Your First Visit
Here’s What To Expect
The first order of business is checking your vital signs, reflexes, and blood pressure.
Sometimes measurements will be taken to determine arm and leg length at a chiropractic consultation. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or exercises. These exercises will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition.
You May Be Asked To:
- Bend forward, sideways, or backwards
- Flex and extend your leg
- Grip something such as a rubber ball
- Lie down and raise one leg
- Stand and raise one leg joints between your spinal vertebrae
- Stand or sit
- Walk a straight line
- Walk in Place
Next, a short physical exam by the chiropractor will involve palpation, or use of the hands, to explore the alignment of your spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain. Depending on your condition, a series of diagnostic tests may follow. These tests may include MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, blood work, and other laboratory tests.
The chiropractor may also consult with you about making important lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition, and smoking cessation to improve your chances of healing faster or preventing further injury. The entire chiropractic consultation is here to help you, if you have any questions please reach out to us.