Your chiropractor may be treating your muscle or joint pain, but he or she needs to understand how your body functions as a whole.

Your chiropractor may be treating your muscle or joint pain, but he or she needs to understand how your body functions as a whole.

In particular he or she will focus on your spine, joints, muscles, and nervous system. Your chiropractor needs a complete picture of your health history and overall current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you.

 

Set aside at least 60 minutes for your first visit to the chiropractic clinic. Future visits typically last 30 minutes or less, and this may vary from time to time and is affected by the type of treatment you require. Here’s what you might expect.

The First Visit

Your chiropractor may ask about the following:

  • Personal and family medical history
  • Major illnesses
  • Surgeries or operations
  • Prescription or over the counter medications
  • A description of your present condition
  • Steps you have taken to manage your condition
  • Diet and exercise routine
  • Herbal remedies and other supplements
  • Your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life

TIP: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes

Your chiropractor may ask you to change into a gown to:

  • Check your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing
  • Test your reflexes, strength, and sensations
  • Assess your posture
  • Analyze your overall movement – through observing how you walk, turn, bend or lift things
  • Evaluation of how well your spine moves, identifying restrictions and areas of improper motion
  • X-ray your spine

TIP: Bring a copy of any x-rays or radiology reports you have

These assessments give your chiropractor a better picture of your health. He or she will make a diagnosis, prescribe a course of treatment, and once the matter of informed consent has been discussed, treatment begins. Treatment may commence during the first or in the next follow-up visit. If your chiropractor diagnoses a condition more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he or she will make a referral. Your treatment from the chiropractor, regardless of the stage of care, will often include exercise, diet, and other healthy living suggestions.

 

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