You don’t have to wait until you are bed ridden so as to start thinking about seeing a chiropractor. There are plenty of signs whose presence necessitates that you see a chiropractor immediately. Some of the most common signs include;
• Chronic pain in the head, muscles and joints which seem not to be improving
• If you are employed or self employed but your job requires many hours off sitting and repeating same tasks that requires same over and over.
• If you injured your spine, hand or muscles which seem to be taking a lot of time before healing, even after using some medication or therapy.
• Some sharp pain shoots from the hip down into your leg
• A sensation of stiffness that comes and goes in various parts of the body even though you cannot explain the cause
• If you have some joint or muscle pain which you want addressed without necessarily using drugs
• If you realize one of the sole of your shoes wears out consistently or fast and quickly more than the other shoe.
• Where the hem of your skirt or pants hangs unevenly
If you realize that you have any of the problems mentioned above, it is important that you see a chiropractor who should help you get relieved in the shortest time possible. The chiropractor will also give you advice on how to avoid activities and strenuous episodes that can result in back pain.
Once you visit a chiropractor of your choice, he should be able to conduct the initial interview either over the phone or he may do it in person. The first discussion should be a learning session and may not include a clinical examination. If you are filling the form, the following questions may have to be answered.
• How and when you felt the pain for the first time
• The location of the pain
• Whether the pain is sharp, burning, dull, throbbing and whether it comes and goes
• Whether the pain started as a result of an injury
• Circumstances and the conditions you feel aggravates the pain
On top of this, you may be asked to give your families medical history including any existing medical conditions , injuries, previous and current health and if you have had any treatment or not.
Your practitioner may decide to give you an examination. The chiropractic exam may include general tests such as blood pressure, respiration, pulse, reflexes and any other neurological and orthopedic tests which assess the following.
• Muscle strength
• Neurogical integrity
If your practitioner feels that the information gathered is not adequate, he may recommend further test such as asking you through motions and making specified turns that can enable him establish more information. He may also carry out posture analysis and do some chiropractic manipulation of the parts of the body that has been affected.