If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, your first visit may induce some trepidation. After all, you’re entrusting your spinal health to people you haven’t met before.
Presumably, you’ve done some homework already and determined that this particular chiropractic office is a good choice. You have done some research on the chiropractor and determined that he or she gets good reviews, either online or by referrals.
Before making your appointment, it’s a good idea to ask some questions. They might include:
- How long can I expect to wait to be seen?
- How long will my first appointment last?
- Do you accept my insurance?
- Do you have other providers, like physical therapists and massage therapists, on site?
- Do you have multiple payment plan options?
You might want to write down your questions in advance so that you don’t forget any.
As you prepare for your appointment, consider writing down all the health issues you are experiencing, They would include all your issues, not just those directly connected to your back, neck and shoulders. Many health problems may be traced to the spine, through which nearly all your nerves pass.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes, so the doctor can examine you and manipulate your body. For men that means leaving your jacket and tie behind and avoiding jeans, which aren’t very flexible.
Women should wear shorts or pants. To accommodate a massage, back-clasp bras are the easiest to work with.
You are going to be asked to share your health history. Be prepared to answer questions about your family’s health. Remember to let the doctor know about any pre-existing conditions or allergies to medications.
Bring your health insurance information as well. Most chiropractor offices accept the majority of insurance plans, but it is important to verify that at the start.
At our office, your first visit will provide us with the information we need to create a customized treatment plan. It is unlikely that we will adjust you during your first visit. But some chiropractors jump right into it. To be prepared for that, it’s a good idea to stretch gently before your appointment in order to open up your spine and prepare for manipulation. Avoid jarring activities that place stress on your neck and spine. Yoga and Pilates are excellent preparation for chiropractic care.
Avoid carrying your wallet in your back pocket. Sitting on your wallet pushes your hips and back out of alignment and places added pressure on both.
Finally, as you head for your first appointment, relax. Most chiropractors and their staffs are focused on their customers’ well-being. They are there to help you!