Has it been a while since you last saw a chiropractor? Perhaps you’ve never had a chiropractic adjustment? Then you’ve probably got a few questions about the chiropractic process and how it works.
Below, the experts at Bomberg Chiropractic in New Hope, MN share answers to some of the most common questions about what to expect when you visit a chiropractor.
How Do I Know If I Need Chiropractic Care?
If you’re like most people, you can benefit from chiropractic care. Even if you don’t suffer from acute or chronic aches and pains, chiropractic care is an excellent way to maintain overall wellness.
In fact, chiropractic wellness care is specifically designed to help your body maintain optimal wellness by proactively addressing spinal misalignments before they develop into painful issues. With wellness care, your chiropractor performs periodic treatments to help prevent mobility issues rather than addressing painful conditions after they’ve already occurred.
If you’re currently suffering from acute or chronic back pain, neck pain, or joint mobility issues, chances are you need chiropractic. If you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, your first visit will consist of a thorough consultation and evaluation to determine what type of care you can benefit from.
What Should I Expect During My Initial Consultation?
Your first visit to a chiropractor includes a thorough consultation to assess your current condition and determine which treatments are best suited to your unique needs. During this appointment, you can expect:
● A thorough chiropractic exam. This may involve x-rays, palpation of various areas throughout your body, reflex analysis, posture analysis, range of motion testing, a medical history, and a series of questions to diagnose your condition and determine your needs. Other types of diagnostic testing may also be included in this exam.
● An initial treatment. Depending on the chiropractor and the results of your exam, you may receive an adjustment or soft tissue manipulation during your first appointment.
● Take-home advice. As part of your treatment plan, your chiropractor will likely give you advice for maintaining the results of your adjustment or take-home exercises to enhance the treatment and improve your range of motion.
Is Chiropractic Care Covered by Insurance?
Chiropractic clinics typically accept many different types of insurance, but you must check with your chiropractor to determine whether your policy will help cover the cost of care. At Bomberg Chiropractic, we accept many Twin Cities health insurance providers, including:
● United Healthcare
● And more
Check out our insurance page for more information on the providers we accept. If you don’t see yours listed, give us a call so we can work with you to find a solution for covering the cost of care.
What Exactly Is a Chiropractic Adjustment? Is It Painful?
A chiropractic adjustment is a highly specialized, non-invasive procedure during which a chiropractor uses his hands or a specialized instrument to apply controlled force to a joint. The procedure involves sudden, precise force to the joint, which helps move it back into its proper alignment. The treatment functions to improve mobility and reduce discomfort associated with spinal and other joint misalignments.
Typically, chiropractic adjustments are painless. However, you may experience minor discomfort after the treatment is complete. It’s important to note that your individual discomfort threshold is the major determining factor in whether you’ll feel any pain. The vast majority of patients leave the office feeling better than they upon arriving.
How Many Visits Will I Need to Feel Better? What’s Included as Part of Each Visit?
The number of chiropractic care visits you’ll need to improve your condition and alleviate discomfort is highly individual. Your chiropractor will develop a comprehensive care plan for you after your initial visit, which details the number and frequency of treatments you’ll need. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your care plan may include other treatments to enhance results, such as:
● TENS therapy
● Movement-based massage
● Kinesio taping
Keep in mind that even after your plan of care is complete, you should continue visiting your chiropractor periodically to maintain your treatment results. For many people, scheduling periodic treatments over an extended period is the best way to maintain mobility, range of motion, and optimal joint function.
What Happens If I Miss a Visit?
If you miss a visit, it’s not the end of the world; your treatment results won’t disappear overnight. That said, we highly recommend attending all of your visits according to the care plan your chiropractor designs for you. Regular adjustments and soft tissue manipulation are necessary to achieve optimal results.
Do Chiropractors Prescribe Medication for Pain?
No, chiropractors do not prescribe pain medication. Chiropractic care is a completely natural, non-invasive form of medicine for treating joint pain and mobility issues. While chiropractic is a highly effective alternative therapy for both acute and chronic pain, it can also complement the results of more conventional treatments.
Looking for a Chiropractor in the Twin Cities?
Whether you’re new to chiropractic or it’s been years since your last visit, our team at Bomberg Chiropractic would love to welcome you into our care! At our office, patients always come first. We strive to deliver highly individualized care plans designed to address each patient’s unique needs and goals of treatment. To learn more about how we can help you or schedule an appointment, feel free to call our New Hope, MN office today at 763-450-1755 or connect with us online, and we’ll be in touch!