Getting the most out of your chiropractic appointment

Ulrik Sandstrøm, chiropractor and board member of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) shares his top tips to get the most out of your Chiropractic appointments. 


When you see a chiropractor for the first time, they will do a detailed assessment of your health. You will be asked for information about your current condition and also about your medical history and overall health.

Some of the questions you will be asked may not seem important, but they will help your chiropractor to establish an overall picture of your health and determine whether chiropractic care is appropriate for your condition.

Ulrik Sandstrøm shares five top tips to get the most out of your appointment:

  1. Come with questions – The more you know about your condition and your own care, the better you can assist with your recovery
  2. Keep mobile after your treatment – Aim to avoid long periods of static positions on the day of your appointment
  3. Stay on track with your treatment plan – Your chiropractor will set the frequency of your visits according to your speed of recovery. Your improvement can be significantly delayed if you cancel and reschedule appointments during the early stages of your treatment plan.
  4. Don’t suffer in silence –  If your recovery isn’t going the way you expected it to, keep the discussion open and speak to your chiropractor so they can help you understand your rate of recovery and modify your treatment plan as required. Your chiropractor will want to get you better as soon as possible.
  5. Be patient and set realistic expectations –  Sometimes the body needs time to adapt, especially if the issue has been ongoing for a while. It is important to keep realistic expectations and to keep in touch with your chiropractor.

Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.