Your First Chiropractic Visit

Chiropractic in cabarete JOhn Lancaster Dominican RepublicYou got aches and pains. Maybe a kink in your neck. That headache won't let go. Or you suffer from chronic problems that can be eased with treatments. Either of the reasons or other reasons could benefit from a visit to the chiropractor. But how do you proceed? And what to expect? Dr. John Barret Lancaster answers some of these questions in this bi-weekly series "Chiropractic in Cabarete".

Q: Do patients need a referral to get chiropractic treatment from you?

J: No, patients do not need a referral to come see me. If someone is interested in making an appointment they can call me or the office directly.

Q: What can patients expect from their first chiropractic visit? What will happen and will they get adjusted right away?
J: The first visit begins with a conversation about why the person is there to see me and to determine if they are a good fit for the office (though everyone can benefit from chiropractic care, there are times when a person has serious issues that need to be addressed someplace else first.) After getting the patient’s history, I do a posture analysis, a chiropractic assessment as well as a focused orthopedic and neurological assessment. Depending on the exam results and the patient’s history, some patients need to get digital X-rays done. If the patient needed to get X-rays, he/she will come back with the results later on the same day. Once all the necessary information has been collected, the patient receives the first adjustment. All together, the first visit lasts 30-45 minutes, unless the patient needed to get X-rays.

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Q: What does a chiropractic adjustment feel like?
J: The quick answer is that different adjustments feel different to different people. There are several techniques; some are low force and people don’t feel like much is happening in their delivery. Though some types of adjustments do require a little more force, they are delivered in a way so that the body is positioned to accept the adjustment and there is no pain.

Q: Are all patients adjusted in the same way?
J: No, not all patients are adjusted in the same way. Several factors play into how patients are adjusted (even when considering the same patient on different days). Someone who has had back surgery and has had multiple bones fused together would be adjusted differently than someone whose vertebra all move independently. On the same note, a grown adult would be adjusted very differently than an infant or pregnant woman.

Q: Can people adjust themselves?
J: No, people can not adjust themselves. While it is true that some people can “pop” their own backs or necks, it is important to realize that this is not an adjustment. When someone forces their own neck to “pop” this is merely a gross manipulation that has absolutely no specificity. In fact, when this happens, the bones that happen to move are more often than not, the bones that do not need to be moved. To explain this further, when a joint becomes fixated, the joints adjacent to it become hyper-mobile to compensate for the decreased localized mobility. Then when someone grossly manipulates their own neck in a non-specific manner, the bones that move and “pop” are the ones that are already hyper-mobile. Not only does this not address the problem, it can create further problems as well.

Q: How many chiropractic visits do people need on average?
J: There is no real answer to this question. Everybody is different and therefore everyone responds differently to care. Another factor that plays into this is the intention and expectation of the patient. If someone is just coming in for symptom relief, they will not need anywhere near the amount of care as someone who is actually interested in correcting the structural shifts of the spine, which is often the root cause of their problem.

Q: Do patients receive any medication?
J: No, chiropractic care is a drugless profession and as a doctor of chiropractic writing prescriptions is outside the realm of my scope of practice.




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