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What to Wear to a Chiropractor Appointment?

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A woman lying on a chiropractic table wearing a loose blue shirt while having a session with a male chiropractor.

Your health is a priority, and it’s essential to pay attention to symptoms like back pain, neck pain, headaches, and posture problems.

This is where chiropractic care comes in, and it can provide safe and noninvasive methods to help you deal with these issues. Before heading out for your chiropractor appointment, it’s good to know what to wear. It won’t change your care, but it can help you feel more comfortable during the process.

Comfort is the name of the game, so wear loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement and avoid jewelry or accessories that dangle off your body. We want to avoid things that get in the way so we can focus on your treatment.

Preparing for Your Chiropractor Appointment

Whether it’s your first time seeing a chiropractor or you’re a seasoned pro, knowing what to expect and how to best communicate with your chiropractor can help you make the most out of your session.

If your chiropractor provides you with any required forms, fill them out ahead of time. These typically include general medical information and questions specific to chiropractic care. Filling these out saves time during the appointment and allows us to review your information beforehand. This can help us get a headstart on preparing a personalized treatment plan for you.

Be honest with your chiropractor about any previous injuries or medical conditions you may have had. This can impact your treatment plan and also help us avoid potential risks during your appointment. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to chiropractic care.

Of course, don’t be afraid to ask your chiropractor questions! We’re here to help you and want you to feel comfortable with the treatment plan. You may want to ask about the different techniques we use, how many sessions you may need, or what you can do at home to help with your recovery. Asking questions can also help you feel more informed and prepared for future appointments.

Dressing the Part

Some people experience an increased level of stress while in medical situations, but chiropractic methods are for relieving pain, so we want you to focus on your comfort long before you get to your appointment.

You’ll want to wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment. Chiropractors often need to access different parts of your body, and stiff clothing can make it difficult to move around. Consider what you’d want to relax in. Opt for casual wear, such as leggings, jogging pants, or yoga pants. If you’d prefer a dress or skirt, opt for a loose fit that won’t restrict your movement.

Consider wearing layers so you can self-regulate your temperature. You can start with a light sweater or a jacket that you can quickly take off if you feel warm. You may also want to avoid wearing jewelry or accessories that could get in the way during your appointment.

Shoes should be flat, comfortable, and supportive. Athletic shoes are a great choice because they’re designed to support your feet. Avoid wearing high heels, slip-on shoes, or shoes without proper support. Sneakers that are easy to put on and take off are a good idea if you need to remove your footwear during your treatment.

A chiropractor may assess your neck and spine, and asking you to remove hair accessories can be inconvenient. If you have long hair, style it in a comfortable bun, ponytail, or braid—something that won’t get in the way of your evaluation.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

If this is your initial consultation, we’ll likely ask you about the specific symptoms you are experiencing and may also perform a physical examination. While many people think chiropractic methods are just for back pain, they can also address neck pain, certain types of headaches, and injuries.

Your chiropractor may also ask additional questions to understand your lifestyle, including your job, exercise routine, and diet. We’ll want to understand your goals and what you hope to achieve with your treatment. We may follow this up with a physical exam to assess your:

  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Balance
  • Neurological functioning
  • Functional movements

Based on the results of the exam, we can create a treatment plan specific to your needs. This plan may include chiropractic adjustments, massage, stretching exercises, or other therapeutic techniques. Additionally, we can provide you with instructions for at-home care, including exercises you can do to help manage your symptoms and potentially avoid reinjury.

But we won’t just send you on your way. Everyone reacts differently to treatments, so we’ll reassess your progress at regular intervals to see how you’re doing.

A chiropractor showing a tablet to female patient.

Embrace the Restoration

It’s common to feel nervous before your first chiropractor appointment, but there’s nothing to be afraid of! Chiropractors are trained professionals who want to help you feel better. The adjustment process may feel a bit strange at first, and you may experience some soreness afterward, but it shouldn’t be painful.

If you have questions about your treatment, or if there’s anything else we can do to make your time with us more comfortable, contact our team at Running Shoe Restorative Healthcare. We know what we’re talking about and can help put your mind at ease. Book your appointment and embrace restoration today!

Written by Shaheeza Haji

Shaheeza Haji graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in 2009, followed by a Master of Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Being a staunch believer in “exercise is medicine” she attained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist status though the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2013. At the end of that same year, Shaheeza was involved in a major life-altering electrocution incident whereby she sustained a number of injuries which required surgery and years of rehabilitation. One of these injuries was a traumatic brain injury; it is thought that the electrical current exploded within the confined space of her skull, which for lack of better terminology was coined by her medical team as an “electrical concussion.” This lead to her becoming certified in the treatment and management of Concussions in 2018. Also in 2018, Shaheeza began instructing at CDI college, heading up the Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Diploma Program. Today, Shaheeza combines her love of teaching, her passion of concussion research, and the empathy & experience from her own injury to help those with acute and chronic concussions. Shaheeza also has a drive for entrepreneurship, being the CEO of Running Shoe Inc., directing both Running Shoe Restorative Healthcare and the Calgary Concussion Centre.
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