When you made the decision to visit a chiropractor, you had already decided to try something new, something alternative to the Rheumatoid Arthritis treatments you have tried so far.
Perhaps the fact that you would be treated as a whole person rather than just as a problem area appealed to you, or maybe you have relied on the conventional medical methodology for so long and it hasn’t helped you very much.
Your first chiropractic visit is bound to be a bit different from what you expect and are used to.
You may be asked a lot of questions about your medical condition, medical history as well as treatment history, family medical history, and the kind of work environment you find yourself in daily, as well as the kinds of hobbies you like to engage in.
After the questions, you will often be examined. This will focus on you as an entire person, once again, and not just a certain part of your body, though the area you’ve identified as the main problem area will come under the closest scrutiny.
However, the rest of your body will also be examined to get a good picture of how a specific area might be affecting the rest of the body. At this point in time you are ready for treatment.
You have probably heard all the jokes about the bone cracking that allegedly goes on in a chiropractor’s office, and as such, it is not surprising that many patients are a bit apprehensive about this portion of the visit. But if you have the facts, there is nothing to be worried about.
Once your chiropractor is sure that he or she has a good idea of what the problem is, and also how this problem may have been affecting other areas of your body, they will want to do some adjustments.
This is the term commonly used to describe the kinds of manipulations of your spine – specifically the vertebrae – that help you.
However, there is a lot more to these spinal adjustments than simply “cracking bones.”
Chiropractors take years to learn the finer aspects of vertebrae adjustments and once it is determined that this is a course of action needed, your care professional will put these years of experience to good use.
Another misconception rests on the fact that spinal manipulation is always done by hand. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of times when pressure is applied to the spine with a help of specially-designed instruments. Thus, the combination of educated touch, as well as technical know-how, permits you to benefit doubly from your visit to this professional!
It is not surprising that more Rheumatoid Arthritis pain sufferers are discovering the sophisticated techniques used by today’s chiropractors, as well as the personalized care that is seldom found elsewhere.