Your First Chiropractic Visit
Set aside approximately one hour for your first visit to our office. (Future visits typically last around 10-15 minutes depending on the treatment.) On your first visit you will complete a questionnaire about your current health concerns and past health. Your chiropractor will ask you about:
- where you are having pain and for how long
- the steps you have already taken to manage your problem
- your health goals
- your diet and exercise
- your sleeping habits, daily activities and work, and stress levels
It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to our office. You may be asked to change into a gown or shorts for an examination. The examination will likely include neurological testing (reflexes for example) and other tests to evaluate your musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It may include a postural analysis and an analysis of how your body moves. The chiropractor may observe how you walk, turn or bend and may use their hands to assess the spine and areas of pain.
Tips for appointments with your chiropractor
Bring a copy of any X-rays or radiology reports you have. These assessments give your chiropractor a better picture of your complete health. She will make a diagnosis, prescribe a course of treatment, and once the matter of informed consent has been discussed, treatment usually begins.
If your chiropractor diagnoses a condition more appropriately treated by another health care professional, she will make a referral.
Stages of chiropractic care
- Relief care is provided for relief of immediate pain, restricted mobility and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age, physical condition, how long you have had the current complaint, and previous injuries, a few or several visits over a relatively short period of time may be necessary.
- Corrective care treats conditions more severe, recurring or that have existed with or without pain for some time. these may require a longer, more complex period of care. Once the severity of your condition has decreased through relief care, corrective care helps to restore normal function to your spine, muscles, supporting tissues and the nerves affected by them.
- Supportive or maintenance care helps you maintain and preserve the benefits you've achieved from relief and corrective care. Chiropractors are also trained to detect conditions in their early stages, often before you feel pain or reduced mobility. Continuing to work with your chiropractor and having periodic spinal check-ups and treatments, if needed, will keep your spine as healthy as possible. Your chiropractor will work with you to find a maintenance schedule that suits your condition, health care goals, and lifestyle.
Your treatment from your chiropractor, regardless of the stage of care, will often include exercise, diet and other healthy living suggestions to help keep you healthy and strong.
Your chiropractor will discuss a schedule of care, which will depend on your specific circumstances. For some people chiropractic treatment is like a regular tune-up, to help deal with the daily wear and tear of life. For others, it's simply an effective treatment when pain or discomfort strikes.
Take the time to discuss with your chiropractor the treatment plan that's best for you.