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Going to the Chiropractor for the First Time? Here’s What You Should Expect

If you’ve never been to the chiropractor before then you might be worried about what actually happens at your appointment. Anything that is unfamiliar or unknown can be a worrying event. This is certainly true for people who have never been to a chiropractor before. However, if this is a situation that you are currently in, then you have nothing to worry about. A good chiropractor (you might have also heard of it as just being called a chiro) will do everything they can to help relieve a patient’s symptoms as quickly as possible. 

They will also be able to provide advice on how to avoid any future episodes of back pain from occurring as well. There are many different chiropractic techniques that chiropractors will use. So, when you have been examined, you should make sure that you feel comfortable asking any questions that you think will help you better understand the chiropractic examination, diagnosis and treatment program that they offer you.

Medical History

As with any medical appointment, you should be prepared to offer your medical history. Your chiropractor will be interested in learning about any medications that you take, any allergies that you might have or any prior health conditions. In order to have a successful appointment, your chiropractor will need to learn as much as they can about you, as this way they can help figure out a way to help you.

If they don’t understand your medical history, then they might not be able to figure out how to help you for what you came in for. This is why you need to provide them with your history so that they can make an initial evaluation of how they can help you. To make things easier for them, make sure you know what your history is and try not to miss anything. Even if you think it’s something small, it makes more sense to just tell them just in case it can help them evaluate you. 

Physical Examination

Once they have learnt about your medical history, it’s time for them to start their physical examination of you. This is a much-needed part of your appointment, as otherwise your chiropractor will be unable to assess what the problem is. The examination will focus on any joint pain, tenderness, asymmetry, changes in your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, posture and spinal or other joint stability. 

The chiropractor will most likely examine the whole spine. For example, if you complain about having low back pain, then they are likely to perform a neck exam as well. The reason behind this is because one injury might cause irritation to other places of the spine. When you are being treated for your pain, you will most likely receive a series of adjustments. These can take place over a day or two, however, they might continue for several weeks, until your pain has gone. 

Conversation and Decision Making

At the end of your initial appointment, it will then be you and your chiropractors time to decide if chiropractic care is the right course of action for you. Normally, your chiropractor will sit down with you and tell you the risks and/or benefits of the treatment that you will receive. If chiropractic care is the best treatment for your overall health. If you decide to move forward with chiropractic care, then your chiropractor will establish an appropriate treatment plan for you.

Sometimes it can be hard to know what the best course of action is. If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, it can be a worrying thing. However, when you are having to deal with pain, it can be the best thing for you. Don’t just sit and think that you can deal with the pain, as it can have a negative effect if it persists for a long time. You should also go talk to a professional who has a better idea of how to help you, as there are plenty of common myths out there about back pain. Why suffer in silence, when you can get the help you need?

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