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What to Expect Before and After Your Chiropractic Adjustment

Updated: Feb 10


Before and after chiropractic adjustment - The Dearing Clinic


It’s important to know what to expect and what steps to take before and after chiropractic adjustment. Start by choosing the right chiropractor for your needs, staying hydrated, following directions for managing any pos-adjustment temporary discomfort to ensure best results.


If you’re struggling with musculoskeletal pain and discomfort, seeking chiropractic care may offer the relief you’ve been seeking, along with many other surprising benefits as well! 


But before undergoing this type of therapy for the first time, it's important to understand what to expect and steps to take both before and after chiropractic adjustment. So, to help you prepare for your chiropractor appointment, let’s review what you should do before your appointment, what to expect during the session, and what changes you might experience afterwards.


Before and After Chiropractic Adjustment: What to Know

There are a few things that are important to know before and after chiropractic adjustment. 

When looking for a chiropractor, it's important to consider their qualifications and experience. You want to ensure that your chiropractor has the necessary training and expertise to provide safe and effective care. You can begin by checking online reviews and testimonials to get more insight into other patients' experiences and help you make an informed decision.


Furthermore, it's essential to plan to communicate openly with your chiropractor before and after your care about any pre-existing medical conditions, injuries, or concerns you may have at any point before, during, and after treatment. This helps your chiropractor better understand your needs, develop an appropriate treatment plan, and further customize your treatment plan as necessary. Know that your chiropractor may ask you questions about your medical history, lifestyle, and even daily activities to gain a comprehensive understanding of your condition and factors that could either positively or negatively impact your progress and results.


It's also important to disclose any medications or supplements you are taking, as these may interact with the chiropractic adjustment you receive. Some medications, such as blood thinners or muscle relaxants, can impact your body's response to the treatment. By disclosing this information, your chiropractor can take this into consideration when developing your personalized treatment plan.


After the adjustment, you may experience immediate relief or improvements, but it's important to note that everyone responds differently to chiropractic treatment. For example, if you have a chronic condition, you may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Your chiropractor will discuss your specific expected outcomes and provide recommendations for follow-up care.


In addition to the adjustment, your chiropractor may recommend complementary therapies to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. These may include exercises, stretches, nutritional advice, and/or lifestyle modifications. By incorporating these recommendations into your daily routine, you can support the healing process and maintain the benefits of the adjustment.


Remember that chiropractic care is a holistic approach that focuses on optimizing your overall health and well-being. It's not just about treating symptoms but addressing the underlying causes of your condition. By actively participating in your treatment and following your chiropractor's recommendations, you can maximize the benefits and improve your quality of life.


What to Do Before Your Chiropractor Appointment

Now that you have the basics on what to expect before and after chiropractic adjustment, let’s take a look at what you need to do before your chiropractor appointment. 


Once you’ve found a reputable practice for your first chiropractor visit, there are a few steps you can take to ensure a successful and comfortable experience. First, dress in comfortable and loose-fitting clothing that doesn't restrict your movement. This will allow the chiropractor to assess your body's range of motion more accurately. It’s also best to refrain from wearing any jewelry or accessories that might interfere with your treatment, such as necklaces or large, dangling earrings.


It's also a good idea to arrive at your appointment well-hydrated. Being adequately hydrated helps to promote flexibility and supports the success of the adjustment. Also, consider eating a light meal or snack before your visit to support healthy blood sugar levels. Having adequate energy levels promotes optimal cellular response to the adjustment and helps to avoid overstressing the metabolism of the tissues targeted in the adjustment. 


Finally, consider practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation before and after chiropractic adjustment. By supporting stable levels of cortisol (the hormone secreted during times of stress), these techniques can help minimize any anxiety or tension you may be feeling and improve your overall comfort during the session as well as support the results of your adjustment afterward.


What to Expect During Your Chiropractor Appointment

Once you’ve prepared for your chiropractor appointment, it’s important to know what to expect at the chiropractor. When you arrive at the chiropractor's office, you will likely be greeted by a friendly receptionist who will assist you with any necessary paperwork. And once you’re checked in, you will be taken to a treatment room where you will meet with your chiropractor. 


At The Dearing Clinic, we do things a little differently prior to your first chiropractic adjustment. We take a truly interdisciplinary approach, meaning we’ll review other natural treatment options with you that compliment your chiropractic adjustments for faster and deeper results. These tailor-picked options can include trigger point therapies and injections or non-steroidal joint and soft tissue injections that encourage tissue healing and are based on your optimal outcome and will be discussed with you before your treatment begins.


Before your first chiropractic visit, you’ll discuss your medical history, current symptoms, and any concerns you may have. This conversation is crucial for your chiropractor to fully understand your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan. 


During this initial consultation, your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination to assess your musculoskeletal system, which may involve evaluating your posture and range of motion as well as performing specific tests to identify any areas of dysfunction or misalignment. Depending on your situation, you may also need to undergo diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or MRI scans, to get a more detailed view of your spine and joints.


Once the examination is complete, your chiropractor will begin the adjustment process. Prior to the actual adjustment, your chiropractor will explain the procedure to you and address any concerns or questions you may have. Using specific techniques to target problem areas, your chiropractor will apply controlled pressure to realign your spine and joints. While this process is generally painless, you may hear cracking or popping sounds, which is normal and indicates the release of gas from the joints.


Throughout the session, your chiropractor may also incorporate other complementary therapies such as massage, stretching exercises, or heat therapy to enhance the benefits of the adjustment. These additional interventions can help relax your muscles, improve circulation, and promote overall healing.


What to Expect After Chiropractic Adjustment 

After chiropractic adjustment, you may experience various sensations that are normal and expected. It's common to feel some soreness or stiffness in the treated areas as your body adjusts to the realignment. But this discomfort typically subsides within one to two days.


In some cases, people report feeling a sense of relief, improved mobility, or an overall sense of well-being immediately after their chiropractor appointment. Some also note a noticeable difference in their posture before and after chiropractic adjustment. Just keep in mind that it may take time to experience the full effects of chiropractic treatment, and you may need multiple sessions to achieve optimal results.


Finally, the same advice stands for both before and after chiropractic adjustment: Just as you followed instructions prior to your appointment, it’s equally as important to follow any post-adjustment instructions provided by your chiropractor, such as avoiding strenuous activities or applying ice or heat to the treated areas. These recommendations will help support the healing process and minimize any potential side effects.


Before and after chiropractic adjustment - The Dearing Clinic

5 FAQs About Your Chiropractor Appointment

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding what to expect before and after chiropractic adjustment.


1. Do chiropractors take insurance?

While most chiropractors don’t take insurance, most major insurance carriers will reimburse you for chiropractic services, provided they were prescribed by a medical provider.


2. How much does a chiropractor cost without insurance?

Costs vary at different clinics. At The Dearing Clinic, a full chiropractic adjustment costs $75. 


3. How long are chiropractor appointments?

While your initial consultation and exam takes about an hour of your time, an initial full spinal manipulation and adjustment at The Dearing Clinic lasts just 10 to 15 minutes. For additional adjustments, you may benefit from in-office exercise progressions adjunct soft tissue therapies to promote healing for muscles and tendons that are bound up in the condition. 


If this is the case, your follow-up appointments could last from one to two hours to ensure you’re being treated from all angles in a way that gets to the root of your concern and solves it long-term.


4. In regards to before and after chiropractic adjustment, what differences will I see?

The effects of chiropractic adjustments vary from person to person and depend on factors such as the severity of your condition, your overall health, and how well you follow the recommended treatment plan. That said, many people report experiencing significant improvements in their symptoms after undergoing chiropractic adjustments.


Some of the most common differences you may notice include reduced pain and discomfort, improved range of motion, enhanced flexibility, decreased muscle tension, and improved overall function. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments can have a positive impact on your nervous system.


5. How can I book an appointment with a chiropractor?

To book an appointment with a chiropractor at The Dearing Clinic or to learn more about us, send us a message or call us at (615) 721-5141.



Key Takeaways

  • Prior to scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor for the first time, it's important to understand what to expect and steps to take both before and after chiropractic adjustment.

  • Before your chiropractic appointment, dress in comfortable clothing, eat a snack, hydrate well, and practice stress-relieving techniques.

  • During your appointment, be prepared to review your history and symptoms, complete an exam and testing, feel controlled but painless pressure, and possibly experience complementary therapies to aid healing.

  • After your chiropractic appointment, follow any post-adjustment instructions from your chiropractor. You may experience temporary soreness or stiffness and/or notice immediate relief and improved posture and mobility.

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