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3 Things You Should Know Before Your First Appointment With The Chiropractor

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Going to the chiropractor for the first time might be unnerving. If you have never been to the chiropractor you might not know what to expect. Luckily, seeing a chiropractor is very safe and is very effective. Here are a couple questions you might have about seeing a chiropractor. 

1. What Should I Wear?

During the duration of the appointment you will stay completely clothed. The chiropractor will do spinal manipulations, or adjustments, to your body. You will either sit on a chair, lay on your side, lay face down, or even lay on your back. Because the chiropractor might need to move your arms and legs around to adjust, you should wear comfortable, loose fit clothing. This will help you to have a full range of motion during your adjustment.

2. How Long With An Adjustment Take?

The amount of time you actually spend with the chiropractor will vary, depending on what you need done. First of all, the actual adjustment of each joint only takes a couple seconds. It is simply a matter of a few seconds to pop the joint back into the proper place. This means that depending on how many adjustments you need to different parts of the body, will determine how long the whole thing will take.

You should be aware that many times you will get a consultation with the adjustment. This means that instead of the chiropractor going right to work, they might take a few minutes to talk about problem areas, pain you have been having, medical history and anything else that might be important.

3. Are There Any Side Effects To A Chiropractic Adjustment?

Some people are worried about getting an adjustment because they worry there might be adverse side-effects. Luckily, there are no major side effects, however some people might experience a slight headache or perhaps muscle or joint pain afterwards. This is totally normal and usually will go away within 24 hours or so.

In some very rare instances people have had a type of stroke following a chiropractic adjustment. In these cases the individual has usually already serious health problems before they sought the chiropractic treatment. Thus, it is important that you discuss any pre-existing condition with your chiropractor before you get a treatment done. This way they will be able to determine if you are healthy enough to receive an adjustment.

Seeing a chiropractor may be one of the best things for your health. Don't hesitate to meet with a chiropractor (like those at Ridge Chiropractic) for an adjustment.