WHAT DOES A CHIROPRACTOR DO?
The role of the chiropractor is to first help the patient achieve their health goals in regards to the nervous system, structure and pain relief. In the past, people believed chiropractic care was simply to help with back or neck pain, but it is so much more than that. As traditional doctors are focusing more on illness and disease, chiropractors are part of the wellness industry supporting people in preventative care and providing an alternative to pain medications, when appropriate.
Chiropractic care can vary greatly depending on the techniques used and the training and philosophy of the provider. It is for this reason that questions are encouraged. We want you to feel comfortable, partnering together for the unique treatment plan for you.
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER OFFICES?
In our Colorado Springs office, we take a modern approach to chiropractic care. Each patient is unique in their symptoms and in their wellness goals. When we first meet with a patient, we start with a conversation about your objectives. We take x-rays and we discuss the best ways to use chiropractic care to reach the desired outcomes you have for yourself. We will create a treatment plan together.
WHAT IS YOUR FIRST VISIT LIKE?
You may wonder: “What does a chiropractor do during an initial evaluation?”
First, we will look at your history and symptoms We will ask questions to get to know you and your situation better such as:
- Are you an athlete?
- Have you had chiropractic care before?
- Are you experiencing pain?
- When did it start?
- What type of pain and where?
- Is the pain a result of an injury or accident?
Second, we will exam your concerns more extensively by performing tests such as:
- Muscle strength
- Range of motion
- Posture analysis
- Nervous system stress test
Third, we take x-rays and discuss your treatment action plan.
WHAT DOES A CHIROPRACTOR DO DURING REGULAR APPOINTMENTS?
Your regular appointments will happen in accordance with your treatment plan. The frequency and types of adjustments will be unique to your needs. The term ‘chiropractic adjustment’ refers to a therapeutic movement by the chiropractic doctor. These adjustments can be made to the spine, but they may also include other joints. The goal is to correct structural misalignments, which can happen at any joint.
During your regular appointment, we will discuss your progress and you will receive adjustments. If your treatment plan calls for it, we may use kinesiotape to help increase blood flow to certain areas.
Many people associate a “popping” noise to chiropractic care, however it is not the “pop” that signifies an adjustment. Adjustments are made in a variety of ways and with several types of therapies which can include nutritional support, cold or heat compress, exercises and stretches and more. This will all be discussed in your treatment plan.