Not sure what a chiropractor really does? Or if you should visit one? You are not alone. Many of my new patients admit that they were hesitant to book an appointment due to lack of knowledge about chiropractic care. Chiropractors treat conditions affecting muscles, joints and nerves. Once you decide that chiropractic care is for you, there are a few questions that you should ask your chiropractor to help ensure that you receive the care you need.
What Types of Treatments Will I Receive?
The most common treatments are chiropractic adjustments, precise movements that return joints to the correct position and assist in alignment. This is also known as spinal manipulative therapy. For muscles to work well, the joints they attach too must be in the right alignment. However, many chiropractors like myself, offer additional treatments including acupuncture, soft tissue/massage techniques, electro-modalities, exercise prescription etc. Depending on your condition you may benefit from a combination of treatments. So find out what types of treatments are offered and keep in mind that you may be required to visit other practitioners if your chiropractor only offers one type of therapy.
How many treatments will I need?
Knowing the frequency of your treatment plan is important. Acute chiropractic care is designed to reduce pain and increase function. Depending on the condition this could take days, weeks or months. You may have to visit your chiropractor more frequently in the beginning but as your condition resolves you should notice a decrease in the frequency of treatment. Once the condition has resolved a maintenance plan is made, which involves, on average, treatment every 3 or 4 weeks.
What will I need to do to maintain the treatment effects?
Exercise, good posture, proper lifting techniques, healthy lifestyle, these are all important in preventing injury. Discuss what you could be doing on your own to prevent a recurrence of injury. It’s important to remember that chiropractors do help to reduce pain and improve function but unless you address factors that may have contributed to your injury or factors that can cause a reoccurrence of your injury, you will not be able to achieve a full, long-term recovery.
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