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Even if you’ve heard of the benefits of chiropractic care, it can be intimidating to actually go and visit a chiropractor, especially if you don’t know what to expect. We’re here to help you with that. On this article, we will be discussing what to expect from your first chiropractic visit.

The anxiety you feel is normal: visiting any new healthcare provider for the first time can be nerve-wracking. And chiropractic treatment can be even more intimidating for newcomers because of the term “spinal adjustment”. While the treatment method is perfectly safe, that two-word phrase can be scary. But this is only because people don’t fully grasp how these adjustments are done, and why they are necessary—and how painless they are.

Here’s what you need to know about your first chiropractic visit.

What to Expect from Your First Chiropractic Session

Visiting A ChiropractorChiropractors know that you have a lot of questions about the procedure, so feel free to ask away. If you want to make sure the practitioner knows what they are doing, ask if they are licensed. Also, try to learn about their specializations. This is the most proactive way you can manage your fears. But chiropractors aren’t supposed to be frightening.

Initial visits can last from 45 minutes to an hour. Your chiropractor will assess your condition, to see what needs to be done. For this reason, the length of your first visit may depend on the injury or condition for which you are being treated. Expect subsequent visits to be much shorter.

The first session involves building a therapeutic relationship in which the chiropractic practitioner fully understands your needs. Everybody is different, so no two chiropractic sessions are exactly the same for individuals with similar problems. Chiropractors are medical professionals who are trained to assess, diagnose, and manage various musculoskeletal conditions.

Take advantage of this phase to communicate your health goals and needs. Ask them all questions you may have about the treatment. This helps build trust, while also giving you an idea on what you are about to feel.

Your chiropractor will try to determine the cause of the problem, and then formulate a treatment plan accordingly. Expect them to ask questions about your personal and family medical history. Be sure to tell them about any major illnesses you have encountered, as well as surgeries and operations you’ve gone through.

If you are taking medications, tell them about it. Give them a description of your general state of health, your area of concern, your sleeping habits, and daily activities. It can also be a good idea to share your diet and exercise habits. This will give them a clear idea of what your body is going through on a daily basis.

Some patients need to go through x-ray, some do not. Again, this depends on your condition.

As for the actual chiropractic adjustments, this may be done either on your first visit, or the next one. If it is the latter, make sure you clarify the schedule so that you’ll be available on the given date.

Your chiropractor is trained to perform spinal manipulation to get you in proper alignment. And with the information you provided, and the data they got from your diagnosis, they would be able to target the areas that need the most attention.

Don’t worry: chiropractic adjustments are much gentler than they look. Some people compare it with hard massages. You may feel a bit of pain, but it is not something you wouldn’t be able to tolerate—and it’s something that definitely leaves you feeling so much better. It’s designed to provide instant relief or at least some pain reduction.

You’ll be glad you went through with it. Chiropractic care is a holistic, yet non-invasive treatment method—one of the best natural healing methods out there.

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