If you’re new to the world of chiropractic care you may find yourself with a lot of questions. Chiropractic is one of those issues that everyone has an opinion on, even if they don’t really know the facts. If you’re interested in a simple overview with solid answers that will help you decide if chiropractic care will benefit you (it will), and what you should expect during your first visit, this is the guide for you. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions people have before they visit their chiropractor for the first time:
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is a natural treatment that focuses on maintaining a balance between all of the body’s systems: muscular, skeletal and neurological. Furthermore, it addresses the way that these systems work together to heal the body.
Who can benefit?
Anyone who suffers from back and neck discomfort, joint tingling or any type of chronic pain will benefit from chiropractic care. People who are interested in holistic health and wellness will be especially excited about chiropractic’s non-pharmaceutical approach to healing.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is a procedure where a trained specialist (chiropractor) uses their hands, a small instrument or a specialized table to apply a controlled force to a certain area of the body. Regular adjustments correct spinal alignment and increase your body’s efficiency and function. They also feel great.
Why would I go?
Neck, shoulder and lower back pain are the usual reasons that people visit a chiropractor. Your chiropractor is a practitioner of holistic healthcare and will be able to help and advise you in many health and wellness areas.
What should I expect my first time?
For your first visit, you can expect a thorough examination including a medical history, a physical exam with particular attention being paid to the spine, and possibly other tests, including x-rays. Your chiropractor will assess your complaint, diagnose the problem and discuss a treatment plan with you. An adjustment, ultrasound or some other form of heat treatment or massage may be a part of the treatment that you receive. Expect your chiropractor to speak with you at length about ways for you to live a healthier life, with positive emphasis on things that you are doing right, and encouragement to change things that will improve your physical well-being.
What kind of results can I expect?
After an adjustment or other chiropractic procedure, you may experience minor side effects like soreness for a few days, but these will soon fade. As with anything your mileage may vary, but you can expect to notice a marked improvement after the first few trips to your chiropractor’s office. Soon, you may find yourself looking forward to your treatment days in advance.