When you are first introduced to chiropractic care, the amount of information on the topic can be a little overwhelming. There are questions regarding the history of chiropractic medicine, questions about short-term and long-term goals of your care... you may even need clarification on a few misconceptions you have.
All of these questions are totally natural, and beneficial, to have. Luckily, any good chiropractor will be willing to sit with you during your initial evaluation and answer every question you have. If you aren’t entirely sure which questions to ask your chiropractor, we have outlined a few beneficial points that you both should touch on.
What Can Chiropractic Care Treat?
This is a very basic question that is widely misunderstood. Although chiropractic care is most often associated with back pain and neck pain relief, these are only a few of the wide range of ailments that an experienced chiropractor will treat.
Headaches, leg pain, fibromyalgia, and many other disorders are commonly treated by a chiropractor. To learn more, ask about your chiropractor's areas of expertise.
Are Adjustments Just for Treating Pain?
Chiropractors take a holistic approach to help you feel your best. While treatments can initially focus on pain relief, the main objective of chiropractic care is long-term health and wellness.
To gain a better understanding of all of the benefits of adjustments, speak with your chiropractor about your short-term and long-term goals, and ask how adjustments will help you reach them.
How Often Should I Visit the Chiropractor?
There is a common misperception that frequent chiropractic visits are required for long-term pain relief in every situation. Each patient is different, and your unique needs and goals will determine the frequency of your visits.
This will be outlined during your initial visit when you and your chiropractor go over your wellness plan and goals. If it is not clear by the end of your visit, ask your chiropractor to reiterate.
What Can I Do at Home Between Visits?
Chiropractic care is a team effort between you and your chiropractor. While adjustments can immensely improve your condition and health, you will need to pick up (or drop) certain behaviors and habits to better set yourself up for long-term success.
Your chiropractor will go over relaxation techniques, stretching advice, dieting tips, and healthy lifestyle recommendations to set you on the right track.
What Does a Chiropractic Visit Entail?
Chiropractic care is a hands-on approach to wellness. As such, the bulk of your visits will involve adjustments aimed at decreasing pain and restoring joint function. You and your chiropractor will also go over your progress and alterations that should be made to your treatment and lifestyle to achieve better results.
Remember that your chiropractor is here to lead you on your health and wellness journey, and no question is off limits. Chiropractors have a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer, so make sure to take them up on this if any other questions regarding your health and care come to mind.