What should I expect from chiropractic adjustment?
At your first visit, your chiropractor discusses your medical history and performs a physical exam. You may have diagnostic tests including:
- X-rays, which use small amounts of electromagnetic radiation to visualize internal structures.
- Computed tomography (CT) scan, which uses X-rays to create detailed pictures of internal body structures.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan using radio waves and strong magnetic fields to generate pictures of the body.
Your chiropractor develops a treatment plan based on your symptoms, exam findings and the results of tests. Then your chiropractor uses their hands or small instruments to apply a quick, controlled force to a joint. You may feel a popping or cracking sensation.
Your chiropractor may recommend other therapies along with chiropractic. These may include:
- Advice on nutrition, diet, weight or general health.
- Electrical muscle stimulation using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS).
- Icing or heat therapy.
- Exercises and stretches.
- Ways to manage stress and relax muscles.