What to Expect From Your First Chiropractic Visit

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Chiropractic care can help relieve pain and is very effective in treating many painful conditions including neck pain, sciatica, and lower back pain. This article will tell you what to expect from your first chiropractic visit, which will usually include a thorough history and chiropractic exam and, in some cases, the start of your chiropractic treatment.

Feeling nervous about your first chiropractic appointment is normal because you’re unfamiliar with the process and don’t know what will happen once you arrive. Putting your mind at ease by knowing what you can expect will get you one step closer to improved health.

Consultation & Assessment

At Burnaby Heights Chiropractic this first appointment will generally last about 45 minutes, and follow-up chiropractic appointments will be shorter and may last about 20 minutes. During your first in-office chiropractic visit, you will be asked to fill out forms to provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Dr Eaton will ask you lots of questions about when your pain started, where you feel it, and if it is due to an acute injury. You will also be asked to describe the pain—is it sharp pain? Throbbing pain? Does it come and go? Do certain activities make it worse? You will be asked about your family’s medical history and any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. Finally, you may be asked about any previous or current treatments other health professionals provide.

Chiropractic Exam

The second portion of your visit will include a physical examination focused on your area of pain,  which may include general tests like blood pressure, reflexes and pulse. Dr Eaton will also assess the range of motion of the affected area, muscle strength and muscle tone, as well as performing various physical orthopedic tests to help determine the nature of your specific issue. You will be asked to move in a specific manner to allow the chiropractor to assess the affected area, but if you are not comfortable at any time during any of this process you can ask to stop

X-Ray & Diagnostic

The third portion of your chiropractic visit may include diagnostic studies. This can be helpful in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities to diagnose a condition more accurately. This portion will be based on the patient’s history and chiropractic exam results; an X-ray is the most common diagnostic study used during the first chiropractic exam, but is not always needed. It will only be requested if the chiropractor has good reason to believe it will provide important information regarding the patient’s treatment program. 

Once the chiropractor has the information they need from the patient’s history, physical examination and diagnostic tests, they can then determine a specific diagnosis. Once this is established, they can confirm if chiropractic care can help with that condition. For example, fractures, infections and tumours cannot be treated with chiropractic care and will require a different treatment from a specialist. If chiropractic care can help treat the condition, they will discuss the next steps and when you should book a follow-up appointment. 

By the end of a patient’s first chiropractic visit, you will receive an explanation of the diagnosed condition along with an individualized chiropractic treatment plan. The chiropractor will also discuss the anticipated length of chiropractic care, and you may receive this information verbally or in written form. 


Do you have questions regarding your first chiropractic visit? Dr Eaton here at Burnaby Heights Chiropractic will tell you what you can expect, and he will take the time to answer your questions or address any concerns. We understand that some patients may feel hesitant about scheduling an appointment if they don’t know what to expect, but we will provide you with all of the information you need. 

Contact us today at (604) 298-0525 to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care and how you can book an appointment!

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