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Choosing a Good Chiropractor Chiropractic is a profession that has many practice philosophies and techniques. And as chiropractic is a physical procedure, rapport with the doctor as well as the suitability of joint manipulation type must be considered when choosing a clinic. Seeking Referrals If you’re looking for a good chiropractor, you can ask your primary care physician, or maybe a spine doctor or a physical therapist for referrals. Ask them for names of practitioners they would recommend to their own families if needed. You may also get some leads for relatives and friends or even colleagues. However, take note that people may have varying beliefs of what a good chiropractor should be. Although referrals are valuable, you should go with the doctor who meets your specific needs the most.
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Interviewing Prospects Before deciding on a particular chiropractor, call the clinic first for an interview, or better yet, make a personal visit. Often, the chiropractor will actually ask you to come for a personal consultation.
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Of course, you want a chiropractor who can make you feel comfortable, along with a clinic that helps to give you an overall positive experience. Comfort may be affected by many things, like how long you have to stay in the waiting room, the location of the clinic, and the like. Regarding your potential rapport and experience with the doctor and staff, consider the following: > Do they treat you warmly and courteously? > Are you at ease talking to the chiropractor? > Does the chiropractor take his time when answering your questions? > Does the chiropractor actually listen to you talk about your treatment concerns? > How much chiropractic experience does your prospect have? Does the practitioner have any specialty? This is not necessary, but there are chiropractors who actually have a specialty, such as neurology, orthopedics, nutrition or rehabilitation. Doing Your Research As a patient, you would like to make sure that you are safe in the hands of your chosen chiropractor. That means you need to do some research as to whether or not your prospect has been under any kind of disciplinary action at any time. Check the website of your state’s Chiropractic Regulation & Licensing Board for this, and verify as well if the chiropractor’s college has accreditation from the Council on Chiropractic Education. Selecting a chiropractor (or any health care professional) is a process that should be done with care. Feel free to interview at least two or three prospects so you can compare them and make the right choice. At the end of the day, the chiropractor can only recommend a course of care for you, and it will be your call to accept or not accept it. As a patient, you must never be forced into any kind of treatment or payment.