See How Easily You Can Prepare for Your Mesa First Chiropractic Visit
A lot of people get nervous about their first visit to a chiropractor. They may be worried that the treatment will hurt, or they may have misconceptions about what to expect as a result of common myths that circulate about chiropractic care. Once you have received your treatment, you’ll feel a lot more confident because you will feel for yourself what a difference chiropractic care can make to your health and your overall sense of well-being.
Being prepared can help you have a better experience at your chiropractic clinic. Here’s how easy it is to get ready for your visit with the chiropractor:
Read about the Chiropractor
Different chiropractors have different approaches to their treatment, and they have different training and certification. Some might also treat different health conditions. Find out what you can ahead of time by reading the chiropractor’s website and directory listings on health agency websites. Check on the chiropractor’s qualifications and the treatments they offer. Many chiropractors are versed in treating sports injuries, whiplash or hip pain as well.
Make a list of any questions you have to either ask the chiropractor yourself or to check out elsewhere. You can also double check the chiropractor’s qualifications by asking to see copies of degrees and certifications.
Ask about Insurance Coverage
More and more insurance companies are offering coverage for chiropractic care as research is showing how effective the treatment can be for both preventative and curative medicine. You may only have to pay a co-pay for your treatment. But you need to find out before you make your appointment.
Call your insurance company to find out what benefits are available for Mesa chiropractic care. Find out if you will pay a primary co-pay or a specialist co-pay. Find out if there is a limit on what providers you can see or how many visits you can have.
If your insurance provider does not cover chiropractic care, you can shop around to find a chiropractor who offers a sliding scale for treatment so that you pay a little less.
Make an Appointment
There may be a chiropractic clinic near you that will see walk-in patients. However, making an appointment will ensure that you can be seen at the exact time you want to be seen. By just walking in, you risk not being seen because the clinic is too busy with patients who had appointments or came in ahead of you.
Fill Out Any Paperwork the Chiropractor Sends You
Oftentimes, a chiropractor will send you paperwork before your appointment to get more information about your insurance coverage and your health history. The paperwork may include an insurance form, a health history form, or a current health survey. Fill out all of this paperwork well before your visit so that your Mesa chiropractor has enough time to review it and get a sense of your needs.
Prepare for the Interview
Your East Mesa chiropractor will need to know a lot of information about your health history and any symptoms you are currently experiencing to properly understand what kind of treatment you need. Take the time to think through and write down your health history and your current symptoms.
You may want to put together this information over time since you may feel stumped if you try to fill in everything in one sitting. Giving yourself some time will allow you to write things down as they occur to you. Include even things that you think are minor or unimportant — they will help create a comprehensive picture for your chiropractor.
Write Down Any Questions You Have
While you are putting together your history and symptoms, also write down questions you have as they occur to you. You might wonder if certain symptoms are related, or you might ask if making dietary or other lifestyle changes can also treat your symptoms. You might also have questions about your chiropractic care, the chiropractor’s credentials, or the practices of the chiropractic clinic. Again, it is better to write these down so that you remember them.
Relax as Much as Possible
If you are tense when you come in for treatment, your chiropractic care won’t be effective. The spine cannot be easily manipulated when it is surrounded by hard, tense muscles. Do what you can to relax before your appointment. Reading about the clinic and putting together the information about your health history can make you feel better prepared. Practicing some relaxation exercises like meditation or yoga can also help you relax your muscles.
Prepare to Work Together on Your Treatment
Be open when listening to your chiropractor’s plan for your treatment, and be an active participant. Answer any questions, and offer information that you think might be useful as it occurs to you. Remain as relaxed as possible during your discussions and your treatment.
You should consider your chiropractor to be your partner in your healthcare. At Bodyworkz in Mesa, we’ll work with you to find the right treatment options to get the relief you need. We offer a full range of body services in addition to chiropractic care, including Mesa massage therapy and Mesa acupuncture. If you live in East Mesa, call us today to make an appointment at our chiropractic clinic and start experiencing relief from chronic pain and other health ailments.