How Long is a Typical Chiropractic Appointment?
If you are considering chiropractic care for the first time, you may have questions. First and foremost, you might be wondering whether a chiropractic adjustment can help at all. If you suffer from back pain, lower back pain, neck pain, muscle strains or problems with joint pain, the quick answer is yes. A licensed, experienced doctor of chiropractic is trained to help with musculoskeletal issues that are keeping you from enjoying life to its fullest.
Aside from that all important question, the next thing on a new patient’s mind is the appointment. What will it be like? Will it be painful? How long does it take?
Your First Chiropractic Appointment
The first visit with a chiropractor is important for two reasons. First, they need a basic understanding of the problem that brought you in to begin with. Is your discomfort a result of injury or accident? Was it a long time ago, or more recent? Was there an incident in which you may have suffered muscle strain, such as heavy lifting or a fall? It is quite possible to suffer minor injury or strain without recognizing it right away. Chiropractors will be on the look out for these types of incidents that could have caused your condition.
While your history is important, the physical examination is what is truly informative and this is where an experienced practitioner will concentrate their efforts. Quite often, a specific area of discomfort is not the root source of the pain. For Dr. Schram, the process begins with an examination of the painful area. Discomfort is often an indicator that there is a root problem elsewhere in the body. Complex cases take longer, but your intake can, in general, be expected to take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
The human body is very complex system, with many sub-systems. A chiropractic adjustment realigns the joints, especially those in the spine, lower back and neck areas. By restoring each joint to its proper place, the neurological activity, which has quilt likely been disrupted, will go back to normal. This is what truly promotes healing. In addition, the muscles, which have tightened around those misplaced joints, need to be stretched and encouraged to relax and re-form around the newly adjusted joint. While this can create some minor discomfort in the short term as the muscles stretch and re-form, it offers long term relief and improved mobility. In short, it helps heal the body and the root causes of pain.
Your First Chiropractic Adjustment
For your first appointment, expect an adjustment that is effective, yet works within your comfort level. An experienced chiropractor will offer explanations of their examination methods and adjustment techniques that can prepare you for your first few visits. Most chiropractic techniques involve high velocity, low amplitude thrusting of joints which will align joints along the spine, including those in the neck and back. While not generally painful, these thrusts may result in a “pop” just like the sound your knuckles make when you “crack” them. Known as Osseous, this is simply the sound made by the popping of tiny gas bubbles that are naturally found in body fluids.
While all licensed chiropractors have gone through strenuous academic and professional training, the right chiropractor is one who listens carefully, and has a strong sense of intuition about the root causes of your pain. With a sincere desire to alleviate that pain, they will use their hard-earned skill to help. Most patients feel the benefit of chiropractic care after only one or two treatments for minor conditions, and perhaps a half dozen or so for acute back pain. The first visit to a chiropractor, especially for those suffering from extreme pain, is still the most important.
Schedule A Chiropractic Appointment with Dr. Schram
Dr. Schram is a licensed Chiropractor and Acupuncturist in New York City. To find out how chiropractic care can help you get back on your feet quickly and without medication, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schram today by calling (212) 696-4426.