Educating ourselves helps us to make better decisions. For example, the first time we buy a car or a home, we look for as much information as possible. This knowledge minimizes our risk of making a bad decision. One that can save us money, reduce stress, and manage our expectations. The same can be said when considering to see a chiropractor. For many of us, this is something we have never done before. However, if we approach it the same way we did with our first car or home purchase, we will make the right decision in choosing a chiropractor to invest our wellness care in.
One of the first questions a person begins with is, “What should I look for when choosing a chiropractor?” Here are a few things to consider as you research:
- Does the doctor offer a multi-functional approach? In other words, is there more than chiropractic offered at the office? For the best outcomes, look for a practice that also offers massage and rehabilitation. Why? Because pain usually involves not only the skeleton, but the muscles as well. The muscles are holding the skeleton in place, even in a painful place. You cannot only fix one without addressing the other, or no progress can be made. Likewise, with rehabilitation. The muscles need to be retrained on what their “normal” position should be.
- Does the practice offer testimonials on both their website and Facebook? This will tell you a lot more about the quality of care the doctor provides.
- Are the hours convenient? Evening and weekend hours are always a bonus!
- If there is a New Patient Special, does it sound too good to be true or reasonable?
- How important is education? A good doctor will be focused on educating the patient on how to stay healthy and well.
- What about the website? Is it relevant and up to date?
- What is his or her wellness philosophy? Is it a care plan designed to get you back on your feet again in a set amount of time or indefinite weekly visits? There should always be a goal where progress is checked.
In the end, you will do yourself a huge favor by learning as much as you can before choosing a chiropractor. It may also be one of the best decisions you ever made, too.