What Can I Expect During My First Visit
to a Chiropractor?
Your first visit would begin with a full medical history. You will then consult with the Dr. and express your health concerns and expectations. Feel free to ask any questions.
Next a physical exam will be performed which will assess your nerve, muscle and skeletal health. In some cases an out-of-office X-ray will be performed to better assess underlying conditions. The Doctor will go over the results of the exam and X-rays with you. Then, depending on your condition, the doctor will use therapies to promote relaxation of the muscles. The Doctor will then give an adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment is the refined action of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, "locked up," or not moving properly. Adjustments shouldn’t be painful, although you may feel some discomfort until the joint is relieved. Depending on your condition, you and your Doctor will create an individual treatment plan to improve spinal function and overall health. Regular checkups are always a good idea. They promote good health from the inside out.
Which problems can be helped by chiropractic?
Some common problems helped by chiropractic are:
Low back pain
Sciatica and leg pain
Neck problems and whiplash
Upper back problems
Shoulder, arm and hand pain
Migraine and neck related headaches
Many other problems may also be helped by chiropractic treatment.
Please email or telephone 952-442-4555 if you would like to discuss
However, you don't have to wait until your body is telling you
that you have a problem - pain is often one of the last signs
that your body is not functioning correctly. Many people have
chiropractic treatment as a preventive treatment to ensure that
your body systems are working optimally. Good health is not simply
the absence of pain or disease. The more balanced your body is,
the better it will cope with the stresses and strains of your
Will it hurt?
It is very uncommon for an adjustment to hurt.
We use gentle procedures that allows you to relax when being adjusted.
However, everyone's body reacts to a stimulus in different ways
so there may be some discomfort. Icing the affected area after
your treatment should relieve this discomfort.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is performed by applying
a specific force or thrust in a precise direction to a joint that
is not moving normally. This adds movement to the joint, allowing
the bones to return to a more normal position. The Doctor of Chiropractic
is very skilled in this technique as well as other light-force
adjustment techniques. The type of adjustment will vary depending
on the condition of the patient.
Can I adjust myself?
It is virtually impossible to adjust yourself
because a specific force must be delivered in a very precise direction
to a specific joint. It is possible to cause your spine to 'pop'
or 'crack' with a bend or a twist, but this type of manipulation
not performed by a professional could make an unstable area of
the spine more unsteady.
What type of education do Chiropractic doctors
Chiropractic doctors are very well educated.
They begin training at colleges and universities across the country,
and then complete their studies at Chiropractic college. They
have the same class hour requirements as a general practice Medical
Doctor (M.D.). Chiropractic doctors complete extensive study of
anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, orthopedics, biomechanics,
physical diagnosis, radiology, spinal adjusting techniques and
related subjects. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic
Degree, each candidate must pass the National Board Examination
and their respective state licensing examination before beginning