Frequently Asked Questions: Chiropractors

1. What should I wear?
Loose and comfortable clothing, as if you’re going to the gym to work out. This allows ease of movement and enables the chiropractor to access and adjust parts of the body— such as your neck, shoulders, and hips—with minimal restrictions.

2. Can I see the chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Yes. Chiropractors are generally trained to work with pregnant women, but some specialize in prenatal and postnatal care. Chiropractors with DACCP or CACCP certifications have advanced knowledge in pregnancy care; you might also ask if your chiropractor is a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). Chiropractic treatments during pregnancy can potentially decrease nausea, reduce time in labor, and help you maintain an overall healthy pregnancy.

3. What results can I expect?
In the short-term, results may include reduced pain in targeted areas and more joint and muscle flexibility. Long-term results have the potential to alleviate pain altogether, especially when treatments are paired with an exercise or physical rehabilitation program (which may or may not be available right at your chiropractor’s office).

4. Does it hurt?
Chiropractors perform a series of swift motions that realign all those intricate moving parts—usually with their hands but sometimes with a small device to help realign bones and soft tissue. For most patients, chiropractic adjustments are painless. Some people may experience some soreness following chiropractic manipulation; to lessen that soreness, your chiropractor might suggest applying heat to affected areas and drinking plenty of water.

5. Who should go to a chiropractor?
Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are among the most-common reasons to visit a chiropractor. You may also want to start a chiropractic program if you’re recovering from an injury, feel excessively tense, or are simply looking to improve your body’s mobility.