If you’re hesitant about your first chiropractic visit, that’s understandable. Many unknown things in life can cause stress and anxiety. When you’re wondering what to expect at your first visit, rest assured it’s not going to be scary. The following are some things you should know about a chiropractic visit.
The Chiropractor Will Conduct an Examination
At your first visit, the chiropractor will get to know you a little bit, then conduct an examination. He or she may ask you some questions regarding the reason for your visit to gain an understanding of how to treat your issues. An examination may consist of testing your range of motion, visually inspecting the area that’s injured, and could possibly include x-rays or other similar tests.
The Chiropractor Will Come Up With a Course of Treatment
Once the chiropractor understands your issue, he or she will be able to come up with a course of treatment. A vertebra can move in many different directions, so it’s important the chiropractor can determine exactly how to adjust your body for the best results. An adjustment is a manual manipulation of your joints and spine and goes as follows:
- A short lever, high velocity manual thrust to the affected vertebra.
- Joint cavitation, which is the relief of joint pressure by the release of carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen.
- Often immediate relief of pain. This could sometimes be accompanied by discomfort, though the pain relief is long-lasting and the discomfort is not.
You May Require Multiple Appointments
Many times, your chiropractic care will require multiple appointments. Sometimes this need is to treat the same issue. Other times you need multiple appointments because you are dealing with multiple issues. At your initial appointment, your chiropractor should be able to give you a good idea of how often you should return for an adjustment, and whether treatment will be long-lasting or just a short period of time.
Most Chiropractors Take Insurance Coverage
Many insurance companies are beginning to recognize the importance of chiropractic care, and therefore offering coverage for it. Speak with your insurer to find out if there are any referral requirements, and speak with your chiropractor to be sure he or she accepts the coverage you have. This discussion can often be handled over the phone before your first visit so you are sure to have coverage for the care you receive.
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