5 Mistakes When Choosing a Chiropractor
Mistake #1: Choosing the Closest Chiropractor
Mistake #2: Failure to Ask for Recommendations
Mistake #3: Settling
Mistake #4: Quality Examination and Treatment
This is may seem self-explanatory but you would be mortified by how often this does not occur in the health industry much less a chiropractic office. An examination should be thorough and include things to find out what’s wrong and how well you function. Your chiropractor must do a quality examination to find out where and what the primary condition is that is causing the secondary problems (neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, sciatica etc.) that brought you in to see him/her. If they don’t know what your primary condition is and the severity of it, they will not know the how to treat it. It should also be measured (x-rays, posture, questionnaires, etc.) and reproducible to ensure you are getting better and by how much.
It is also imperative that these results are clearly explained.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a patient tell me about a chiropractor that just sat them down in a chair and put on a video and left the room or spend maybe two minutes just telling them they have “subluxation” and “I’m going to fix it”. You shouldn’t accept that from any doctor including your chiropractor. Be sure to ask for details about:
- What is wrong?
- Why there is a problem?
- How are they going to fix it?
- if you are looking for a chiropractor who is structurally based and says the treatment is intended to correct and improve your spine by making it straight (looking from the front) or curved (looking from the side) be advised that this type of chiropractic treatment is much more comprehensive than receiving only adjustments and/or pain based therapies like STIM, Ultrasound etc.
- How long they expect it to take?
Make sure to think of and write down any other questions you may have to ask the chiropractor before you get to the office. Don’t just assume that every doctor or chiropractor is capable of giving you the quality of care that you want. Ask questions and find out. No chiropractors will have all the answers but if they can’t answer most of your questions then it may be time to find a different chiropractor.
Mistake #5: Homecare Strategies and Rehabilitation
Postural exercises, deep stretches and spinal remodeling via traction help improve strength, balance, and coordination of your spine and body will prevent symptomatic re-occurrences from happening in the future. It’s a mistake to not find a chiropractor that emphasizes on how to maintain correction from adjustments and care.
The chiropractic adjustment is often the most important and most powerful treatment for a spine with abnormal structural shift or abnormal motion. However, it is imperative to include postural exercises and spinal traction that are customized to your specific spinal needs. No two patients are the same. The chiropractic adjustment allows for correction but objective and measurable improvement to any abnormal spinal shift are rare and not reproducible without additional postural exercises and traction being done both at home and in the office. Don’t just settle for pain based care only to have your primary condition go untreated.