What to expect during your first visit:
What to expect during your first visit to our Seattle Chiropractor:
This is a common question that arrives in our mind is that what to expect during your first visit? The first time we see you, our Chiropractor in Seattle will make a thorough record of your health history. This helps us to pinpoint the actual problem instead of focusing on just the symptoms. Next, the doctor will perform an examination of your spine, posture, and body alignment. A number of specialized tests will be performed to determine which tissues are affected and to what extent. The doctor may examine other areas as well. It depends on your specific complaints; for example, shoulder, knee, or foot pain.
Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays. This is done to either rule out more serious conditions or assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you.
Once finished with the examination and all appropriate studies, you will generally be provided with their first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, and/or physical therapy procedures to make you feel more comfortable.
Prior to leaving you will be given self-treatment advice. This may include the application of ice or heat, any activities or positions to avoid. Also. it includes home exercises and/or stretches to help relieve pain and speed healing.
You will be given an appointment time for your follow-up visit. Patients are usually seen within 1-2 days, at which time they are provided with a complete report of findings. During the report of findings, your chosen doctor will explain what is out of alignment. Also, what type of treatment will bring you back to health. Treatment options for your condition will also be discussed during this time.
What is an Chiropractic adjustment like?
Typical chiropractic adjustment is quick and highly-controlled thrusts applied to a vertebra or joint. There will probably be a popping sensation from the joint, which is caused by a release of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide stored in the joints. Most patients report a relieving sensation. It’s like popping your fingers; sometimes it just feels good, and less often there is a little stiffness. You may feel pressure or slight discomfort, but once the procedure is performed the sensation goes away. Inflammation and muscle spasms caused by your injury are typically the cause of any discomfort.
Your specific condition may require us to take x-rays to either rule out more serious conditions or assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you.
Though the idea of popping joints is closely associated with chiropractic care, don’t feel disappointed if you don’t hear that pop.
Since adjustments are most effective when you are relaxed, we might apply heat or do some percussion massage or trigger-point therapy prior to your adjustment.
Will I be sore or stiff after?
If you are a first-time patient there may be some muscle stiffness and mild soreness 12-24 hours after your treatment. The stiffness will likely feel like you’ve just worked out. It is a common reaction for first time patients and there is no cause for concern. The use of ice and gentle stretching can alleviate this side effect.
After being adjusted, you may feel a warm or tingling sensation throughout your body. This positive reaction is caused by the extra release of endorphins from treatments as well as increased vascular activity.
How long before I see results?
Most patients experience a level of relief from their pain and an increased range of motion, or ease of movement, after their first adjustment. Our goal is to get you out of pain and back to doing all the things you love as quickly as possible!