At your first appointment your chiropractor will take time to find the cause of your problem. They will ask about your medical history, lifestyle, diet and working environment. The chiropractor may also take your blood pressure.
The chiropractor will then perform a physical examination, assessing your posture whilst standing, sitting and lying down. They will assess range of movement in your spine, joints and muscles and check for any misalignment of your bones. These initial chiropractic checks are light but you may feel some discomfort.
Chiropractic assessment can also employ other investigations such as X-ray, blood tests and even MRI scans. These are sometimes needed to help your chiropractor make an accurate diagnosis but they will discuss these with you should they be required. When the chiropractor has diagnosed your condition, they will explain what your problems are and how they will be treated using chiropractic therapy. If you have any questions ask your chiropractor before the treatment begins.
Once treatment starts, your chiropractor will make various adjustments to your spine, joints and muscles. They will apply direct and controlled pressure to a joint either as a quick movement or a slower consistent pressure. Sometimes this can be a combination of both. It is perfectly normal to hear a crack or pop in the spine or joint as these manipulations take place. Gas bubbles in the fluid of our joints pop with certain movement and this is perfectly normal.
Patients experience different sensations during and after treatment. These range from pain relief as the body is straightened into its correct position, to muscle soreness as you adjust to new alignment. People have also felt a tiredness or relaxation from chiropractic therapy with others experiencing headaches or emotional changes. These effects, however disruptive to your usual state, are a sign of the body responding to the new adjustments.
Once chiropractic treatment is finished, your chiropractor will advise you of any stretches or exercises they want you to do at home and any activities that should be avoided. They may also recommend heat or ice applications that are beneficial.