What to expect on your first chiropractic visit
Here’s what one of our clients, Sara, said about her first chiropractic visit with Dr. Tompa:
“I had never seen a chiropractor before. When I chose to see Dr. Tompa I was attracted to her scientific background and I wasn’t disappointed. The care I recieved was logical, evidence-based and focused on strengthening my back to the point where I would not need a lot of follow up appointments. It felt like a great physio appointment with chiropractic treatments in the mix. The manipulations I’ve received were great for getting me moving and though it’s early in the process, I’m so glad I gave it a go!”
If you’re considering visiting a chiropractor for the first time, you might be wondering what to expect. Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, especially those related to the spine. In this blog post, we’ll outline what you can expect during your first chiropractic visit.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST CHIROPRACTIC VISIT
Medical History and Physical Exam
During your first chiropractic visit, Dr. Tompa our chiropractor will take a detailed medical history, including information about your current health concerns, past injuries, and surgeries. She will also perform a physical examination, including testing your reflexes, range of motion, and muscle strength.
X-Rays or Other Imaging Tests
In some cases, the chiropractor may need to order imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans, to get a better understanding of your condition. This will help the chiropractor identify any structural abnormalities, such as spinal misalignments, that may be causing your symptoms.
After the chiropractor has completed the initial examination and review of any diagnostic tests, she will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This may involve a combination of manual adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and exercise recommendations.
The most common chiropractic treatment is manual adjustments, Dr. Tompa uses her hands to manipulate your spine and other joints in your body. These adjustments are designed to improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and restore proper alignment. Not a fan of adjustments, no worries, read on to see other modalities that can be incorporated in your visit.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Chiropractors may also use soft tissue therapy, such as massage or trigger point therapy, to relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. This can be especially helpful for patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia or chronic headaches.
Exercise and Lifestyle Recommendations
In addition to manual therapies, chiropractors may also recommend exercises or lifestyle modifications to help you manage your symptoms and prevent future injuries. This may include stretching, strengthening, and postural exercises, as well as advice on ergonomics and nutrition.