Seeking a good health care professional is something to be taken very seriously. Putting yourself in the hands of someone you don’t know requires careful questioning, attention to recommendations, and listening to your intuition.
Understanding the Different Techniques
When it comes to selecting a chiropractor, there are several things to keep in mind. Remember first of all that a doctor’s role is to recommend the best course of care. Understanding what the different chiropractic techniques involve is a good way to know if a particular doctor’s work fits well with you.
First, research the chiropractors in your area. Ask friends, family members, and co-workers for recommendations. Though opinions are subjective, you know you are on the right track if enough people are recommending the same person.
Choosing the best chiropractor for you is key to your healing process. When you feel an affinity for his or her technique, as well as a good personal rapport, you are already open to receiving the benefits of the work. Conduct a telephone interview, or ask for an in-office consultation to learn all you can before you begin treatment. You don’t want any surprises, so make sure you have all of your questions ready in order to make the best decision.
What to Ask a Chiropractor
We have devised several questions that we feel are key to determining if a particular chiropractor is right for you: • Find out how long the doctor has been in practice and what experience s/he has treating problems similar to yours. • Ask what kinds of techniques are used. Often chiropractors use a combination of strategies to maximize the healing process on a given individual. Familiarize yourself with what some of these techniques are, or ask for them to be explained. Additionally, some chiropractors use a quick manipulation technique that creates a popping when a subluxation is corrected. Others use a lighter touch, and still others use instruments to move the spine instead of just the hands. • Ask what kind of training and experience the doctor has had in the techniques s/he applies. Check to see that her/his education comes from a school accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. • Does the doctor perform an exam before treatment? Are x-rays used, and if so, are they digital for pinpointing problems and minimizing treatment frequency? • How much time before an improvement is noticed and how can you contribute to the healing process? • Will the doctor work with your family physician, and is this necessary? • Could other treatment options be more valuable, such as Shiatsu or acupuncture? • Does the doctor offer other types of wellness information such as advice on nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction? • What type of payment plan is offered and are insurance claims accepted? If they are, are they submitted electronically or must you submit them yourself?
If you find that the doctor answers all your questions with openness and courtesy and is a good listener, you are many steps closer to making an informed and intelligent decision.
For information on our chiropractic services, feel free to contact us at (610) 896-1554.
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