A Beginner’s Guide to Chiropractic Care

picture of a big red question markIf you’ve never been to a chiropractor before you may have some questions. I was fortunate enough to grow up next door to a Doctor of Chiropractic, so it’s been a part of my life since childhood. However, I do know that not everyone has had the same experience as me. For that reason, I thought I’d put together a little guide to assist those who may be nervous about seeking out chiropractic care. Here is a “bare bones” explanation of what to expect when you visit your chiropractor.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (to see a Chiropractor)

The first thing you should know is that your Chiropractor is a trained professional who has completed between 7 and 9 years of post-secondary education. Your chiropractor has a lot more knowledge than most people realize and has been trained to deal with a variety of ailments. Your new doctor should be happy to discuss their training and any experience they have in working with you.

While there are different types of chiropractors who perform different types of adjustments, the one thing they all have in common is the belief that good health is determined by a healthy nervous system. When a vertebra becomes misaligned and places pressure on the nerves exiting the spinal cord, the result is referred to as a “chiropractic subluxation.” Your chiropractor will then use a variety of techniques to return the vertebra to its original position. This is called an adjustment. Regular adjustments allow your body to heal properly, and to maintain homeostasis.

Your doctor will be able to adjust you using a variety of techniques, according to your needs. Some of the most commonly used include the following:

The Toggle Drop- involves quick and precise thrusts from the chiropractor’s closed hands on a particular area of the spine. This is effective in improving the mobility of your vertebral joints.

Motion Palpitation- your chiropractor will use his or her hands to determine if your vertebrae are moving normally.

Lumbar Roll- the patient is moved onto their side, and the chiropractor applies quick and precise thrusts to the misaligned vertebra, so that it returns to normal position. While this may look a little frightening to a novice, I find this technique usually feels the best.

Drop Table Adjustments- the adjustment takes place on a special table that has a drop piece. When the doctor applies a quick thrust, the table drops; this allows for a lighter adjustment.

Instrument Adjustments- this is frequently the gentlest method of spinal adjustment and often used on animals. The patient lies face down on the table while the chiropractor uses a spring loaded activator to adjust the spine.

Hopefully, this overview will make you feel more comfortable about contacting a chiropractor. If you are nervous or have questions, by all means bring them up over the phone or during your initial consultation. Your new chiropractor will want you to feel as comfortable and confident in his or her abilities as they are. Relax and enjoy. Once you’re used to it, you’ll find that going to the chiropractor is an incredibly relaxing experience.

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