What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Chiropractor

First visit to chiropractor

Many people wonder: what happens when I first visit a chiropractor?

Your first visit will last approximately one hour. During this time a full case history will be taken, with questions asked about your medical history and anything that may be relevant to your physical well-being. In addition, you may be asked to undress down to your underwear and you will be offered a gown to wear if you prefer.

You will be asked to consent to a Thermal and Surface Electromyography (SEMG) scan.

There may be further physical examinations which may include range of motion tests, palpation, neurological and orthopaedic tests, if necessary your blood pressure, pulse, heart and lungs may be checked.

Why does the chiropractor administer these tests?

The chiropractor administers these tests to learn more about your body. By so doing he or she will learn how best to treat you.

The two scans mentioned above detect and pinpoint abnormal function in the spine. Abnormal spinal function causes abnormal nervous system disturbance.

Your muscles are controlled by nerves.

The SEMG scan measures how well the nerves are working by reading the amount of current in the muscles. Spinal misalignment disturbs the function of the nerve causing abnormal electrical current flowing to your muscles. This will be indicated by colors and/or abnormal patterns on the scan.

The Thermal scan measures the skin temperature along the spine. This provides us with information to monitor the body’s autonomic nervous system which controls the blood vessels, organs and glands of the body for proper function.

The scans, together with any additional testing, provide the chiropractor with the information necessary to make an informed diagnosis of your condition and to prescribe the appropriate level of chiropractic care.

They are beneficial to your overall treatment, but if for whatever reason you don’t want to do any of the above, you are able to opt out

What happens next?

If the chiropractor and patient are agreed on the treatment plan, then the first adjustments will be performed following the physical examination.

Subsequent treatments will be scheduled and will take approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

What Can A Chiropractor Help With?

Chiropractic spinal adjustment

In an age that has seen the cost of medical procedures and pharmaceuticals skyrocketing, many people are turning to chiropractic clinics for help with their ails.

But not everybody knows how a chiropractor can help them.

Problems A Chiropractor Can Help With

Some common problems treated with chiropractic care are:

Low and Mid Back Pain, Neck and Shoulder Pain, Sciatica, Headaches and Migraines, Joint problems, Whiplash injuries, Sports injuries, Numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or legs.

Most conditions are treated with chiropractic adjustments and may be accompanied by other things such as massage or stretches. Treatment is varied for the condition and specific patient.

How Are Chiropractors Different From Other Practitioners?

Chiropractors take a holistic approach to your health and well-being: this means that they consider your symptoms in the context of your full medical history, your lifestyle and your personal circumstances.

Today’s chiropractors treat many thousands of patients each week for a wide variety of conditions and they support their treatment with advice about their patients’ work, diet and exercise. In addition, Doctors of Chiropractic recognize the value and responsibility of working in co-operation with other health care practitioners in the best interests of the patient.

Bottom line, a chiropractor can help with a wide-variety of problems. After you have been treated once or twice you will start to feel much better, and subsequent visits will be simply to maintain this well-being.

If you are tired of seeing regular doctors who don’t know how to help you, make an appointment with a chiropractor today!