What to Wear to a Chiropractor: Top Tips for Staying Comfortable

What do you wear to a chiropractor appointment? 

With so many clothing choices — it can be hard to know what will work best. 

You don’t have to stress about what to wear to a chiropractor visit. 

We share our top tips for staying comfortable for your next chiropractor appointment. 

Read on to find out more about what clothes are best when it comes to visiting your local chiropractor.

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Does What You Wear to the Chiropractor Matter?

No, it doesn’t matter what you wear to the chiropractor. It’s important that you are comfortable.  

If you are not comfortable, it’s difficult to relax and get the full benefit of your chiropractic treatment.  

Older practices may still make you wear a gown, which isn’t comfortable for many people — but more modernized practices focus on comfort and healing.  

What you wear should be up to you.

Just remember: If you are not comfortable, it is difficult to relax and get the full benefit of your chiropractic treatment.

Can I Wear Everyday Clothes to the Chiropractor?

Yes, you can wear everyday clothes to the chiropractor. The most important thing is that you are comfortable.  

Chances are good that your chiropractor will be more concerned about the state of your spine than how cool or fashionable you look.

At Therapia Wellness Center in SW Portland, we don’t mind what you wear as long as YOU are comfortable.

4 Things to Consider When Choosing What to Wear to a Chiropractor

Choosing what to wear to a chiropractor appointment is often an afterthought for many clients. 

But your clothes can make a difference in how you feel before and after treatment. 

Let’s take a look at four things you should consider when choosing what clothing to wear to your chiropractic appointment.

#1: Choose Comfortable Clothing

Thoroughly consider each article of clothing you wear before your appointment.

When choosing what to wear, remember that the more comfortable you are, the easier it will be for the doctor to do adjustments properly — and without discomfort.  

The idea is to wear something you’ll be comfortable in. For some that might be their everyday clothing.    

For others, that might mean something a little more dressy.   

If you wear your everyday clothes to the chiropractor and find them uncomfortable, try wearing:

  • Pants instead of shorts or sweats
  • Yoga pants instead of jeans
  • Shorts instead of a skirt   

If possible, avoid any clothing that is too tight — especially around your lower back and pelvis area — because it can cause unnecessary pain during treatment. 

Looser-fitting clothing can help your range of motion, making your adjustment more comfortable.   

Tip: It’s often easier if you wear different shoes than what you regularly wear to work — such as flats or sneakers rather than high heels or dress shoes.

#2: Avoid Layers

Wearing layers to your chiropractor appointment can be uncomfortable.   

Try to keep it simple with one layer or less.      

If you are wearing too many layers of clothing, it might be difficult for your chiropractor to adjust your spine properly.

You don’t want anything that will …

  • Bunch up like a ruffled blouse
  • Pull like suspenders or overalls; or
  • Rub like stockings or tights.

Can’t avoid wearing layers? Then choose a top layer that can be easily removed if necessary — such as a light jacket or hoodie, which are both easy to remove.

Two examples are:  

  1. A loose tank paired with a yoga jacket or blazer 
  2. A t-shirt under a button-down shirt  

#3: Remember to Remove Jewelry

It’s easy to forget to remove your jewelry when visiting your chiropractor. 

However, it’s one of the more essential things to consider — you don’t want your jewelry  to entangle with anything.  

But maybe you are wondering, “Does all of my jewelry need to be removed?” 

Not necessarily. 

Pieces such as …

  • Rings
  • Earrings; or
  • Small bracelets

… can be left on during treatment.   

Tip: Avoid wearing anything that is bulky and could get in the way of your chiropractor adjusting your spine properly.  

#4: Consider Non-Restrictive Clothing Like Athletic Wear

If you’re looking for something more comfortable than your everyday clothes and don’t want to wear a gown, athletic clothing is the way to go. 

Athletic attire is casual but also covers most of your body — which can be perfect if you feel self-conscious about coming into treatment wearing normal daywear.    

Some examples of this type of clothing include:

  1. A sweatshirt paired with leggings
  2. An oversized t-shirt over yoga pants
  3. A loose t-shirt and basketball shorts

Even if you wear athletic clothes, double-check that they are not too tight around your lower back. Clothes that are too tight could cause unnecessary pain during treatment.  

Tip: It’s best to be able to move about freely in your clothes, so sports bras are advised for ladies.

5 Commonly Asked Questions About What to Wear to a Chiropractor

The last thing you want to do is feel uncomfortable during your chiropractor appointment. It’s important to think about what type of clothing might be best for you. 

Our team at Therapia Wellness Center has put together a list of frequently asked questions and suggestions on how to dress for your next visit with our chiropractors.

#1: Can I Go to the Chiropractor in Jeans?

Yes, you can. However, it is advised to wear a different type of pant when possible. Jeans tend to bunch up, can cause excess friction on the lower back or pelvis area, and may be a hindrance during treatment.

If your jeans cause problems, your chiropractor may provide an alternative (like a gown) for you.

#2: My Chiropractor Appointment Is Right After Work; Should I Bring a Change of Clothes?

You could, but it’s not necessary. You can always come to your chiropractor appointment straight from work. 

If you do bring a change of clothes, it’s best to bring something relaxing and comfortable. A yoga outfit or a pair of sweatpants are great examples.

Tip: If you wear a dress or a pair of slacks to work, make sure it’s not too tight. That way, your chiropractor can give you an adjustment without any issues.

#3: What Shoes Should I Wear to My Chiropractor Appointment?

Don’t feel obligated to go home if you forgot your tennis shoes and still have on your work shoes.

Heels and other uncomfortable shoes are not ideal, but many chiropractors will work with you when you’re barefoot. 

When in doubt, flip-flops are always a safe bet. They are easy to take off and comfortable.

#4: Will I Have to Change at the Chiropractor?

Most of the time, you will not need to change at the chiropractor. However, in some cases, you may be asked to dress down. 

At Therapia Wellness Center, we do not require you to wear a gown when visiting our clinics.

Note: If you are going to have x-rays done by a chiropractor, you may be asked to put on a gown.

If there is something specific that concerns you about what to wear for your appointment, simply let us know when you book your appointment. We are here to ease any worries you may have about your visit.

#5: Should I Wear a Bra to My Chiropractic Appointment?

Yes, if you wear a bra regularly and feel comfortable doing so, you should wear one to your chiropractic appointment. 

However, if you don’t usually wear a bra or would be happier with a sports-type bra, you can do whatever makes you most comfortable.

It’s possible that you’ll need to show your back during your visit. 

Therefore, wearing a bra with a closure in the back — rather than in the front — will offer greater privacy and less undressing.

At Therapia Wellness Center, It’s About How You Feel, Not About What You Wear to Your Chiropractor Appointment

What you choose to wear to your appointment isn’t what’s most important. We want to help you feel better and get back to your normal life.

Our team at Therapia Wellness Center is committed to holistic care in SW Portland. 

We desire to help people heal from injuries and chronic pain by integrating … 

… to enhance the chiropractic experience.

You can trust that when you come in, we will take our time so you receive the best customized treatment plan. 

We understand how important it is that everyone feels comfortable during their visit, which is why we offer complimentary neck pillows and blankets at every appointment.

Modifications Around Clothing Are Easy — Come As You Are!

If you’re still asking, “What should I wear to a chiropractor appointment?” — don’t worry. 

The most important thing at Therapia Wellness Center is how you feel when leaving our office. 

Your comfort level and your personal style are both welcome here. 

We have blankets and gowns if you forget to change from your dress or skirt.

We can work around almost any type of clothing.

No matter what you’re wearing, we can modify and create alternatives to make you comfortable because we want you to feel comfortable.

Modifications around clothing are easy — just let us know if there’s anything we can do for you before your appointment.

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