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What to Expect on Your First Visit

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, you might have some questions about what to expect on your first visit. Here at Steele Chiropractic we want to answer any questions you may have and make you as comfortable as possible with your care. After looking at your paperwork and taking your vitals (height, weight, and blood pressure), we perform an examination. We typically do range of motion, check posture, take reflexes, and do orthopedic testing based on what you’re coming in for. We use this information to come up with a diagnosis and figure out what we need to work on to get you feeling better.

Here are some commonly asked questions...

Question: What do chiropractors treat?

Answer: Chiropractors can help with a myriad of things from back and neck pain, to headaches, and injuries to muscles, ligaments, and joints. Chiropractic care can help boost the immune system, and we treat the whole person through nutrition, exercises/stretches, and lifestyle modifications.

Question: Will the adjustments hurt?

Answer: Sometimes there is pain when we push on joints that aren’t moving
properly. Usually it subsides after the adjustment is made. There are different
techniques that are gentler and sometimes we use the Activator (“clicker”) on
especially tender areas. We also run a massager over the muscles to help with
muscle tightness and provide pain relief.

Question: What is the popping sound?

Answer: The “pop” comes from gas being released from the joint space with the
adjustment and is completely normal.

Question: Can a chiropractor work on things besides my back or neck?

Answer: Absolutely! A chiropractor can adjust any joint in the body. That could
mean your knees, ankles, shoulders, wrists, ribs, jaw, etc. If you’re not sure, ask us and we’d be happy to see if it’s something we can do to help.

Question: Do insurance plans cover chiropractic care?

Answer: Yes. The majority of insurances offer some sort of coverage for
chiropractic care and we participate with and accept most insurances. We also have
payment options available if you do not have insurance. Contact the office for more
information.

Question: Will I get a treatment on my first visit?

Answer: Yes. We adjust patients on the first visit as long as there are no
extenuating circumstances (like a fracture or an issue we don’t think chiropractic
care will help you with). If we do not feel like you would benefit from chiropractic
care, we will refer you to another provider or specialist for further evaluation.

Question: Do I have to have x-rays?

Answer: No. We do not x-ray all new patients before care. We take x-rays if the
exam shows an area of concern or if you are not progressing with care like we think
you should be.