What To Expect On Your First Visit To A Chiropractor

We have all suffered from back pain before, but not everybody seeks treatment for occasional back pain, or even for ongoing problems. Controversy over the effectiveness of chiropractic medicine discourages some people from making that first step and scheduling an appointment with a Richmond Hill chiropractor.

If you haven’t been to a chiropractor before, you may not know what to expect. Contrary to what many people think, chiropractic treatment is not painful, even when you are already in pain. A Richmond Hill chiropractor will assess your condition and decide what treatment you require. In the case of an injury, there is usually a lot of pain and swelling, but rest assured, the chiropractor would not aggravate sensitive areas and cause you unnecessary pain. When a painful injury is involved, the chiropractor will make gentle, subtle adjustments to avoid aggravating the injury.

Your Richmond Hill chiropractor is likely to recommend frequent visits at first, so that several subtle adjustments can be made to facilitate healing. These small adjustments will probably not hurt; in fact, it may not even seem that the chiropractor has even done anything at first, but you will probably notice improvement within the next 24 hours as the muscles begin to respond to the treatment.

After treatment, your Richmond Hill chiropractor will probably suggest that you take it easy and avoid any strenuous movements. This is because the muscles are accustomed to being in the position they were in before the treatment and need time to adjust to the slightly new position. Sudden movements can cause the muscles to return to the position they were in before treatment, prolonging recovery time. After your injury has healed, it is a good idea to schedule regular visits with your Richmond Hill chiropractor to maintain alignment of your spine and balance throughout your body.

March 10, 2014
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