Unlike medications, chiropractic finds the source of the problem instead of masking it. Given that expertise and experience are critical for best care, it is often hard to pick a chiropractic clinic. In this post, we will guide you through a few aspects that you should take note of, especially if you are considering becoming a first time chiropractic patient.
Start with background and recommendations
If you want to find a clinic that offers first-class customer services and goodwill, you should start with recommendations. Asking family, friends and co-workers about the best clinics in your area, is usually best. This will just give you a decent start with the names, and you can compare clinics online. Chiropractic clinics don't just deal with only one form of therapy. Other therapies, such as cold laser therapy, spinal decompression and sports nutrition, are also offered for pain and discomfort. Sometimes, chiropractors may use more than one treatment at a time to the patient, especially if there's a time crunch (ie. going on a long trip in a few days)
Talking to a chiropractor
When you look at a chiropractic wellness center, your primary concern should be expertise. Usually, you can go ahead and make an appointment for a consult, only, to better understand the approach of the chiropractor. This is important to make sure you are comfortable with the chiropractor, they share your philosophy and to ensure a positive experience. You don't want to wait for hours for a session, and the chiropractor should ensure effective communication both before and after the treatment. There are a few questions that you may ask, such as -
1. What kind of chiropractic techniques and therapies do you and your therapists use? Do they know a range of different techniques, and if yes, how do they decide which to use?
2. Does the chiropractor perform manual or instrument adjusting? In most cases, it could be both, depending on the patient (ie. severe osteoporotic patients may only receive instrument adjusting). Depending on your condition and health, it is best to know the treatment approach.
3. Has the chiropractor handled similar patients in the past? What is the extent of his experience? If you are going to a clinic with several chiropractors that might be treating you, ask them about their individual professional experience.
4. Optimal chiropractic care usually requires experience and extensive training, so does the chiropractor in question have those qualifications? If yes, where did he/she get trained?
5. Regarding your condition, after looking at all the diagnostics (which could include: x-rays, MRI, CT, and bloodwork), will the chiropractor consider and/or suggest co-managing with another specialist?
If you can inquire and check for these few things, choosing a chiropractor should be easier. If you still have any doubts, you can even ask for a few references. Most clinics have websites, so finding details should be easy, and one can also choose to make an appointment online.
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