Many people are not always sure what exactly a chiropractor is, what they do, or how they would know whether or not they should pay one a visit. Well here are ten things you should know prior to paying the chiropractor a visit:
- What happens in an initial consultation?
During the initial consultation, a comprehensive history will be gathered and a full examination will be performed. This is to find out if there are any subluxations which could be preventing the body from repairing, regenerating or adapting itself.
- Are x-rays needed?
At times, yes and at other times no, that will be determined during the initial consultation.
- What is a subluxation?
It is a dysfunction that takes place in one if the joints of the spine and causes an interference of the nervous system. Being as the nervous system controls the body, this nerve interference may be reflected via altered sensation, pain or organ dysfunction.
- What is an adjustment?
Once a full consultation has been completed and it is confirmed that there is a subluxation the chiropractor will use specific force on the spine to restore its function and remove the interference from the nerves. That is what a chiropractic adjustment is.
- Is an adjustment provided on a first visit?
That will depend on the results of the initial examination. If x-rays are needed, then no. If there are no x-rays required then the chiropractor may go ahead with the adjustment during the first consultation. For instance, at Santa rosa chiropractors, x-rays are not a pre-requisite for any consultations.
- How long will an adjustment take?
It may only take a few minutes to perform the adjustment, however, the adjustment only removes the interference which will allow the body to heal. The body will be in the process of healing for a period of the initial adjustment.
- How long will I have to visit the chiropractor?
That is always up to the patient and their personal goals. It may take a few visits or months to correct pain, however, if you are looking to correct underlying issues it could take even years. If you want consistent maintenance then you can opt for an ongoing wellness care plan.
- How long does it take to feel better?
That largely depends on the damage that is found as well on how you and your body handle the healing process.
- What is the difference between physiotherapy and chiropractic?
Unlike physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy focuses not on the symptoms and immediate problem but more on the underlying causes of the problems that the patients are able to feel and function better.
- Can a chiropractor help with lifestyle changes?
Yes, chiropractors understand how the body is affected by certain lifestyles and can offer professional and expert advice on things to change and how to go about making those changes.
With these ten questions answered you now have a better idea of what to expect from chiropractic treatment. If you have further questions make sure to ask the chiropractor during your initial consultation.