What to expect in a chiropractic session

History taking

  • In your first consultation with a chiropractor, you will be asked a few questions about your conditions and medical history. The chiropractor may ask how severe the pain is, or what activities or movements aggravates or relieves the symptoms you have.


  • After the consultation, the chiropractor will do some physical examination accordingly to the symptoms you have. This is to check how much flexibility or strength you have in certain parts of the body. The chiropractor may also use orthopedic or neurological examinations such as balance tests. 

  • If the chiropractor suspects a serious underlying condition, he/she may refer you to confirm with an imaging such as X-ray or MRI. 

Diagnostic statement and Treatment plan

  • After the chiropractor finishes the examination, he/she will go through with you about what's going on, what will be done in the treatment, and what you should do.


  • Majority chiropractic treatment involves muscle release, joint manipulation/adjustment.

  • In the process of soft tissue work, the chiropractor may use instruments such as cupping or dry needling.

  • The adjustments are usually done by hand, but sometimes are done with instruments and/or drop piece table. There may be cracking or popping sound heard during the adjustment.


  • After the treatment, the chiropractor will give advice for daily activity which is involved with the condition.

  • Rehabilitation exercises may also be prescribed. These are different to gym workouts. Most of the time, the chiropractor will find a weak muscle or inflexible joint during the examination and give a basic movement exercise to strengthen or improve its flexibility.