WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTOR? Chiropractic physicians are doctors that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system. Doctors of chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional counseling.
WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT? The goal of an adjustment is promoting proper movement of the spine and extremities by applying an impulse directly over a restricted joint. This enables the joint to function more efficiently.
WHY IS THERE A POPPING SOUND? The manipulation of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble within the joint, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure in the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. This is not necessarily what makes for a good adjustment, but can be satisfying to hear something happen inside the body.
WILL THE ADJUSTMENT HURT? It is common to experience soreness after an adjustment. This is comparable to post exercise soreness. This soreness usually resolves within 24-48 hours. It is more typical to experience soreness on the first visit and should decrease as treatment progresses.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE FIRST VISIT? On your first visit you can expect to spend about an hour in the office. This will typically be your longest visit. You will need to fill out some paperwork before your visit starts. This paperwork can be emailed to you ahead of time if you would like. Following that, we will go through a history and physical exam in order to determine the cause of your complaint as well as any contributing factors. Once the history and exam are completed we will decide on an individualized treatment plan for you. In most cases treatment will be provided on your first visit as well.
HOW MANY TIMES WILL I NEED TO SEE THE DOCTOR? Your treatment plan may vary depending on your individual diagnosis. Some issues can be resolved in 1-2 treatments while others may require a more extensive treatment plan. The doctor will discuss and work with you to deliver care in a timely and efficient manner.