How to Choose a Chiropractor
There are lots of places where you can learn about chiropractors, and you may feel overwhelmed, especially if you’re a first-timer. 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 only recommend the treatments you actually need, instead of making you sign up for many other things just to increase their profit.
Chiropractors can use so many different techniques or methods that are unique or distinct from one another. They may be effective for some patients, but none of them works for everybody. Therefore, a chiropractor who guarantees results should be avoided. Providing such guarantees or assurances, in fact, violates the law.
Word of mouth is still hands down the best way to find a good chiropractor (or any other professional for that matter). Ask people you know – relatives, friends, colleagues, etc. – or get online and start searching. You can also read online reviews about different chiropractors, but make sure you stick to reputable third-party consumer websites. You will find lots of marketing sites nowadays, but their credibility can be hard to prove.
This part is crucial. Chiropractors went through extensive education and training to practice their profession. Each time they examine, diagnose and treat a patient, they have to follow proper protocols. If a chiropractor isn’t meeting this expectation, you may be putting yourself at risk.
If the practitioner wants you to go into treatment without asking about your medical history or current condition or giving you an initial physical exam, or if they are being vague about your diagnosis or treatment plan, just go and find another chiropractor.
Be careful with practitioners who say they can treat you for diseases or conditions that are obviously out of their realm, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer. A good chiropractor will not hesitate to refer you to another practitioner to manage or co-manage your case, if that is necessary.
You may think of this as a trial issue, but it’s more important than you think. You don’t want to see someone you can’t stand being around. And with chiropractic treatment being long-term in most cases, you’ll want to be sure you choose someone with whom you share some good rapport.
Lastly, with the huge number of chiropractors nowadays, it’s tempting to just choose anybody almost randomly. Instead, why now consider two or three chiropractors and make comparisons? After all, if you want to be treated by the best, you need some point of reference.