Looking for the perfect chiropractor can be tough. You want someone that you trust and that makes you feel better after your adjustment, not worse. There are just so many chiropractors out there to choose from, so where do you start? We have a few tips on what to look for and what to avoid when it comes to finding the right chiropractor for you.
First off, you want to look for a chiropractor that is easy to relate to, and one that you feel comfortable sharing your medical history with. There are definitely some chiropractors that can appear uninterested in medical history facts, such as a difficult labor and delivery process or a long history of growing pains. However, there are several little tidbits in our medical history that can point to why our back pain or migraines are so bad. Even if what you share is not relevant to your pain, the right chiropractor will not make you feel silly for sharing it.
Secondly, a good chiropractor embraces a healthy and natural lifestyle. He or she knows the importance of overall health and how important diet and exercise are to back and spine health.
Finally, the right chiropractor should use slow and gentle techniques. The adjustment may be noisy, but it shouldn’t be painful.
Now on what to look out for. Chiropractic care is a great alternative treatment for many ailments, and your first visit should include a diagnostic test of some sort. However, you want to steer clear of doctors who use X-rays as a standard for doing their tests. You should also avoid chiropractors who rely heavily on full bodies X-rays or X-rays of children. There are really only a few rare cases that an X-ray needs to be used, and that is for serious back pain issues. It is best to avoid X-rays in general due to the high levels of radiation is gives off.
Finally, you want to avoid receiving chiropractic adjustments from individuals who are not chiropractors. There are many physical therapists and even massage therapists who are performing manipulations as part of their practice. It is just not safe! Chiropractors are licensed and specially trained in their field, so don’t trust your spine with anyone else!
It can be a pain to find the perfect chiropractor for you and your back problems, but once you do, you will enjoy going regularly. The right chiropractor will help you and your family have healthy spines.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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