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What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Appointment

Over the past few years, an increasing number of people are looking for natural ways to manage their injuries or pain, and improve their overall health. Chiropractic treatment has become popular with patients of all ages. The treatment offers a non-invasive, non-surgical approach to healing injuries and managing pain. People new to chiropractic care may not know the many benefits that treatment offers, beyond addressing pain. Chiropractic care not only manages pain and other symptoms, but the treatment also addresses the underlying causes of the pain.

At The Chiropractic Doctors, our chiropractors utilize innovative treatment therapies based on the needs of every individual patient, helping them to achieve their wellness goals through all-natural treatments.

Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor for Pain Relief

At The Chiropractic Doctors, we provide an alternative treatment approach that doesn’t involve the use of invasive surgical procedures or harmful pain meds. At our facility, we commonly help patients suffering from a wide variety of injuries and chronic conditions. We specialize in chiropractic adjustments that help with sports injuries, acute low-back pain, migraines, joint pain, shoulder pain, herniated discs, neck pain, and more.

The other conditions that can be managed with chiropractic treatment include, but are not limited to:

  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Foot pain
  • Pinched nerves
  • Hand and arm pain
  • Foot, ankle, and wrist injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal pain
  • Back pain due to poor posture
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Leg and knee pain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Auto accident injuries
  • Chronic conditions
  • Pregnancy-related pain and discomfort

The goal of chiropractic care is to identify the underlying cause of pain and discomfort and address this issue to prevent a reoccurrence of the pain in the future while providing effective and quick pain reduction.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Help

Chiropractic care helps restore the structures of the body back to its optimal state prior to the injury, illness, or other circumstances that caused the symptoms. Chiropractic therapy techniques, such as spinal manipulation, are used to remove irritation to the spinal nerves. This type of irritation can be caused by joint fixations or restrictions. After manual manipulation, once spinal alignment is restored, a patient can experience normal motion, reduced main, and improved mobility.

Below are some important reasons why chiropractic treatment has become popular with many people all over the world:

  • Spinal adjustments work to optimize and normalize joint motion and other types of normal body functions
  • Treatment can improve balance and coordination within the body
  • Adjustments can reduce muscle tension
  • Regular treatment can improve range of motion and flexibility
  • Care can also minimize or eliminate chronic pain, allowing the body to heal faster
  • Chiropractic care can restore optimal health, without the use of harmful pain meds or invasive surgeries
  • If a patient is in physical therapy, a chiropractor can also work with a patient’s physical therapist to create a care plan that complements both forms of treatment

What to Expect at Your Initial Chiropractic Appointment

Most new chiropractic patients feel somewhat nervous before their first appointment.

Here are some things you can expect from your first chiropractic care session:

Appointment Length

A chiropractic appointment for a new patient can last from half an hour up to forty-five minutes. The length of the appointment will depend on the reason for your visit. Subsequent sessions are often faster.

During your first visit, you will need to fill out some paperwork, concerning your medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions, the reason for the visit, such as spinal pain, or chronic low-back pain. A chiropractor will also want to know how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms, the level of pain, and other important details that will help them provide the best and most effective treatment.

The Goals of A New Patient Chiropractic Therapy Appointment

At a patient’s first appointment,a chiropractor will have a few main goals:

  • Identify the cause of the problem
  • Ensure proper alignment of the spine
  • Build a relationship with the patient
  • Discuss treatment options and create a personalized treatment plan that allows a chiropractic patient to achieve their health goals

Physical Assessment

After your paperwork has been reviewed, your chiropractor will do a physical assessment, checking for bad posture, while assessing the lumbar spine, cervical spine hip flexors, joints, and reflexes. To check your range of motion and spinal movement, you may need to twist your body in different ways. Your chiropractor may also press on certain areas and ask if you’re experiencing pain, to help them identify the problem, such as spinal joint fixation.

Every chiropractor has their own approach to medical care and addressing each patient’s needs and will often use manual adjustments, however, chiropractic manipulations using activator adjusting instruments may also be used.

During a physical assessment, a chiropractor will identify any vertebrae that are fixated or misaligned, then use spinal manipulation to align the vertebrae and restore function.

During a Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment

In most cases, spinal adjustment is a painless procedure.

Spinal adjusting is done to realign the vertebrae in the spine. During a spinal adjustment, a chiropractor may rotate, push, or pull a section of the body. You may even hear an audible popping sound as the spinal joints readjust. This is completely normal and is simply air bubbles that are released from inside a joint capsule.

After a chiropractic adjustment, you may feel instant relief. In other cases, patients may require more treatment sessions to help alleviate their pain. It will all depend on a patient’s condition and the severity of the condition.

Personalized Active Treatment Plan

Based on the reason for your visit, your health, and many other factors, your chiropractor will create a personalized active treatment plan that will help you achieve your wellness goals and manage your pain. This health plan will also include manual therapy treatment frequency, and any alternative treatments needed, such as heat therapy, soft tissue therapy, massage therapy, or prescribed exercises.

After an Adjustment

After a chiropractic therapy session, you may feel mild muscle soreness, however, this will resolve within a matter of hours. Mild soreness is very common as the muscles and spine adapt to the correct alignment. During this time, it’s safe to do light activities immediately following treatment, unless otherwise instructed by your chiropractor. However, most chiropractors will caution against any type of strenuous activity.

Begin Your Chiropractic Therapy Journey Today

If you’re ready to make positive changes, manage your pain or injury naturally, and achieve your health goals through the use of holistic treatment, contact The Chiropractic Doctors today to schedule an appointment. A health care provider at our facility can provide a safe, gentle, effective, and natural way to manage your acute or chronic low-back pain, or help you recover from an injury, or manage your illness. We look forward to helping you reach your health and wellness goals. Schedule an appointment with The Chiropractic Doctors today.

Call our office to book your next appointment, and discover why The Chiropractic Doctors are consistently rated 5 stars by your neighbors!

 


This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.


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