How to Find a Chiropractor
Do you suffer from painful recurring headaches, arthritis, were you in a car accident, or are you just experiencing pain and discomfort? Most Americans head to their medicine cabinet or their primary care physician. These provide you with temporary relief, but don’t you want more? If so, schedule an appointment with a local chiropractor.
What makes chiropractors better than over-the-counter pain relievers and primary care physicians? They believe in natural medical care. A chiropractor may use x-rays and MRIs to diagnose a problem, especially after a car accident. The treatment, however, is hands-on, literally. It is known as manual therapy. Chiropractors commonly perform alignments and adjustments. Precision force is used with the hands to thrust joints into their proper position. For most, this results in reducing or eliminating pain and increased mobility.
If you like the sound of chiropractic care, you may be ready to schedule an appointment. First, you need to familiarize yourself with chiropractors in and around your area. How?
Your local phone book. You will find the yellow pages or the business directory section at the back of your phone book. Chiropractors may be listed under the headings of “physicians” or “chiropractic care.” Your phone book will give you the names, addresses, and phone numbers of chiropractors.
A standard internet search. When performing a standard internet search, search with your city and state. You will be linked to several websites. Some of those are directories, where many chiropractors are listed. These websites are similar to phone books; they provide you with just the local care providers’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers. What you want to look for are chiropractor websites. In addition to getting the contact information, you should get in-depth information about the provider, such as specialties, background, and see pictures of the office.
An online business directory. Many websites serve as online business directories. From Yahoo.com, select “Local” from the main heading. Enter in your city and state and the phrase “chiropractor.” You will see local listings for nearby chiropractors. Most only include your specific city, but you can expand the search to nearby communities. Some online business directories link you to provider websites if they exist. Many also enable ratings and reviews.
From your insurance provider. If you are covered by health insurance, see if chiropractic care is covered. Although some still classify this natural form of healthcare as alternative medicine, many now embrace the benefits. There is a good chance your insurance provider extends coverage for care. When calling to ask, inquire about providers in their network or known providers that accept your insurance. Your insurance company can provide you with names, addresses, and phone numbers.
Recommendations from those you know. Since many Americans, insurance providers, and employers embrace chiropractic care and realize the many benefits, its popularity continues to increase. You may know someone who has seen or uses the services of a chiropractor. Ask those you know, such as friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Ask for the name, address, and phone number. Be sure to ask for feedback too.
As you can see, there are many ways to find chiropractic care providers in or around your community. Once you familiarize yourself with your options, the next step is to choose a care provider. When doing so, consider reputation, feedback, costs, and the wait until you get the first appointment.