The truth is, many people experience powerful benefits from chiropractic care, like pain relief, increased mobility, and better joint function, just to name a few. If you’re skeptical when it comes to seeing a chiropractor for musculoskeletal conditions, (hint: that’s a fancy word for the system in your body made up of both muscles and bones), that’s ok. Let these pro tips help you when weighing your options, especially if you’re wondering what to expect at your first chiropractic visit.

Medical Exam

The first step is a medical exam to evaluate and discuss your medical history. Here you’ll provide information about any pre-existing medical conditions and we’ll gather a thorough understanding of your symptoms, like where your pain is located, the frequency of your pain, and past injuries that could be causing or contributing to the pain.

Chiropractic Exam

We can then move forward with a chiropractic exam. This includes general tests like pulse, blood pressure, reflexes, and an orthopedic assessment. Here is where we’ll determine the strength of your muscles and your range of motion in the affected areas. In some rare cases, diagnostic studies like an X-ray or MRI may be conducted as part of your chiropractic exam.

Diagnosis

After completing a thorough medical and chiropractic exam, we will then use those findings to determine a specific diagnosis for you. We always do our best to explain your condition and proposed treatment plans in detail.

Recommended Treatment

While we can offer our professional opinion for the best treatment plan for you, the choice is ultimately yours and adjustments can be made if needed. Treatment plans may include a set number of adjustments to specific joint areas over a set period of time, treatments to help with soft tissues like electrical stimulation, massage therapy, strength and conditioning exercises you can either go alone or with our in-house physical therapist.

Note: If you’re nervous about your first chiropractic adjustment, rest assured that it usually doesn’t hurt. You may feel a small amount of pressure, but you shouldn’t feel pain. In fact, many people enjoy being adjusted and the relief it brings. If you do hear a popping sound when being adjusted, this is caused by a change of pressure in the joint that leads to the release of gas bubbles trapped inside, much like popping knuckles. This is completely normal.

Establish Goals

Our chiropractor will communicate the specific goals we hope to see through your individual chiropractic treatment plan. We will discuss short-term goals, like increased balance and mobility and decreased pain, as well as long-term goals, like an increased quality of life and the ability to function independently in everyday activities.

Evaluation of Chiropractic Treatment

Throughout your treatment process, your chiropractor will evaluate your response and progress and make adjustments if necessary. At the conclusion of your treatment plan, we will measure the results and determine whether continued chiropractic or another form of treatment is necessary. You may also be released from care if the desired results have been achieved or referred to another specialist if needed.

Why The Benefits of Chiropractic Care Are Worth Considering

The purpose of chiropractic care is to allow your body to heal itself by placing your muscles and joints in their proper positions. Chiropractic care is a natural, holistic way to treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms like back or neck pain, sciatica, scoliosis, migraine headaches, digestive issues, high blood pressure, stress, and injuries. If you’re considering chiropractic as an option, don’t hold back from experiencing these potential benefits! Make an appointment for your medical exam today to see if chiropractic treatment is right for you.

Do you have more questions about chiropractic care? Is this an option you’re considering to improve your muscle, joint, and nerve health?

Your friends at Spring Creek Medical, your trusted chiropractor in Logan, Utah and throughout the Cache Valley area, are here to help. Contact us today!