First Adjustment Brochure

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What does a chiropractic adjustment feel like? Does it hurt? Is it safe? How many adjustments will I need? Will I get addicted to adjustments? When will I feel better?

Patients have questions and countless misconceptions about your precise, life-affirming chiropractic adjustments.

Many are too polite to ask. Their fears merely fester, creating doubt and apprehension.

Here's how to professionally explain your diversified adjusting technique and what patients can expect from their first chiropractic adjustments.

Pre-frame your chiropractic adjustments by presenting this brochure before their first adjustment.

Send it home with patients as part of your first visit information package. Or present it after their first adjustment. Either way their expectations and referral language will be more precise and your patients will give your chiropractic adjustments proper meaning and majesty.

Move patients away from "snap," "crack," and "pop" by equipping them with the words and pictures that make chiropractic care safe, simple and compelling.

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Your First Chiropractic Adjustments

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The purpose of your adjustment(s) is to add energy to your spine at just the right time, place and direction. Your body uses this energy to help "right" itself. As spinal integrity improves, nerve tension is reduced, your body works better and your performance is enhanced.

Thorough Examination

First, we analyze your spine. This usually involves a case history, examination and X-ray pictures of your spine. We may have you turn and bend to feel how your spinal joints move. We may also check your posture, alignment, balance and leg lengths.

The Adjustment

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that we use is the result of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

Sometimes, the energy delivered during the thrust produces a slight "popping" sound from shifting gas and fluids in the joint. This sound is not an indicator of the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.

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What Can I Expect?

Your first couple of chiropractic adjustments will produce one of three responses:

Temporary Setback

On rare occasions, especially in cases of a recent accident or injury, it can seem as if your problem is worsening. This is perfectly natural–and temporary. Reducing inflammation takes time and many factors will affect the speed of your recovery. Remain hopeful.

Slower Change

In cases of chronic health problems, progress comes more slowly. Since it's probably taken years for your health to reach the symptomatic stage, recovery takes time. Obviously, creating new, healthier spinal patterns will require repeated visits. Be patient and optimistic. We are!

Some Improvement

Happily, most report an improved sense of ease and well-being with their first adjustments. This sets in motion a series of changes as each visit builds on the ones before. Careful! Discontinuing care too soon, before lasting changes are made, invites a relapse.

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How You Can Help

Restoring your health will be a team effort. Here's what you can do between your visits to support the care you receive in our practice and create a momentum for healing:

  • Avoid extreme turning, bending or sudden twisting of your spine.
  • When lifting anything, keep your back straight and use your legs.
  • Sit in a chair without slouching and avoid crossing your legs.
  • Avoid excessive neck bending to watch television or read in bed.
  • Sleep on your side or back, using a pillow that supports your neck.
  • Drink plenty of water and get enough rest so your body can repair.
  • Stand tall, sit tall and "think" tall to help form new postural habits.
  • Each visit builds on the ones before so keep your appointment schedule for optimum results.

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