When you made the decision to visit a chiropractor, you had probably already decided to try something new, something alternative to the medical care you have experienced so far.
Perhaps the fact that you would be treated as a whole person rather than just as a problem area appealed to you, or maybe the conventional medical methodology never really seemed to help you.
Your first chiropractic visit is bound to be a bit different from what you expect and are accustomed to.
You may be asked a bunch of questions about your medical condition, medical history, treatment history, family medical history, your work environment and the kinds of hobbies you like to engage in.
After the questions comes an examination which will also focus on you as an entire person, to get a good picture of how any one area might be affecting the rest of the body.
At this point in time, you will be ready for treatment.
You have probably heard all the jokes about all the bone-cracking that allegedly goes on in a chiropractor’s office. So it’s pretty normal to be a bit apprehensive about this portion of the visit.
However, if you have the facts, you’ll realize that there is nothing to be worried about.
Once your chiropractor is sure that she or he has a good idea of what the problem is, and how this problem may have been affecting other areas of your body, she or he will want to do some adjustments.
This is the term commonly used to describe the kinds of manipulations of your spine – specifically the vertebrae – indicated to help you.
But there is a lot more to these spinal adjustments than simply “cracking bones.”
Chiropractors take years to learn the finer aspects of vertebrae adjustments and once it is determined that this is a course of action needed in your case, your care professional will put these years of experience to good use.
Another misconception rests on the fact that spinal manipulation is always done by hand. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of times when pressure is applied to the spine with a help of specially-designed instruments. So the combination of educated touch and technical know-how permits you to benefit doubly from your visit to this professional.