What to Expect on Your First Visit to the Chiropractor

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What to Expect When Going to the Chiropractor for the First TimeIf you are going to a chiropractor for the first time then you might wonder what the experience will be like and how you’ll feel afterward. Considering your busy schedule, you might find that a walk-in chiropractor is the best way to go. Whether you have scheduled appointments with a chiropractor or want to visit on a walk-in basis, there are many benefits to working chiropractic care into your routine. Here are a few things to expect out of your first visit to the chiropractor.

The Initial Consultation

The first time you meet with your chiropractor may sometimes be referred to as the initial consultation. This is a chance for the chiropractor to learn more about you, from your medical history, what brings you in for chiropractic care to how often you should see a chiropractor. Chiropractors take a more natural approach to your treatment, but it helps to understand what traditional medicine options you may have tried in the past and whether or not they have helped you. This is an opportunity for you to talk about what type of pain or discomfort you have been going through.

Your walk-in chiropractor will identify the root cause of your pain and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan unique to your needs. Whether you suffer from a recent injury or are dealing with chronic pain, your chiropractor can use diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays to get a better look at the affected area and pinpoint the cause of your pain. You can discuss your treatment goals with your chiropractor and talk about how to thoroughly address the root cause of your pain and how you can experience long-term healing in a short amount of time.

The First Adjustment

If it’s your first time going to a chiropractor then you might have heard things about back ‘popping’ or ‘cracking’, but a chiropractic adjustment is so much more than that – and it doesn’t even have to make a noise! Chiropractic adjustments can make noise, but the sound isn’t your bones; it’s actually the sound of gases being released in your joints. There are many types of chiropractic adjustment techniques and your chiropractor can talk with you about their preferred style as well as recommendations for your specific injury or issue.

Some people worry about whether the first adjustment will hurt and wonder how long it will take to experience relief from the pain that brought you into the office in the first place. While each body reacts a little differently to chiropractic care, an adjustment doesn’t hurt and it is possible to feel immediate relief afterward.

How You’ll Feel Afterward

Each person has their own experience for how they feel after a chiropractic appointment, and you may even notice a difference in how you feel afterward when you compare your first few visits to later ones. That is because similar to trying out a new workout, a chiropractic adjustment may engage muscles in a new or different way, causing you to be a bit sore. If your spine is out of alignment due to consistently poor posture, for example, then your muscles may need to re-learn how to better support your back and a healthier posture. You could experience some soreness at first, but start to feel stronger after a few visits.

What Chiropractors Can Treat

Chiropractors can treat many types of injuries and illnesses that have to do with the musculoskeletal system. While many people think of chiropractors as just working on the spine, they can actually help with all types of joint and bone issues, as well as pain in your muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Common areas treated by chiropractors include back pain, neck pain, joint problems, osteoarthritis, and sciatica pain. Chiropractors can also help with a range of car accident injuries like whiplash and concussions. You may also want to seek out a chiropractor if you struggle with chronic headaches, stress-related tension headaches, sore and stiff muscles, and even things like allergies. Chiropractors use a holistic approach to providing you with lasting relief from your illness or injury.

Chiropractic Care at ProCare Medical Centers

At ProCare Medical Centers, our walk-in chiropractors are available at convenient times and locations so you can get the help you need as soon as possible. We also focus on therapy options that offer rapid results so you can get back to your daily routines pain-free. Chiropractic care and other treatment options are available by walk-in and appointment basis, so visit our website to learn more about a location near you!