Because the treatment process involved in chiropractic is a physical process, you should seek a doctor you feel is competent and trustworthy.
A good chiropractor will recommend only the best treatment for you to achieve the fastest optimal health.
There are a variety of techniques and joint manipulation styles in chiropractic practice, with no two being exactly alike.
Understanding the chiropractor’s spinal manipulation technique, education, and overall style, is vital to your treatment.
Some doctors of chiropractic perform joint manipulation with their hands only while others use various instruments.
Also, some doctors treat with a quick but firm manipulation while others have a lighter touch.
Some patients lean towards the immediate feeling of relief offered by a “joint popping” type of spinal manipulation while others cower at the idea and prefer a low-force chiropractic technique.
The kind of method administered is highly driven by the patient’s preference and what they are comfortable with.
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While on your search for your ideal doctor, it’s also important to look out for unsafe or risky techniques that you may come across while seeking potential candidates.
There are a few chiropractor techniques that most chiropractors agree doubtful.
If a patient does experience, any of the above, it is reasonable to consider changing to another chiropractor.
- The chiropractor claims to be the only one with a “special new technique” that no other chiropractor can use.
- The chiropractor claims to be able to cure multiple conditions such as asthma, heartburn, infections, diabetes, or some other chronic condition. While using chiropractic treatments to help "better," these conditions is normal and commonly practiced; however, for a chiropractor to claim he can cure these conditions is not likely.
- The chiropractor recommends a long-term treatment plan, for example, 4 times per week for 6 to 12 months, then 3 times per week for another 6 to 12 months, then 2 times a week for 6 more months and so on.
- The chiropractor requires a significant prepayment for unlimited treatment for 6 months to a year.
- The chiropractor recommends the same type of therapy for almost every patient, regardless of the patient’s condition.
- The chiropractor continually recommends ongoing, “never ending” care. There should ultimately be an end point to your treatment when goals are achieved or a change in treatment if improvement remains stationary.
Now that you have criteria to evaluate potential chiropractors, the best thing to do is narrow down your choices.
For example, pick around three chiropractic clinics you would like to try or feel you would like to try.
Set up the right time to meet each of the chiropractors (most clinics offer a free consultation,) and ask them questions about your problem areas as well as the treatment methods they offer.
It’s only after your first appointment that you should decide if you would like to proceed with care from this chiropractor.
Now that you have a solid basic understanding of what to look for and not to look for in a chiropractor; picking out a practice of your preference should be a breeze.
At Arrowhead Clinic, our chiropractic doctors are entirely dedicated to our patients and their journey to recovery.
If you are experiencing pain and are in need of chiropractic care, call our Arrowhead Chiropractic Office.
We offer free consultations so you can get to know our chiropractors and make sure you are completely comfortable with the care we provide!
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