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Things you should tell a Chiropractor before starting treatment

If you’re starting a course of treatments with a chiropractor and you haven’t had any chiropractic care before, you might have a few questions about what to expect. One of the things many people wonder is if there’s anything they need to disclose to their chiropractor before starting any treatments, and what these things are.

The answer to this is, yes. As with any physical treatment, you’ll want to let you chiropractor know as much as possible. But don’t worry – they will also ask you plenty of questions too – so that they have all the information they need.

Here are some things you’ll want to be sure you’ve brought up with them before starting treatment:

Any past (or present) injuries

You may be receiving chiropractic care because of a past or present injury, or you may just need to disclose an injury so they know to be gentle around a specific area. Whichever applies to you, if you’ve suffered any kind of sprain, fracture, break or bruising in an area that might undergo treatment – you’ll want to make sure they know about it.

Any medications you’re on

This is standard with any chiropractic care, or any kind of treatment to the body. Even though your medication may not affect your treatment, it’s still good to be transparent about any that you’re currently taking.

If you’re pregnant

If you’re pregnant (even in the early weeks) it’s highly important to tell your chiropractor. Your pregnancy may make treatments unsuitable, or they may change the approach your chiropractor takes, or the methods they use.

Any muscle tightness

If you suffer with muscle tightness, or if you have certain areas of muscle that seem to seize up (or cause you pain) this is definitely something you’ll want to let your chiropractor know about. Not only will they aim to help ease that tightness and pain, but they’ll also try to work on the areas surrounding it too – to ensure the surrounding muscles or joints don’t end up compensating.

How long you’ve been experiencing pain for

The duration of your pain can often say a lot about the kind of pain it is, or the kind of treatment (or the length of treatments) that will be needed to see results.

What to expect when you visit a Chiropractor

If you’ve never had an appointment with a Chiropractor and you’re thinking of booking one, you might be curious (or even a little nervous) as to what to expect. It helps to be as at ease as possible before receiving any kind of physical treatment, so the more relaxed about your appointment you are, the better for you. Knowing what to expect when you arrive, and during the course of the consultation is helpful, reassuring and takes away any of the nerves you might have.

Before you arrive

Before you arrive at your consultation, it’s important you feel comfortable with your consultant, and you should feel free to ask any questions you have. This obviously applies to during the appointment too, but most patients tend to have lots of burning questions before the appointment too – so don’t be afraid to ask!

During your first consultation

Your first consultation might be over the phone, or it might be in-person. The aim of your initial consultation is for your chiropractor to gather as much information as possible about the issue or pain you’re experiencing, so they can tailor the treatments and techniques specifically to you. Don’t consider any detail to small or insignificant – make sure you tell your chiropractor everything you think might be helpful. The better they understand the issue, the better they can treat you.

You might also be asked to fill in your medical history or fill in a form with lots of questions on it. This is totally normal, and the kind of questions to expect are:

When did the pain begin?

Do you remember if anything caused the pain?

Where is the pain located?

Describe the pain in detail. When does it occur? Is it sharp or dull?

Does the pain come and go, or is it continual?

Is the pain worse at certain times of day?

What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?

If your first consultation is in-person, you might begin your treatment immediately afterwards and go straight into a session, or you might need to rebook for a following date. This differs from practitioner to practitioner.

During your first appointment

Usually, your first appointment with your Chiropractor will be a session to determine what the issue is, and how it can be resolved. This means you’ll most likely be given a  thorough chiropractic exam, including tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexe. You might also be checked for range of motion (especially if your pain is related to this). Some chiropractors will also do posture analysis, or give you x-rays (if they deem it necessary) during this first appointment. The point of this is to give the chiropractor a clear and broad impression of the problem so that they can treat it effectively and efficiently.

Once your initial visit has finished, your chiropractor will explain their findings, usually including:

  • Diagnosed condition
  • Your personal chiropractic treatment plan
  • Anticipated length of chiropractic care

This will give you an idea of the care that will follow, including the timescale and the cost too. It’s a good idea to ask for this in written form, so you can take it away with you and study it closer, do additional research.

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Why you Should see a Chiropractor

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, you may not see why it is necessary. Anybody can improve their body with chiropractic care, whether you’re a senior citizen with back pain or an athlete trying to enhance performance. You also don’t need to experience ongoing back pain to visit a chiropractor, which is a common misconception.

Chiropractic is a type of complementary and alternative medicine, which means you can try out a chiropractor as well as taking conventional medication for your symptoms. This type of alternative medicine involves the manipulation of the spine and other manual therapy techniques to realign the body – which can relieve pain and reduce symptoms of other conditions.

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