As I have mentioned, my chiropractor was recommended to me by my primary care physician, whom I’ve had a long history with. It was easy enough for me to trust his recommendation and approach the chiropractic clinic with confidence. Again, I cannot highly recommend them enough, and my experience thus far has been highly positive. For those in the Bentonville, Arkansas or the Northwest Arkansas area looking for professional chiropractic care, Santos Chiropractic (www.santoschiropracticcare.com) is an excellent option. But I digress. The point of this post is to help those who are still searching for chiropractor but are unsure what they should be looking for. Here are a few tips:
- Ask For Recommendations
- The first person you should approach for a reliable recommendation is your primary care physician. If your doctor is unable to provide any recommendations, try asking other healthcare or alternative health professionals that you trust, such as a physical therapist, massage therapist, or acupuncturist.
- Ask family, friends, or coworkers if there are any chiropractors that have personally had experiences with and would recommend if you are unable to get a recommendation from a healthcare professional.
- Search online and read reviews or ask members of an appropriate forum. These days, virtually any information you need is online if you know where to look.
- Book A Consultation
- Many chiropractors offer a free consultation but it is important to verify if there is a fee with the clinic you are calling before setting an appointment.
- A consultation not only gives the chiropractor a chance to get to know you and learn about your condition or symptoms, but also gives you a chance to familiarize yourself with the chiropractor and clinic. Ask lots of questions regarding qualifications, experience, services offered, treatment programs and techniques used to get a better idea of what you can expect and whether or not you would feel comfortable entrusting them with your healthcare.
Do not feel as though you are obligated to commit after the initial consultation. Take your time to think on it and visit several different chiropractors if necessary to determine who is the best fit for you. It is important not only to think about professional qualifications and abilities, but to also consider interpersonal compatibility. Because chiropractic care is based on physical manipulation techniques, finding a chiropractor you are able to communicate easily and effectively with is also a high priority. Once you have chosen a chiropractor that you feel confident working with, here are some tips for evaluating your progress and whether you should continue with your treatment:
- Most patients should start to see an improvement within the first few weeks of treatment, unless they are being treated for a more complex musculoskeletal condition. If after 4 weeks you do not notice a reduction in pain or symptoms, you should discuss altering your treatment program or switching to another treatment option with your chiropractor.
- Be wary if your chiropractor immediately recommends a long term treatment program (for example, 6 months or 12 months)
- Treatment should be discontinued once you are free of symptoms.
- You should not be pressured to purchase nutritional supplements only from your chiropractor.