The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, but it has especially changed the way people seek and utilize various healthcare services. Chiropractors are in a strange, in-between situation because some of their services are considered essential, but others are not. If you were just planning on seeing the chiropractor for general "maintenance," then you might be better off waiting, but if you're in pain, you should be able to find a chiropractor who will see you. Just be prepared to follow these tips when seeking care.

1. Call ahead of time to figure out new payment policies.

Chiropractors, like many business owners, have begun changing the ways they take payment in order to minimize contact. If you ordinarily pay cash or use a physical credit card at your chiropractor's office, then you might want to give them a call before your appointment and ask about any changes they've made to their system. You might need to download a payment app or set up a tap-to-pay service in order to pay without putting anyone at risk.

2. Wear a mask.

Chiropractors may or may not require you to wear a mask in their office, but it's a smart idea to do so anyways. Many of them have not been able to obtain the surgical masks they need for full protection since those have been needed by doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers. Wearing a mask, even if it is a cloth one, is a good extra measure to protect the both of you. Your chiropractor will tell you if you need to temporarily remove it or move it while they adjust your neck. It's better to be over-prepared with a mask than to be under-prepared without one.

3. Ask about exercises and stretches you can do at home.

If you can possibly extend the time between chiropractic appointments right now, you should. Ask your chiropractor if there are any stretches or exercises you can do at home in order to extend your period of comfort. Maybe you can go two weeks between appointments rather than one week if you stretch and do some strengthening work between your sessions? Make sure you actually dedicate time to doing the exercises, too.

Chiropractors are mostly small business owners, and they will certainly appreciate your business during this challenging time. Just make sure you are smart about the way you seek care, and adhere to any protective standards your chiropractor has set for their clients.

To learn more about finding chiropractic care during this pandemic, contact providers in your area.