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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Your First Chiropractic Visit: What to Expect and How to Prepare

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Spinal Subluxation

Hello, I'm Dr. Rory Dopps from Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. If you're considering chiropractic care for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect during your initial visit. In this blog, we'll discuss the various steps involved in a first-time chiropractic appointment and how you can prepare to make the most of your experience.

  1. Patient intake and health history: Upon arrival at your chiropractor's office, you'll typically be asked to complete a new patient intake form. This form will collect information about your medical history, any current health concerns, and your overall health and wellness goals. Be prepared to provide details about past injuries, surgeries, medications, and any ongoing health issues.

  2. Consultation: After completing the intake form, you'll meet with your chiropractor to discuss your health history and concerns in more detail. This is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have about chiropractic care and how it may benefit your specific situation.

  3. Physical examination: Next, your chiropractor will perform a comprehensive physical examination to assess your posture, range of motion, muscle strength, and spinal alignment. This examination may include various tests and assessments to identify any underlying issues contributing to your pain or discomfort.

  4. Diagnostic imaging (if necessary): In some cases, your chiropractor may recommend diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or MRI scans, to get a more detailed view of your spine and surrounding structures. This can help identify any underlying issues that may not be apparent during the physical examination.

  5. Report of findings: Once your chiropractor has gathered all the necessary information, they will discuss their findings with you and recommend a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, physiotherapy, or other modalities to help address your specific concerns and goals.

  6. First chiropractic adjustment: If appropriate, your chiropractor may perform your first chiropractic adjustment during your initial visit. This adjustment aims to correct any spinal misalignments, relieve pain, and improve your overall well-being.

  7. Home care recommendations: Your chiropractor may also provide you with home care recommendations to support your treatment plan, such as exercises, stretches, or lifestyle modifications.

In conclusion, your first chiropractic visit will involve a thorough evaluation of your health history and current concerns, a comprehensive physical examination, and the development of a personalized treatment plan. To make the most of your first visit, come prepared with information about your medical history and any specific concerns or questions you may have.

If you're ready to schedule your first chiropractic visit, consider booking an appointment with a chiropractor like myself. You can book an appointment online at Also, be sure to visit our nutrition shop on our website for products designed to support your overall health and well-being.

Stay healthy, and remember that taking the first step toward chiropractic care is a positive move towards improving your overall health and well-being.


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