what to expect going to a chiropractor

What To Expect When Visiting A Chiropractor

Some tips to help patients navigate the Chiropractic waters and get a great one!


Many people have anxiety when facing any sort of medical visit for the first time. This is understandable since they are curious as to how the process will go and if there might be any complications. It might be difficult to know what to believe if you search the internet and find different reports, from the best to worst. If you go into your appointment with greater knowledge regarding chiropractic, you will have a a better experience and be less anxious about the process.

Chiropractors on movement. Movement is healing. Movement in the spine and other joints is vital. These procedures are referred to by chiropractors as adjustments or manipulations. In the research, it's called spinal manipulative therapy.

For many people suffering from lower back pain, sciatica, headaches, joint pain, or neck discomfort, a chiropractic adjustment is a tried-and-true method of relieving their symptoms that dates back thousamds of years. However, there are other aspects of chiropractic therapy than spinal adjustments. Chiropractors get extensive education in the treatment of bone, joint, and neurological system disorders, exercise therapy and nutrition. They look at your nerves and spine and big joints to see how well they move and if there are any issues.  

What to Expect on your First Visit to the Chiropractor 

In order to make sure you have a positive first experience, here are things that you can expect to happen during your first visit to a chiropractor.      

Consultation/Medical History

A chiropractor will sit down with you to talk about your concerns and goals before recommending anty treatments. If you're there to get some relief from pain, they'll want to know exactly where it is. For how long has this been happening? What is the level of the pain, on a scale from 1 to 10? Are you experiencing other symptoms? Your chiropractor can learn more about the problem and the best way to treat it from your answers. This consultation will serve as a roadmap for the adjustments and treatment.

It has been reported that 90% of a diagnosis can be ascertained from the history and questioning the patient. 

For thisi reason, the chiropractor will want to know your medical history and the medications you are currently on. The chiropractor wants to know;·     

  • Whether you have suffered any injuries or similar injuries·     
  • Any preexisting medical conditions·     
  • Your family medical history·     
  • Allergies·     
  • Previous and current treatments by other health practitioners·     
  • Your lifestyle habits such as sleep, diet and exercise·     
  • Whether you take alcohol or any drugs
  • What provokes the pain
  • What do you do to make it better
  • and on and on

The chiropractor needs this information to understand what you came in for and how best to help you.  

If you are not geting questioned about your health and condition history, leave and find another chiropractor. 


Physical Exam

After obtaining your history, your chiropractor will do a comprehensive physical examination. Your reflexes, joints, hip flexors, spine, neck, posture, and how you move should all be examined. General diagnostic procedures including taking your blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, and sometimes X-rays. We do not perform x-rays on all patients. Only those having red flags get x-rays and that is only about 10% of our patients. 

If you are not geting a comprehensive physical exam, leave and find another chiropractor. 


Creating a treatment plan

The chiropractor will create a treatment plan after reviewing the test results. A number of factors are taken into account while creating a treatment plan, these include your age, sickness or injury, general health, the frequency with which it occurs, the underlying cause of the disease or injury, and your other specific requirements.

After that, the chiropractor will discuss the potential courses of therapy with you and address any questions or concerns you may have.       



After creating a treatment plan, treatment typically begins immediately, on the same day. Sounds of "popping" or "cracking" while the adjustment is made are normal and should not cause alarm. Some people feel better right after getting adjusted, while others may need a few visits before they start to feel better.

Adjustments may be generalized or targeted at specific areas like the back, neck, or shoulders, depending on your complaints. Your chiropractor will make adjustments that are unique to your body and specific needs.

After the adjustment, the doctor send you to do exercises that are targeted you your specific issue. The chiropractor gets you moving on the joint level. Then the staff gets your whole body moving. Remember, movement is healing and those that are moving regularly, get better faster. 


After Treatment

Don't be surprised if you get sore after the first appointment or two. Any time you change the program, you can get sore as the body responds to the change. If you haven't been to the gym in a while, the first time back is going to make you sore. Even if you go lightly. But it should only be a little bit of soreness and should only happen the first time or two, if it even happens at all. 


Will It Hurt?

Adjustments are often painless however some people may feel some discomfort if they are not accustomed to having their body moved in this way. We tell our patients that if it hurts at all, it should hurt in a 'good' way. If it really hurts, all they have to do is tell us. We are not in the business of hurting people and going to the chiropractor should be something you enjoy. Not something you survive or fear. 


How long before I see results?

After the initial adjustment, most patients report noticing a decrease in their pain. It is essential to adhere to the chiropractor's prescribed treatment plan for the best possible outcome and long-term recovery. Healing can be achieved in as little as one to four weeks of 2-3 weekly visits, depending on the nature of the injury.

Don't give up on your body or your chiropractor too quickly; healing and long-term relief need time, consistency, teamwork, and effort.

If we can help you, call us at 806-355-3000 and let us help you improve your life and get back on track. We see patients every day that are far too young to feel as bad as they do. We love helping these people turn things around and get back into their lives. 




Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.  


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Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP

Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP


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