6 Questions Everyone Should Ask Their Chiropractor

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Visiting a chiropractor for the first time can be an exciting experience, and during your first appointment, your chiropractor will be asking you a lot of questions. However it’s important to remember that this should be a two-way conversation, there are things you need to know about your Chiropractor before starting treatment.

Here are six questions you should ask.

How long will an appointment take?

It’s important to remember that your first appointment will be longer than future ones. As mentioned above, this is an opportunity for both of you to ask questions, which will take up a fair amount of time. Your chiropractor will also want to be thorough so they can diagnose and treat your condition properly.

Only after this is done will the medical side of things start. The likelihood is that the entire appointment will take around 60 minutes, with follow-up appointments being closer to the 30-minute mark

Will I be treated on my first visit?

This can vary, although many practices will only treat you on the second visit. This is efficient as it allows them to see more patients in a day.

It also depends on your particular circumstances. If your pain can be fixed with joint adjustment or manipulation, the chiropractor will do so. However, if you’ve had a recent accident or cardiac issues, for example, you should not be getting joint manipulation treatment straight away. There are other treatment options available, which your chiropractor will be able to identify from the first examination.

What exactly is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a careful, precision-like treatment. The chiropractor will use his hands and fingers on your joints, spinal cord, and soft tissues. This reduces inflammation and pain in the problem area – often this has an effect on the rest of the body, so you will leave the practice feeling a lot healthier.

How often should I visit?

Although you should experience immediate relief after your first visit to the practice, the best results will come after multiple sessions. These are normally weekly or bi-weekly.

Your course of treatment is not just about what happens at the practice either. Your chiropractor will suggest exercises you can do at home, as well as lifestyle and dietary changes you should make.

Will I be taught prevention?

Although it is in the chiropractor’s interest for you to keep returning, they absolutely should teach you how to stop issues from occurring in the future. It may be a cliché, but prevention is better than trying to find a cure!

At the start of each visit, the chiropractor may ask if you’ve been following the prevention tips previously suggested. Based on how well they are working, they may then give you additional tips.

Do you offer free consultations?

There are so many options available to you now in terms of chiropractors – the American Chiropractic Association estimates that by 2020 there will be over 80,000!

This means chiropractors are aware of the need to offer a ‘try before you buy’ option. In other words, they might give you the chance to come to their practice and see if it works for you. 

Like many of the best chiropractors, we offer free consultations with no commitment and no pressure. Contact us on 123-456-6789 to book an appointment and get started on your journey to a happier, healthier you.