Just like an optometrist is a doctor who specializes in the care of your eyes, a chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in the care of your spine.
The spinal cord transmits information from your brain to the rest of your body. When there are interruptions in the messages, you could experience an array of sensations, including numbness, tingling and pain. Imagine that your spine is like an electrical cord going to a lamp. When the cord is plugged into a working electrical outlet, the bulb lights up. When unplugged, it goes off.
Have you ever had an electrical cord that was frayed? Ever have the light go on and off without an apparent reason? Usually, there is an issue with the electrical cord and it has been neglected or damaged.
This is much like your spinal cord. If the bones around it are not properly aligned, the spinal cord, or nerves coming from it, can be damaged.
Through gentle adjustments, a chiropractor can realign the spine to allow optimum function of the spine and nervous system. Having your spine examined and adjusted will help maintain the integrity of your spine and help prevent costly medical expenses down the road.
So, what should you expect at your first chiropractic visit? Expect to fill out general health information and information about why you are there. Expect to sit down with the doctor to discuss your complaint. Expect a detailed exam and follow-up imaging, such as X-rays, if the doctor deems that necessary. And, finally, expect to get adjusted on your first visit.
The goal when you walk into the doctor’s office is to get better. It is important for you and the doctor to be on the same page as to what to expect and how he or she can help.