Your First Chiropractic Visit
By Randi Morse
You've decided that it's time to visit a chiropractic care center but you're not sure what to expect. Most of us are comfortable visiting our traditional doctor's office simply because we know exactly what to expect when we walk in the doors. If chiropractic treatment is new to you, you shouldn't worry. I'm going to walk you through every aspect of your first chiropractic visit at The Joint Chiropractic so that you will know exactly what to expect.
The First Visit
One of the great things about The Joint Chiropractic is that you don't need to have an appointment to be seen. Simply walk in when your schedule allows and the staff will guide you through any necessary paperwork. It's important to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes because you may be asked to lay on an adjustment table. Your first visit, including paperwork, will probably not last longer than about 30 minutes.
Once you walk into the clinic you should go straight to the registration desk. If this is your first visit, you'll fill out some paperwork that details your past medical history along with any other pertinent details. If you don't finish the paperwork during your time in the waiting room, don't worry. You will have time to finish it before you leave the office.
Being Called In
When your chiropractor is ready you will be called into the examining room. The initial consultation is all about determining what brought you into the office and how the chiropractor can help. Your chiropractor will examine you. Once you've been examined by the chiropractor, you'll discuss what the issue is and what the doctor intends to do just as any doctor would explain a procedure to you. Because you probably have restricted movement in your vertebrae from years of "life abuse," you'll probably get a chiropractic adjustment. The doctor will discuss what the best course of action is over the long term in order to help you reach optimal health.
If you're 30 years old and have never been to a chiropractor, 30 years of abuse of your joints may not be resolved in only one visit. This is something you'll discuss with your chiropractor. As well, it may take more than one adjustment to resolve a specific issue; it not uncommon. The thing to remember is that your chiropractor is focused on fixing the root cause of the problem whether it's acute or chronic.
The idea of going to a chiropractor's office should not scare you. Everyone who works in the office is there with the sole purpose to help you get better and make you feel comfortable. So ask questions and learn as much as you can about the process.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.