What Can I Expect?
By consulting our office, you’re taking an exciting first step toward better health. Chiropractic care is different. It is this difference that offers new ways to get well and stay well.
Here is what to expect on your first visit to our office:
- You’ll meet the doctor after filling out some brief paperwork describing you, your health history and your health goals. We offer this initial consultation so we can both get to know one another.
- If you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care and we think we can help you, an examination follows. We’ll study the way you turn and bend. We may test your reflexes. These and other physical, orthopedic and chiropractic tests help us locate areas of your spine that could be the cause of your problem. Our examinations are thorough and will put you at ease.
- We’ll study the results and give you a complete report of our findings. We’ll show you what we found and the conclusions we’ve reached. If we find that you would benefit from consulting a different practitioner, we’ll make the proper referral. Otherwise, we’ll recommend a program of specific chiropractic adjustments.
- With a plan in place to fulfill your health goals, future visits will take just minutes. The purpose of subsequent visits will be to locate and reduce your vertebral subluxations and monitor the healing process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need X-rays?
X-rays and other types of images can be helpful. Pictures of your spine, especially after trauma, can confirm our other findings and make your care more precise. We can tell if we need them after completing our other examinations.
How long until I feel better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take months, sometimes years. Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors which can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health condition, muscle tone, diet and even your attitude.
When will I get my first adjustment?
It depends upon your complaint and how long it may take to study your examination findings. This is a clinical decision and varies from patient to patient.
Will I receive any medication for my pain?
No. Chiropractic doctors don’t dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, ask for directions on how to use ice to control any painful symptoms. Ice, when properly applied, can have an analgesic effect without the side effects associated with pain medications.