What to Expect at the Chiropractor
If you are about to have your very first visit with a chiropractor, you may not know exactly what to expect. Though you’ve probably heard of other people’s experiences, it could be intimidating to go without prior experience yourself. The good news is that chiropractic treatment or physical therapy can be life-changing. The following are some things that you can expect.
Length of Your Visit
Your first visit will more than likely last longer than follow up visits because the chiropractor will want to make a full assessment of your condition and overall health. This could take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Adjustments only take a matter of minutes, so most of the initial visit will be talking, going over your medical history and getting your financial matters taken care of.
Follow up visits could last anywhere from five to 20 minutes, depending on the severity of your condition and the type of care you’re receiving.
What It Feels Like
Have you ever done a workout for the first time in a long time? You know that sore feeling you get at the end that’s a good-sore? If you feel any pain at all after a chiropractic adjustment, it will be that same good-sore feeling. If you have more serious pain than that, you should discuss it with your chiropractor for the chance it’s something more serious that needs a different sort of treatment.
Returning for Follow Up Care
Not every patient will have to return for follow up care. It’s possible the issue you’re dealing with can be fixed in a matter of one appointment. It’s also possible it will take multiple appointments that span over the length of many years. Depending on your problem, you may need to return to the chiropractor for follow up visits for the rest of your life, just as you would go in for dental exams and medical physicals on a regular basis. Your chiropractor will discuss this with you at your initial appointment so you can know what to expect moving forward.
Paying for the Visit
Many health insurance plans cover chiropractic care, though this is something you should speak with your provider about. You may have to use an in-network chiropractor and you might only be allotted a certain amount of visits per year, so it’s important you understand the details of your plan. If you don’t have insurance coverage, you may be able to work out a payment plan with the chiropractor.
Getting in Touch With a Chiropractor
Visiting the chiropractor doesn’t have to be a stressful event. To learn more about what you can expect at your next visit, get in touch with a chiropractor today.
BY: Mid Atlantic Spinal Rehab
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