If you’ve never visited a chiropractor before, you might be wondering what to expect at your first visit.  How will I feel? Will it hurt? Do I have to go back?  In this post we’ll go over what to expect with a typical patient visit.

Many of the new patients we see have been dealing with pain for a while and hoping that it would get better on its own.  The truth is the sooner we can look at an injury the better but if your pain has not improved after 2 weeks it should be looked at.  Let’s take a look at what you’ll see at your first visit at Rising Sun Chiropractic.

First Adjustment at Rising Sun Chiropractic-ST. Peter, MN

What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Appointment

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When you arrive at Rising Sun Chiropractic you’ll be greeted by our friendly and professional team and be given our paperwork.  If you want to speed up this part please download the paperwork here.  Once those forms are completed you will start with your doctor.

Getting Started With The Doctor

Your doctor will discuss your symptoms with you and ask questions.  We do this because every part of your chiropractic appointment is tailored specifically to what you’re experiencing and what you need.  Then you will go through a physical exam to determine exactly what is going on and what is causing pain.

The physical exam focuses on the spine or joints with special attention given to your areas of complaint.  Based on our consult we will know where to use special testing, range of motion testing and muscle strength testing. During our exam many times we will uncover issues that are contributing to the injury that you may not have known you were dealing with.

It can be a bit of a surprise to see big differences in strength or movement during an exam.  Finding all the sore spots, the knots and trigger points that are a big part of your injury.

Once the exam is complete your doctor will create a treatment plan that will consider:

  • The extent of your injury or irritation
  • Your overall health
  • The overall condition of your spine or joint of injury (taking age and previous injury into consideration)
  • What your goals are

Goals, this can be new for a lot of patients but at Rising Sun Chiropractic your goals are a key part of the puzzle. What’s the difference? Some patients are coming in for pain relief, others look to drastically improve their function and health after an injury, some are working to return to being a high-performance athlete.  Most patients have a treatment plan that focuses on pain relief and improving range of motion during their first chiropractic appointment.

Your First Chiropractic Treatment

There are a variety of treatment procedures we offer at Rising Sun Chiropractic.  The goals during your care is to use the tools that will help you the most, get you back to your life faster and stronger.  During your first visit we may use Graston Therapy(IASTM) or Cupping to improve range of motion and pain relief.  In more chronic or severe pain we may start with Class 4 Deep tissue laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation.  We strive with every injury to give lifestyle advice and home exercises so you have more control of your pain and recovery.

Lower back adjustment-st. peter, mn-chiropractorOnce we have treated the area we move on to the adjustment.  At Rising Sun Chiropractic, we treat the most restricted joints to provide maximum relief in your adjustment.  When people try to self crack they usually get the joint that’s easiest to crack not the one that is most need of adjustment.

If you check out any of our adjustment videos you’ll see that they are quick and painless.  Most people feel relief and improvement in range of motion.  After treatment patients will often feel stronger and notice how much easier it is to move.  A chiropractic adjustment is not scary and should never really be painful.

After the adjustment, the doctor discusses the future treatment plan with each patient.  Each treatment plan is different because they are based on your specific problem and your goals for care in our office.  Finally, we will ask if you have any questions about your care or recommendations going forward.  We then will walk you back to the front desk were you can plan your next visits.

What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Appointment

When you visit Rising Sun Chiropractic for your first appointment you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff while you fill out your quick & easy paperwork. You’ll be seen right away and as you can see, the treatment on your first visit is effective and provides immediate relief with visible results.

So now that you know what to expect during your first time at the chiropractor, what are you waiting for?

Rising Sun Chiropractic Team