A Therapeutic Process Toward Pain Relief, Recovery, and Healing
What will my first chiropractic appointment at The Joint accomplish?
An initial visit should accomplish several objectives. First, it allows an opportunity for your doctor to determine the nature and severity of your complaints. It also establishes a baseline for your body’s current function. Your doctor will also set short-term goals for recovery and long-term goals for wellness and maintenance.
What results can I expect to see after several sessions?
You can expect to see several positive results, including decreased pain, increased energy and mobility, better sleep, and improved posture.
Is chiropractic really a safe option?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, noninvasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very minimal.
Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness, or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Is chiropractic treatment painful?
There is little to no pain involved in a spinal adjustment. You may feel pops and cracks, but you should not feel any intense pain. Typically, if you weren’t in pain prior to the adjustment, you won’t be after. Some chiropractic patients do experience some mild soreness or minor aches after a visit, but again, any soreness or aching will usually dissipate within a day.
Is chiropractic treatment ongoing?
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be present in the doctor’s office.
It is important to understand that chiropractic is not a quick fix, but a therapeutic process in a patient’s journey, taking several visits for the body to adapt to the adjustments and heal. It is a gradual process on the road to wellness.
In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home, such as taking a course of prescription antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks.
A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care, thus making a certain number of visits necessary at times. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended to achieve treatment goals and the length of time you can expect your treatment period to last.
About the Expert
Jason Basile, DC
The Joint Chiropractic
Chiropractic’s positive impact on Dr. Basile’s life led him to earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Delaware. He went on to Life University in Marietta, Georgia, graduating summa cum laude from chiropractic school. Dr. Basile was a solo practitioner for 15 years before becoming the director of eight of the Joint’s Houston area locations.
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