Are you looking to learn more about receiving a chiropractic adjustment? Are you unsure of what to expect when you go for your first appointment? If so, then you’ll want to learn all that you can before you schedule your initial visit.
The important thing is learning about what to expect and how you’ll benefit from the treatment that you receive.
Chiropractic treatment has many amazing perks and is aimed at restoring your body’s natural posture. Be sure to read below for more information on what to expect during each appointment, as well as some of the benefits you’ll notice as a result.
What Happens During the First Visit?
The initial visit to your new chiropractor is all about finding what you’re going up against. The back pain you’re experiencing is a direct result of a misaligned spine, but the chiropractor needs a further examination of what that looks like.
For that reason, your initial visit will be filled with the chiropractor asking you questions, taking X-rays, and offering advice about your treatment.
As far as time goes, the initial visit or two are going to be the longest. They shouldn’t take any longer than an hour and a half or so. After that, your frequent appointments shouldn’t take any longer than 30 minutes, depending on the wait time.
The first visit will also be aimed at answering any questions that you have about chiropractic practice. Different chiropractors use different methods of treating their patients, so they’ll fill you in on their preferred method as well.
What Types of Adjustments Are There?
One of the most common questions for new patients is in reference to the type of adjustments you’ll receive. There are two types you can expect within a common chiropractic practice: spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization.
Spinal manipulation is the type of treatment that most people are familiar with. It involves short spurts of force in order to realign your spine. During this type of treatment, you’ll often hear a loud pop or crack as the spinal discs realign.
Spinal mobilization, on the other hand, consists of realigning the spine using methods of low force. This is a better option for elderly patients or patients with a need for less velocity. It’s likely you won’t hear any popping at all during this treatment.
What Are Some of the Benefits?
Here’s the major question: what type of benefits can you expect to receive after consistent chiropractic adjustments?
See below for many different advantages that you’ll notice after receiving chiropractic treatment.
1. Fewer Headaches
Many people deal with frequent or chronic headaches, but very few know what they stem from. A majority of your headaches are caused by the high amount of tension in your neck.
After receiving chiropractic treatment, you’ll notice far fewer headaches as your neck and spine return to their natural position. The adjustments will relieve the tension in your neck, thus reducing the normalcy of your headaches.
Even if you do still receive a headache from time to time, you’ll notice that they become far less painful. They’ll no longer cause you to adjust your day around them.
2. Boosts Recovery
If you work out or play sports frequently, you might not realize the toll your spine’s alignment is taking. Constant running and weight lifting can put an immense amount of pressure on your spine, causing the spinal discs to become misaligned.
Thankfully, chiropractic care is able to return the spine back to its original posture. This will help reduce the level of inflammation in your joints and muscles, relieving you of the pain you once felt.
By reducing the level of inflammation, a chiropractic adjustment also plays a big role in helping your body recover after a workout, game, match, etc.
3. Improved Functionality
Have you ever had the pain in your back make you feel as if you’re ten years older than you are? The misalignment in your spine can be a detriment to your overall physical health.
In fact, there’s an old Chinese proverb that states “you are as old as your spine”, which is a reference to the way a misaligned spine can affect your activity levels.
By getting chiropractic treatment, you’re helping shave the “years” off your spine, thus improving the functionality of your entire body. You might notice improved endurance, more energy each day, the ability to lift more, and even improved muscle mass.
Are Adjustments the Only Form of Treatment?
As far as receiving treatment from a medical professional, frequent adjustments are going to be the biggest help towards realigning your spine.
However, the treatment doesn’t start and stop when you walk in and out of the chiropractic office. In fact… it’s only just beginning!
Your chiropractor will give you several exercises and stretches that you can do to keep your spine aligned for longer. They will also give you methods of helping reduce pain such as heat and ice, supplementation, and tactics to help you relax.
Chiropractors aim to help you live a healthier lifestyle overall. Be sure to pick their brain every time that you’re in the office!
Schedule Your First Chiropractic Adjustment Today
Now that you’ve seen several intricate details of what to expect with a chiropractic adjustment, it’s time to schedule your first appointment!
Be sure to read this article on how a chiropractor can help relieve your lower back pain with an adjustment.
For more inquiries, please feel free to start by requesting an appointment online and we’ll be happy to assist you further!