Regardless of the reason that you seek help from a chiropractor, you can expect that your initial appointment will involve a lot of discussion. In order to effectively treat you, a chiropractor will want to understand the type of pain that you're experiencing, and will ask you a long list of questions about it. The chiropractor will commonly pose some other questions, too, and some of them may initially seem to you as though they're unrelated to your physical condition. One such topic is stress, and virtually every chiropractor will ask about his or her patients' stress levels. Here are just some of the reasons that the chiropractor might do so.
Understand if Stress May Be a Factor
While there are certainly lots of physical ailments that can send you to the chiropractor that don't relate to stress, there are other issues that are intertwined with stress. For example, lots of people visit the chiropractor for headaches, neck pain, and back pain—three conditions that are closely linked with stress. Your chiropractor will be able to correct whatever physical issues are contributing to the problem, but will want to know if your stressed lifestyle may make full healing difficult for you.
Assess if Other Issues Could Arise
One of the challenges of stress is that it might not be currently causing you physical distress, but issues may soon develop. For example, perhaps you're visiting the chiropractor for a shoulder issue as a result of a sports injury. If you're not stressed, the shoulder injury will likely be all that you need chiropractic care for. However, if you indicate that you're very stressed, this can alert the chiropractor to the fact that you might soon have back or neck pain in addition to the shoulder pain, and he or she can assess these areas proactively.
Offer You Some Advice
Upon you divulging that you have a high degree of stress in your life, the chiropractor you're visiting will quickly begin to look for ways to help you. Chiropractic adjustments are just one way—your chiropractor will also talk to you about ways of caring for yourself. You don't necessarily need to divulge all of the reasons for your stress as you might during a counseling session. Instead, simply sharing that your stress levels are higher than you'd like can open the door to hearing some ways to take better care of your mental health.