Chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for many people. Deciding to go for your first adjustment can be an overwhelming decision – especially if you don’t know what to expect. Your first appointment should be both educational and helpful. One way to make sure you get as much out of your first appointment is to ask the right questions.
Do some research
Most practices will have a website. Depending on the practice, they may even have a section outlining what to expect at your first visit. More importantly, there may be a section letting you know what to bring. A quick breeze through the practice’s website can be extremely beneficial and save you a lot of time.
What sort of conditions does the practice treat?
Not all chiropractic practices are the same. Many offer different treatments and strategies to get you back to performing at your best. It’s important for you to understand your condition, but it’s equally important for the chiropractor to understand your condition.
The better the understanding, the more specific the treatment plan can be. For example, if you have scoliosis, the treatment plan can differ from if you were hurt in an automobile accident. The first visit should be filled with questions and answers on both sides, so a treatment plan can be developed.
How experienced are you?
Experience plays a big role in any profession. Chiropractic is no different. Chances are, the more experienced the chiropractor, the more treatment options you will have. In addition to having more options, those options have probably been tried and proven effective over time.
What is your philosophy?
Chiropractors have all sorts of philosophies. If your chiropractor can’t answer this question, it should serve as a big red flag. At Choice Chiropractic we believe in making it easy for the patient to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care. Also, we believe everyone has the right to be healthy, and that the body can heal itself when it’s allowed to. For more information on our philosophy click here.
Honesty is the important trait to look for in any sort of relationship. The doctor/patient relationship is incredibly important, and you should feel confident your chiropractor is being fully transparent with you at all times. One way to find this out quickly is to ask questions.
A great chiropractor won’t just tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you what you need to hear. For example, chiropractic care may not be the treatment for your condition. An honest chiropractor will tell you that and then refer you to a specialist who can help. Red flags to watch out for here are large upfront payments, long treatment plans without a thorough explanation of why that treatment plan was chosen, etc.
If you have more questions…
Chiropractic care offers safe, natural treatment for patients of all ages. At Choice Chiropractic, we provide natural treatment for a range of illnesses and injuries. To make an appointment at Choice Chiropractic, contact us today.