How to Choose a Chiropractor

If you suffer from pain, discomfort, and difficulty moving, you can head to your primary care physician or medicine cabinet.  These approaches do work, but only temporarily.  You want to do more than treat the symptoms of pain.  You want to find its cause and fix it.  This is where chiropractic care can and should come in.

What is chiropractic care?  It is a natural form of medical care.  Patients can seek relief from a wide range of ailments, including arthritis, sleep difficulties, allergies, headaches, joint pain, joint stiffness, and so forth.  As for how it differs from traditional forms of medical care, chiropractors believe in an all-natural approach.  Relief is sought through manual therapy, which involves using the hands.  Common treatments include realignments and adjustments.  Chiropractors use precision and force to thrust a joint into its proper position.

Since chiropractic care has many benefits, you may want to seek treatment.  When that time comes, you need to find chiropractors in your area.  First, examine your options.  You can do so by looking in the yellow pages of your local phone book, performing a standard internet search online, or using an online business directory.  You now have local chiropractors’ contact information, but whom will you choose?  You need to do more than just find a chiropractor; you need to choose once.  What should you consider?

Insurance coverage.  If you have health insurance and if that coverage includes chiropractic care, contact your health insurance company.  See whom you can visit.  Some insurance providers work with a network of physicians.  You may receive extra discounts and other money-saving benefits by opting for an in-network chiropractor.  If you have the freedom to choose, opt for one that accepts your insurance.

Costs.  Whether you are insured or not, costs should be considered when choosing a chiropractor.  It is important to seek natural pain relief, but you must be able to afford it.  When uninsured, find a quality chiropractor who has flexible payment options.  This may include monthly payment plans or credit card payments.

Recommendations from those you know.  As previously stated, it is easy to use the internet or a phone book to find a local chiropractor.  Unfortunately, these options usually provide you with a phone number and an address.  All chiropractors ease your pain, but they have varying people skills, rates, and overall attitudes.  You need a chiropractor you feel comfortable with.  This may involve trial and error and meet with many professionals, or you can ask those you know for recommendations and detailed feedback.

Read reviews online.  Although it is best to ask those you know for feedback on a local chiropractor, you may not know anyone.  Chiropractic care has many benefits, but most wait until they are in pain or suffer an injury before seeking treatment.  If you do not know someone who has undergone this natural medical care, turn to the internet.  Many online business directories, such as the one operated by Yahoo, enable consumers to rate and review businesses, including chiropractors.  Enter your address in the “chiropractic care” and see what results pop up.  Reviews are shown as stars.

As mentioned above, you may need to rely on trial and error.  If you cannot find reviews online and do not know someone who has received chiropractic care, use your best judgment.  Schedule an appointment with a local chiropractor.  In most cases, the first appointment is similar to a consultation appointment.  Make mental notes.  Are they listening to you?  Are they offering helpful suggestions at home too?  Do you feel comfortable with your chiropractor?  If so, you made a good choice.  If not, move on to the next.  You can switch care providers at any time and for any reason.

In short, you need to do more than pick a chiropractor out of a phone book.  It is important to receive quality care but start with costs.  Ending your pain and discomfort is important, but make sure you can afford treatment.

A wealth of knowledge and passion is brought with dual degrees in Naturopathic and Chiropractic. A proud family man, he is devoted to his wife and two children.