- What is the Goal of Chiropractic Care?
- What Happens During a Chiropractic Exam?
- How are Adjustments Done?
If someone is visiting a chiropractor, chances are they want to alleviate some sort of pain. Usually, people go to the chiropractor for spine-related concerns. However, some people are not aware of the benefits of chiropractic, and so they are afraid to try it for the first time.
Here we are going to talk about what patients can expect from their chiropractors when receiving this type of alternative treatment for the very first time.
What is the Goal of Chiropractic Care?
Every chiropractor’s objective is to treat patients who are experiencing pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. They are concerned with the health and wellness of each patient, and will even offer tips on how they can stay in shape.
Chiropractors want to make sure patients feel better after the spinal adjustment session. This means that the patient should be free of pain, tension, discomfort, and soreness as soon as possible.
What Happens During a Chiropractic Exam?
Chiropractors don’t treat patients until they understand their full condition. An initial chiropractic exam is conducted beforehand. The chiropractor will draw up a complete health history of the patient, and then follow it up with a thorough examination.
The chiropractor may test the patient’s reflexes, or perform other chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological testing. In some cases, chiropractors ask for spinal x-rays or other imaging as needed.
Once these steps have been taken, the chiropractor can come up with a proper treatment plan that addresses the patient’s problems.
How are Adjustments Done?
With the patient’s consent, the chiropractor may perform one or more adjustments or manipulations on the spine. Chiropractic treatment is focused on the philosophy that the body can repair itself optimally if the spine is in proper alignment.
Daily activities and accidents can put a strain on the spine and the joints, as well as the ligaments, muscles, and bones. Chiropractors use targeted movements to restore their alignment. Spinal adjustments are painless and non-invasive. It does create a popping sound during an adjustment, which is why many people say that chiropractors “crack your back”. But this sound is actually made by air bubbles being released in between joints.
Many patients find that all it takes is a single adjustment in order to start feeling relief from their pain. But others go back and receive continuous care over the course of multiple chiropractic visits. There are times when it takes more than one visit before the painful symptoms start to disappear. This is natural, normal, and common.
Each patient is different, and there are usually many different factors involved in the pain. Some of the causes of pain are long-standing. And so treating them overnight is not realistic.
After the pain is relieved, your chiropractor would discuss your options for rehabilitative care. Some would recommend massage therapy, physical therapy, or even just recommend certain exercises you can do at home. They are concerned with your health, and so they will suggest meals and diet plans to make sure you stay in top condition.
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