Chiropractic, Things to Know About Going to a Chiropractor

Did a family member or a friend suggest you see a chiropractor? When you complain of chronic neck pain or back pain, it’s normal for your family and a few close friends to worry. If you have family members in the medical field they will straight out tell you that taking painkillers is not a wise move because these synthetic medications come with long-term side effects.

Chiropractic treatment is a safe, natural and drugless way to address body aches and pains. The process is quite similar to how medical doctors treat patients. It starts with an exam then a diagnosis and then lastly your chiropractor will create a personalized treatment care plan to address your health issues. Chiropractors help address problems that affect your spine and nervous system. Here are a few things you need to know about chiropractic care before you make an appointment.

What Happens During A Consultation With Your Chiropractor?

Here’s what you can expect during your first visit to your chiropractor. You will be asked to fill out some documents that contains questions about yourself, your current health state and why you are seeking treatment. When you’re done submitting your document, your chiropractor will interview you to get a more detailed history of your condition. This is essential so that your chiropractor will be able to understand the nature of your problem. Neurological tests, active ranges of motion, postural exam and orthopedic tests and a comprehensive body and spinal exam will be conducted. Your chiropractor may also order X-rays of your problem area.

What Will Your Chiropractor Look At?

Before creating your treatment plan, your chiropractor will check your spine and body for any dysfunction that could disrupt your nerves resulting in numbness, tingling and pain. Subluxation is a term that refers to the misalignment of the bones in your spine that’s responsible for creating extra pressure on your ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. The added pressure will create more tension in your spine and this will result to pain. During a chiropractic treatment, your chiropractor will apply calculated force on specific areas of your joints or spine to restore its movement and function.

How Long Does A Spinal Adjustment Take?

The amount of time you’ll spend for a spinal adjustment will depend on your complaints. However, usually it only takes around 5 to 10 minutes but there are instances wherein other exercises and physical therapy are done during the same visit. This would mean an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

Can Children Receive Chiropractic Care Too?

The good news is that chiropractic care is for everyone, young and old. So yes, your children can get treated.

Do Chiropractors Only Perform Spinal Adjustments?

Although chiropractors are known for correcting spinal misalignment that is the reason for pain, irritation, numbness and tingling, it’s not the only adjustments they do. Chiropractors also apply pressure in your legs, arms, shoulders, wrists, hands and elbows. Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care does not just focus on the spine alone, it is for your entire body.

Why Does The Joint Make A Popping Sound When Adjusted?

Whenever a chiropractor makes an adjustment on any part of your body, you may hear that signature popping sound. This is owed to the release of gas from the affected joint. Just think of it as opening a jar of jam. The first time you open it you’ll hear a popping sound as the gas gets released. This is similar to chiropractic care, hence the popping sound.

Takeaway

These may or may not happen because it all depends on the “rules” set by chiropractors. One chiropractor may not be the same as the other. However, one thing remains, they all are trained on the same principle so you’ll still feel better after the treatment. Just make sure you visit a licensed chiropractor.

Dr. Paul Braadt is a 3rd generation chiropractor and a graduate of the prestigous Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been treating patients for over 35 years in Allentown, PA.