If you have never seen a chiropractor yourself, then you may have more questions than answers when someone recommends you to one. You might even shrug it off as a possibility, simply because you don't know a lot about it. However, if you have a few of your questions answered, then you will be better equipped to decide whether a visit to the chiropractor might be helpful.
What actually happens when you have your back adjusted?
Most people know that, in general, chiropractors adjust spines. But here's a better description of what that really means. Your chiropractor will feel along your spine to detect areas where one or more of your vertebrae are not sitting over one another properly. Then, they will either use their hands or a plastic tool to put pressure on either side of your spine and push those vertebrae back into alignment. This sounds like it might hurt, but it doesn't. Most people actually feel a sense of relief as they are adjusted. You may hear a popping noise, but that's essentially the same thing as when your knuckles crack; it's nothing to worry about.
Do you have to take remove your clothing?
This whole idea tends to make patients apprehensive since they know the chiropractor will be touching them. But in almost all cases, your chiropractor can adjust you while you are in your clothing. You'll have to remove a heavy jacket or sweatshirt, but a standard t-shirt is fine.
Do you have to keep going back?
The short answer is "no." If you're not happy with the adjustment for some reason, you don't have to go back to the chiropractor again. And the idea that once you start getting adjusted, you have to keep going, is a myth. Many people, once they start seeing a chiropractor, do keep going regularly; but this is because they like how much better the adjustments make them feel. If you visit the chiropractor for a certain issue, and one or two adjustments clear it up, you can then stop going if you please. Chiropractic care is not addictive, and chiropractors don't typically require any lengthy commitment to treat you.
If you've never been to a chiropractor before, but you are curious, make an appointment. The content above should have given you a better idea of what to expect, and it should also have eased some of your concerns. For more information, contact a chiropractic service.