3 Big Things to Consider
- Thursday, 01 October 2009
Here are three big things to consider when choosing a chiropractor:
1. Do you feel comfortable with the doctor?
This is probably the most important thing to look for and will determine if your treatment program will be successful. I have to admit that when a patient feels uncomfortable with me, my personality, or my treatment methods, they don’t get the results that we both desire. Make sure that you feel confident that the doctor can truly help you. If you’re unsure about these things, you probably won’t experience the full healing capacity of your body.
2. Is the doctor being real or just trying to get money out of you?
There’s nothing worse than the “used car salesman pitch.” I hear it all the time with all sorts of practitioners. You have to be certain that the doctor has YOUR best interests in mind rather than THEIRS. A good/honest doctor will give you recommendations that will maximize your healing capabilities rather than try to “sell” you on things you don’t need.
3. Ask the doctor if the only way he/she determines the area of subluxation is through X-ray.
If the answer to this inquiry is YES, walk away. There’s nothing that disturbs me more than docs who say they determine spinal subluxations only from X-ray. You can see spinal distortions on X-ray, but to determine the area of subluxation requires more than just examining a radiograph. Subluxations should be determined through a thorough clinical examination which should include at minimum:
- Postural evaluation—both static and walking
- Palpation—feeling how the joints move
- Muscle testing
- Soft tissue evaluation
All in all, I believe that everyone on this planet should be under the care of a chiropractor. My purpose for writing this guide is to help you separate the average ones from the better ones.
If you’re not under the care of a chiropractor or have discontinued care, please stop reading right now and ask yourself: “Why am I not under chiropractic care?”