The chiropractor will start by having you do a few movements to gauge your current state of mobility and alignment. Then they will focus in on the area of complaint, if that’s what brought you in. The chiropractor will examine your entire spine, even if your complaint was focused around your low back or extremities, because the root of the problem isn’t always where the pain or discomfort is surfacing.
The chiropractor may decide to take a few x-rays, which are included in the first visit, to see exactly what the spine looks like at that moment. X-rays are also helpful as you progress through your care plan, because you can visually see changes happening as your body heals and aligns.
When creating your personalized care plan, the chiropractor reviews the information you provide on your intake form, the discussion you have during your first visit, any x-rays, the physical exam, the extent of your injury or irritation, the condition of your spine, any previous injuries, and, most importantly, your goals for recovery. Whether you are seeking relief from constant pain and discomfort, or are looking to improve your general health and lifestyle, we want to help you achieve you individual goals.
We encourage you to ask questions and share openly with the chiropractor at each visit. The chiropractor-client relationship is based on trust and mutual understanding so it is vital to keep your chiropractor informed about whatever might be going on that could affect your health and recovery.
Once you have started on your care plan, a typical visit will last about 15 minutes. You will arrive at the office and self-check in at the front desk kiosk. You can then proceed to the active waiting area where there are a few warm up exercises that the chiropractor may instruct you to do before your adjustment. These exercises include a wobble chair – which helps to warm up the lower spine – and cervical traction – which helps to warm up the upper spine and encourages the natural arch in the cervical spine.
The chiropractor will call you over to one of the adjusting tables where they will assess your spine that day and correct any misalignments. They will position your body to target certain joints and use specific and gentle force such as an activator tool, or pressure points to bring the body back in to alignment. Occasionally, the chiropractor may also adjust other joints such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder to restore overall structural alignment.
As you progress, the chiropractor will introduce exercises you can do after your adjustment – either in our active recovery area at the office, at home, or the gym. Some of these include stretches, core strengthening and stabilizing movements, and postural exercises.
Our care plans always include progress exams, re-xrays if necessary, and longer appointment times to check in with the chiropractor on how care is going for you. Open communication is vital to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit from your time at Well Beings Chiropractic and you are on track to reach your goal.