Our chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent regularly treats new patients who have never visited a chiropractor previously. For many of these patients, the process of choosing a chiropractor was quite difficult. They didn’t really know what questions to ask a chiropractor and ended up ‘guessing’ which chiropractic clinic could help them most effectively.
Unfortunately, guessing can backfire when choosing a treatment provider. That’s because every chiropractor in Stoke on Trent has a unique approach to their work, a different set of specialities, and a unique personality. Choosing the wrong chiropractor may set you on a treatment course which you don’t enjoy.
To help you find the perfect chiropractor immediately, here are some questions to ask before you make your first booking. They will help you understand if the chiropractor’s qualifications, skills, and treatment approach meet your requirements.
Questions To Ask When Choosing A Stoke Chiropractor
How much experience does the chiropractor have?
Although every qualified chiropractor in Stoke on Trent has the skills necessary to provide adequate care, you may prefer to see a chiropractor who has been working in this field for several years.
Where did they train?
In the UK, all chiropractors must have a chiropractic degree which is recognised by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). Any chiropractor you are considering should be happy to tell you where they trained and will show you the certifications they have received.
Does the chiropractor have any additional specialities?
Many chiropractors in Stoke on Trent will have experience or qualifications in additional fields. These additional specialities can improve their diagnostic skills and supplement the types of treatments they can provide or recommend.
Do they often treat people with your condition?
If you have been diagnosed with an uncommon condition, it may be worth confirming that each prospective chiropractor has previously encountered it. If a chiropractor has treated patients with this condition in the past, ask them about the experience and how successful their treatment plan was.
How will chiropractor care help me?
A chiropractor should be able to clearly explain how chiropractic care can be used to treat the condition or symptoms you are experiencing.
What type of diagnostic testing do they use?
Chiropractors can use a wide range of diagnostic tests to assess new patients. This can includes:
- Medical history taking
- Orthopaedic testing (for evaluating musculoskeletal impairment)
- Palpation (using fingers to assessing the condition of an organ or body part)
- Range of motion tests (assessing how well you can move your body)
- Neurological examination (assessing nervous system responses)
- Posture analysis
- Gait analysis
- Muscle testing
Some chiropractors will have a preference for using certain types of diagnostic tests. Asking a chiropractor about their diagnostic approach will help you understand what will be involved during your first few sessions.
What treatment methods do they use most often?
Ask the chiropractor about the types of treatment that they perform most often in the clinic. They will be able to explain what each procedure involves, how long it takes, what the goal of the procedure is and so on. This can give you a sense of what a session will be like.
Do you feel comfortable with the chiropractor?
You will only be able to answer this question after at least one session at a chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent or an extended discussion. Once you get to know them, think about the conversation and consider the following questions:
- Did you like their personality?
- Were they willing and able to answer your questions?
- Were they transparent about their processes?
- If you attended a consultation, did you like the examination process and planned treatment?
What are the chiropractic staff like?
When you visit a chiropractor in Stoke on Trent, you will also interact with their staff. After your first contact or appointment, ask yourself the following questions:
- Were the staff courteous and helpful?
- Did they treat you with respect?
- Were you able to get answers for any question you had?
- Is it easy to get a response from staff via phone or email?
Is the clinic suitable for your needs?
The final consideration when choosing a chiropractic clinic in Stoke on Trent is the suitability of the clinic itself. Consider the following:
- Is the clinic in a convenient location (close to home or work)?
- Are the opening hours suitable for your schedule?
- Is there plenty of parking available?
- How clean is the office?
If you have any questions regarding chiropractic treatment at City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke on Trent, please give us a call on 01782 848 184 to get your questions answered by our friendly and caring professional team.