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If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, or joint problems and are considering chiropractic care for the first time; you may have some questions, which is pretty normal.  We receive lots of concerns from our patients, and the most frequent ones are how long does a chiropractic adjustment last?  And how long does a chiropractic session take? 

It is impossible to say with surety how long the treatment plan will continue or the average time of each visit as different factors dictate the duration and frequency of the adjustment session. For someone, it may take as little as a few minutes and, for some, a lifetime. 

To help out with your first visit to a chiropractor and the expectations related to it, we have jotted down a helpful guide that will satisfy all your queries and concerns. 

What To Expect At First Chiropractic Adjustment?

At your first appointment, the chiropractor will examine your medical history and condition, followed by a thorough chiropractic exam. Then comes a treatment plan that involves various therapies, exercises, precautions, the time span of each appointment, number of sessions, cost, and more.    

Chiropractors are trained professionals and can find the root cause of joint, nerve, and musculoskeletal dysfunction in your body.  A chiropractor practitioner applies a precise force on an affected area using hands or instruments, removing subluxations (functional disturbances) through spinal manipulation and joint therapies. Consequently, it improves mobility and pain symptoms.   

The chiropractor can help you with conditions like:

  • Neck pain
  • Lower Back Pain, sciatica
  • Stiffness 
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Restricted range of motion

How Long Is A Chiropractic Visit?

The duration of a  chiropractic appointment typically ranges from 15-45 minutes. Generally, the first visit tends to be a bit longer than the subsequent visits, as it requires an assessment of your condition. The following sessions may take up to 5-10 minutes. 

The frequency of visits depends entirely on your condition. However, chiropractic consultation requires 3 sessions per week for at least 2 to 4 weeks for most people, and you can further personalize it with your chiropractor. Although you may think of it as a massage that takes roughly an hour or two, chiropractic adjustments are much quicker. 

The reason for visits being so short lies in Golgi Tendon Organs (GTOs). These GTOs are sensory receptors that sense changes in muscle tension. When stretched, these GTOs fibers inhibit that specific muscle. The chiropractor stimulates the GTOs and provides instant muscle relaxation.

How Long Do Chiropractic Adjustments Normally Take?

It varies with each patient, as we all respond differently to an injury. The pain severity and healing rate also differ from person to person. Generally, you may feel better after the first few sessions with your chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment is not an event but a process. There isn’t any quick fix when it comes to health care. 

For getting long-term benefits, the treatment plan is customized to meet each person’s needs effectively. This care plan requires a set of guidelines that require complete compliance from the patient. 

The program may include:

  • Weekly Visits
  • In-home care with ergonomic tools
  • Regular Stretching 
  • Maintaining Healthy Lifestyle

The treatment duration is affected by various factors: range of motion, pain intensity, and the body’s response to the treatment. Depending on these factors, the treatment plan may extend upto 9-10 months.  

Why Do You Have to Keep Coming Back?

Although chiropractic adjustment can align the spine, break the scar tissues, and reduce inflammation, pain may still return. Some chiropractors offer a maintenance program after the end of regular sessions. You may include these chiropractic sessions in your daily workout routine. However, resume the care program when you are pain-free. 


How much does a chiropractic session cost?

The cost to see a chiropractor is around $65 per visit, and the service charges may start from $30 and can reach a maximum of $200. However, if you don’t have insurance, it may cost you between $100 and $150 for each visit.   

What to wear to a chiropractic appointment?

It’s a pretty common query among first-time visitors of the chiropractor, and there is no specific answer to it. However, wearing thin and stretch fabrics works great with more free movement. It’s better to wear shorts or pants instead of skirts or dresses. One thing more, don’t wear jewelry during a chiropractic session.  

A Word From ProActive Chiropractic

Your body’s condition and responsiveness greatly influence the extent of your adjustment plan and the duration of each session. Once your body starts improving, the time for each visit may become shorter. However, the process remains steady.