AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
Take this opportunity to let your doctor know if you have had any past injuries or any medical conditions and if you are on any medications. Also, be sure to discuss your lifestyle habits such as drugs or alcohol use and how much you exercise, sleep, what your eating habits are like, any stress, and how your sleep is.
Next, they will do a physical examination. Your chiropractor will feel your spine, move all your joints and watch how you walk. They will test your reflexes, muscle strength and see the range of motion you have in your arms and legs. They may also request some X-rays or have your blood pressure checked.
YOUR FIRST CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
You may have gotten this injury during a single event such as lifting something heavy. Or you may have gotten the injury through repetitive action, for instance, sitting in your desk chair for extended periods of time. Either of these types of injuries can cause inflammation and pain and lead to having limited mobility and function. The adjustment will help restore the mobility of the joint, which will reduce your pain and allow your body to heal from the injury.
Chiropractic care can also be beneficial for other issues you are experiencing like migraines and headaches, carpal tunnel, neck and shoulder pain.
You may be wondering what to expect at the chiropractor adjustment. During the adjustment, you will lay on a chiropractic table that is designed to facilitate the procedure. You may need a correction to the alignment of your pelvis so your doctor will elevate a portion of the table under your hips. By elevating your hips it will help that portion of the adjustment.
While the doctor is adjusting your spine, it’s normal to hear some cracking or popping. This is the sound of your spine moving and gasses that are built up being released. You may also hear the table move and make noises depending on what technique the chiropractor is using at the time. These noises are nothing to be worried about and are all normal for this type of treatment.
Your chiropractor may also use some specialized equipment to assist in correcting your spinal alignment. They may also apply heat or ice to your trouble area and a muscle massage to loosen up tight areas.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
Your chiropractor is also capable of providing you with advice on diet and nutrition. Certain foods may cause inflammation to your joints so avoidance is key. Also, if you have some extra weight, it will put pressure on your joints. Losing this weight will help reduce the pain you are experiencing. Your chiropractor may also recommend dietary supplements or vitamins that can aid your health and well being.
Your doctor will likely recommend that you come back for follow up visits. These visits will include additional adjustments and maintaining the curve of your spine, especially the cervical area of your spine. The cervical curve is an important aspect of how your body functions as a whole. The nervous system in this area controls your breathing, heart rate, muscle function, vision, and headaches.
Follow up visits do not usually take as long as your first initial visit. Going a few times a week may seem like a hassle but they should only take up a small portion of your day.
READY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Chiropractic care is known to be a safe and effective way to maintain your optimal level of health and happiness. Chiropractors have been trained in other areas as well, including the nervous system, nutrition, bone and joints, and exercise therapy.
This care doesn’t have to begin after you have suffered an injury or experience pain and discomfort. Visiting a chiropractor regularly can maintain your spinal health before an issue begins.
If you are ready to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!