Visiting the Chiropractor

Many people who visit a chiropractor for the first time may think that it will be just like visiting a medical doctor. In some ways it is, however, there are many ways these two visits are different. The following is a brief explanation of what the first appointment with a chiropractor is like. If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic adjustments can help you, call a clinic to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.

First Visit

When you first come to a chiropractic clinic, there will be paperwork that you will need to fill out, just as there is with at a medical practice. You will be asked to provide your contact information, medical history, and if there are any health concerns you currently have. Your chiropractor will want to know about your diet, stress levels, sleep habits, and other lifestyle habits. All of these are factors that can contribute to any symptoms you may be having.

The chiropractor will then want to know the history of any symptoms you are having. They will ask when symptoms began, what types of treatments you have tried, what makes your symptoms worse, and what makes the symptoms better. The more information you can provide to the chiropractor can help him or her determine if chiropractic treatment would be beneficial and, if so, what types of treatments will help.

The next step is to complete a thorough examination. This will include a full range of physical, neurological, and orthopedic tests which are designed to detect nerve interference caused by spinal misalignment. The tests will include bending, turning, testing reflexes, and a variety of noninvasive tests.

In some cases, the chiropractor may order diagnostic tests, including X-rays, thermography, surface electromyography, and more. All of these tests reveal functions of the patient’s nerve system and spine.  

Once the chiropractor has gathered together all the information from the exam and tests, they will share with you their findings. Depending on the extent of testing needed, this may be done on the first or second visit. At this time, the chiropractor will also share their treatment recommendations, including what types of things you can do at home, such as dietary changes, stretches, and exercises.

After the chiropractor discusses the adjustment treatment plan and physical therapy in Baltimore, MD, they are recommending, you will have your first chiropractic adjustment. The chiropractor will use their hands and/or a small instrument to add a specific amount of energy to the spine, at just the right place and time. These adjustments reduce nerve interference along your spine and restore healthy patterns to the spine. Many patients are surprised at how good these adjustments feel and how much better they feel, often after just one or two treatments.

Thanks to Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic for their insight into chiropractic care and your first visit to the chiropractor.