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How to prepare for the chiropractor

If you're like most people, your first visit to a chiropractor is a nerve-wracking experience. If you're new to seeing a chiropractor and want to make sure you get the most out of your appointment, here are some tips:

Do your research ahead of time.

Before you go to your first visit, it's important to do some research.

  • Read the website of the practice where your appointment is scheduled. This can give you an idea of what chiropractic care is like, as well as help determine what services they offer and if they have experience with treating people like you.

  • See if there's anything else going on at the office that day that might affect your treatment plan or hours of operation (such as an event happening in their waiting area).

  • Look up any reviews for this practice or others in your area—you'll want to make sure there aren't any red flags regarding quality or potential problems with treatment plans, especially if it's been awhile since someone gave them bad feedback!

Write down your questions.

Bring a list of questions you have about your health and wellness. You'll be less likely to forget something if it's written down, and it will also help you focus on your questions during the visit. This is especially true if this is your first time visiting a chiropractor, but even if it’s not, sometimes our minds wander off course when we're talking about personal stuff.

Consider what you're looking for in a chiropractor.

If you're considering seeing a chiropractor for your back pain, it's important to consider what you're looking for in a practitioner. Do you want a non-surgical option? Are you looking for holistic care? Would you rather be treated by a doctor or physical therapist? Is this just about getting back on track with treatment, or do you want to be treated by a specialist who can prescribe orthotics and other devices that might help keep your spine healthy over time?

Dress comfortably.

Please wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment. Loose-fitting clothes will allow for greater comfort during the examination process, and they will also make it easier for your chiropractor to assess your body's posture and alignment without anyone being too restricted or uncomfortable!

  • You should also wear comfortable shoes. Depending on the office environment, you may be asked to remove your shoes at times during the appointment; if so, it’s best if they are not formal or high heels because these kinds of shoes can make it harder for doctors to get a good grip on feet when taking measurements or performing certain tests.

  • Wear layers so that if you get cold (or hot) during treatment, you can easily remove an item without needing help from others around you - this will help keep everyone more relaxed throughout their visit!

Share details of your medical history and health conditions.

When you go in for your initial consultation, you will be asked to complete a health history questionnaire. This is important because it helps the chiropractor get a better idea of what kind of care would be best suited for you. You can take this questionnaire with you or fill it out online before going in.

In addition to providing details about your medical history, another important thing to mention is any dietary restrictions or limitations that might affect your care. For example, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure and require specific medications, let the chiropractor know so that they can work within those parameters when adjusting your spine.

Ask questions.

When you go to the chiropractor, it is important to keep an open mind. If you are stiff and sore from a hard day of work and have been dealing with chronic gut pain, it may be hard for you to imagine that a chiropractor could help. But what if they could?

Here are some questions that will help prepare you before your first visit:

  • Ask about treatment options. Do they offer non-invasive therapies like massage therapy? Are there other ways they can treat my symptoms without cracking my back or popping my neck?

  • Ask about the doctor's education and experience. How long have they been in practice? Have any of their patients had success after visiting them for treatment? Who was their favorite professor in medical school—and why? If I'm going to trust this person with my health, I need to feel confident that their professional training is up-to-snuff (or at least not too antiquated).


Remember that the best way to get through any first visit is by being prepared—and this goes for your first chiropractor appointment, too. By taking time beforehand to research what you’re looking for in a chiropractor and writing down your questions ahead of time, you can help ensure that you feel comfortable during your appointment and leave feeling like it was worth it. After all, if you don’t know what kind of treatment options are available at your new chiropractor’s office or if they take insurance—or even if they accept walk-ins—you may end up leaving without getting what you need or want out of treatment!

Choose Eshelman Chiropractic as your family's chiropractor of choice! Call us today at (531) 999-1031!

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