Do you need a holistic hands-on approach to healthcare without undergoing medications or surgery? Chiropractic care may be your best option. A chiropractor is your healing partner in muscle, spine, and joint health. But how do you find the right chiropractor for you and your family?
Here’s what to consider when looking for a chiropractor.
Do your homework.
First off, you should put in a few hours doing a little legwork. Read articles and blogs written by chiropractic doctors, and browse their social media pages to see if their services resonate with you and your needs. Most importantly, check if the philosophy of health and wellness aligns with yours.
It pays off to ask your health care provider for a referral list of your potential chiropractors. You can also ask your friends or family who share your view on health and wellness and ask for recommendations. As you narrow down your preferences, call each doctor and find out if your prospective chiropractor is accepting new patients.
Meet the doctor for a free consultation.
Most chiropractors would be glad to meet with you in their office for a free consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for chiropractic treatment. Be sure to make this visit a productive one. Know whether the treatment is right for you, and feel if you are comfortable with the doctor.
Check the quality of the office.
Consider and assess the quality of care that the facility can offer. Clinic quality is vital to patients because top quality chiropractic treatment facilities have better results and fewer complications than clinics that may appear not well invested in. Pay attention to the location and make sure it is ideal for you and not too far away.
Identify the types of techniques used.
If you’ve already been to a chiropractic practitioner before, you may have an idea about a particular technique. Well, there are different techniques used in chiropractic treatment. Some include adjustment by hand, adjustments using instruments, and low-force techniques. Ask your doctor about the right technique that best suits your condition.
Look into professional credentials.
Educational and licensing programs for chiropractors are now standardized. Although there are no specialty training courses for wellness chiropractors, there are seminar programs that train full-spectrum wellness chiropractic doctors. Ask the doctor about his training and educational achievements in the chiropractic field.
Pick an experienced chiropractor.
Choosing an experienced chiropractor is highly important when you’re experiencing spine or musculoskeletal health issues. The more experience a chiropractic doctor has when it comes to chiropractic, better results are achieved. Ask how many patients with your particular condition he has already treated.
Consider the gender.
Upon paying a visit to a chiropractic clinic, it is advisable to feel comfortable with your doctor’s gender because you will have to discuss personal information. In terms of chiropractic treatment, you should also consider your own gender. Chiropractic practitioners treat men and women differently. Ask your doctor about his recent experiences particularly related to your gender and condition.
Ask for the fee.
Most health insurance policies only cover services for particular conditions. If you have a specific health problem such as neck or back pain, your health insurance could cover a part of your doctor’s fee. If you are non-symptomatic according to your insurance policy’s requirements, the cost of wellness care will not be covered by your insurance.
Choose a chiropractor whom you are comfortable talking to and supports your needs. When you first go to a clinic, whether it is by walk-in or an appointment, and meet your doctor, ask questions and observe how he or she responds. Does he or she answer your questions in a way that you can easily understand? Your doctor show an interest to get to know you and listen to your chiropractic treatment preferences? Does the chiropractor respect your decision? If you think it’s a yes to these questions, then you’ve made a positive connection.
Rounding off, every chiropractor is unique. Just like medical doctors, physical therapist, psychiatrists, and other health professionals, chiropractors have their own style, technique, and approach in their profession. Choose a chiropractor that resonates with you, your needs, and your beliefs.
Author Bio(Whole Health Chiropractic Wellness Center)
“Whole Health Chiropractic Wellness Center is a team of healthcare and wellness professionals
committed to helping families live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Under the headship of Dr. Bernd K. Bismark, the clinic director and founder of WHCWC, the team promotes a proactive approach to chiropractic care and soft tissue therapy.”