Many people look at Chiropractic with trepidation. The person who is in acute pain and has never been to a chiropractor may have outright fear.
Here is what to expect on your first visit.
Of course you'll have to fill out some paperwork and we will check your insurance if you have coverage. It should be mentioned that many people pay for services out of pocket and find chiropractic treatment very affordable. Our philosophy is that health care should be available to everyone.
Dr. Chew will review your forms and initially focus on your main complaints. Then he will ask some general questions regarding your health.
Your exam will consist of a variety of chiropractic and orthopedic tests. You will NOT intentionally be asked to do anything that is painful. Please mention to the doctor if a particular movement causes discomfort.
After the examination Dr. Chew will discuss your condition with you. He will give you his opinion as to the cause of your condition and whether chiropractic will be an effective treatment. If he thinks that chiropractic treatment can help, you may receive your first adjustment.
The most basic chiropractic tool is the adjustment. This is a specific correction for an improperly moving joint(An explanation of what this does can be found under the "What is Chiropractic" heading in this website).
Depending on your problem, you will be asked to sit or lie down. It is very important that you are comfortable so you can relax your muscles. Every effort will be made to put you into a position that is comfortable for you.
For most people to be properly "adjusted", the full spine will be treated. At this first visit, however, you will probably receive an adjustment only to one area. This will allow you and the doctor to judge how your body will react.
Chiropractic does not help everyones condition.
That being said, a very high percentage of first-time chiropractic patients in acute pain get relief after only a few treatments.
The most common reaction is for a patient to experience an improvement in movement, a decreased intensity pain accompanied by a general achiness or soreness. In fact, a common expectation of many patients who have had prior chiropractic treatment is to get instant relief. If you have soreness, ice and gentle movement is recommended.
If your condition responds, it may take several weeks or even months to relieve most of your symptoms. Some people make steady improvement back to health. However, most healing(as are many things in life) is not linear. A common pattern is for people to feel better and then a little worse. If you don't feel that you are improving or have an exacerbation, do not be discouraged. There are many treatment options including the addition of exercises, massage therapy, acupuncture as well as physical therapy.
Also, there are people with chronic conditions whose symptoms never completely disappear. They do find that chiropractic limits their acute periods or at least slows down its progression.
Chiropractic is effective treatment. While many medical doctors are more open-minded to chiropractic, there are members of the medical community who have been trying to eliminate chiropractic. This has been going on since chiropractics "discovery" by D.D. Palmer in 1895. In the past, Chiropractors have gone to jail for practicing medicine without a license. We now have licensing boards inall 50 states. And chiropractic is a popular treatment all over the world, especially in Canada, Australia and Italy. For many chiropractic patients, it either helps them more than any other treatment or it is the only thing that helps. Chiropractic has survived because it works.
Frequently, when your pain is gone, the underlying cause remains. The spinal problems which led to your condition is still present. This is because many conditions take years to get to the point where symptoms are experienced that interfere with a persons usual activiites.
If correction can be achieved, it will take 6 months to 2 years to reach that point.
The most common complaint about chiropractic is that you have to keep going forever! It is the opinion of many chiropractors and patients that after you've been properly adjusted, you learn what it's like to feel good.
You would be surprised at the number of people who have had pain for years, were told that nothing could be done and that they would just have to learn to live with the pain.