those who are new to the chiropractic world. They offer affordable treatment and open office hours along with friendly and knowledgeable staff who are happy to answer any questions you may have.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tempe, Ariz.