If you’re suffering with back pain or have wonky posture you may be thinking to yourself “how do I find a good chiropractor?”
That is a good question and this article aims to guide you in the right direction to making an informed decision.
Chiropractic Care Benefits
Millions of individuals book an appointment with a chiropractor on a daily basis for relief from pain and discomfort, postural issues, help with recovery from accidents and injuries, and various other reasons.
The benefits that chiropractic provides from these ailments offer great relief and satisfaction in many cases.
While there are numerous benefits to chiropractic treatment, that doesn’t mean any old chiropractor is the right chiropractor for your personal needs. But, with just a little bit of knowledge, you can find the one that is right for you.
Tips to Finding the Right Chiropractor
There are several ways to empower yourself to make the proper choice. Consider these five easy steps to making sure you pick the right doctor for you.
- Qualifications. Only consider a chiropractor who has graduated from an accredited school of chiropractic and is licensed to practice. To check this, look for qualifications on their website as well as check in with the local regulation authority.
- In the U.S. you can check with www.fclb.org
- In the U.K. check with www.gcc-uk.org
- In Australia you can check with www.ahpra.gov.au
While you’re unlikely to find a practising chiropractor who doesn’t meet these criteria, your spine and the rest of your body is important; you don’t want to find yourself making a costly mistake.
- Ask friends and relatives. The fact millions of people visit chiropractors means you’re almost certain to know someone who has visited a good chiropractor least one themselves. They can tell you a great deal about the doctor, the treatment, and how beneficial they found those things to be. Word-of-mouth is an excellent way to know what doctors are worth considering, and which ones you should try to avoid. It’s also a good idea to check online recommendations and reviews, but be careful – sometimes, those can be biased or dishonest, so use them as helpful advice, rather than comprehensive guides.
- Call the clinic. Call or visit the potential chiropractor’s office and talk to the doctor or their staff. Ask them their areas of specialization. For instance, some focus on patients who’ve been in accidents of different types, like traffic accidents, work related accidents and slips and falls. Others deal with aspects of ageing, sports-related injuries, and other ways things go wrong with the body. That doesn’t mean, of course, a general chiropractor won’t be able to solve your problems, no matter how they arose, but it’s always a good idea to have as much information as possible.
Don’t forget to ask about what forms of payment they accept, fee schedules, the length of treatment, x-rays, and other information that you think might come in handy. A chiropractic office with friendly staff will make you feel relaxed during your recovery and care.
- Technique. Ask what types of techniques they use. Some offer “hands on” manipulation of the spine, while others specialize in “gentle touch” techniques. Both of these styles are very effective in treating ailments, but, depending on the problem you’re experiencing, it’s possible one will be preferable for treating your problem than the other, or simply be more comfortable to you as the treatment is applied.
- Experience. You may want to go to a chiropractor who has been in business for a number of years. Depending on the type of health challenge you want to address, a seasoned veteran may be better equipped to help you. While some patients choose to go to chiropractic student clinics, run by students who are still studying, others prefer a proven track record of success. It all depends on your preferences.
It depends on your personal preferences
Hands on treatment is as it sounds, the doctor uses his hands to apply gentle pressure and manipulate the spine and nearby regions. Gentle touch does the same thing but through the use of various instruments that apply less pressure and are gentler on delicate areas.
It’s also possible you’ll simply prefer the “feel” of the one experience over the other, even if neither makes you physically uncomfortable. Some people just don’t like to be touched by strangers, for instance, while others don’t mind at all.
Different Chiropractors Choose Different Approaches
In terms of the chiropractor’s approach to care, there are many different vriations chiropractors commonly use. These include the cox technique, chiropractic biophysics, diversified technique, sacro occipital technique, gonstead and activator methods.
Make an Informed Decision
Following these simple steps will help you to make a wise decision in your treatment, and don’t be afraid to ask the doctor questions as your treatment begins and progresses.
While the doctor knows more than you, you should still view him or her as your partner in the process of your recovery.
If you feel the doctor you’ve chosen isn’t meeting your needs, don’t hesitate to visit a different one. It’s your body, and picking the treatment you prefer most is your choice.
Many patients often comment that they had to visit three to four chiropractors before they found the ‘right’ on. Once you find a good chiropractor you may decide to stay with them for the longer term: either until your symptoms dissipate or to enjoy the benefits of wellness care.