When your spine is properly aligned, it helps keep your body in good form as well. When your spinal alignment is offset, on the other hand, you can experience a range of bothersome, painful, and potentially life-altering issues. Chiropractic care is a noninvasive type of health care that focuses on your nervous and musculoskeletal systems, with a special focus on your spine.

The expert medical team at Johnson Medical Center in Venice, Florida, provides comprehensive spinal manipulation and chiropractic care to determine and address the underlying cause of your condition and get you feeling and functioning better soon.

Here, we explore the basics of chiropractic care, including what to expect from your treatment and benefits to anticipate.

Your first chiropractic session

At your first chiropractic appointment, your provider talks to you about your medical history and performs a physical exam, paying special attention to your back and spine. They may also suggest an imaging test, such as an X-ray. Depending on your needs and goals, they may perform a chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation. 

During this procedure, you’ll be placed in specific positions. Lying facedown on a specially designed table is a common one. Then, your medical provider uses their hands to apply controlled force on a particular joint. When this happens, you might hear cracking or popping sounds. 

While your first visit may take around 45 minutes, any follow-up appointment will likely be closer to 20 minutes.

Conditions chiropractic care treats

It might be easy to assume that chiropractic care only pertains to back issues. But because your spine affects many areas of your well-being, our medical team uses these treatments to address a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Herniated disc
  • Joint inflammation
  • Muscle pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sports and automobile injuries
  • Tendon strains
  • Whiplash

How you’ll feel after chiropractic treatment

Regardless of the specifics of your chiropractic care or the condition your treatment is for, you can expect to experience some amount of immediate relief afterward. You might even feel fully better, requiring no additional sessions in the near future. 

Or, relief may come gradually, as your body benefits from improved alignment. In many cases, several chiropractic adjustments within a few weeks brings the best results. Your provider will help determine your best treatment plan.

To learn more about chiropractic care or get started with the treatment you need, call our office or request an appointment online today. We would love to help you find your way back to greater comfort and ease. 

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