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What To Look For In a Good Chiropractor

Whether you move to a new area or have never been to a chiropractor there are a few things to consider when choosing a good doctor of chiropractic or DC.  You can always check out the local chiropractic colleges to get an idea of different styles or therapies doctors use and also how long they have been practicing for.  Contacting the board of examiners in the state you live in is always a good resource to find out more about the profession and what to expect when seeing one of these alternative health care practitioners.

Look for a chiropractor that has been board certified in the state where they are practicing.  These alternative doctors go through a very similar educational process amongst the many chiropractic schools around the nation.  Every state has different rules and different scopes of practice so they require the doctor to take a state exam wherever they intend to practice.

Look for a chiropractor that has a good reputation in the community.  The best practices are those that are built on word of mouth referrals; patients experience what they like as far as treatment goes and they tell their friends.  Keep in mind that chiropractic has a broad scope of practice, some doctors only do spinal adjusting and see you for 2 minutes, others do stretching, muscle work, and nutritional counseling and see you for 30 minutes.  If you have never been to a DC before, get some names from people in the community, the chamber of commerce, church friends, and then try out a few different ones to see what is right for you.

A good characteristic of a chiropractor is that they are a good listener.  Due to all of the health problems we are facing today, there may be more than one underlying cause for a condition; a good doctor will search for these and handle them all.  Have you ever been to a medical office where the doctors never really seem to listen to you, and just write down something on a prescription pad?  There is a commercial on the internet mocking the medical profession where the patient is talking about drinking gasoline to take care of his heartburn and the doctor is just looking down at a chart un phased by it all.  Whenever one finds a good medial professional who listens, they will never want to go anywhere else.

Look for a chiropractor that has a more natural approach to healthcare, this should be the philosophy of all of these alternative doctors; this is how they were educated.  There are different types of treatment including manual adjusting, activator and other tools can be used; experience them all and chose what is most comfortable and is in alignment with your beliefs.  Sometimes you find these personal injury chiropractic clinics where they are affiliated with attorneys, and medical doctors, so just make sure you are seeing the right doctor.  Chiropractic care should be all natural, holistic, and safe, if you are being shuttled over to get prescription medications this may not be the right place for you.  Some of these clinics are known as cattle call offices, where hundreds of people go in there every day but the quality of care is very suspect.

Look for a chiropractor with a friendly office staff, and staff that look like they believe and live the holistic wellness lifestyle.  Having the staff on board is critical to the success of healing people; the staff has to understand what kind of commitment it takes to achieve optimal health and wellness.  The staff will ideally be on some kind of a wellness program.  Upon walking into the office the staff will be friendly, energetic, polite and very accommodating to the patients.

This article was published on Sunday 30 September, 2012.

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