Finding A Trusted Chiropractor In Your Area

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 ( 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.

Chiropractic Care For Whiplash And Other Injuries

I just got back from an appointment with my chiropractor and I’m excited to share some good news. My recovery has been coming along faster than expected, and I should be done with in-clinic treatments in a month. After that, I will still need to continue doing the exercises prescribed by my chiropractor to help ensure that my injury heals properly, but it will still be a big relief to be that much closer to a full recovery. While I never lose sight of the fact that things could’ve been much worse, it would be a lie if I said that this injury has not caused me great inconvenience and pain over the past several months.

I encourage those who have experienced whiplash, sports injuries, or other physical injuries involving the back and neck to find a qualified chiropractor in their area to help them treat their injury for a faster and smoother recovery. My recommendation for those in Northwest Arkansas would be Santos Chiropractic ( They are the ones who have been helping me with my whiplash injury, and they have done an outstanding job. I couldn’t be more satisfied with their level of professionalism, expertise, and care.

Many people have asked me what it is that chiropractors do when I am telling them that I am seeing one for my injury. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect either at my first appointment. Luckily, my chiropractor was very good at explaining to me what my recovery process and treatment would be like, and what techniques would be used and why. It made me feel a lot calmer and more confident in my treatment experience.

The duration and type of treatment received will differ from individual to individual depending on their injury and unique needs. Chiropractic care is about finding custom treatments for patients that are tailored to suit their specific condition. It is a hands-on approach involving physical manipulation of the affected areas. When you go to see a chiropractor about an injury such as mine, you can generally expect:

  • The initial consultation will involve a chiropractic exam where the injured or affected area will be examined by the chiropractor in order to develop a custom treatment.
  • Common chiropractic treatments for whiplash injuries include manipulation or massage. The treating chiropractor may also recommend daily exercises or lifestyle changes to help facilitate recovery.
  • Early stages of treatment will be centered on the management and reduction of any back, neck, or shoulder pain and other symptoms resulting from the injury.
  • The next step is restoration of function. This is not only geared at restoring a wider range of motion to the affected area, but also towards helping you transition back into normal daily life, such as returning to work, completing basic house work, or resuming with recreational activities.
  • Finally, prescribed exercises will help patients regain strength, stability, and flexibility in the affected area, as well as contribute to overall good health.

Music & Life

Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents were both musiciyay-9626508-digitalans in their own right – my mom was a music teacher, and my dad was always writing songs and playing the guitar in his spare time. I learned to appreciate music from a young age, picking up an instrument almost as soon as I could walk. Throughout my childhood, I switched from one instrument to another, always interested to learn but never committed to becoming proficient at anything. I’m sure it caused my parents a fair bit of headache but I had a blast with it, and at the end of the day they could see that, which was why they always let my seeming lack of discipline slide. I’m grateful that they understood me and were so accepting of how I was, because I think if they would have forced me to stick to one instrument, I would have grown to hate it and eventually lose my interest in music.

Instead, here I am 28 years later, still as passionate about music now as I was back then – maybe even more so. I’m working as a music producer and have my own small studio. I may not be famous or get invited to any Grammy Awards, but I love what I do and earn a living for myself. That’s what matters most to me. It may not be everyone’s definition of “the dream” but it certainly fits my criteria pretty well.

Not long ago, I was involved in a pretty scary car accident on my way to work. A new driver had run a red light and struck my car at an intersection. While luckily there were no serious injuries, I did suffer whiplash from the accident. It started fairly harmless – just a little bit of pain and stiffness. I wasn’t terribly worried at the time and figured it would go away on its own.

The weeks went by, but I wasn’t getting any better. In fact, the pain was starting to limit the range of motion in my neck and was causing me frequent headaches. I had trouble sleeping and my work suffered. After a month of this, I decided it was time to go see a doctor because it was becoming very clear that this wasn’t just any regular stiffness or soreness. The doctor let me know that I had suffered whiplash, and advised that I go see a chiropractor for treatment of the injury.

This blog outlines my experiences with the fantastic chiropractic care team that are helping me on my road to recovery. In a few short weeks of treatment, I’ve already seen a marked improvement, and I’m looking forward to being healed and free of this pain and stiffness once and for all. Keep reading to learn about how the chiropractor treated my whiplash.