Choosing the right chiropractor should be like choosing any other medical professional. If you’re looking for someone to help you feel better (or even just maintain your health), it’s not the best idea to opt for the first name listed in the phone book. The chiropractic industry can be competitive, and it isn’t always easy to suss out the best practitioner for you. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can follow to help make choosing the right one easier.
1. Look for patient testimonials and reviews on independent, third-party websites.
Don’t be sold by a chiropractor’s website alone– they can curate their testimonials and exclude any unfavorable ones. Look on independent sites, like Yelp or Healthgrades, for accounts and ratings that are less likely to be subjected to bias. Don’t forget to take things like the availability of appointments and patient wait times into consideration– the best chiropractor in the world may not seem so great if you have to book an appointment six months in advance and spend hours in a waiting room to see them.
2. Know what chiropractors can and can’t fix.
Beware of practices that sound too good to be true. Can chiropractic treat musculoskeletal problems like back pain? Sure, though (like any other form of medicine) chiropractic adjustments carry both benefits and risks. Beware of chiropractors who make unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of getting regular adjustments; they may be trying to upsell you to keep you coming back for treatments you don’t need.
3. Familiarize yourself with different chiropractic methods.
Some chiropractors prefer to perform adjustments by hand, others prefer to use instruments or machines. Some specialize in joint manipulation, while others rely more heavily on soft tissue treatment and massage techniques. No way is superior to the others, but one may be more appropriate for your particular situation. Familiarize yourself with different types of chiropractic treatment and be ready to ask questions about your potential chiropractor’s expertise in them.
4. Ask when you’ll see results.
The objective of chiropractic is to help you feel better, so it’s reasonable to want to know when that’ll happen. Ask your prospective chiropractor when you are likely to begin seeing results, while keeping a reasonable time frame in mind. It’s not uncommon to experience some post-adjustment pain and inflammation for a little while, so be wary of chiropractors that insist you’ll begin feeling better immediately. It usually takes a few weeks’ work of visits and some at-home exercises to really feel results.
A good chiropractor can provide long-term relief for people experiencing chronic neck and back pain, while a bad one can do more harm than good. By keeping these tips in mind as you search, you’ll be able to find the best practice to help you stay happy, healthy, and pain-free.