Updated: Sep 11, 2020
If this is your first time seeing a chiropractor, you might be wondering how best to prepare for your upcoming appointment. Most people aren’t aware of what chiropractors can offer in terms of getting treatment for different areas of concern. Although more and more people around the world are starting to see chiropractors often, there is still some confusion surrounding the practice.
If you are interested in seeking treatment with a chiropractor but are unsure what that truly means for your health, here are some questions you should ask when looking for a clinic and chiropractor that works for you.
What Experience Do You Have Treating My Condition?
A lot of chiropractors have experience treating different pains and injuries using a wide number of treatment methods. But it would still be in your best interest to ask your chiropractor about their experience with your specific condition. After all, it does not matter how much experience they may have treating some other type of ailment if it can’t help you make a quick recovery. Some chiropractors will be able to tell you about their successful treatments, and give testimonials from previous clients.
Will I Receive Treatment Right Away?
This question is common with new patients. At your first appointment, you will undergo a history and physical examination. This will allow your chiropractor to gather more information about your condition. Once sufficient information is gathered, they may start treatment right away or if more information is needed before they can begin, then you will receive treatment in your next appointment.
How Long Does The Initial Visit Last?
First appointments with your chiropractor typically last about 30 minutes. Since this is your first appointment, your chiropractor will want to do a full examination, which can take some time. After that, your sessions can vary depending on your condition and the treatment technique being used.
What Chiropractic Techniques Do You Practice?
There are many different chiropractic techniques out there that a chiropractor may use to treat their patients, however, most chiropractors are only experts in a single technique. Asking your chiropractor what techniques they practice will let you know if they are the right fit for you and your needs. Not every condition can be treated with the same techniques as others. If your chiropractor is proficient in many techniques, this would be best, especially if you suffer from many different types of pains.
Do I Need To Keep Coming Back/How Long Does Recovery Last?
This is a great question to ask to see whether your chiropractor is invested in your complete recovery. Their answer will let you know if they have a plan made for your recovery and it gives you a choice in your treatment plan. All bodies are different and heal at different rates, so it really depends on which condition you have for how long treatment plans need to last.
Beware of chiropractors who seem insecure in their answers or seem like they are rushing you. These are not good characteristics for your chiropractor to have. Stick with someone you are comfortable with, who is patient and who is knowledgeable and confident about your health concerns.