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What You Need to Tell Your Chiropractor

By Karen Heslop

Chiropractors can tell a lot about patients from their posture and the way they walk. That doesn't make them mind readers, though. To ensure that your chiropractic care is as effective as it can be, you need to give a detailed medical history as well as describe how you're feeling.

If you want the best experience from your chiropractic visit, there's some important information to share with your chiropractor. 

The Daily Routine

For some people, the daily routine can be the source of chronic pain. For example, jobs that include a lot of repetitive motions, heaving lifting, or sitting for long periods can wreak havoc on the muscles and joints. One big hint that your job is an issue is the absence of pain when you go on vacation. Your chiropractor will definitely want to know.

Physical Activity Level

When it comes to pain, being sedentary and being extremely active can both cause pain. A lack of physical activity leads to weak muscles so the joints and spine don't get the support they need. Being very active, on the other hand, can increase the likelihood of persistent pressure on weight-bearing joints. Before seeing your chiropractor, be aware how active you are and be honest with yourself.

Headache Patterns

A headache every now and then might not mean much but you should definitely tell your chiropractor if you have them frequently. It's also important to note if they've been getting more painful or lasting longer. Your headache patterns can guide a chiropractor to the source of the pain or lead to a referral for further assessment.

Neck and Back Pain

Most persons seek out a chiropractor for these two reasons -- neck and back pain -- so it helps to get into the details. Was there a jarring collision, fall, or injury? Have you tried other methods to ease your pain? How long have you been in pain?

Other Painful Conditions

The body is complex and pain in two or three different areas can have the same source. It's helpful to let the chiropractor know if you're feeling pain in your joints or muscles. You should also mention if you've been diagnosed with conditions like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Additional Information

Since chiropractic adjustments aren't the same for everyone, it's good to mention if you have any other underlying conditions or a recent change in health. For example, persons who are pregnant or have had recent surgery may need special care.

There's no question that seeing a chiropractor can alleviate pain and correct misalignments in the body. However, if you don't communicate clearly, things might not go as well or as quickly as you want them to.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Diego, Calif.

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