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How to Make the Most Out of Your Chiropractic Visits

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen, DC

Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Last Updated on July 17, 2024

Chiropractic visits are essential for keeping your body healthy, but they can also be a bit intimidating. It’s important to make sure you get the most out of your chiropractic appointments to maximize your results and keep improving. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your chiropractic visits. 

Research the Chiropractor Before Your Appointment

It’s important to do some research on the chiropractor before your appointment so that you know what to expect and can ensure that you will feel comfortable during the session. Look into their background, certifications, and reviews from previous patients. This will give you a better idea of what type of treatments they specialize in and if their approach is right for you.

Prepare a List of Questions and Concerns for Your Visit

Write down any questions or concerns that you have about your condition before visiting the chiropractor. This way, if there’s something specific you want to ask them about or discuss during the session, it won’t slip your mind when you’re there. Additionally, this will help keep the conversation focused on topics that are important to you so that both parties can get as much as possible out of each visit.

Make Sure to Arrive Early for Your Appointment

It’s important to show up a few minutes early for your appointment. This will give you time to fill out any paperwork and get settled in the office, as well as allow you to ask the receptionist or chiropractor any additional questions that may have come up since your initial research.

Wear Comfortable Clothing That Will Allow You To Move Freely During The Adjustment. 

Be sure to wear clothing that is loose-fitting enough so that it won’t restrict movement during treatment but is not too baggy so as not to interfere with any stretching exercises or mobilization techniques performed by the chiropractor. If possible, try wearing clothing made from breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen which will help keep you cool during physical therapy sessions as well as provide extra comfort while undergoing adjustments.

Be Honest About Any Pain or Discomfort You Are Feeling

When attending a chiropractic visit it is important to be honest about any pain or discomfort that you have been experiencing leading up to the appointment so that adjustments can be made accordingly by the practitioner to reduce further injury during treatment. Additionally, informing them of any medications taken recently will allow them more insight into how best to proceed with care depending on other factors such as age, lifestyle habits, etc. 

Follow Any Advice Given By The Chiropractor Regarding Diet, Exercise, And Lifestyle Habits

Depending on your condition, the chiropractor may provide advice regarding certain diet and exercise modifications to help reduce pain and improve mobility. It’s important to follow this advice as closely as possible to make sure you are getting the most out of each visit. Additionally, any lifestyle changes that have been suggested should also be taken into consideration as these can often have a major impact on the speed of recovery and overall well-being.

Keep Track Of Progress Over Time With Notes From Each Session

Keeping track of progress over time by writing down notes after each session helps serve two purposes; one being able to document changes throughout treatments while also aiding in remembering details between appointments that may have been forgotten since last seeing one another due diligence when conducting self check-ups between visits ensures proper maintenance throughout care plan implementation.

Discuss Any Changes In Symptoms After Each Visit With The Chiropractor

Discussing any changes in symptoms after each visit with your practitioner helps them adjust their treatment plans accordingly based on new information gathered upon review thus making sure both patient and provider remain on the same page throughout the duration. 

Final Thoughts

Making sure you get the maximum benefit from every single one of your chiropractic appointments requires careful preparation before heading into the office. Following these tips will ensure an easy transition into care plan implementation, allowing more room for success in achieving desired outcomes. By doing little things like researching beforehand, arriving early, wearing comfortable clothes, being honest about pain levels prior, following advice given by practitioners, keeping track of progress through notes, and discussing changes after each visit, everyone involved can benefit mutually no matter what stage treatments currently are at. Ultimately the goal should always strive towards optimal health without sacrificing quality service along the way.

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Dr. Derek Larsen, DC Chiropractor
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

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