Residents of New York are busy people. Whether they are at work or going out to enjoy time with family, friends, or colleagues many New Yorkers feel the stress of living a busy life. Back aches, stiff necks, sore shoulders are often thought to be just another part of life – something to just suffer through, maybe take a couple of ibuprofen tablets to help temporarily relieve the pain and continue on. Not everyone considers going to a chiropractic doctor, but a New York chiropractor can help relieve back pain and other tension caused by stress, injury, bad posture, and even aging.
What Does A Chiropractor Do?
When people experience pain and stress it can cause subluxations, which are physical dysfunctions in joint or series of joints. Chiropractors identify these subluxations along the spine and in other areas, will deploy manual manipulation of the back, the joints, and different muscles to help fix these subluxations and bring physical comfort and motion back to a patient.
What Happens Before A Chiropractic Exam?
Visiting a chiropractor is similar to visiting any other primary medical care facility practitioner. Patients likely have to fill out a medical questionnaire detailing their health history. The chiropractor will ask their patients about the pain or discomfort they are feeling, and may ask their patients to indicate where the pain is. If their patients are unsure or unclear about anything during the pre-exam process the patients should make sure to ask questions. A reputable chiropractor will be able to help clarify and explain what will happen during the chiropractic exam.
What Happens During A Chiropractic Exam?
During the physical portion of the chiropractic exam the chiropractor may take an x-ray of their patients’ spine to help them find subluxations that is causing the pain. The chiropractor may have their patients perform different range of motion tests to help decide what adjustments to make during the treatment.
After a course of action is decided the chiropractor may make adjustments to their patients’ spine and other joints on the body, such as the elbows, wrists, ankles, shoulders, if needed. Patients may lie down on a chiropractic table for the adjustments, or they may be sitting or standing. Should patients not be able to tolerate manual adjustments a low-force adjustment technique may be used. The chiropractor will work with the patient to decide what course of action is best to take.
What Happens After A Chiropractic Exam?
The chiropractor may recommend different stretches and small adjustments patients can do themselves after the exam. After an initial chiropractic visit patients may feel slight discomfort that lasts from 12 to 48 hour, in a similar way that exercise that cause people discomfort the first time it is done. Chiropractic care is not a quick fix for pain and discomfort, and the chiropractor will talk to their patients about when a follow up appointment should be made. Chiropractors at Ageonics Medical have helped thousands of New Yorkers live a better life, free of pain and discomfort.