If you've never been to the chiropractor, then you’re probably wondering what it will be like when you go for the first time. One of the most common questions from new patients is how long they should expect their chiropractic appointment to last. Keep reading for the answer to this question and more.
Reasons to Get a Chiropractic Adjustment
There are many reasons why people choose to visit the chiropractor, with the most common being neck and back issues. But did you know that there are a lot of other conditions that the chiropractor can help with including:
Chiropractic adjustments can also help prevent pain and improve overall health. Keeping the spine in proper alignment might help to relieve pressure, improve nerve function, and reduce inflammation.
What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Adjustment
Before there are any treatments recommended, which may include an adjustment, you’ll need to talk with your chiropractor. They will first ask you various questions about your health history and any previous injuries you may have. They’ll also ask you if there is a specific issue you’re trying to fix by coming to the chiropractor such as a stiff neck, a sore lower back, etc. Be sure you share all of this information so a safe and effective plan can be created for you.
If you have any specific questions for your chiropractor, write them down before your visit and bring them with you to make sure that you get them answered before you begin your treatment.
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The Actual Adjustment Process
You'll lie face down on the adjustment table, and your chiropractor will use their hands or special devices to place focused pressure along the spine. You may hear popping sounds during your adjustment. Rest assured, this is totally normal. This happens because gas is released in the spinal joints, similar to the sound heard when you crack your knuckles. Once you get to the actual adjustment portion of your visit, it takes only a few moments. There may be other treatments recommended that might take a few additional minutes such as cold laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation or cryotherapy.
How Often Should I Visit the Chiropractor?
If you’re actively working to recover from an injury, you’re likely to go to the chiropractor a few times a week for a few weeks. The treatment plan will determine exactly what you need.
If you’re going for wellness and prevention, an adjustment per week may be enough.
Ultimately, every patient will vary, so you should follow your provider's recommendations when deciding how often to visit them. Always talk with your chiropractor about your results to determine if you need to receive treatment more or less frequently.
How Long Does it Take to Feel the Effects of a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Many patients will notice immediate results following their chiropractic adjustment. You will likely notice that your posture feels better, and you may feel a sense of relief. Some patients will experience some soreness after their adjustment, which is totally normal. Keep in mind that the relief may not last long after your initial adjustment. Sometimes, it takes repeated adjustments to get the spine to stay aligned. This is why chiropractors often recommend more frequent visits when first beginning treatment.
Other Therapies Used with Adjustments
Did you know that spinal manipulation is only one of the many therapies offered by chiropractors? Your chiropractor may include other therapies to make you feel better, such as:
- Massage therapy complements chiropractic care, helping the muscles relax so that adjustments last longer.
- Cold laser therapy uses a low-intensity laser to draw blood to problematic areas to promote healing.
- Cryotherapy is a treatment method that utilizes liquid nitrogen to target injured tissues and joints, reducing pain and improving recovery time.
These are only a few treatments we offer at Village Chiropractic to help our patients thrive and feel their best. Making sure that our patients are well-informed is very important to us. So please, bring your questions and concerns to your next visit so that we can educate you to help guide your care.
We treat each patient based on their unique situation, recommending the best practices to help prevent injuries and improve overall health. Request an appointment at our location in the Alden Bridge area of The Woodlands.