How to Choose the Best Chiropractor

Deciding to see a chiropractor can be a very positive step in managing your back pain. But how do you choose the best chiropractor for you? Chiropractic treatment comes with a wide variety of practice philosophies and techniques. This means that it can sometimes be challenging to know which practitioner is suited to you. So here are some great tips to help you along the way…

Before starting chiropractic treatment, it is a good idea to arrange a telephone interview or ask for an in-office consultation to learn more about the chiropractor, the clinic, and the techniques offered. Sometimes, the chiropractor will request a personal consultation to discuss such details.

For most people seeking chiropractic care, it is important to feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the chiropractor and the clinic. This can go a long way in gaining a positive treatment experience.  Consider the things that would make you feel most comfortable and use these as part of your judgment. This may mean how long you have to wait for appointments, how easy it is to get hold of your chiropractor or the location of the clinic.

Answering your own questions is also a crucial part in the decision process. Some things you may want to consider asking include:

Is the chiropractor friendly and polite?

Do you feel comfortable talking with the chiropractor?

Does the chiropractor fully answer all of your questions?

Does the chiropractor listen to your explanation of symptoms and treatment preferences?

How many years has the chiropractor been in practice?

If it makes you feel more comfortable, you may also want to conduct some background research on the chiropractor. It is your body; you can take as long as you need to decide on which chiropractor will be treating you.

Selecting a health care professional is something that should be done with care. Do not feel under any obligation to be treated by the first chiropractor you interview – some patients speak to several chiropractors before finding one best suited to treat their problems.

Remember that the chiropractor’s role is to recommend the recommended course of care for you, and it is your decision whether or not to accept those recommendations. You should never feel like a chiropractor is pressuring you into a treatment or payment decision.

Before selecting a chiropractor, you should be aware that there are many different chiropractic techniques. Some chiropractors perform joint manipulation with their hands only, while others use various instruments. Also, some chiropractors use quick but firm manipulation, while others have a lighter technique.

Think about the kind of techniques you prefer. Do you like the immediate feeling of relief after the “joint popping” type of spinal manipulation or do you prefer something a little more subtle?

The more you know your own requirements, the better you will be able to choose a suitable chiropractor.

Some questions you may want to ask include:

Which chiropractic techniques does the chiropractor use and why? Most chiropractors are experienced in a range of techniques and will choose the one or ones best suited to the patient and his or her condition.

Does the chiropractor use his or her hands or an instrument for the chiropractic manipulation?

Will the chiropractor listen to your preferred techniques and work a treatment plan around that?

When choosing a chiropractor, the bottom line is that the better the relationship between you both, the better the outcome of the treatment. So take your time, absorb the facts, and make sure you are happy with the decisions you make.

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5 thoughts on “How to Choose the Best Chiropractor

  1. My husband has recently been experiencing a lot of neck and upper back pain and we are thinking of taking him to the chiropractor. I like that you say to make sure you feel comfortable talking with the chiropractor and that they answer all of your questions! Also, I agree that you should find out how long they have been practicing and I think you should get reviews from past patients.

  2. What appealed to me the most in your blog is when you talked about how you should ask yourself if you feel comfortable talking with the chiropractor that you’re interested in when making a decision. My sister is looking for a chiropractor to help her become back pain-free. She’s a type of person who doesn’t prefer to deal with people that she can’t go along well, so it will make sense for her to only choose a chiropractor that can make her feel relaxed at ease at every appointment. Thanks!

  3. My husband has been having neck issues, so we are wondering how to find the best chiropractor to help him. So I like your advice to ask about what instruments and techniques the chiropractor uses. We’ll be sure to ask each specialist we consider about their tools and techniques.

  4. I never knew that chiropractors use different types of chiropractic techniques so you can expect other chiropractors to use various instruments. My mother is looking for a chiropractor for her chronic back pain. Since she wants to find a chiropractor that performs the type of chiropractic technique that she’s most comfortable with, it will make sense for her to ask the chiropractor the type of technique that they will use to her. Thanks!

  5. I do like that you talked about how chiropractors use different chiropractic techniques so you can expect other chiropractors to use various instruments. My back pain has been getting worse these days, so I’m looking for a chiropractor that can help me. I can say that I’m only comfortable in chiropractic techniques that use hands, so I will make sure to find a chiropractor that can perform a chiropractic technique that I will be most comfortable with. Thanks!

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