What to Expect at a Chiropractor Appointment
Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to improve your overall health and well-being, but it can be intimidating to take the first step. In this article, we'll walk you through what to expect at your first chiropractic appointments so you can feel more prepared and confident. We'll explore how to prepare for your first appointment, what happens during your initial consultation, and what ongoing treatment looks like.
How to Prepare for a Chiropractor Appointment
Your first chiropractic appointment can be an exciting time, but it's also normal to feel a little nervous. Here are a few tips to help you prepare and make the most of your visit:
What to Expect During Your First Visit to the Chiropractor
Step 1: Review Medical History
As with any initial medical appointment, chiropractors will start by reviewing your health history. There are certain things they need to know about your physical condition that may alter how they administer treatment. For example, does your family have a history of genetic, physical, or medical complications? Have you had recent injuries? Have you had surgeries in the past? Are you pregnant? All of these factors are crucial to know before beginning chiropractic care.
Step 2: Physical Examination
After discussing your health history, expect to have a physical examination. During the initial exam, the chiropractor will evaluate a variety of factors, including:
This allows chiropractors to assess your unique needs and determine how best to treat you — it’s all dependent on why you considered chiropractic in the first place. If you have chronic aches and pains, they’ll find the source and the best way to relieve them. If you have a sports injury, they’ll need to thoroughly examine the injury site to determine a treatment plan. At Petrak Family Chiropractic Center, we have an on-site X-ray that we may use as an added benefit.
What to Expect During Recurring Chiropractor Appointments
Step 1: Discuss Treatment Plan and Progression
At Petrak Family Chiropractic Center, we start your second visit with a detailed overview of our findings from your initial appointment. This helps give you a better understanding of your personalized treatment plan and clarify the cause(s) of your discomfort.
No patient is the same, so one size does not fit all. Treatment can vary from chiropractic spinal manipulation, massage therapy, physiotherapy and rehabilitation methods, or orthotic analysis. We want you to feel informed about your care, so we take the time to answer any questions you may have and make sure that you understand your treatment options. We also encourage you to provide feedback on your progress and any concerns you may have along the way.
Step 2: Begin Treatment
Once there is a clear understanding of your treatment plan and why we’re doing what we’re doing, we can begin treatment. Chiropractic care is both curative and preventive maintenance to the body so treatment is ongoing. We’ll schedule periodic appointments to check in on how you’re improving and how we can be helping stay on track.
We will also go over steps you can take to improve your condition outside of our office including stretches, nutritional advice and exercise recommendations. We keep an open atmosphere, so any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment plan are more than welcome!
If you’re ready to start taking charge of a healthier you, set up an initial appointment today!