One of the first things a life-long patient of chiropractic will do when they reach a new city is choose a new chiropractor in Vancouver WA. The same goes for this person when they visit a city for an extended stay (especially if they experience some back pain) or if they participate in an extreme sports activity like skiing. These chiropractic patients learn two things: first, not two chiropractors are exactly alike and second, there are patterns that can help zero in on a likely chiropractor.Do you want to learn more? Visit Straight Up Spine & Posture .
As a prospective patient for a chiropractor in Vancouver WA, you are probably there primarily for back pain, but could also be seeking treatment for neck pain, headaches, joint pain, or muscle pain. As a patient, your chiropractor will be manipulating your spine or other joints, or sections of your soft tissue. Your first decision is how your chiropractor will perform this manipulation. The two main methods are manual manipulation and the activator method. The activator is a pencil-sized, spring-loaded tool that the chiropractor clicks on your adjustment points to align your spine. The manual method involves the chiropractor gently folding your body into key positions in order to provide a quick thrust which moves each joint slightly past its normal range of motion, clicking it into place. Whether one method is more effective than the other is up for debate and is really a preference of the patient. Some patients like the activator method because it seems less intrusive. Others like the more vigorous manual method, feeling that it “does more”. In most cases, a particular chiropractor will either operate with one or the other, so this is likely your first decision choice in choosing a chiropractor.
Chiropractic treatment can involve many additional therapies. You will have to decide which you like and which are deal breakers. Certainly a popular additional therapy which few reject is a deep-tissue massage, often given before the manipulation in order to relax the muscles and make the adjustment easier. Some offices ask you to take all your clothes off like a massage salon – this is unusual and so is probably not necessary. Others use acupuncture, aromatherapy, weight loss counseling, and crystals. When presented with these options, you should know that you are in charge and should find an office which makes you feel comfortable. Finally, many chiropractors ask for an x-ray on the initial visit. This is a questionable requirement and will significantly increase the cost of a first visit. It is recommended to consider this choice carefully.