How to Talk to Your Chiropractor About What Hurts

If you’re going to see the chiropractor for the first time, chances are you’re going to find relief from some sort of pain. Although seeing a chiropractor regularly, even when you’re feeling fine, is important, it’s common that back or neck pain initiates your first visit. If you’re unsure how to explain what part of your body is bothering you, this blog will hopefully help!


Your back hurts. But where?

The most common complaint chiropractors hear is back pain. But the term “back” refers to a large area of the body, from your hips to your neck. Be very specific about your back pain when you see your chiropractor. Point to the specific area of your back that hurts and explain how the pain feels. Is the pain sharp? Dull aching? Soreness? What movements cause the pain? Can you demonstrate the movements that cause pain? All these clues, along with their experience and tools, will help your chiropractor determine the source of your back pain.

Be Honest About Your Pain

There’s a difference between mild pain that manifests sporadically and intense chronic pain that disrupts your life. There’s no need to minimize your discomfort with your chiropractor. If your pain is just an inconvenient annoyance, tell them that. But if your pain is interfering with your day-to-day activities and making you miserable, tell them that too. Chiropractic care aims to eliminate your pain and prevent it from happening again, whether it’s mild or severe.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

You may be having trouble explaining what hurts to your chiropractor, and that’s ok. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to help work out what you’re feeling. The better you understand your spine and its role in back pain, the better you’ll be able to articulate your pain to someone else.


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