Trying something new and unfamiliar can be scary. Many of our first-time patients express apprehension when seeking chiropractic care for the first time. A quick Google search will give you a whole variety of experiences: some rave about how amazing chiropractic is, others are negative, and some fall right in the middle. If you have never seen a chiropractor before, it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Before your first visit to our practice, we wanted to calm your nerves and address some frequently asked questions.
Whether you get a chiropractic adjustment or not during your first visit will depend on your condition. Either way, you will receive a consultation. We will ask questions to determine where the pain is that you are experiencing, how severe it is, other symptoms you might be experiencing, and family history. These questions will help us determine the cause and severity of your condition. We will also take a look and feel of your spine.
The great news is that adjustments are quick and painless. We may pull, push, or twist a section of your body to realign any misalignments (also called subluxations) along the spine. The chiropractic adjustment may be accompanied by a “popping” noise as your joints are readjusted. The “pop” is nothing to worry about, and is completely normal. Some patients report immediate relief after a realignment. We can’t guarantee you will experience this during your first visit, as it is dependent upon your particular condition and its severity.
One of the most common questions our first time chiropractic patients ask us is whether or not they will experience pain. Most patients report that chiropractic adjustments don’t hurt at all. You might feel uncomfortable or even awkward at first, but pain is very rarely experienced. Some do feel soreness after an adjustment, but not to worry! That soreness is common after any contorting of the body, and it will go away shortly on its own.
What Will Chiropractors Treat?
There is a common misconception that you should only see a chiropractor if your neck or back are hurting. Although these are great reasons to see a chiropractor, they aren’t the only ones! Poor digestion, sore muscles, headaches, and aching joints are all common ailments we work to treat. If you aren’t feeling your best, schedule a consultation or give us a call to see if chiropractic care can help.
There are many benefits to chiropractic care, and adjustments are nothing to be afraid of. Our team is dedicated to making you feel your best in a comfortable environment. Contact our practice today to get your health back on track!