If you have never been to a chiropractor, are you wondering what does a chiropractor do? Have you ever wondered what is a chiropractic adjustment? What should I expect? How long does it take to feel better?
First the chiropractor will take your medical history and perform a physical examination. This examination includes orthopedic and neurological tests that test for range of motion and the functioning of the spine and extremities. In addition, this examination includes taking the patient’s blood pressure, measuring his or her height and weight, and sometimes ordering X-rays. After diagnosing the condition, the chiropractor will render treatment, which is also called a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body’s physical function, and alleviate pain.
What can I expect after the adjustment?
The most common reaction to a chiropractic adjustment is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles.
How do I prepare for a chiropractic adjustment?
No special preparation is required before a spinal manipulation, just be prepared to give the chiropractor your medical history and information as to how and/or when the painful condition started.
How many chiropractic treatments will it take to “cure” my condition?
Chiropractic treatment may require a series of visits to your chiropractor, but most people attain maximum improvement in six to 10 visits. After these initial treatments, it is wise to maintain the improved condition of the body and spine by getting adjusted on a periodic basis. This will reduce the likelihood that the condition will worsen or return. It also ensures that if the condition does return, the recovery time is shortened.