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What Does a Typical Visit to a Chiropractor Look Like?

Posted on February 28, 2024
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A typical visit to a chiropractor usually involves several steps and can last between 15-45 minutes.

 Patient History: The chiropractor will begin by taking a detailed history of your health, including any current complaints, past injuries, medical conditions, and lifestyle factors.

Physical Examination: They will then perform a physical examination, which may include tests such as checking your posture, range of motion, reflexes, muscle strength, and flexibility. They may also use specialized chiropractic assessment techniques.

Diagnostic Tests: Depending on your condition, the chiropractor may order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to further evaluate your spine and musculoskeletal system.

Treatment: Based on the findings from the history and examination, the chiropractor will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This may include spinal adjustments, manual manipulation of joints, soft tissue therapy (such as massage or stretching), therapeutic exercises, lifestyle advice, and ergonomic recommendations.

Adjustment: The hallmark of chiropractic care is spinal adjustment or manipulation, where the chiropractor applies controlled force to the joints of the spine or other areas of the body to restore alignment, improve mobility, and alleviate pain.

Education and Prevention: Throughout the visit, the chiropractor may educate you about your condition, how chiropractic care can help, and what you can do to prevent future problems. This may include advice on posture, ergonomics, exercise, nutrition, and stress management.

Follow-Up: Depending on your condition, you may need multiple visits to achieve the desired results. The chiropractor will schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor your progress, adjust the treatment plan if necessary, and provide ongoing care and support.

Overall, the goal of chiropractic care is to optimize the function of your nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and overall health and well-being through natural, non-invasive methods.


If you live in and are searching for a Charlotte chiropractor, check out Active Life Chiropractic. Dr. Bob Mason has been in practice for 17 years. 

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