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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Get the Most Out of Your Care: Patient Responsibilities

Updated: Apr 27, 2023


Understanding your patient responsibilities for chiropractic care
Taking an active role in your healthcare

As a chiropractic patient, your responsibilities go beyond just showing up for your appointments. While regular chiropractic care is an essential part of your health and wellness routine, there are many other factors that can impact the effectiveness of your care. In this blog post, we'll explore some patient responsibilities that can help you get the most out of your chiropractic care.


Attend your appointments:

Your chiropractor has made a recommendation based on your individual factors. Attending your appointments as prescribed is the major determining factor of success with your chiropractic care. Regular adjustments can help to keep your spine in proper alignment and reduce pain and discomfort.


Ask questions:

Your chiropractor is there to help you, so don't hesitate to ask questions about your care. The more you understand about your own health, the more prepared you will be to take positive action steps on improving it. Understanding your care can also help you to make better lifestyle choices that support your overall wellness.


Follow home care recommendations:

Your chiropractor may recommend other strategies outside of the office to help aid in your care. These recommendations should be followed to help achieve maximum benefit from the care inside the office. This may include exercises, stretches, and lifestyle changes that can help to support your chiropractic care.


Consider ergonomics:

We live in a time where many activities of daily living do not properly support natural posture and optimal spinal position. Your chiropractor can advise you on many aspects of proper ergonomics and help you make better decisions that support ideal spinal health. This can include proper workstation setup, lifting techniques, and even sleeping position.


Get your family involved:

Having your family understand chiropractic care has two potential major benefits. First, they will be better equipped to support you with your positive health decisions. Second, they are more likely to also become a chiropractic patient and experience the amazing benefits for themselves! This can also help to create a culture of wellness within your family.


Evaluate your lifestyle:

There are many components to living a wellness lifestyle. How you eat, move, and think all play a role in determining your overall health and should be considered as part of a comprehensive approach to improving lifestyle. Your chiropractor can help you to identify areas of your lifestyle that may be contributing to your health issues and provide guidance on making positive changes.


In conclusion, chiropractic care is a partnership between you and your chiropractor. By taking an active role in your care, you can maximize the benefits and achieve better health and wellness outcomes. So, make sure to attend your appointments, ask questions, follow home care recommendations, consider ergonomics, get your family involved, and evaluate your lifestyle to get the most out of your chiropractic care.


If you have any questions about your care, or if you're interested in scheduling an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact us at Dopps Chiropractic. We're here to help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

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