Chiropractic care is a great alternative to using medicines for pain. In a chiropractic adjustment session, the chiropractor will use a hands-on approach to help adjust and realign your spine, muscles, and joints. Chiropractic care is a great way to help heal or eliminate pain for people experiencing discomfort in different areas of their bodies. The reason is that it helps relieve your nervous system, thus reducing pain.

If it is your first time going to a chiropractor, you may be anxious to know what to expect during your chiropractic adjustment session. Thankfully, there is not much to worry about because you are dealing with licensed professionals, and in most cases, it is a lot like going through the motions when you see a regular doctor.  

But, knowledge is power. Therefore it is good to know what to expect. 

The Intake

Chiropractors are considered to be primary care providers (PCP). Therefore, just like when you visit a PCP for the first time, you will have to fill out forms letting the chiropractor know about your medical history, what medications you are taking (if any), and where the pain is in your body. The specialist will often have a drawing of the human body where you can mark where you are having symptoms. 

The Physical Exam

Following the intake form, your chiropractor will do a physical exam of the spine and test the functions of the parts of the body where you are experiencing pain. For example, if you are having back pain, the chiropractor will examine your back and spine because some symptoms of back pain involve the spine, which is one of their specialties. They will also check the patient’s range of motion, reflexes, muscle strength and perform neurological and orthopedic tests, similar to a regular physical exam. 

The Treatment Plan

the chiropractor will develop a treatment plan based on your physical exam and the problems you have. The treatment plan could be just a few simple adjustments or could be more complex, requiring multiple sessions. They may recommend various treatments based on the conditions you have. They will also consider the extent of your injury and pain, the state of your spine, your overall health, and the goals you want to obtain. 

The Adjustment

Based on all the information collected above, the chiropractor will do an adjustment session. An adjustment is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, direction, leverage, and velocity at specific joints. The whole process is a controlled experience to ensure your safety. The adjustments happen to the joints where you are experiencing pain and the spine. The goal is to create alignment and improve joint function. If needed, the chiropractor will adjust certain parts of the body in several sessions to ensure that your body adjusts appropriately and does not get agitated. Adjustments are usually accompanied by electrical stimulation, rehabilitative exercise, help with diet, and sometimes natural supplements. 

A chiropractic adjustment is usually a good experience and is nothing to be scared about. You are in the hands of professionals with years of experience. If you have any anxiety about your first meeting, snapcrack.com recommends scheduling an initial appointment with your chiropractor to ease your worries.

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