Your first visit to the chiropractor includes an in-depth interview in which you can tell what your reasons are for your visit. The chiropractor will ask you questions about your symptoms and about your general health. These questions are important to get a good picture of your health. After this interview the chiropractor will do a physical exam.
This exam will include orthopedic and neurological tests. Sometimes a referral to the doctor for supplemental testing (eg. X-ray) is necessary in order to make the best diagnosis. After the exam the chiropractor will talk with you about the findings and propose a treatment plan.
The treatment plan includes 3 phases;
Phase 1: Corrective Phase
Phase 2: Stabilization Phase
Phase 3: Maintenance and Prevention Phase
Pain reduction and functional improvement are central
The symptoms are gone or well under control and the structural changes have been implemented. In this phase the functioning of the spine and muscles, as well as the adaptability of the musculoskeletal system will be stimulated through treatment and exercise. Damaged tissue like muscles, ligaments, capsules and, in the worst cases, nerve tissue requires a longer recovery time.
Maintenance and Prevention Phase
Preemptively checking the spine and other joints and maintaining their optimal function can greatly reduce the return of symptoms. In addition, an optimally functioning nervous system is a good foundation for your health.