There is no concrete answer as to how often you should see a chiropractor. Typically, someone suffering from low back pain would come into their chiropractor on a weekly basis for a few weeks up to a few months. It depends on the patient, but an average person in good health should see a chiropractor once or twice every month for regular maintenance. If you are experiencing a reoccurring issue or have recently been involved in an accident or a fall, your needs may be more advanced and require more frequent treatment.
Your first visit to a chiropractor typically involves patient intake, physical examination, possibly some diagnostic studies, a discussion of findings, and potentially your first treatment. You’ll start with paperwork to document your medical history, current condition, and treatment goals. The chiropractor will then conduct a comprehensive physical examination, possibly supplemented with diagnostic studies like X-rays, if needed. They will discuss your diagnosis, proposed treatment plan, and expected outcomes with you. Depending on your specific situation, you may also receive your first chiropractic adjustment during this visit, which is a specific manipulation aimed at improving joint function and movement. To facilitate ease of movement during your visit, it’s advisable to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
You should consider seeing a chiropractor if you notice that your joints are not moving well, locking up, or feeling ‘out of place.’ If you are experiencing these pains in your knee, foot, ankle, wrist, back, neck, jaw, or shoulder, you should seek a chiro for treatment.
The jaw bone is connected to your skull by the temporomandibular joints located on each side of your head just in front of your ears. Jaw muscles are attached to these bones allowing you to open and close your mouth as well as talk and eat. The ligaments that hold these joints together gradually wear out causing inflammation and pain which can eventually lead to arthritis if left untreated.
It varies from person to person. On average, visiting a chiro over 4-6 weeks should be sufficient depending on the condition, of course. After your initial appointment, you’ll need specific treatments based on the source of the pain through spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and exercise therapy. Depending on your root issue, some people can feel better after a single treatment, while other more complicated issues (like disc herniation) can take six months up to a year to treat.
If you are diagnosed with scoliosis, please tell your chiropractor during your initial assessment. A chiropractor can effectively reduce the risk factors of scoliosis, depending on the type of scoliosis. Scoliosis can be treated with specific types of chiropractic adjustments and exercises to improve range of motion, flexibility, posture & more. A Chiropractor can figure out the cause of scoliosis and treat it accordingly.
In most cases, during your chiropractic session, you will not have to undress. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes that will not hamper your movement.
You can exercise right after seeing a chiropractor but keep in mind that your body might be hypermobile. For example, if you are doing sprints after an adjustment on your hips, your joints will be hypermobile. After 24 hours, you should be good to return to vigorous exercise, but keep it to low-impact exercise in the first 24 hours.
Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations are completely safe and highly effective for anyone experiencing pain or joint restrictions and mobility issues. Chiropractic adjustments help increase space in the joint, which may also cause an increase in blood flow to the affected area to promote healing. Chiropractic care is meant to improve your health, not cause problems. Chiropractors use specific techniques and methods to help you achieve the best possible results without hurting you in any way. Chiropractic adjustive services can be used on anyone, from infants and toddlers to adults of any age, including senior citizens.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the number one cause of orofacial pain. Jaw pain, earaches, headaches, or neck pain are common symptoms of TMD. TMD is an umbrella term that describes a number of different conditions all with the same primary symptom: jaw pain.
Yes, the chiropractic treatment methods are very safe, and our team members are all experienced, qualified practitioners.