How to Choose a Chiropractor
You can find lots of information about chiropractors, and it may feel intimidating, especially for newbies. But there are pointers that can help you find the right one.
First of all, look for a chiropractor who is known for being honest. An honest chiropractor will not make you go through a certain treatment unless it’s needed, and will never offer you a “service package”that doesn’t provide you any real benefit.
Chiropractors use a variety of methods or techniques, with no two being exactly the same. Some will work for some patients, but none of them can work for all. Therefore, a chiropractor who guarantees results should be avoided. In fact, making such promises or providing guarantees is against the law.
If you’re looking for a good chiropractor (or any service professional), word of mouth is still undoubtedly your best path. You can ask people around you or do some research online. Online reviews are incredibly useful too, as long as you stick to trusted consumer websites. You will find lots of marketing sites nowadays, but their credibility can be hard to prove.
This is one crucial consideration. Chiropractors need to complete extensive training and education before getting their license to practice. They are expected to follow proper examination, diagnosis and treatment protocols with every patient they treat. A chiropractor who isn’t meeting this expectation can be unsafe for you.
If a practitioner wants you to sign up for treatment right away with no physical exam or medical history-taking, or if they don’t give you a clear diagnosis or explain what exactly your treatment is for, just leave and find someone else.
Be wary of practitioners who claim to have the ability to treat any kind of disease or medical condition, even those that are clearly out of the chiropractic realm, such as diabetes or heart disease. A good chiropractor will not hesitate to refer you to another practitioner to manage or co-manage your case, if that is necessary.
While you may think this is not important, it is. You don’t want to be treated by someone who makes you feel uncomfortable or is just plain unlikable – at least to you. And since chiropractic treatment is often long-term, that’s all the more reason to pick someone you have some personal chemistry with.
Finally, with so many chiropractors practicing today, you may be tempted to pick just anybody, almost at random. Instead, why not gather two or three prospects and compare them Besides, if you want to know who’s really the best, you should have a point of reference.