What Should You Look for When Selecting a Chiropractor?
Chiropractic care is the perfect way to feel your best on a daily basis and get relief from back or neck pain. Many individuals who are new to chiropractic care are pleasantly surprised to find out that chiropractic goes well beyond just the staples of neck and back pain. Regular care can alleviate different body pain points and help certain conditions like headaches or arthritis. The flexibility is one of the primary reasons that people seek ongoing care. Although, before you can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic, you must first select the perfect chiropractor! Below are some expert tips and other things to consider when selecting the right doctor to receive chiropractic care from.
Care for the whole family
From expecting mothers to newborn babies and senior citizens, everyone in your family should be under chiropractic care. Looking for a DC who has a diverse practice is ideal for families with varying age groups. We know your life can be hectic and getting the whole family into the office at once for adjustments can be the perfect way to keep you all on pace with your health goals. Your potential doc will talk about different techniques they might use (manual adjustment vs. instrumental adjustment) and should speak to each member of your family before they get adjusted. There should never be any pain involved in chiropractic care, and you’ll be surprised when your kids start asking about their next appointment!
Their education and community presence
All chiropractors have medical degrees and should be licensed by the province of which they practice in. Once the basics are out of the way, see if they have any additional certifications or qualifications. Some DCs are certified in special care techniques for children, prenatal care or in relation to conditions like headaches or nutritional plans. Ask friends or family members if they see a chiropractor in town and take them into consideration before searching for yourself. A chiro’s website will talk more about their practice and the chiropractors who adjust there (if more than one), how long they’ve been in practice and their area of specialty. If you are seeing a chiropractor with the intent of getting care for a current injury, consider this as an important aspect to your search as well. Chiropractic is known to treat back pain and more serious conditions like whiplash injuries. Any pain caused by day to day activity, your employment or from auto accidents is something that they’d be happy to help you with.
Someone who can help you with your lifestyle goals
A chiropractor plays an important role in your health and overall lifestyle choices. A doctor who is on the same page with your health care plan, diet, exercise routine and everyday choices will keep you on track with these goals. While you’ll most likely feel better immediately after an adjustment, continued care is especially important for injury related pains and condition specific care. Considering a DC’s view on patient education and ongoing treatment can be a great tell of your future experiences with the office. The right DC will listen to your concerns and not only propose solutions, but explain why they recommended the things they did.
We encourage you to see a chiropractor for a new patient evaluation. Take a tour of the office and see what the doctor and staff members are all about. Ask as many questions as you need to, a great chiropractor won’t mind! You should leave your evaluation with information on how chiropractic care can alleviate any aches or pains you have and continue to benefit you with ongoing well care. Plus, a treatment plan should be set up and inform you on how often you should get adjusted. Have any questions? Feel free to give us a call or email us for more information. We’re happy to help!